24 February 2014: Videos of SPP Policy and Practice Seminar Series
Jonathan Powell talked about his new book, 'Talking to Terrorists How to end armed conflicts', to be published next year. The thesis of the book is that governments say they will never negotiate with terrorists but nearly always end up doing so and when they eventually come to do so they have usually forgotten the lessons learned from their last encounter and have to start from scratch. The book looks at the moral and practical question of whether it is right to talk to terrorists and then looks at past successes in South Africa, El Salvador, Colombia, Mozambique, Northern Ireland and Spain as well as those cases where talks have failed, like Sri Lanka. The book also looks at historical experiences with Lloyd George and the IRA in 1919 to 1921 and the French in Algeria. It concludes that it is always right to talk to terrorists but it may not always be the right moment to enter into negotiations. Powell argues that no group should be beyond the pale, and that we should be ready to talks to Hamas, the Taliban and even Al Qaeda.
17 February 2014: Meg Russell's new book on the House of Lords has been shortlisted for Practical Politics Book of the Year
Meg Russell's book 'The
Contemporary House of Lords: Westminster Bicameralism Revived' has been shortlisted in the Practical Politics Book of the Year category at the Political Book
14 February 2014: Video - Nicola Sturgeon: 'Scotland's Future: the case for an independent Scotland'
This video contains flash photography.
13 February 2014: The SNP response on keeping the pound - Press Release
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister will be in London today to give a lecture on 'Scotland's Future: the case for an independent Scotland' before students and guests of UCL’s School of Public Policy.
11 February 2014: Video: Making Capitalism Fit for Society
The Political Quarterly, in conjunction with the Department of Political Science / School of Public Policy at UCL and The Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life at Birkbeck hosted a public debate about Colin Crouch's new book Making Capitalism Fit for Society on 30 January 2014. More...
6 February 2014: Steven Rathgeb Smith's (Executive Director of the American Political Science Association) visit at UCL SPP
12 December 2013: Video: Björn Kjellström, Head of UK Office, European Parliament
3 December 2013: Video: Rt Hon Mr Jack Straw MP on Global Governance
21 November 2013: Jack Straw and the Institute of Global Governance
15 November 2013: Video: iPlatform for Global Change Launch
14 November 2013: Video: Jan-Emmanuel De Neve on Tax incentives
11 October 2013: Giving Time website launched
1 October 2013: Video: UCL / NYU Wagner - Executive Master of Public Administration in Global Public Policy and Management
30 September 2013: Announcing the Launch of Constitute
30 September 2013: UCL and Institute of Education announce new Q-Step Centre
19 September 2013: Professor Cecile Laborde has just been elected as a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).
19 September 2013: Senior Promotions for 2013
12 July 2013: Alex Skinner is Temp of the Quarter Winner
1 July 2013: European Public Policy Students in Brussels
18 June 2013: SPP Professor awarded CBE
17 June 2013: Professor Sir John Gieve - Inaugural Lecture
7 June 2013: Dr Basak Cali on BBC World News
3 May 2013: Video: Neil Mitchell Inaugural Lecture
1 May 2013: Professor Lord O’Donnell - Inaugural Lecture
1 May 2013: Lord Gus O'Donnell on Policy Impact