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LSE Campus
London, WC2A 2AZ

Tel: (+44) 020 7849 4918
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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.


Vacancy for LSE Applicants: Events Assistant

We are looking for a part-time Events Assistant for academic year 2015-16 with excellent communication and organisation skills, attention to detail and interest in events. Applications close on Thursday, 8th OctoberFind out more and apply.

O Ríordáin

Shifting Drug Strategies in Ireland and the UK

The International Drug Policy Project will host a high-level policy planning workshop which will focus on changing drug strategies in Ireland and the UK with a keynote speech by current Irish Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, Aodhán O’Ríordáin.


Listen - Black Earth: the Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder spoke at an IDEAS event chaired by fellow Philippe Roman Chair Anne Applebaum. He explained the role that the destruction of states played in the Holocaust and argued that we must try to understand the causes of violence to learn the lessons of history.
The podcast and tweets from the night are online now.

Dahrendorf Forum

New vacancy: Dahrendorf Forum Communications, Marketing, and Events Assistant (Part Time)

The assistant will support the Dahrendorf Forum Manager at LSE IDEAS in coordinating and delivering a growing number of events and communications documents. Find out more and apply.

Millennium Journal

IDEAS Sponsors Panel at Millennium Conference

Millennium is a leading International Relations journal edited by LSE postgraduate students. IDEAS is proud to be sponsoring the 'Problematiques of Resilience' panel chaired by our Director Michael Cox, on stability in the international system, at their 2015 Conference.   


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.


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.

Diplomacy Commission

LSE Diplomacy Commission

What is the future of British diplomacy? A interdisciplinary body of Commissioners is undertaking a series of private hearings with expert witness to produce a blue ribbon 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.


The Crisis In European Security

Thursday 8 October 2015, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building Speakers: Sir Robert Cooper; Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger; Discussant: Professor Karen Smith; Chair: Dr Robert Falkner


A Theory of Everything: Evolution, History and the Shape of Things to Come

Tuesday 27 October 2015, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Ian Morris; Chair: Professor Michael Cox


Will the 21st Century be Asian?

Monday 2 November 2015, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Professor Danny Quah, Professor Michael Cox, Dr Leslie Vinjamuri; Chair: Mr Tim Frost


Russian Foreign Policy as an Exercise in Nation-building

Tuesday 3 November 2015, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Dr Dmitri Trenin; Chair: Professor Michael Cox

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Each Age Gets the Bloodshed It Needs: 20,000 Years of Violence

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 6.30 - 8.00pm, venue TBC
Speaker: Professor Ian Morris; Chair: Professor Danny Quah

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Each Age Gets the Inequality It Needs: 20,000 Years of Hierarchy

Tuesday 15 March 2016, 6.30 - 8.00pm, venue TBC
Speaker: Professor Ian Morris; Chair: Professor Erik Berglof


Latest Events:

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


Black Earth: the Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder spoke at an IDEAS event chaired by fellow Philippe Roman Chair Anne Applebaum. He explained the role that the destruction of states played in the Holocaust and argued that we must try to understand the causes of violence to learn the lessons of history.


Will America and China go to war?

How likely is a great power conflict between China and the United States? Listen to this LSE Summer School event with IDEAS Director Michael Cox and author of Will China Dominate the 21st Century? Jonathan Fenby. 

EU Russia Ukraine Working Group

The EU and Russia: Unpacking the Stalemate

Can Europe improve its relationship with Russia? The Dahrendorf Forum Working Group on Europe, Ukraine, and Russia at IDEAS held a workshop examining different aspects of the relationship from the 'war of historical narratives' to EU enlargement policy and Ukraine.

IDEAS analysis helps to explain global foreign policy and identify issues of strategic and diplomatic importance. 
Latest Analysis:
European Soft Power

Strategic Update: China-EU Relations & European Soft Power 

Despite obvious differences, the EU’s most comprehensive partnership with an emerging power has been with China. This Strategic Update argues that this is partly due to China's identification with Europe's ancient culture and summarises current 'soft power' diplomacy.

Dahrendorf Forum Policy Brief

Dahrendorf Forum Policy Brief: Europe's Role in the World   

After 2014, the year of crises, how can Europe take stock of its role in the world? This briefing from the Dahrendorf Forum includes five policy recommendations from former diplomats on building European foreign policy after the rise of ISIS and the Ukrainian conflict.

Dahrendorf Forum

Dahrendorf Forum Policy Brief: EU Neighbourhood Policy in Africa 

How can the EU be more effective in North Africa? The policy recommendations in this brief from the Dahrendorf Forum include country specific policies, use of micro-level conditionality, and more External Action Service staff.

Featured Analysis: 

The Euro Crisis: A Historical Perspective

This Strategic Update sheds light on the current euro crisis by looking at the debates preceding the conception of the euro. How can the early days of EU monetary cooperation help us understand today’s predicament? And what lessons can we draw from them for the euro?

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. It uses an independent economic analysis to design a successor strategy to the failed global war on drugs. 

Climate Change

Climate Change: Is Southeast Asia up to the Challenge?

AESAN nations are among the most affected by climate change, can they be effective at the international level. Ahead of the Paris COP21 conference, revisit this report based on an IDEAS workshop in Jakarta.


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:

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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.
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). 
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 .

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.