We  run a number of events from regular research seminars, workshops for schools to international conferences, details of which can be found here.

An Evening of Political Comedy hosted by The Department of Politics

Thursday 3 March 2011


As part of March 2011 Politics Month, the Department of Politics present an Evening of Political Comedy. 

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School's Question Time

Wednesday 22 June 2011

11:00 to 12:45

School’s Question Time

Wednesday 22nd June 2011, 11:00 to 12:45


Biography, memoire, expose and inquiry in the secret world

Wednesday 26 October 2011

15.30 to 17.00
Dr David Langley

Dr David Langley 

David Langley, a medical scientist with a background in clinical laboratories and teaching took a research post with the Ministry of Defence in the late ‘80s. After a spell ‘at the bench’, he worked in operational analysis, intelligence assessment and, after 9/11, the protection of critical infrastructure, focussing on weapons of mass destruction and working closely with colleagues across government. Since retirement in 2006, he has combined consultancy with research and teaching in Cambridge.

Drawing on this experience, he will discuss the challenges faced by scholars of the 'secret world’, especially the sources available to them and the impact of their backgrounds and research methods on their work. Exploring the impact of ’9/11’ he will also reflect on the questions raised by advocates of Critical Terrorism Studies.

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International law, liberal interventionism and centre-left British foreign policies after Iraq

Wednesday 9 November 2011

15.30 to 17.00
Professor Jason Ralph, University of Leeds

Professor Jason Ralph, University of Leeds

This paper introduces the early findings of a British Academy mid-career fellowship project.  Its starting point is Tony Blair's assumption that regime change by military force was an 'obvious'  policy for the Labour Party to adopt.  It describes how, during the lead up to war in Iraq, Blair tried to square what he saw as 'doing the right thing' (i.e. supporting the American invasion) with his concept of 'international community'and his party's longstanding commitment to the United Nations. Ultimately, Blair's strategy was reduced to attacks on the procedures that constitute what it means to act on behalf of the international community.  This served only to strengthen the accusation that his brand of centre-left foreign policy was imperialistic. The coalition government's response to the Arab spring, in particular its intervention in the Libyan conflict, was very much influenced by a desire not to repeat Blair's mistakes.  Yet despite this, centre-left opinion remains divided on the legitimacy of the Libyan operation and liberal interventionism more generally. The paper critically engages that opinion in an attempt to help liberal governments navigate the most reasonable course. 

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Roundtable on the Eurozone crisis

Wednesday 16 November 2011

16:00 to 17:30

With events in the eurozone unfolding quickly, an expert panel on European Politics will convene for a roundtable discussion on the impact of the eurozone crisis. They will  unpick what it means for integration and opposition to the EU,  as well as examining the elite response and the case studies of Greece and Italy. 

All are welcome. Wednesday 16th November, 16:00 to 17:30, LTE. 

Results from the 'e-voting' can be viewed here. The audience were asked their opinions on the following questions:

  • Will the Euro survive?
  • Who is to blame for the current situation in Europe?
  • Should Britain help more in financial stability instruments?

The civilian contribution to peace and stability operation

Wednesday 18 January 2012

15.30 to 17.00
Dr Stephanie Blaire

Everyday peace indicators: A proposal

Wednesday 1 February 2012

15.30 to 17.00
Dr Roger MacGinty, University of St Andrews

Politics' UCAS Day

Wednesday 8 February 2012

11:00 to 16:00

Politics Month

Thursday 1 March 2012

Professor Marie Breen-Smyth, University of Surrey Dr Lou Perrotta Dr Jamie Shea, NATO Professor Sir Mike Aaronson, cii Professor David Chandler, University of Westminster Professor Paul Moorcraft, Centre for Foreign Policy Analysis
Politics Month takes a fresh approach to politics, examining current issues, and in particular international intervention, through a series of events in March aimed at Surrey students, staff, schools and the public. The aim is to understand “Why Does Politics Matter?

Politics' UCAS Day

Wednesday 7 March 2012

11:00 to 16:00

Lecture for Schools: Britain and the EU: A Bad Romance?

Wednesday 7 March 2012

17:00 to 18:00
Professor Alex Warleigh-Lack
This lecture is for for 6th Form students, able KS4 students and other members of the public. To book your free places contact:

Educational Liaison Centre
T: 01483 689376

All lectures are held on the Stag Hill campus in
Guildford,Surrey GU2 7XH.

Professor Marie Breen-Smyth's Inaugural Lecture

Thursday 8 March 2012

18:00 to 19:30
Professor Marie Breen-Smyth, University of Surrey Lord Alderdice FRCPsych, Convenor of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party

On International Women's Day, Professor Marie Breen-Smyth will give her inaugural lecture at the University of Surrey entitled When the Past is Present: the Casualty, the Body and Politics. Lord Alderdice FRCPsych will act as an introductory speaker for the lecture which forms part of Politics Month.

Roundtable: Can "we" stop the killing?

Wednesday 21 March 2012

18:00 to 19:30
Professor Sir Mike Aaronson, Professor David Chandler, Professor Paul Moorcraft
As part of Politics Month, the School of Politics presents a high level roundtable discussion on international intervention. A panel of high level practitioners and academics will discuss whether "we" can stop the killing?

6th Form Conference

Tuesday 27 March 2012

09:30 to 16:30
Dr Lou Perrotta, Dr Jamie Shea, NATO

As/A2 Government and Politics Study Day

Thursday 19 April 2012

10:00 to 15:00

Government and Politics Study Days

Our study days are aimed at As and A2 students and offer an invaluable supplement for students and in particular those studying Edexcel’s Government and Politics As or A2 course. As such students specify whether they wish to attend the As or the A2 study day, both of which run in parallel to each other.

The AS sessions will build on the themes of Edexcel's Unit 1 and 2 examining both People and Politics and Governing the UK. 

The 1.5 hour A2 sessions will relate to Political Ideologies (Edexcel Unit 3 Topic B and Unit 4 Topic B), EU Political Issues (Unit 4 Topic A) and Global Politics (Unit 3 Topic D and Unit 4 Topic D).

All lectures are delivered by academics with a research specialism in the area.

cii Seminar 2 May

Wednesday 2 May 2012

15.30 to 17.00
Ginger Cruz, former U.S. Deputy Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction and current President of Mantid International

This seminar has been cancelled.

Roundtable on Elections

Wednesday 16 May 2012

17:00 to 18:30

The School of Politics has convened a panel of experts to discuss and debate the implications of recent (or up-coming) elections in Russia, France, US, Greece, Taiwan and Hong Kong. 

What happens in Macau?

Wednesday 16 May 2012

14:00 to 15:30
Dr Lam, University of Macau (China)

Dr Agnes Lam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Macau. She is a well-known journalist, political celebrity, and founder of Observatório Cívico (Civil Watch).


School's Question Time 2012

Monday 18 June 2012

10:30 to 11:30
On  Monday the 18th of June we are hosting our 8th annual School’s Question Time. This is an excellent opportunity for your students to ask challenging questions to a panel or politicians, policy makers and other high-profile public figures. 

Politics Month

Thursday 1 November 2012

The School of Politics aims to explain why politics matters through a series of events examining European Politics as part of Politics Month in November 2012. The events are designed to appeal to our students, staff, school students and the wider public.

Police Commissioner Candidate Hustings

Tuesday 6 November 2012

18:00 to 19:30

Come and hear from the candidates hoping to be Surrey's next Police Commissioner before the elections take place on 15 November 2012. Each candidate will be given the chance to present their policies before taking part in a Q&A session. 

Debate: Is the Euro Crisis Increasing Opposition to the EU?

Thursday 8 November 2012

17:00 to 18:30
Dr Simon Usherwood, University of Surrey Dr Nick Startin, UWE

Join us for a lively debate on the Eurocrisis with Dr Simon Usherwood (University of Surrey) and Dr Nick Startin (UWE). 

Invitation to CRonEM's Official Launch Debate

Thursday 15 November 2012

18:00 to 19:30
Sir Stephen Wall and Dr Richard Corbett

Jean Monnet Chair Roundtable: Economic Governance for Europe?

Thursday 22 November 2012

17:00 to 18:30

European Political Film Showing

Thursday 29 November 2012

17:00 to 19:00

Join us for a late afternoon film showing of Paris by Night. The film will be introduced by Professor Phil Powrie, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences.

Prospects for a Palestinian State

Tuesday 4 December 2012

16.00 to 18.00
Professor Bassem Ezbidi, Birzeit University; Ina’am R. Al Obaidi, Birzeit University; Professor Mkhaimar Abusada, Al-Azhar University, Gaza

Any Questions?

Friday 25 January 2013

18:30 to 21:00

Topical discussion in which a panel of personalities from the worlds of politics, media and elsewhere are posed questions by the audience. The show is broadcast live from a different location each week with a different panel.  The panel visiting Surrey will consist of Eric Pickles MP, Economist Alison Wolf and Shadow Justice Minister Emily Thornberry.

Extralegal Groups and Post-conflict Transitions

Wednesday 6 March 2013

15.30 to 17.00

Teacher Training: European Union Politics

Wednesday 13 March 2013

16:00 to 20:00

Launch of Whitehall Report "Hitting the Target?"

Tuesday 26 March 2013

17:30 to 19:00
Lieutenant General (Rtd) Sir Graeme Lamb: Former British Army officer and Commander, Field Army; Dr Lou Perrotta: Formerly of the UK Government's inter-departmental Stabilisation Unit; Dr Jamie Shea: Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

At this discussion event, to mark the launch of a new Whitehall Report, 'Hitting the Target?', a panel of experts will debate the practice of intervention in the context of emerging unmanned intelligence and precision-strike capabilities. What - if anything - has changed, and what does this mean for the West?

This report, incorporating papers following from the July 2012 workshop 'Hitting the Target?', is produced in collaboration with the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

For more information about the event and registration, please visit RUSI event page

Ever Closer Union? Prospects for the EU's Common Foreign and Security Policy

Wednesday 24 April 2013

14:00 to 16:00
Prof Anand Menon (King's College London); Dr Sven Biscop (Egmont Institute, Brussels)

'We Never Give Up II' Film Screening

Thursday 25 April 2013

17:00 to 19:00

The School of Politics at the University of Surrey is pleased to announce the screening of the film We Never Give Up II. This ten year follow-up film tells the stories of Khulumani Support Group members in the Western Cape, South Africa, who suffered multiple atrocities during apartheid.

Greening Economics, Greening Society: What is the Role of the EU?

Thursday 9 May 2013

09:00 to 17:30
Dr Mikael Karlsson, European Environmental Bureau;Dr Miriam Kennet, The Green Economics Institute; Prof Molly Scott Cato, Roehampton University;Prof Rüdiger Wurzel, University of Hull

How can we alter our economies and societies to adapt to the environmental crisis? Climate change and biodiversity loss reveal the unsustainability of our economic and social models, and yet a truly green economy remains a long way off. The necessary social changes are equally distant, and debate between academics and policy-makers remains too often a ‘dialogue of the deaf.’

Trauma and Conflict & The Use of Film in Truth Telling and Reconciliation

Monday 20 May 2013

11.00 - 12.15 & 13.00 - 14.30

Professor Marie Breen-Smyth is an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences and Chair in International Politics at the Centre for international intervention at the University of Surrey. She is also an expert on issues to do with conflict and trauma, using the Northern-Ireland conflict as a case study.

During the first lecture she will be explaining how trauma affects people during conflict, and how to understand and deal with psychological ‘injuries’.  Her latest research on injury due to the Northern Ireland conflict is available at

The second session starting at 1pm will look at the topic “Film, truth telling and reconciliation.” There will be a screening of one of Marie’s latest documentaries about the injured in the Northern-Ireland conflict. 

The following discussion will look at how effectively the use of film contributes to reconciliation. Marie will be accompanied by her colleague, a documentary film maker Lois Davis.

What’s so bad about Killer Robots?

Wednesday 22 May 2013

15:00 to 17:00
Dr. Alexander Leveringhaus, University of Oxford

What’s so bad about Killer Robots?
Ethical and legal challenges in the development of autonomous weapons systems

CRONEM Annual Multidisciplinary Conference 2013

Tuesday 2 July 2013

09:30 to 17:00

Surrey CommEUnicate

Wednesday 17 July 2013

16:00 to 20:00

The EU long ago ceased being purely a matter of ‘foreign policy’, and shapes legislation in a wide range of areas from the environment and education and health to social policy. However, citizens and journalists often struggle to identify when EU issues are relevant to local communities, and across the EU citizens often lack knowledge about how the EU affects them – or what they can do about it.  The aim of this workshop is to start a process through which this situation can be improved in Surrey.

Behind the Lines: Gender in the Bunker of Defence and Security Studies? (politics)

Wednesday 11 September 2013

08:45 to 18:00
Dr Jill Steans

Jeanmonnet@CRonEM Roundtable

Tuesday 22 October 2013

16:00 to 18:00
See below.

Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Dr Jenny Mathers, Aberystwyth

Weapons of Mass Destruction and US Foreign Policy

Wednesday 6 November 2013

15:30 to 17:00
Dr Michelle Bentley Royal Holloway, University of London

cii: Assessing the value of historical approaches to humanitarian intervention

Wednesday 20 November 2013

15:30 to 17:00
Dr Bronwen Everill, King's College London

Croatia – Making a Success of EU Membership

Monday 25 November 2013

09:00 to 17:00
Please see Programme.

Catching the Chinese Wind in Russia’s sails: Russia’s China Policy

Wednesday 27 November 2013

16:00 to 17:30
Dr. Natasha Kurt

CRonEM: Does crisis produce right-wing extremism?

Wednesday 11 December 2013

15.30 to 17.00
Dr Sofia Vasilopoulou, Lecturer in Politics, Department of Politics, University of York

Politics Staff-Student Christmas Party

Monday 16 December 2013

17:30 to 19:30

cii CRonEM: Paradise and power ten years on

Wednesday 15 January 2014

15:30 to 17:00
Prof David J. Galbreath, University of Bath and Dr Nicholas Kitchen, LSE

School of Politics Research Day

Tuesday 21 January 2014

10:00 to 17:00

CRonEM: Poverty and Social Policy in Europe 2020

Wednesday 29 January 2014

15:00 to 16:30
Dr Paul Copeland, Queen Mary, University of London

Why the world will never be the same again and what we should do about it

Wednesday 29 January 2014

17:45 to 19:15
Rt Hon Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG KBE PC

To launch Politics Month, the University is delighted to be able to welcome Lord (Paddy) Ashdown to give a lecture on the topic: "Why the world will never be the same again and what we should do about it - Foreign Affairs in the future".

Rt Hon Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon GCMG KBE PC

cii: The American Way of Death? Military videogames and militarised violence

Tuesday 4 February 2014

16:00 to 18:00
Dr Nick Robinson, University of Leeds

Politics Month 2014

Tuesday 4 February 2014

The School of Politics presents its annual month of roundtable discussions, debates and workshops. There will be presentations by visiting guest speakers and from Surrey’s very own political experts.

Potential security implications of the Scottish referendum

Tuesday 18 February 2014

16:00 to 18:00
Andrew Neal (Edinburgh)

Lord Hannay of Chiswick: The United Nations Role in Peace Security

Thursday 20 February 2014

16:00 to 17:30
Lord Hannay of Chiswick

Lord Hannay is a long serving British diplomat. He has held various positions in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London since 1959, including ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations.

CRonEM: Towards a Sustainable Surrey

Friday 21 February 2014

17:30 to 19:00
Keith Taylor MEP (Green Party, South East Region) Councillor Jonathan Essex (Green Party, Surrey County Council and Reigate and Banstead Borough Council) Professor Alex Warleigh-Lack (CRonEM, School of Politics, University of Surrey)

Roundtable: Crisis in Ukraine

Wednesday 5 March 2014

16:00 to 17:30

The School of Politics, the Centre for international intervention (Cii) and the Centre for Research on the European Matrix (CRonEM) have organised a Roundtable in response to events in Ukraine.

Politics Research Seminar - Professor Helen Drake

Wednesday 12 March 2014

15:45 to 17:15
Professor Helen Drake, Professor of French and European Studies at the Department of Politics, History and International Relations, Loughborough University

Professor Helen Drake presents a talk on "What's in a subject association? What UACES can tell us about European Studies (and higher education) in the UK today".

Jean Monnet@CRonEM Seminar: Anastasia Karatzia

Wednesday 2 April 2014

15:30 to 17:00
Anastasia Karatzia, Doctoral Researcher, School of Law, University of Surrey

Hustings event – European Elections 2014

Tuesday 6 May 2014

18:00 to 20:00
In preparation of the European Elections 2014, The Centre for Research on the European Matrix (CRonEM) at the School of Politics, University of Surrey is organising a public Hustings event with candidates that will stand for elections in the South East of England.

CRonEM Seminar: Dr Darren Sharpe

Wednesday 7 May 2014

15:30 to 17:00
Dr Darren Sharpe, Anglia Ruskin University

This seminar has been cancelled. 

Jean Monnet@CRonEM Seminar: Prof David Coen

Wednesday 14 May 2014

15:30 to 17:00
Professor David Cohen, UCL


With the support of the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union.

China 25 Years Later: Remembering Tiananmen 1989

Monday 19 May 2014

4pm to 6pm

The violent crackdown on protesters on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on June 4th 1989 has fundamentally altered China’s development and remains one of the defining moments of the twentieth century.

This public roundtable pays tribute to those who contributed to the democratic development in 1989 and assess the development of China over the past 25 years. It will remember and revisit the events, look at the current state of human rights in China and the legacy of the student movement for the country and look into the future of China’s integration with the international community.

CRonEM: Devolution in Sweden and the UK: Similar Challenges, Similar Fortunes?

Tuesday 20 May 2014

14:00 to 15:30
Dr Stegmann McCallion, Karlstad University, Sweden

Jean Monnet@CRonEM Seminar: Dr Dario Castiglione-CANCELLED

Wednesday 21 May 2014

15:30 to 17:00
Dr Dario Castiglione, University of Exeter

This seminar has been cancelled.


With the support of the Jean Monnet Programme of the European Union.

CRonEM: Sweden in the EU: An ‘Awkward Partner’ in the North?

Thursday 22 May 2014

10:00 to 11:30
Dr Malin Stegmann McCallion, Karlstad University, Sweden

cii: On the Receiving End of Intervention

Monday 16 June 2014

09:30 to 17:00
See below.

Jean Monnet@CRonEM Summer School

Monday 23 June 2014

16:30 to 14:00
See Programme.

CRonEM Annual Conference 2014

Monday 30 June 2014

Professor Sylvia Walby, UNESCO Chair of Gender Research, Lancaster University, UK; Professor Carl Stychin, City University, UK

CRONEM: Surrey Euro Forum Teacher Training

Thursday 10 July 2014

16:30 to 19:30

cii: Reconceptualising 'International Intervention'

Wednesday 30 July 2014

See below.

CRonEM: Surrey CommEUnicate event

Monday 4 August 2014

16:00 to 19:30

CRonEM: Surrey CommEUnicate Workshop

Thursday 13 November 2014

17.00 to 19.00

Frames In-Between: Street Level Taiwan

Monday 17 November 2014

18:00 to 20:00

An Exhibition featuring the work of Yehlin Lee to launch Taiwan Week - all welcome. The artist will give a talk about his work on Wednesday 19 November. The exhibition runs until Thursday 4 December. 

Oil Disease : Surviving Evil (油症-與毒共存)

Monday 17 November 2014

19:30 to 21:30

In 1979, two major events broke out in Taiwan that dramatically affected the country: the PCBs Poisoning Incident and the Kaohsiung Incident. After nearly three decades, Taiwan became an established democracy in Asia. But the surviving victims (and their second generation who have inherited the poison from birth) of the PCB disaster have been left alone in a never ending struggle to fight the toxin of the century which is flowing in their veins.

Taiwanese Photography and Film

Wednesday 19 November 2014

16:00 to 18:00
Yehlin Lee

Photographer Yehlin Lee talks to accompany his exhibition on Taiwan, followed by a Round Table discussion. 

The Other Side (對岸異鄉人)

Wednesday 19 November 2014


Another film from award winning director Tsung-Lung Tsai. 2009 was the 60th year that China and Taiwan have stood against each other. While the Chinese and the Taiwanese belong to the same ethnic group and speak the same language, the 300-mile Taiwan Strait remained a severely guarded military zone before the year 2000. It was, in fact, one of the most sensitive political regions in the world.

Jean Monnet@CRonEM Seminar: Dr Monica Sassatelli

Wednesday 26 November 2014

15.30 to 17.00
Dr Monica Sassatelli, Goldsmiths, University of London

PR China’s United Front Strategy Towards Taiwan and East Asia

Tuesday 2 December 2014

16:00 to 18:00

The rise of China and the rapid economic integration in the so-called “Greater China region” is re-shaping relations in Asia.

The EU and the classroom

Thursday 4 December 2014

16.00 for 16.30 to 18.30

Jeanmonnet Roundtable: Making Brussels Listen To You

Tuesday 16 December 2014

16:00 to 18:00

The roundtable focuses on how we can engage effectively with European institution.

When The Night Blossoms – All About Life Private View

Monday 9 February 2015

17:30 to 19:00

This exhibition will feature photographs by Joan Huang 黃于倩 and drawings by Klara Huang 黃盈睿. It offers a unique insight into the perspectives of young Taiwanese artists on Taiwan. They look at their home country from inside and outside and reflect on the transformations the society is experiencing. The rise in youth movements and social activism has inspired a new generation and altered the islands’ future. The photos and drawings are powerful witnesses to these changes. The exhibition will continue until Thursday 6th March.

The Right Thing

Monday 9 February 2015


The Right Thing 廣場 (110 min/2010)

In 2008 Chen Yun-Lin visited Taiwan, he was the first official Chinese envoy to step on Taiwanese soil for 60 years. The visit precipitated The Wild Strawberry Movement, a student led reaction to the state suppression of the Taiwanese people’s freedom of speech and personal liberty.

Taiwan's New Youth Movements

Tuesday 10 February 2015

16:00 to 18:00

2014 can reasonably be considered a watershed year in the so-called Greater China region with massive protests in Taiwan, Macau and Hong Kong.  Taiwan's Sunflower Movement marked the beginning of last year’s seasons of mass protests. The three week long occupation of a legislature by student activists made international headlines and is a crucial turning point in the history of Taiwan and the relations across the Taiwan Strait.

This talk will provide a rare insiders account of student movements in Taiwan since 2008. It guarantees fascinating insights into the protests surrounding the Legislative and Executive Yuans in March 2014, including the aftermath towards the local elections in autumn. It will also examine the movements’ impact beyond Taiwan, in particular on Hong Kong.

Film Screening of 22:30 and EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW of 'The Mob' and Discussion with Director Chiang Wei-Hua江偉華

Tuesday 10 February 2015


22 : 30 (14mins/2012)

22 : 30 is a short film about young people working the midnight shift in Taiwan’s 24/7 culture.


His job is placing large commercial posters onto the walls of high-rise buildings. Due to environment circumstances, his job can only begin after midnight. While most are deeply asleep, he slowly, delicately but substantially changes the metropolis's look.
His job is working graveyard shift at a gas station. The car lanes are bright but empty. The vehicles that pass by every once in a while, seemed like monsters in the dazzling midnight.
They are gazing at the same city simultaneously while taking a breath.

The trailer for 22:30 can be seen here.

Exclusive Preview of Footage from The Mob 街頭

Tuesday 10 February 2015


Exclusive Preview of Footage from The Mob 街頭 (ca 30mins/ 2015)

The Mob is the eagerly anticipated sequel to The Right Thing. It follows the generation of students who participated in the Wild Strawberry Movement. Chiang covers six years of activism culminating in the Sunflower Movement, highlighting the under reported events surrounding the Executive Yuan.

Director Chiang is showing for the first time clips from the eagerly anticipated sequel to the Right Thing. It is part of his comprehensive follow-up project on the generation of students that are transforming Taiwan’s politics and society.

This unique documentary project follows participants of the Wild Strawberry Movement over six years of life and activism that culminates in the occupation of the Legislative Yuan of the so-called Sunflower Movement (318 Movement). The documentary puts special emphasis on the underreported Executive Yuan event, a key point in the 318 Movement. Chiang Wei-hua will discuss details of the project and comment on never before seen footage of the movements.

PolSoc General Election Hustings

Thursday 19 February 2015


Who Are You Voting For?

Don't know? Not sure you're even going to vote?

Then come to the PolSoc General Election Hustings, where several local parliamentary candidates will be talking about their vision for Guildford, and answering YOUR questions.

Politics Month: Nato's Response to Changes in the Euro-Atlantic Security Environment

Tuesday 3 March 2015

James Squelch (Defence Policy and Planning Division, NATO International staff)

Russia’s annexation of the Crimea and continuing actions against Ukraine have changed the political and strategic environment in the Euro-Atlantic region.  For NATO to continue to preserve peace and contribute to the maintenance of stability in Europe will depend, even more than in the past, on its political solidarity, effective diplomacy and the successful resolution of crises that challenge its security.

Politics Month: The Political Psychology of Voting

Tuesday 10 March 2015

4pm to 6pm
Dan Stevens (University of Exeter) and Tereza Capelos (University of Surrey

Dr. Dan Stevens (University of Exeter) and Dr. Tereza Capelos (University of Surrey) will present results from their academic research on the determinants of voters’ perceptions of political leaders and parties. They will explore the cognitive and affective determinants of political judgments, review the role of stereotypes and shortcuts, and identify successful and not-so-successful campaign strategies in the British electoral context. Come and find out why researching how citizens feel and think about politics can help us understand better what the future holds for the upcoming General Election.

Politics Month: The Role of the Whips in Parliament

Friday 13 March 2015

Anne Milton MP
Fictional accounts of the work of the Parliamentary Whip can portray a mysterious world of intrigue, but what really goes on behind the scenes?  In reality, Whips are MPs or Lords appointed to help organise each party's contribution to parliamentary business. This ranges from ensuring that MPs vote (and vote according to party wishes), to acting as tellers when votes take place, and arranging parliamentary business.  Join Government Whip Anne Milton MP as she demystifies the role of the Whips and what they do, providing you with a unique insight into the workings of the Houses of Parliament…  
This event is part of the UK Parliament’s Open Lecture Series. Spaces at each Open Lecture are allocated on a first come, first served basis, so booking in advance is essential.

Politics Month: The Golden Dawn’s ‘Nationalist Solution’

Tuesday 17 March 2015

4pm to 6pm
Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou (Reading)

What explains the dramatic rise of the extreme, ultranationalist Golden Dawn in a country that has experienced Nazi invasion and a military dictatorship? This presentation places the rise of the Golden Dawn in the context of the Eurozone crisis and argues that its rise is not merely the product of economic malaise. Rather, the success of the Golden Dawn is dependent on the extent to which it was able to propound plausible solutions to the three sets of crises--economic, political and ideological--that culminated in an overall crisis of democracy in Greece. We argue that much of the party’s success can be attributed to its strategic choice to tap into the widespread disillusionment of the Greek people by offering them a “nationalist solution”: a rhetoric that emphasizes the twin fascist myths of social decadence and national rebirth.

For further details on other Politics Month events please see our flyer below.

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Politics Month: Devolution and the Development of Welsh Identity

Tuesday 24 March 2015

10:00 to 11:30
Baroness Randerson, Parliamentary-Under-Secretary of State for Wales

Baroness Randerson became Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales in September 2012. She is a Welsh Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords.
Political career: After her election to the National Assembly for Wales in 2000, she served as Minister for Culture and Sport and the Welsh Language from 2000 to 2003 and as acting Welsh Deputy First Minister from 6 July 2001 to 13 June 2002. She later served as the Liberal Democrat Spokesman in the National Assembly for a number of areas, including health and social services, finance, education and the economy. Baroness Randerson was made a life peer in January 2011.

For further details on other Politics Month events please see our flyer below.

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Politics Month: Can wars be humane in the 21st century?

Wednesday 25 March 2015

17:00 to 18:30
Geoff Loane, Head of Office for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Belfast; Dr Regina Rauxloh, Associate Professor at the University of Southampton Law School (and former Director of the Surrey International Law School); Paul Schulte, Visiting Professor at the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security in the University of Birmingham (and former Head of the UK Government’s Post Conflict Reconstruction Unit)

This roundtable event will ask to what extent traditional humanitarian values still apply in 21st century armed conflict and whether existing humanitarian law can be enforced. Do the rules of war need to be rewritten to take account of the diminishing distinction between combatants and civilians, the ability of new technologies to allow war to be conducted remotely, and/or the breakdown of respect for traditional institutions such as the Geneva Conventions and the United Nations?

For more information about the other Politics Month events, please see our flyer below. 

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Technology and International Intervention

Wednesday 22 April 2015

ESRC - funded Seminar at the University of Surrey, Guildford (UK) 22 April 2015

Book Launch: Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars – by Chris Woods

Tuesday 19 May 2015

16:00 to 18:00
Chris Woods

Interested in drone warfare? Want to find out more about the United States’ secretive history of using drones in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya? Come along to the University of Surrey on 19th May 2015 where award winning investigative journalist Chris Woods will be launching his latest book Sudden Justice: America’s Secret Drone Wars.  

There will be a short talk by Chris, giving an insight into his book, followed by a question and answer session. Copies of the book will be available to buy at the event and refreshments will be provided.

Taiwan Dance and Music

Wednesday 20 May 2015

16:00 to 17:30

Modern Taiwanese Dance
Speakers: Dr Ting-Ting Chang張婷婷, Dr Shantel Ehrenberg (Surrey)

Poetry as Musical Element in Taiwanese Puppetry – Poetry Singing and the Pentatonic Music System
Speakers: Dr Thomas Wang and Kaja Müller-Wang (M.A.), University of Heidelberg

Since the Taiwanese language preserves the 8 tones of Classical Chinese, the mood of famous Tang and Song poetry can be reconstructed with Taiwanese, while this is not possible with Modern Mandarin. In this talk, we will indulge into the Essence of Poetry singing as uniquely preserved in Traditional Taiwanese Puppetry.

An Evening of Taiwanese Dance and Music

Wednesday 20 May 2015


T.T.C. Dance perform 'Body Platform: Cabinet Anthropomorphique'

Artistic Director Ting-Ting Chang returns to the basic of dance, and starts by re-imagining the essence of utilizing body parts to express emotions. T.T.C. Dance is an exploration of the delicate interaction among movements, feelings, and imagination. It is a continuous experimentation on the fusion of Eastern and Western human aesthetics and dance theatre through inter-and cross-disciplinary collaboration with different artists and art forms.

Ting-Ting Chang is the Artistic Director of T.T.C. Dance and Assistant Professor of Dance at the National Taiwan University of Arts. Her creative process focuses on contemporary dance in Asia and cross-cultural performance, and her research interests include post-colonialism, nationalism, diaspora study and globalization. Chang holds a PhD degree in Dance History and Theory from University of California, Riverside.

More information about T.T.C. Dance can be found on their website here and a past performance can be viewed here

Jean Monnet@CRonEM Summer School 2015

Monday 29 June 2015

Please see below.

Narratives of Intervention: Reflections from North and South

Wednesday 22 July 2015



Dibyesh Anand, University of Westminster
Michael Cox, LSE
Mark Duffield, University of Bristol
Talat Farooq, Meliksah University
Caroline Kennedy-Pipe, University of Hull
Justin Morris, University of Hull
Annick Wibben, University of San Francisco


ESRC-funded Conference hosted by cii - Centre for International Intervention, University of Surrey

The West Wing or The Thick of It? What it's really like to work for an MP

Wednesday 27 April 2016

15:00 to 16:30
Rob Dale

EU Referendum Question Time

Wednesday 11 May 2016

18:30 to 20:00

Research Seminar: Gender Pay Reporting

Wednesday 11 May 2016

Dr Susan Milner University of Bath

International Intervention: The Future

Monday 18 July 2016

Call for papers

War, peace and something in between

Wednesday 8 February 2017

6pm to 8pm
Sir Nicholas Kay KCMG

Sir Nicholas Kay will reflect on his work for the UN in Somalia between 2013 and 2016. He is currently the UK Special Envoy to the Horn of Africa. Sir Nicholas Kay is a UK diplomat currently based in London. From June 2013 until January 2016 he was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Somalia and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Africa's Troubled Giant

Wednesday 29 March 2017

4pm to 6pm
Hon. Chike Okafor

Hon. Chike Okafor is a member of the House of Representative in Nigeria and Chairman of the House Committee on Healthcare Services. Before his political career as a legislator he worked in the banking and finance industry. As West Africa’s main regional power, Nigeria is central to the region’s economic and security governance. Yet, the country faces grave economic and security challenges of its own. Hon. Chike Okafor will reflect on the impact of political and economic turmoil on Nigeria and its position as a regional leader. 

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