Politics @ Surrey

The blog of the Department of Politics at the University of Surrey

International women’s day: why it still matters!

Celebrations of international women’s day started in the early 1900s as a protest against working conditions of women in textile factories. March 8th became internationally recognised as women’s day in 1975, following the UN campaign for the International Women’s Year.  It is interesting to follow some of the contributions and views expressed on Twitter about […]


The EU as a pig in a poke

Before Facebook, a poke was a word for a bag and the expression ‘buying a pig in a poke’ is just another way of saying ‘buyer beware’.  It’s one which has come to mind since my latest excursion into the Twitter-verse, where I’m meeting a lot of the type of people I study, namely eurosceptics. […]


Syria: Accountability or Impunity?

There has been much debate about the merits or otherwise of forcible intervention to stop the killings in the Syrian crisis. This has never looked likely, partly because of the Russian and Chinese veto in the UN Security Council but also because of the inherent difficulty of the task, not least given the fragmented nature […]


Neutrality, Impartiality, and the Syrian Crisis

by Prof. Sir Mike Aaronson, Co-Director of the Centre for International Intervention People sometimes find it hard to grasp the difference between the concepts of impartiality and neutrality, as used in a humanitarian context. The current crisis in Syria shows the importance of distinguishing between the two. The principle of impartiality, as articulated by the […]


Neutrality, Impartiality, and the Syrian Crisis

People sometimes find it hard to grasp the difference between the concepts of impartiality and neutrality, as used in a humanitarian context. The current crisis in Syria shows the importance of distinguishing between the two. The principle of impartiality, as articulated by the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, is about relieving the suffering of […]


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