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Professor Ian Morris to be 2015-2016 Philippe Roman Chair at LSE IDEAS|

Why did the West come to dominate the globe? How has war had a positive effect on the course of human history? These are among the issues explored by the latest academic to take up the Philippe Roman Chair at LSE IDEAS.


Accidental Antagonists or Inevitable Enemies? China and Japan in Asia and Beyond |

Professor Arne Westad gave a talk at the University of Hong Kong, surveying the history of relations between Japan and China and suggesting how these two states might deal with each other in future. You can watch it here.|



LSE IDEAS Ranked 2nd Best University Affiliated Think Tank in the World|

For the third year running, LSE IDEAS has been ranked one of the top think tanks in the world. Chinese translation of the press release here.|


China’s global climate responsibility|

Dr. Robert Falkner|, who is Co-Director of the Dahrendorf Project| at LSE IDEAS, gave a lecture on ‘Great powers, environmental responsibility and China’s international climate policy|’ at Peking University in Beijing on 21 April, and also at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou on 7 April. The lecture discussed the challenges that China faces in coming to terms with its status as a global power and the world’s leading emitter of greenhouse gases. 


The Collapse of the Soviet Union: A 25-Year Retrospective|

Professor Vladislav Zubok| of the Russia Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS gave a talk at the Harvard Faculty Club on April 24th, 2015. Professor Zubok discussed the unraveling of the Soviet state, a momentous event that occurred less than seven years after Mikhail Gorbachev became General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
Professor Zubok is Chair of the Europe, Russia and Ukraine Working Group within the Dahrendorf Project|.


Megaron Plus Lecture Series|

LSE IDEAS Director Professor Michael Cox took part in the ongoing Megaron Plus lecture series, alongside Professors Craig Calhoun, Kevin Featherstone and Anne Phillips. The lecture series, is a collaboration between the LSE, the Hellenic Alumni Association of the LSE, and the Hellenic Observatory. 


Visiting Professor Jean-Pierre Filiu speaking on Syria and ISIS|

On Wednesday 11 March, Professor Jean-Pierre Filiu (Sciences Po) briefed both the participants of the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy| as well as a group of IDEAS Alumni and policymakers on the situation in Syria, the challenge posed by ISIS and the limits of Western response. Read a report on the on the talk by Natalie Nougayrède in The Guardian|.


The Ukraine crisis is forcing the EU to abandon normative power and act more strategically in its eastern neighbourhood|

The EU has often been conceived of as a ‘normative power’ in the sense that it exerts influence by promoting values and norms through technocratic cooperation and diplomacy. Cristian Nitoiu| writes that the net effect of the crisis in Ukraine has been to encourage the EU to adopt a more geostrategic approach to its eastern neighbourhood, particularly in its relations with Russia.


Sheep’s eyes and witchetty grubs — a test for British diplomacy|

A good diplomat possesses character as well as intellect, writes Robert Cooper|, former diplomat for the UK and the EU


Visiting Senior Fellow speaks to ASEAN
LSE IDEAS visiting senior fellow Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid made a presentation on behalf of the Asean Business Advisory Council, which he chairs, to the Asean Heads of State and Government at the 26th Asean Summit in Kuala Lumpur on 27th April.

IDEAS visiting fellow Dr Effie Pedaliu writes for New York Times on lessons from the Vietnam war
Read Dr. Pedaliu's piece 'Vietnam Diminished the U.S. in Its Allies’ Eyes' in the Room for Debate online discussion

Cannabis Legalisation in the U.S. Workshop - Storify
As part of the International Drugs Policy project, LSE IDEAS hosted a policy workshop looking at the effects of state level legalisation.

Professor Ian Morris to be 2015-2016 Philippe Roman Chair at LSE IDEAS
Professor Ian Morris will be succeeding Professor Matthew Connelly in the post.

LSE IDEAS Ranked 2nd Best University Think Tank in the World|

For the third year running, LSE IDEAS has been ranked one of the top think tanks in the world.

LSE IDEAS Fellows Speak at House of Lords on EU-Russia relations beyond Ukraine|

Professor Margot Light (Emeritus Professor of International Relations and Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS) and Dr David Cadier (Fellow in International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS) spoke before the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee on EU-Russia relations Before and Beyond the Crisis in Ukraine. 

West Lake Strategic Conversations (WLSC)

LSE IDEAS will be taking part in the first of the West Lake Strategic Conversations alongside Zhejiang University’s Academy of Social Science (ZJU SSRA). Professors Jia Qingguo (Peking University), Arne Westad and Xunda Yu (Zhejiang University), leading experts on Chinese foreign policy, will be the main proponents on what aims to be a continuing conversation. Taking place place every two years, WLSC aims to discuss the theme of China’s rise in East Asia, wider Asia and the world. It will thus also reflect on the contemporary questions surrounding the Chinese public policy debate.

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China, the United States and Asia in the Twenty-first Century|

Tuesday, 5 May 2015, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Arne Westad; Chair: Professor Michael Cox


Three Major Geopolitical Shifts in Modern International History since 1500: Bringing Braudel into the 20th Century|

Monday 11 May 2015, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Paul Kennedy; Chair: Professor Michael Cox


Colombia's Transition to Peace|

Tuesday 12 May 2015, 6.30 - 7.45pm, Wolfson Theatre, NAB
Speaker: Mr Sergio Jaramillo Caro; Chair: Professor Michael Cox


What Does China Want?|

Monday 18 May 2015, 2.00 - 3.30pm, TW2, room 9.04
Speaker: Mr Frank Lavin; Chair: Professor Erik Berglof