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October 30, 2008

Spy researcher says once improbable Bond villains now close to real thing

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Professor Richard J. Aldrich, Professor of International Security at University of Warwick says that the once improbable seeming villains in the Bond movies have become close to the real threats faced by modern security services.

October 15, 2008

Expert comment – Inpatient psychiatric care

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Warwick Medical School Professor of Psychiatry Scott Weich argues that inpatient NHS psychiatric care is expensive, unpopular and often unsatisfactory.

In an editorial for the British Medical Journal this month, Professor Weich said a recent national review of inpatient services by the Healthcare Commission rated 59% of trusts as fair or weak.

He said: “Where things are bad, they are very bad, and these are the places where the needs of the most excluded, vulnerable and disaffected (including those from black and minority communities) are least adequately met.”

Professor Weich stated that the number of psychiatric beds had fallen by 31% between 1996 and 2006.

He added: “That service users welcome further reductions in bed numbers speaks volumes, not only for the reprehensible state of many inpatient units, but also for users’ confidence in community services.”

To contact Professor Weich, call Kelly Parkes-Harrison, Communications Officer, 02476 150483, 07824 540863

August 13, 2008

Dissidents in China

Dr Ruth Cherrington is a researcher in the Department of Translation and Cultural Studies.

She has family and friends from the Uyghur minority group found in Xinjiang Province, East Turkistan.

She can provide expert comment on the dissident movements in China.

Contact Ruth on 02476 574743, or via the press office on 07876 217740.

July 30, 2008

Expert Comment – WTO Failure

Professor Richard Higgott is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the Warwick Commission into the WTO. He said:

“The failure of the Doha Development Round of Multilateral trade Negotiations reveals the deep-seated problems with the nature of modern multilateral negotiations under conditions of globalisation in general and at the WTO in particular. The implications for other international issues, such as climate change are profound and deeply concerning.

“Solutions need to be found in the reform of traditional patterns of multilateral negotiations without which deadlocks are likely to continue

“The year-long Warwick Commission produced an eight-point plan aimed at making the WTO and multilateral agreements fairer and more successful.

Serious consideration should be given to ‘critical mass’ decision-making. This ‘variable geometry’ solution would only bring together those countries with clear direct interests in the particular trade issue to be discussed without disavdantaging non participants “

Contact Professor Higgott on 02476 524633, or via the Press Officer Richard Fern on 07876 217740.

July 29, 2008

Expert Comment – PM Gordon Brown

Professor Wyn Grant – Politics

Prof Grant is an experienced media commentator and established expert in the field of contemporary politics.

He may be contacted on 024 7652 3720, or via the press officer Richard Fern on 07876 217740.

May 15, 2008

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

Professor Justin St John of Warwick Medical School is an expert speaking in favour of the bill. You can listen to a podcast interview with Justin St John below.

He may be contacted on 024 7696 8701

Or via the press officer on 07876 217740

April 28, 2008

Expert Comment – Trades Unions and Strikes

Professor Mike Terry is an expert in trades unions and industrial relations. Of growing trades union activity he says -

“Strikes are a public demonstration that unions are alive and well and trying to do something. It keeps them in the news, raises awareness – it is a carefully orchestrated display of discontent.

“The unions sniff the possibility of slightly greater concessions in the run up to an election. They may get certain promises for the future, such as a big pay review.”

Mike Terry may be contacted on 02476 524 563
Or via the press officer Richard Fern on 07876 217740

February 14, 2008


Dr Peter Ferdinand is an expert in the politics of the Balkans.

He can be contacted on 02476 523419, or via the Press Officer Richard Fern on 07876 217740


It is likely that Kosovo will declare independence this coming weekend. The Serbian presidential elections are over and the EU wanted the declaration to be postponed until after then.

If is happens, it will come as a surprise to no-one. The UN’s envoy for Kosovo, former Finnish President Ahtisaari, advocated it a year ago. The US and most of the EU are in favour and the Albanian Kosovars certainly are.

All are aware of the strong objections of Serbia, as well other states such as Russia and China, who contest the principle of independence without agreement from all sides and would be happy to see talks continue indefinitely. Opponents fear that it will be taken as an encouraging precedent by oppositions that want secession elsewhere.

So the EU will try to pacify opponents by refusing Kosovo all the trappings of independence. It will still be under some kind of EU tutelage. The EU will also have a force ready to prevent attacks on Serbs still living in Kosovo. This is intended to reassure Belgrade.

However, opponents have had plenty of warning to prepare their response. Newly re-elected Serbian President Tadić will have to speak out and defend the interests of Kosovo Serbs. And since Russia itself is in the run-up to its own presidential elections in March, President Putin will probably use the occasion as a stick with which to beat the West. He has threatened to use it as a precedent to recognise the breakaway enclaves of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia. If that happened, Georgia would probably seek Western support.

Above all the EU will want to use diplomacy to prevent Kosovo from turning into a failed state in Europe. As it is, it will depend upon European assistance for years to come. But how far will opponents push their opposition?

January 30, 2008

The US Primary Elections

Professor Trevor McCrisken is an expert in the field of the politics and foreign policy of the USA.

He is available for comment on the current US primaries and their wider implications.

Contact him on 02476 574 693, or via the university press officer on 07876 217740

January 22, 2008

Prof Angela Hobbs on Plato

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Prof Angela Hobbs from the Department of Philosophy has recorded a couple of podcasts for the ‘philosophybites’ series.

Prof Hobbs discusses ‘Plato On War’ and ‘Plato on Erotic Love’.

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