Monthly Archives: April 2013

Event: The Political Histories of Modern Scotland

The Political Histories of Modern Scotland with Professor Ewen A. Cameron Date: Tuesday 7 May 2013 Time: 5:15 pm Venue: Auditorium Lecture Theatre, Business School The current debate on ‘independence’ for Scotland has provided a recent focus on the clash between … Continue reading

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Security in an independent Scotland

In this piece, Dr. Andrew Neal argues that security is about the perception of threats, rendering an objective assessment of Scotland’s prospects for security impossible. However, he notes that an independent Scotland may emulate the UK’s expansive approach to secruity … Continue reading

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Scotland as a ‘good bet’ for Nato

Dr. Colin Fleming writes on the possibility of Nato membership for an independent Scotland, noting that while Scotland could exist outwith Nato, independence outside the strategic alliance would come at a political and financial cost. This week Nato are conducting … Continue reading

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Writing off Trident

Dr. John MacDonald reflects on the possibility of a nuclear-free Scotland following independence, arguing that a recent constitutional amendment in Mongolia might serve as a model to prevent the maintenance and deployment of nuclear weapons.  In Washington DC last Tuesday, … Continue reading

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The SNP and NATO: Can they Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Bomb?

Writing in response to recent discussions of the future of an independent Scotland within or outwith NATO, the University of Edinburgh’s Dr. Dan Kenealy asks whether the SNP can overcome it’s historic opposition to the nuclear alliance and ‘learn to … Continue reading

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Event: AQMeN Launch

We would like to invite you to the launch of the AQMeN phase II research and training programme which will be followed by our inaugural annual lecture given by Sir Ian Diamond, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of … Continue reading

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Scotland’s choices–the referendum and what happens afterwards

Professor Jim Gallagher, on of the authors of a new book published this week, stresses the need for honesty regarding the uncertainties surrounding Scottish independence. It’s no exaggeration to say that there is a hunger for information among the voters … Continue reading

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Event: Nationalism & Globalisation

Nationalism and Globalisation New Settings, New Challenges 23-24 May 2013 University of Edinburgh A two-day international symposium bringing together research on the interface between nationalism and multiculturalism on the one hand and the evolving dynamics of transnational constitutionalism on the … Continue reading

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The new poll tax? The bedroom tax, welfare reform and independence

Dr Nicola McEwen, ESRC Senior Scotland Fellow, reflects on the welfare turn in the independence debate. She raises doubts about the prospects that the bedroom tax can play as important a role as the poll tax in the campaign for … Continue reading

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