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Nicola Pratt publishes op-ed to mark 6th anniversary of the Rabaa Square massacre

Nicola Pratt, Reader of the International Politics of the Middle East in PAIS, has published, along with Dina Rezk (Reading) an op-ed discussing the lessons learned from the massacre of Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Egypt, six years ago.

You can read it here:

Thu 15 Aug 2019, 11:16 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, MA, UG

Christopher Browning discusses humour, nation branding and identity with The Place Brand Observer

Christopher Browning discusses humour, nation branding and identity with The Place Brand Observer

The interview draws upon Browning's long running work on nation branding and his current British Academy funded project (with James Brassett) on 'Humorous States: New Diplomacy and the Rise of Comedy in IR'

Tue 13 Aug 2019, 09:49 | Tags: Front, Staff, Impact, PhD, MA, UG, Research

PAIS Graduation Reception Photos July 2019

Professional photographs from our Graduation Reception on July 24th are now available to view from this page.

You can also tag yourself in the photographs on our Facebook page:

Fri 26 Jul 2019, 11:17 | Tags: Front, Staff, PhD, UG

2019 NSS Results: #1 in the Russell Group for Politics in 6 Categories

Let's keep the dialogue going

The Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS) is delighted to announce that in the 2019 National Student Survey we are 1st in the Russell Group in 6 out of 9 categories. * This is the best ever performance for the PAIS department against our key competitors.

In many categories and questions, we have improved our position nationally. Highlights amongst Russell Group competitors include:

  • 1st for Learning Opportunities
  • 1st for Assessment and Feedback
  • 1st for Academic Support
  • 1st for Organisation and Management
  • 1st for Learning Community
  • 1st for Student Voice

We are now in the Top 3 in the Russell Group on 23 of the 27 questions (and 1st on 12 questions), as well as 1st in the University for learning resources, in terms of the degrees we administer.

Across all questions, our average score increased 2.8%. Some of our most pleasing increases are summarised in the table below.

NSS Category 2019 increase
Learning Opportunities + 4%
Assessment and Feedback + 3%
Academic Support + 8%
Organisation and Management + 2%
Learning Resources + 3%
Learning Community + 2%
Student Voice + 14%

We again received impressive results on the stand-alone ‘overall satisfaction’ question. Our Politics International Studies and Hispanic Studies degree achieved 100% overall satisfaction. Our largest course, Politics and International gained 93% overall satisfaction. Across all programmes with which we are involved - both single and joint honours - we achieved 91% overall satisfaction. Only one other Russell Group institution performed as strongly.

These impressive outcomes are due to an outstanding team effort among academic and professional services colleagues as well as our fantastic students. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work and support in terms of teaching, feedback, and the student experience.

We look forward to working in partnership with our amazing students and dedicated staff to sustain and build on these strong results, which reflect our deep commitment to research-led teaching excellence. At the start of the new academic year we will feedback in greater detail to all students and we will discuss and take forward ideas for further enhancement of the PAIS student experience via our Student Staff Liaison Committees (SSLC).


*See the Office for Students website for more details and the full data. The results are based on the official CAH/JACS subject breakdowns and the 21 Russell Group institutions which met the publications threshold for Politics.

Fri 12 Jul 2019, 11:24 | Tags: Front, UG

Tom Long Writes New Article on Colombian Foreign Policy

Tom Long's new article, "Domestic contestation and presidential prerogative in Colombian foreign policy,” has just been published by the Bulletin of Latin American Research. The article is co-authored with Sebastian Bitar and Gabriel Jiménez Peña. The article pushes back against the dominant presidentialist focus in the study of Colombian foreign policy. Drawing on insights from recent foreign policy analysis literature and evidence from several cases (Plan Colombia, US military bases, free trade talks with China, and ICJ arbitration of a maritime border with Nicaragua), this article challenges commonplace presidentialist assumptions. A novel model of ‘contested presidentialism’ better captures how Colombian domestic actors mobilise to raise political costs to block or modify presidential preferences. Research for the piece started during Tom's British Council Researcher Links visit to Colombia and then was advanced during Sebastian's time at Warwick as an IAS Visiting Fellow. During the latter visit, an earlier version of the paper was presented at PAIS.

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