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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 will give a talk at the University of Hong Kong on Wednesday, 1st April 2015. Professor Westad will survey the past history of relations between Japan and China and suggest how these two states might deal with each other in future. More information 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.|


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


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.Chinese public policy debate.

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.

Power Shifts: Perspectives from the US Foreign Policy Conference - Power Shifts - Projects - IDEAS - Home
Video from the Conference co-hosted by LSE IDEAS and the LSE IR Department. Speakers share their perspective on the changing shape of power and its implications for US foreign policy.

Ending the drug wars - LSE Connect article by John Collins
John Collins argues that it is time to accept that the war on drugs has failed and to move beyond prohibitionist policies.

LSE IDEAS Fellows Speak at House of Lords Sub-Committee on External Affairs
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,  participated in the 19th of March in an expert roundtable discussion on EU-Russia relations and the Ukraine crisis organised by the House of Lords Sub-Committee on External Affairs. The seminar participants discussed the findings of the recent report published by the Sub-Committee on this theme.

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: TBC