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LSE IDEAS is LSE's foreign policy think tank.

We connect academic knowledge of diplomacy and strategy with the people who use it through our projects, publications, events, and executive education.

Making the 'Special Relationship' Great Again?

Strategic Update: Making the 'Special Relationship' Great Again?

Donald Trump’s election poses uncomfortable questions for Britain about the future of the UK-US ‘Special Relationship’. This Strategic Update looks at the core elements of the ‘Special Relationship’ that could be under strain and how Britain could be left between a Trump Rock and a Brexit Hard Place. Read online / Download pdf

 
Looking Back: Looking Forward. Another 'Twenty Years' Crisis?

Looking Back: Looking Forward. Another 'Twenty Years' Crisis?
Thu 9 Feb 2017, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE

In 1939 E.H. Carr authored a classic book on international politics explaining why the world had experienced a 'Twenty Years' Crisis'. With the international system today facing an almost perfect global storm, are we are on the verge of another crisis of equal intensity?

 
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New Year's Honours for IDEAS' Dr John Hughes

LSE IDEAS Visiting Professor in Practice Dr John Hughes has been awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours list. "IDEAS is delighted for Dr Hughes and sends its collective congratulations to him for this great honour" said IDEAS Director Michael Cox. 

 
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If we make post-Brexit trade deals with China and India, don’t expect Britain to come out on top

LSE IDEAS' Yu Jie and former Business Secretary Vince Cable write for the Independent on the challenges Britain will face negotiating trade deals with China and India. Read the article.

 
Cold War Studies Project

Cold War Studies Project

The Cold War Studies Project (CWSP) maintains LSE IDEAS as the leading centre in Europe for advanced study and research on the Cold War. Home to the Cold War History Journal and several international partnerships, CWSP focuses on the new history of the Cold War, the global Cold War, and the continuing modern day impact of the Cold War.

 

IDEAS hosts innovative research projects on diplomacy, foreign policy and the issues that transcended regional boundaries. 

All IDEAS projects are multidisciplinary and engage regularly with policy-makers and practitioners.

British-Soviet Relations in the Cold War 1943-1953 Documentary evidence project

British-Soviet Relations in the Cold War Documentary Evidence

This joint project between IDEAS, The British Academy, and the Russian Academy unlocks the archives of the early Cold War. Explore hundreds of newly released archive documents with new insight into how the Cold War began including declassified diplomatic cables, diaries, and reports of meetings between Russian and British leaders.

 
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China Foresight

Analysing Chinese strategy and foreign policy from the inside out by understanding the domestic policy making process in China and engaging with the ongoing debates among Chinese academics and senior policy-makers. 

 
Cold War Studies Project

Cold War Studies Project

The Cold War Studies Project (CWSP) maintains LSE IDEAS as the leading centre in Europe for advanced study and research on the Cold War. Home to the Cold War History Journal and several international partnerships, CWSP focuses on the new history of the Cold War, the global Cold War, and the continuing modern day impact of the Cold War.

 
Dahrendorf Forum

Dahrendorf Forum

A joint project between LSE and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin leading the debate on Europe’s external relations and honouring the legacy of former LSE Director Ralf Dahrendorf. Funded by Stiftung Mercator. 

 
LSE Diplomacy Commission

LSE Diplomacy Commission

A forum for informed, private and strategic discussion on the future of British diplomacy. An experienced group of Commissioners held private hearings with expert witnesses, to produce the Investing for Influence report on the UK's place in the world. Supported by a LSE HEIF 5 award.

 
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Global Strategies @ LSE

Connecting academics with Whitehall and beyond. The aim of the project is to provide sound practical advice on how strategy can be made more effective, bringing together a wide range of academics from LSE with senior practitioners past and present from the UK & overseas.

 
International Drug Policy Project

International Drug Policy Project

A cross-regional research project setting the agenda in debates on the international drug control system through the acclaimed Governing the Global Drug Wars report and Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy. Supported by Open Society Foundations and the British Council. 

 
Power Shifts

Power Shifts

Power Shifts investigates claims that across the world power is moving: particularly from the US to China, from West to East, and from states to non-state actors. Through multidisciplinary collaborations the project seeks to understand how power may transition from one actor to another. 

 

IDEAS hosts a wide variety of events including public lectures, policy planning workshops, and international conferences.  

Upcoming Events

Looking Back: Looking Forward. Another 'Twenty Years' Crisis?

Looking Back: Looking Forward. Another 'Twenty Years' Crisis?
Thu 9 Feb 2017, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE

In 1939 E.H. Carr authored a classic book on international politics explaining why the world had experienced a 'Twenty Years' Crisis'. With the international system today facing an almost perfect global storm, are we are on the verge of another crisis of equal intensity?

 
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Drug Policies Beyond the 'War on Drugs'? Wed 15 Feb 2017, 6.30-8pm, Hong Kong Theatre, LSE Part of the LSE Works lecture series

As countries examine new ways of managing drugs and alcohol issues beyond the problematic and simplistic model of the 'war on drugs', this lecture will examine how LSE research impacts on and drives government policies.

 
From One Cold War to Another?

From One Cold War to Another? Tue 23 Feb 2017, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE Part of the  LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017

This discussion asks and tries to answer three big questions: In what sense did the Cold War represent a revolution in world history? Was 1989 yet another, very different kind of, revolution in international affairs? And why does the Cold War we all thought dead and buried continue to exercise such influence on our discourses about the modern world? 

 
Revolutions in the Afghan Desert

Revolutions in the Afghan Desert: Water, Green Tech and Illegal Opium Cultivation Fri 24 Febuary 2017, 6-7.30pm, Thai Theatre, LSE 
Part of the  LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017

Over the last fifteen years there has been a revolution in the deserts of south and southwest Afghanistan. Driven by population pressure, opium prohibition and conflict 1.2 million people have settled in what was once uninhabitable desert land. Event includes guided exhibition tour.

 
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The World Reimagined: Americans and human rights Tue 28 Feb 2017, 6.30pm-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE Part of the Rethinking the Cold War Lecture Series with the University of Sheffield. 

How did the idea of 'human rights' develop in the twentieth century? In this lecture, Mark Bradley explores how changes in US culture and thought from the 1940-70s changed the American idea of what it means to be free, leading to the modern concept of 'universal human rights'. 

 

Most Recent Events 

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From Iraq to the New Cold War: Hans Blix 

Hans Blix achieved international  prominence in his role as Head of the UN team which failed to discover WMD in Iraq - the official reason given by both the Blair and Bush governments for finally going to war in 2003. At this event, Blix explored lessons from the past and a way forward for the future of weapons control in a world that has become no safer.

 
Margaret Gowing

Margaret Gowing and British Nuclear History

Joint LSE IDEAS-NATO-LSE Department of International History conference. Margaret Gowing was an LSE alumna & leading nuclear historian, who wrote the ground breaking official history of Britain & Atomic Energy. Members of the Gowing family, NATO officials, civil servants, leading historians, & LSE students attended this one day conference to explore her personal and academic legacy. 

 
Clash of the Titans? China-US Relations from Nixon to Trump

Clash of the Titans? China-US Relations from Nixon to Trump

From how early American perceptions of China were shaped by trade and missionaries, to the idea of inter-civilisation dialogue and China as a 'civilisation state', and what Trump means for China - at this event Margaret Macmillan and Christopher Coker explored arguably the most significant relationship of the modern era. Listen to the podcast

 

Featured Podcasts 

EU Referendum: What Now?

EU Referendum: What Now?

The Monday after the UK voted for Brexit, LSE IDEAS held an event with Sarasin & Partners on what happens now. LSE experts and guests from business and politics discussed the impact on the global markets, the UK economy, British politics, and the wider world. 

 
The Legacy of Peace

The Legacy of Peace: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Joint LSE IDEAS-LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre event.  The LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project was honoured to welcome President of Colombia and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Juan Manuel Santos to the LSE on November 2nd, where he said the referendum result could be a "blessing in disguise" for the peace process. 

 
The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman and experts from LSE IDEAS discussed his new book Easternisation, debating how far Asia's growing wealth will move the international balance of power away from the West, Chinese nationalism, and the US-China competition for allies in Asia. 

 
IDEAS analysis helps to explain global foreign policy and identify issues of strategic and diplomatic importance. 
Latest Analysis:
Making the 'Special Relationship' Great Again?

Making the 'Special Relationship' Great Again?

Donald Trump’s election poses uncomfortable questions for Britain about the future of the UK-US ‘Special Relationship’. This Strategic Update looks at the core elements of the ‘Special Relationship’ that could be under strain and how Britain could be left between a Trump Rock and a Brexit Hard Place. Read online / Download pdf

 
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Dahrendorf Forum Policy Brief: Are Europe’s wind and solar industries still attractive for Chinese companies?

Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Europe has been rising exponentially since 2007. This policy brief reflects on the present state of Chinese FDI in the European solar and wind sectors and gives some recommendations for European, and especially German, stakeholders.

 
The Greek Euro Tragedy

The Greek Euro Tragedy

This Strategic Update discusses the most recent problems for the Eurozone, namely the Greek crisis and how the European Central Bank’s (ECB) lack of democratic accountability has contributed to the instability of the Eurozone. Read online / Download pdf

 
Featured Analysis: 
After the Drug Wars

After the Drug Wars

Read the report endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize winners setting out a framework for the future of international drug policy in the 'post war on drugs' era, based on the Sustainable Development Goals.

 
Brexit What Happens Next

Brexit: What Happens Next?

The British withdrawal from the EU will be a process not an event. This Strategic Update by Tim Oliver sets out the nine overlapping series of negotiations to expect and the positions the 27 remaining EU countries, gathered from a network of researchers across the continent. Read online / Download pdf

 
China's Geoeconomic Strategy

China's Geoeconomic Strategy

This report provides a systematic assessment of the economic bases of China’s foreign policy and the challenges the country faces as it makes the transition from rising power to superpower. LSE IDEAS' work on China continues with the China Foresight Project.

 

IDEAS People News

The latest expert comment  in the international press
and news of conferences and meetings from IDEAS People:

Europe Faces Its Next Brexit Elections - June’s referendum was only the start. Now polls in France and Germany could set the agenda says Associate Andrew Hammond in the Wall Street Journal

IDEAS Reaction to US Election Result

Trump's presidency will present an enormous challenge for the UK-US ‘Special Relationship’ says Tim Oliver.

Europe in the Age of Trump: A more uncertain and unstable continent according to Visiting Fellow Effie Pedaliu

Trump’s victory puts Europe in unknown territory says Sir Robert Cooper

"We just don't know" what Donald Trump's foreign policy will look like writes Nick Kitchen.

Yu Jie commented on what Trump's election means for China to the World Weekly.

Trade. North Korea. Iran. - These are the dangers awaiting Trump identified by Andrew Hammond for Reuters Opinion.

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Yu Jie is representing LSE IDEAS at the Global Think Tank Forum in Shanghai, held by the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program in association with local think tanks. 
 
Senior Research Fellow Mary Martin is attending the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, including a Business and Human Rights Network side event on business conflict and human rights.
Luc Brunet, Deputy Project Head of the IDEAS Cold War Studies Project, is speaking at a Jean Monnet Association conference on Jean Monnet and the economy, hosted by the French Ministry of Finance. 
IDEAS Associate David Cadier writes about Russia & France's Right: How Moscow is Playing in the French Presidential Election for Foreign Affairs
Senior Research Fellow Mary Martin is a keynote speaker at the 3rd International Academic Conference on Human Security held in Belgrade, where she will speak on Human Security: Present and Future Frontiers.
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New Zealand Institute of Internatonal Affairs Conference 2016

IDEAS Director Michael Cox is speaking, from London, at the New Zealand Institute of Internatonal Affairs 2016 Conference 'The Global Future: Challenges to Security, Stability and Sustainability'. The conference explores what 'the rise of the rest' means for the global order.

 
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BBC News at 10 comment on Hinkley Point

China Foresight's Yu Jie commented on the Hinkley Point nuclear deal on BBC News at 10. "[Chinese] sate owned enterprises want to use this deal as a stepping stone to achieve a major foothold in the European market and obviously to get to into demand sectors like civil nuclear is a major success for Chinese state owned enterprises I would say" she told BBC China correspondent Carrie Grace.

 
 
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