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Launch of Julie Yu-Wen Chen’s “The Uyghur Lobby: Global Networks, Coalitions and Strategies of the World Uyghur Congress”

On 14th March 2014, Dr. Julie Yu-Wen Chen, lecturer in the Department of Government, University College Cork (UCC), launched her new book, “The Uyghur Lobby: Global Networks, Coalitions and Strategies of the World Uyghur Congress”.

The book, launched with the support of the PSAI, Dr. Andrew Cottey (Head of the Department of Government, UCC) and Dr. Leung Wing-Fai (lecturer in Chinese Studies at UCC), examines the global operations and groups that operate within the Uyghur diaspora’s umbrella organisation, the World Uyghur Congress (WUC).

The Uyghur are China’s fifth largest ethnic group and their mounting aspirations for obtaining more autonomy for their region from China’s central authorities have led to recent conflicts in the area amidst rising tensions.

Dr. Julie Yu-Wen Chen, Dr. Leung Wing-Fai and Dr. Andrew Cottey

Julie’s unique and timely study reveals how an issue concerning a Chinese minority group has been catapulted onto the wider global political stage and, as a result, it will be of great interest to both students and scholars working in areas such as contemporary Chinese studies, the Uyghur issue as well as in broader areas such as social and human rights movements, international politics and history.

The book is now available to purchase online through www.routledge.com.

Launch of Iain McMenamin’s “If Money Talks, What Does It Say? Corruption and Business Financing of Political Parties”

On 6th March 2013, Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn launched “If Money Talks, What Does It Say? Corruption and Business Financing of Political Parties” (Oxford University Press) at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin.

Ruairi Quinn, Dr. Iain McMenamin and Professor Brian MacCraith

The book by Dublin City University (DCU) political scientist Dr. Iain McMenamin considers why business contributes to political parties.

Using case studies of Australia, Canada and Germany and data dating back to 1984, the book analyses the detailed processes involved in the business financing of parties.