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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.


Black Earth: the Holocaust as History and Warning

Former Philippe Roman Chair Timothy Synder talks about his new book in which he argues we have missed basic lessons of the history of the Holocaust and our societies might be more vulnerable than we would like to think. Join us for this event chaired by columnist Anne Applebaum, also previously Philippe Roman Chair, on September 14th.

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.


IDEAS staff meet Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond in Beijing

After taking part in the LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing, IDEAS Director Michael Cox and Dr. Yu Jie met the Foreign Secretary and the UK Ambassador to China Barbara Woodward with Professor Wang Jisi of Peking University. Find out more about our work in China.

Dayna Barnes

Dr Dayna Barnes Appointed New Pinto Postdoctoral Fellow

Dayna Barnes has been appointed as the 2015-2016 Pinto Fellow. The fellowship is awarded to a post-viva PhD student who has worked on a topic related to Cold War history, supporting them prepare their thesis for publication. Dr Barnes is working on a book project examining the development of American postwar planning for Japan during WWII.


Churchill 2015 Statesmanship Programme

As part of Power Shifts, IDEAS is taking part in Churchill 2015: A 21st century statesmanship programme that commemorates Churchill’s legacy by identifying and analysing key strategic issues in global leadership. 


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:

Black Earth: the Holocaust as history and warning

Monday 14 September 2015, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Tower 1, room TW1, G.01
Speaker: Professor Timothy Snyder; Chair: Anne Applebaum

2015-10-01-Does Europe Have A Future

Does Europe Have A Future?

Thursday 1 October 2015, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building Speaker: Professor Stephen M. Walt; Chair: Professor Peter Trubowitz


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

Latest Events:
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.

Frank Lavin

What Does China Want?

Frank Lavin, former American under-secretary of commerce and China trade expert took part in a Q&A event on understanding the country's rise, with discussion ranging from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank to China-Japan relations.


Colombia's Transition to Peace

The High Commissioner for Peace of the Government of Colombia Sergio Jaramillo Caro gave a lecture on the country's peace process. The keynote followed a day of private discussion on the peacemaking and peacebuilding process in Colombia. 

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

Banking on Beijing

Strategic Update: Banking on Beijing

The crisis in Ukraine has led to new bilateral economic, financial and energy projects between China and Russia. But in the face of Western sanctions is Moscow taking a strategic risk by Banking on Beijing? This Strategic Update analyses the conflict's impact on Russia-China relations.  


Strategic Update: Common EU Policies on Authorised Immigration

The idea of 'Fortress Europe' has dominated debates on EU immigration policies from the 90s to the current crisis in the Mediterranean. This Strategic Update focuses on emerging routes for legal migration.

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:

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. 

IDEAS Director Michael Cox reflects on being in Greece during the Euro crisis on the LSE European Politics and Policy Blog, arguing that despite Alexis Tsipras' climbdown, Europe has suffered most.
How has the Ukraine conflict affected relations between Russia and Central and Eastern European EU member states? Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow on Europe-Russia Relations Cristian Nitoiu writes for the LSE European Politics and Policy Blog on a clear revival of nationalist and anti-Russian sentiments which politicians have sought to use to their advantage.