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Report on Uganda refugee strategy
The Refugee Studies Centre has published a new report and research brief focusing on Uganda’s self-reliance strategy for refugees and asking ‘what difference does it make?’ Uganda gives refugees the right to work and freedom of movement in a model that has been widely praised. Find out more.

Research into Chinese returnees
An article co-authored by Professor Xiaolan Fu exploring how Chinese firms acquire knowledge and experience in international markets by attracting returnees has won the 2018 International Business Review Best Journal Paper of the Year Award.

Two lectures on Bhutan
The Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative hosted two distinguished lectures on Bhutan: by former Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and by Karma Ura, President of the Center for Bhutan Studies & Gross National Happiness. Watch the videos

Anti-corruption award
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey won an International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award for her two anti-corruption children’s books, Gbagba and Jaadeh!. The awards are sponsored by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Centre in Doha, Qatar.

Conference on Future of Salafism
The Changing Structures of Islamic Authority project hosted a three-day conference on the Future of Salafism, exploring how Salafi thought, and the groups inspired by it, is evolving in light of post-Arab Spring developments and changes in Saudi Arabia.

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A timely new book edited by ODID Associate Professor Corneliu Bjola and James Pamment of Lund University, Sweden, explores the ‘dark side’ of digital diplomacy, highlighting some of the major problems facing democratic institutions in the West and providing concrete examples of best practice in reversing the tide of digital propaganda.

Countering Online Propaganda and Extremism: The Dark Side of Digital Diplomacy is published by Routledge
A news special issue of the journal Africa edited by Departmental Lecturer Dan Hodgkinson and Luke Melchiorre of Universidad de los Andes explores 'Student activism in an era of decolonization'. The issue includes an article by Dan titled 'Nationalists with no nation: oral history, ZANU(PF) and the meanings of Rhodesian student activism in Zimbabwe'.

Access the full issue - open access until 1 March.

Jocelyn Alexander (2019) ‘State writing, subversion and citizenship in Southern Rhodesia’s state of emergency, 1959–1960Canadian Journal of African Studies

Obiageri Bridget Azubuike and Angela W Little (2019) ‘Learning motivations, learning outcomes and gender in Vietnam’, Young Lives Working Paper No 181

Alexander Betts (2018) ‘The global compact on refugees: towards a theory of change?’, International Journal of Refugee Law

Alexander Betts, Kate Pincock and Evan Easton-Calabria (2018) ‘Refugees as providers of protection and assistance’, RSC Research in Brief 10

Simukai Chigudu (2019) 'The politics of cholera, crisis and citizenship in urban Zimbabwe: "People were dying like flies"', African Affairs

Cathryn Costello (2019) 'Refugees and (Other) migrants: will the global compacts ensure safe flight and onward mobility for refugees?', International Journal of Refugee Law

Kaihua Chen, Yi Zhang and Xiaolan Fu (2018) 'International research collaboration: an emerging domain of innovation studies?', Research Policy

Noele Crossley (2018) ‘Is R2P still controversial? Continuity and change in the debate on humanitarian interventionCambridge Review of International Affairs

Derya Ozkul (2019) 'The making of a transnational religion: Alevi movement in Germany and the World Alevi union', British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies

Angela Remus (2019) ‘Seeking informal asylum: The case of Central Americans in the United States’, RSC Working Paper No 127 

Diego Sánchez-Ancochea and Juliana Martínez Franzoni (2018) 'Overcoming segmentation in social policy? Comparing new early education and child care efforts in Costa Rica and Uruguay', Bulletin of Latin American Research

Robin Vandervoordt and Gert Verschraegen (2019) 'Citizenship as a gift: how Syrian refugees in Belgium make sense of their social rights', Citizenship Studies

Adrian Wood (2019) ‘China: long-term development issues and options, past and present’, TMCD Working Paper No 79
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Has the 'responsibility to protect' principle outlived its usefulness? Departmental Lecturer Noele Crossley explored the history of the concept and some alternatives in a post for the ODID blog.
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow Robtel Neajai Pailey drew on her research to explore four reasons why Liberia has not removed its constitutional 'Negro clause', which prohibits non-blacks from obtaining citizenship by birth, ancestry or naturalisation, in a piece for Al Jazeera English.
What can India's experience teach us about managing minority-majority relations in Europe? Associate Professor Joerg Friedrichs outlined his research findings in an article for the ODID blog
The newly adopted Global Compact for Migration attracted considerable controversy and opposition from critics. With assistance from Associate Professor Cathryn Costello, Full Fact addressed a number of the criticisms.
Departmental Lecturer Dan Hodgkinson reported on a recent ODID roundtable on the historic elections in Zimbabwe, in which three experts shared what their research had shown about ZANU(PF) election strategies, the role of social movements, and manipulation of the voters’ roll.
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Photo credits: UNHCR / Federico Noi (Uganda refugees); Umar Nasir (Salafism)
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