Urban disasters: coordinating recovery [WP1059]

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In recent times, we have seen major disasters in Haiti, Burma, Indonesia, China and Pakistan, but how prepared are affected cities to act as a hub of coordination of relief and recovery? And what is the role of external and foreign agencies on recovery?

Urban disasters [WP1059]

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With increasing global urbanisation comes increasing risk of urban disaster; but what constitutes an urban disaster? We examine crime and civil control; the role of the UN and the problem if host nations are un-willing to receive international aid.

UN development aid [WP1033]

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How does international aid create societal and political pressures within the very countries it aims to help? Focusing on Madagascar, we examine donor behaviour and its impact on a nation's capacity to deliver the responsibilities of government.

UN development system [WP1033]

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What are the challenges of change? How does the bilateral world influence the UN? We examine the changing picture for the UN and in particular its leadership on development.

Political change in Europe [WP1051]

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Are we entering an era of European pragmatism in an age of European austerity? Do European politicians and public agree on EU expansion? Discussion touches on relations with the USA, China and on the emergence of a common security and foreign policy.

China: towards a harmonious society? [WP1055]

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Here we examine China, in light of recent global economic shockwaves, to discover the philosophical and political origins of the term ‘harmonious society’ and its various challenges since 2005. Is there any link to ‘big society’ in the UK?

Japan’s global role [WP1063]

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Japan is increasing its global role, refocusing internal contradictions and international behaviour. We examine what is required internally and the partnerships involved (US/China etc), plus the commonality between UK and Japanese interests.

FATA today: advancing policy implementation (WP1048)

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Examining how FATA might change in the future and what is needed for change to take place. This episode explores issues around education, employment, the role of women and options for all. We look at the unique location, customs and tribal background of the place and people.

Cyber security [WP1056]

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We need 'cyber security' to address ‘cyber attack’. But what are we securing and from where is the attack? In this episode, we explore what and who are involved in this new domain and the wider implications for the governance and control of cyber-space.