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Academic(s) blogging

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A guest post by Jacob Christensen* in our series of blogging academics. Check out the rest of the series here and here.  If you are an academic (European studies, social science, humanities etc) with a blog and you would like to share your views about blogging and social media here –  please contact us via […]

Where is Europe on Libya?

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By Simon McMahon The Arab Spring has defined contemporary world politics, and has been interpreted by many as a new beginning for societies in North Africa and the Middle East. It has also in many ways challenged the common perceptions of policy makers in Europe. But in Libya, Colonel Gaddafi continues to try and hold […]

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Why Researchers Should Blog: Joining the Euroblogosphere

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Guest post by Anamaria Dutceac Segesten* “Publish or perish”: Academia has its own jungle law. To thrive (or even to survive, it feels like occasionally) one needs to produce texts and in this case I mean specifically texts as words (images, videos, audio presentations are not yet acceptable). Articles, book chapters, monographs, conference papers, working […]

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Thoughts on blogging, academic teaching, and the use of sources

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It’s been a while since I’ve been blogging here, which doesn’t mean I haven’t been blogging, although the live blogging from the EU Council was kind of exhausting. Yet, in the meantime, over at the Transparency International blog I’ve been writing about the current MEP corruption scandal. And on the Th!nk about it! blogging competition […]

More than a Cliché: Every Crisis is a New Opportunity

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By Pablo Calderon Martinez The international community was, once again, caught by surprise and overwhelmed by the speed and intensity of the events unfolding in one of the most volatile regions of the world. The much-maligned Bush “doctrine” claimed that, after a short war, Iraq would become a functional Western-like democracy, whose prosperity, freedom and […]

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Why use blogs in university teaching: A Socratic dialogue

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Guest post by Anamaria Dutceac Segesten* When I first told my undergraduate students that we will have a blog connected to the one of their first semester courses, they looked at me with incredulity. A blog? Why, a blog can have nothing to do with academia, right? Well, wrong, was my reply. I have written […]

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The English Defence League: Building a European Community?

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By Simon McMahon The English Defence League (EDL) has over the last year been building an increasing amount of support across the UK, particularly in England. Formed in the town of Luton in 2009 as a response to Muslim protest groups’ criticism of British soldiers, the EDL is an organisation boasting thousands of members and […]

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Academic looks at the Eastern Partnership

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The latest issue of the Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics (Volume 27, Issue 1, 2011) takes a special look at the EU’s neighbourhood policy, in particular the Eastern Partnership initiative. Lots of interesting stuff for those working with the countries east of the EU’s borders.

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