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LSE IDEAS is an IGA Centre that acts as the School’s foreign policy think tank.

Through sustained engagement with policymakers and opinion-formers, IDEAS provides a forum that informs policy debate and connects academic research with the practice of diplomacy and strategy.

20,000 Years of Violence

Each Age Gets the Bloodshed It Needs: 20,000 Years of Violence
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, LSE (Directions)

20,000 years ago, the average person stood a 10-20% chance of dying violently. Today, the chance is under 1%. How has this happened. Philippe Roman Chair Ian Morris argues that violence has slowly been putting itself out of business.

 
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IDEAS Remains Among World's Highest Ranked Think Tanks, Third in University Affiliated Category

LSE IDEAS is the third best University Affiliated Think Tank in the world according to the latest rankings released by the Think Tank and Civil Societies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. The 2015 rankings place IDEAS twenty first among all Western European think tanks.

 
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International Drug Policy Project advise Colombian President Santos

Michael Cox and John Collins of LSE IDEAS' International Drug Policy Project joined Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (pictured), an LSE alumn, and senior members of his government to discuss what a post-‘war on drugs’ strategy might look like at a packed event in Bogota, Colombia, held on Thursday 28 January.

 
Lukyanov

Listen: Russia and the EU: back to realism?

At this Dahrendorf Forum lecture, leading Moscow analyst and Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs Fyodor Lukyanov argued that it's time to redefine the Europe - Russia relationship based on a pragmatic understanding of respective interests and capabilities. Podcast and tweets now available. 

 
Towards an EU Global Strategy: A Revolution for External Action?

Dahrendorf Forum Policy Brief: Towards an EU Global Strategy

The European Union is revising its Security Strategy in light of new challenges. Can the EU meet the need for effective risk assessment and crisis management to create a revolution for external action? This Policy Brief from the Dahrendorf Forum summarises a roundtable with EU and German government  officials.

 

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.

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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

Cold War Studies Project

Continuing the work of IDEAS as the leading centre in Europe for advanced study and research into the key aspects of the Cold War, their historical origins and their contemporary repercussions. CWSP is home to the journal Cold War History and a range of international partnerships.

 
Dahrendorf Forum

Dahrendorf Forum

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

 
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.

 
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, conferences and off-the-record briefings. 

Upcoming Events:

Please join us at the following events.

20,000 Years of Violence

Each Age Gets the Bloodshed It Needs: 20,000 Years of Violence
Tuesday 9 February 2016, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, LSE (Directions)

20,000 years ago, the average person stood a 10-20% chance of dying violently. Today, the chance is under 1%. How has this happened. Philippe Roman Chair Ian Morris argues that violence has slowly been putting itself out of business.

 
After the Drug Wars

After the Drug Wars: International Drug Policy Project report launch
Monday 15 February 2016, 6.30-8pm,  Old Theatre, LSE (Directions)

As the UN meets to form the UN Special Session on Drugs in 2016, the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy will provide a new framework for global drug control efforts grounded in public health, sustainable development, and human rights.

 
Hegemony

Can China Achieve Hegemony in East Asia?
Monday 22 February 2016, 6.30-8pm,  Room 9.05, Tower 2, LSE

Joint IDEAS-LSE Department of International Relations event.  The question of Chinese hegemony in East Asia is no longer a fanciful one. This seminar will explore the strategies for regional order which China has adopted in the past as a possible guide to the years ahead.

 
20,000 Years of Hierarchy

Each Age Gets the Inequality It Needs: 20,000 Years of Hierarchy
Tuesday 15 March 2016, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, LSE (Directions)

Through most of history, humans lived in small groups with low hierarchy. The invention of farming increased the size of societies and inequality. Philippe Roman Chair Ian Morris explains how the ways we capture energy from the environment has affected hierarchy through time.

 

Latest Events:

Watch, listen and catch up with the debate from recent events. 

Lukyanov

Russia and the EU: back to realism?

At this Dahrendorf Forum lecture, leading Moscow analyst and Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs Fyodor Lukyanov argued that it's time to redefine the Europe - Russia relationship based on a pragmatic understanding of respective interests and capabilities.

 
Professor Marie Pierre Rey

Tsar Alexander I and the European Order, Ideas, & Practices

This Paulsen Project lecture by Prof Marie-Pierre Rey explored the personality, reign, and ideas of Tsar Alexander I. Professor Rey explored the Tsar's ideas of European balance of power and peace through Christian union and how they have shaped the modern international order.

 
Ian Morris

20,000 Years of International Relations

In his second Philippe Roman Chair lecutre, Professor Ian Morris explained that Each Age Gets the Great Powers it Needs, how International Relations changed from the age of foraging to farming to industry, and what the patterns of great power history tells us about the future of the global order.

 
European Climate Leadership and COP21

European Climate Leadership and COP21 - Assessing EU Relations with China and India

Panellists Diarmuid Torney, Olivia Gippner (Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow), and Fergus Green took part in a Dahrendorf Forum discussion on the shifting contours of global climate politics ahead of December’s COP21 Paris climate conference.

 
Russian Foreign Policy as an Exercise in Nation-building

Russian Foreign Policy as an Exercise in Nation-building

Leading Moscow-based analyst Dmitri Trenin shed light on the role of the internal factors driving Russia’s behaviour in international politics in this Dahrendorf Forum and LSE Department of International Relations event.

 
Will the 21st Century Be Asian?

Will the 21st Century be Asian?

If the 19th Century was Europe's & the 20th America's, will the 21st belong to Asia? Public debate with Michael Cox (IDEAS Director) Danny Quah (SEAC Director) and Leslie Vinjamuri (Co-Director, Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS).

 
Shifting Drugs Strategies

Policy Workshop: Shifting Drug Strategies in Ireland & the UK

The International Drug Policy Project hosted a high-level policy planning workshop for civil servants and experts from around the world, with a keynote speech by current Irish Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, Adhán O’Ríordáin. Find out more.

 
Russia's Intervention in Syria

Policy Breakfast: Russia's Intervention in Syria 

Diplomats, civil servants, and journalists joined academics at IDEAS to discuss Russian military action in Syria at this private policy breakfast event with the Dahrendorf Forum and LSE Department of International Relations.

 
Ian Morris

A Theory of Everything: Philippe Roman Chair lecture

What can the patterns of the past tell us about the future of the global order? Find out in the inaugural Philippe Roman Chair Lecture by Ian Morris on Evolution, History and the Shape of Things to Come.

 
The Crisis In European Security

The Crisis in European Security

Experienced European diplomats Robert Cooper and Wolfgang Ischinger were joined by Professors Karen Smith and Robert Falkner for this Dahrendorf Forum discussion on the Ukraine crisis and how to restore a “Europe whole and free”.
 
Stephen Walt

Does Europe Have a Future? Stephen Walt lecture 

Professor Walt of the Kennedy School at Harvard spoke at this IDEAS-Dahrendorf Forum - LSE US Centre event on the strategic challenges facing the EU and if it could meet them. 

 
IDEAS analysis helps to explain global foreign policy and identify issues of strategic and diplomatic importance. 
Latest Analysis:
Towards an EU Global Strategy: A Revolution for External Action?

Dahrendorf Forum Policy Brief: Towards an EU Global Strategy

The European Union is revising its Security Strategy in light of new challenges. Can the EU meet the need for effective risk assessment and crisis management to create a revolution for external action? This Policy Brief from the Dahrendorf Forum summarises a roundtable with EU and German government  officials.

 
Long Road to Tehran

The Long Road to Tehran : The Iran Nuclear Deal in Perspective

In 2015 Iran and the P5+1 reached a deal designed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. How was this momentous agreement reached? This Strategic Update traces the story of this major diplomatic breakthrough, through the historical context of long term US-Iran relations.

 
Is the Transatlantic Century Over?

Dahrendorf Forum Policy Brief: Is the Transatlantic Century Over?

In this Policy Brief from the Dahrendorf Forum, Cora Lacatus explores how changes in the power of the United States will affect the European Union and the future of the Transatlantic relationship.

 
Featured Analysis: 
LSE Diplomacy Commission

Investing for Influence: LSE Diplomacy Commission Report

What should be the purpose of British foreign policy? With the Foreign Office and diplomatic service under budgetary pressure, this report from the LSE Diplomacy Commission argues the UK should reassess its international role from first principles. 

 
China's Geoeconomic Strategy

China's Geoeconomic Strategy

After Xi Jinping's visit to the UK in 2015, revisit this report which 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.

 
International Drug Policy Project

Ending the Drugs Wars Report 

This report from the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy was named one of the top ten policy studies by a think-tank worldwide. Part of the influential IDEAS International Drug Policy Project, the expert group will release a further report in 2016.

 

IDEAS is proud to bring together leading scholars and practitioners of foreign policy and diplomacy from around the world. 

Below are the latest contributions to international debate in the news from IDEAS People:

David Cadier writes for LSE Connect magazine on what prompted Russian annexation of Crimea and how Putin’s drive to consolidate his domestic political regime has spilled over into foreign policy.
Safe Zone Syria
Establishing ‘safe zones’ in Syria remains the most realistic route to tackling Europe’s refugee crisis, writes IDEAS Visiting Fellow Effie G. H. Pedaliu on the LSE European Politics and Policy Blog.
 
China Foresight's Dr Yu Jie blogs on the LSE Brexit Blog how Britain leaving the European Union could threaten the "golden age" of China-UK relations.
Solar Panels
Dahrendorf Fellow Olivia Gippner interviews Australian climate envoy Howard Bamsey for the Lowy Institute's Interpreter blog on how 'prickly' relations with EU hamper climate diplomacy. 
 
Senior Fellow and former Co-Director at IDEAS Arne Westad writes for Politico on why American politicians going after Xi Jinping should think hard about who the alternative would be.
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IDEAS Associate Andrew Hammond writes for Reuters on why Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to the United States is the most important in decades.
 
Pourquoi l'avenir de la Chine est vert or Why China's Future is Green. Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow on Europe-East Asia Relations Olivia Gippner writes for the Huffington Post France on Chinese environmentalism (in French). 
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IDEAS Associate Andrew Hammond writes in Gulf News on how Afghan attacks show country at crossroads and the challenges for Afghanistan's President Ashraf Gani.
 
For all parties involved, the Iran nuclear deal is big win writes former IDEAS Pinto Fellow Bryan Gibson on the .
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Dahrendorf Fellow on Europe-North America relations Tim Oliver writes for the LSE American Politics and Policy Blog on how Brexit is an issue President Obama has every right to be concerned about as a UK exit from the EU would affect the United States. 

 
 
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LSE IDEAS Annual Report
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