China is now a member of a unique club of nations, the polar states: those few countries who are powerful at the Arctic and the Antarctic. Polar states are the global giants, strong in military, scientific, and economic power. The concept of a polar great power is relatively unknown in international relations studies. China has global interests and is well on the way to becoming a global great power. In order to succeed in this evolution it must be dominant in the new geopolitical Heartland: the Polar Regions. Read more…
- Date: Monday 5 October 2015, 5-6pm
- Location: A2 Lecture Theatres, North Arts Lecture Block, Ilam Campus
In May 2015 the general election revealed a country more divided about its national identity and destiny since the rise of Irish nationalism over a century earlier. Each of the four nations of the United Kingdom is dominated by a different party and the winners of the election, the Conservatives, have a significant presence only in England. They must resolve two existential crises, the prospect of an independent Scotland and the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union. By the next election in 2020 the ‘United Kingdom’ may be unrecognisable.
Sir Ivor Crewe discusses why one of history’s most successful political unions is under threat and what could be done to restore it. Read more…
- Date: Friday 18 September 2015, 01:00PM to 18 September 2015, 02:00PM
- Location: NZi3 Lecture Room, 69 Creyke Rd, Ilam Campus