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LSE IDEAS is LSE's foreign policy think tank.

We connect academic knowledge of diplomacy and strategy with the people who use it through our projects, publications, events, and executive education.

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LSE IDEAS Appoints Three Global Experts to Drug Policy Project

Two visiting Fellows and a Head of Teaching are the latest additions to the International Drug Policy Project (IDPP). Ana Linda Solano (pictured) and Mark Shaw have been appointed Visiting Fellows and Michael Shiner has joined as Head of Teaching for the Project. Find out more.

 
Dr Pippa Malmgrem

Listen: Signals and Social Consequences from Shrinkflation to Fighter Jets

Joint event with LSE Department of International Relations Former US Presidential adviser Pippa Malmgrem gave an impassioned lecture on why we need to watch non-data economic signals to understand modern geopolitics. Podcast now available. 

 
After the Drug Wars

LSE IDEAS & German Development Agency launch pilot ‘Innovation Lab’ on Drug Policy

The GIZ Global Partnership on Drug Policies and Development (GPDPD) and the LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project (IDPP) are pleased to announce a pilot for a new 'Innovation Lab on Drug Policies and Human Development'. Find out more

 
The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?
4th October, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, LSE

Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman and experts from LSE IDEAS discuss his new book Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century. Join the debate on how far the growing wealth of Asian nations is moving the international balance of power away from the West. RSVP

 
China Foresight

BBC News at 10 & CCTV comment on Hinkley Point

China Foresight's Yu Jie commented on the Hinkley Point nuclear deal on BBC News at 10 and Chinese channel CCTV. "[Chinese] state owned enterprises want to use this deal as a stepping stone to achieve a major foothold in the European market" she told BBC China correspondent Carrie Grace. Watch the CCTV debate on YouTube.

 

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.

British-Soviet Relations in the Cold War 1943-1953 Documentary evidence project

British-Soviet Relations in the Cold War Documentary Evidence

This joint project between IDEAS, The British Academy, and the Russian Academy unlocks the archives of the early Cold War. Explore hundreds of newly released archive documents with new insight into how the Cold War began including declassified diplomatic cables, diaries, and reports of meetings between Russian and British leaders.

 
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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 Project

Cold War Studies Project

The Cold War Studies Project (CWSP) maintains LSE IDEAS as the leading centre in Europe for advanced study and research on the Cold War. Home to the Cold War History Journal and several international partnerships, CWSP focuses on the new history of the Cold War, the global Cold War, and the continuing modern day impact of the Cold War.

 
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.

 
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Global Strategies @ LSE

Connecting academics with Whitehall and beyond. The aim of the project is to provide sound practical advice on how strategy can be made more effective, bringing together a wide range of academics from LSE with senior practitioners past and present from the UK & overseas.

 
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, policy planning workshops, and international conferences.  

Upcoming Events

The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?
4th October, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, LSE

Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman and experts from LSE IDEAS discuss his new book Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century. Join the debate on how far the growing wealth of Asian nations is moving the international balance of power away from the West. RSVP

 
Irina Bokova

Strengthening Global Governance for the 21st Century
12 October 2016, 1-2pm, Shaw Library, LSE

In this lecture, Director-General of UNESCO and candidate for UN Secretary General Irina Bokova will explore the challenges of an increasingly turbulent world, and the role of the United Nations in sustaining a rules-based international order. 

 
An Imaginary War? Culture, Thought and Nuclear Conflict during the Cold War

An Imaginary War? Culture, Thought and Nuclear Conflict during the Cold War 19th October, 6.30-8pm, LSE IDEAS (Tower 2, 9.05)

Part of the Rethinking the Cold War Lecture Series. Collective imaginations of nuclear warfare were a central battleground of the Cold War, fought through war-games and fictitious scenarios. This panel debate explores the 'imaginary Cold War', from how specific media and national cultures created it to the implications for our understanding of the Cold War and the atomic bomb.

 
The European Union at the Crossroads: Brexit and After

The European Union at the Crossroads: Brexit and After
October 31st, 6.30-8pm
, Old Theatre, LSE. Free ticket required

Dahrendorf Forum event.  With the UK heading for Brexit, the European Union faces a historic challenge but also an opportunity to rethink its own future. Join diplomats, politicians and academics from across the continent to debate the future of Europe.

 
A Briton at the Heart of Europe: Revisiting Roy Jenkins' Presidency of the European Commission

A Briton at the Heart of Europe: Revisiting Roy Jenkins' Presidency of the European Commission 
8th November, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE

Forty years ago, a British politician was appointed President of the European Commission. This lecture explores what Jenkins' tenure reveals about the nature of the job and the history of Britain in Europe.

 
New Challenges, New Voices

Transatlantic Relations After the Election: Next Generation Perspectives 28th November, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE

Dahrendorf Forum event.  Following the American election, what's the future of US-Europe relations? Contributors to the Dahrendorf Forum-LSE IDEAS Special Report New Challenges, New Voices  discuss the issues that will shape transatlantic ties in the new President's tenure from the TTIP trade deal to NATO defence spending commitments.

 

Most Recent Events 

Dr Pippa Malmgrem

Signals and Social Consequences from Shrinkflation to Fighter Jets

Joint event with LSE Department of International Relations Former US Presidential adviser Pippa Malmgrem gave an impassioned lecture on why we need to watch non-data economic signals to understand modern geopolitics. 

 
Power and Pragmatism

Power and Pragmatism with Sir Malcolm Rifkind

For almost forty years, Malcolm Rifkind served at the forefront of British politics. In this lecture, Sir Malcolm gave a lively account of his involvement in some of recent history’s most important events - such as early meetings between Thatcher and Gorbachev, and secret negotiations with the Argentine government on the Falklands Islands.

 
British-Soviet Relations in the Cold War Project Launch

British-Soviet Relations in the Cold War Project Launch

The launch of our British-Soviet Relations in the Cold War 1943-1953 project took place at the British Academy on Wednesday, 13 July 2016. Speakers included Ash Amin, Foreign Secretary of the British Academy, Alexandr Chubarian of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Vladimir Pechatnov, Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

 

Featured Podcasts 

Dahrendorf Symposium

Dahrendorf Symposium 2016: Europe and the World - Global Insecurity & Power Shifts, Berlin

The Dahrendorf Symposium is a high-profile event debating Europe’s future, attended by around 300 European policy-makers and foreign policy experts. Watch videos, read blogs, and catch up with Twitter from the event now.

 
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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.

 
EU Referendum: What Now?

EU Referendum: What Now?

The Monday after the UK voted for Brexit, LSE IDEAS held an event with Sarasin & Partners on what happens now. LSE experts and guests from business and politics discussed the impact on the global markets, the UK economy, British politics, and the wider world. 

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

Brexit: What Happens Next?

The British withdrawal from the EU will be a process not an event. This Strategic Update by Tim Oliver sets out the nine overlapping series of negotiations to expect and the positions the 27 remaining EU countries, gathered from a network of researchers across the continent. Read online / Download pdf

 
European Union in the World 2025

European Union in the World 2025 – Scenarios for EU relations

What will European Union foreign policy look like in 2025?This Dahrendorf Analysis outlines some possible future scenarios - created by the Dahrendorf Forum foresight project, which explored likely trajectories, new trends, and 'unknown unknowns' in EU relations with its neighbours and the world.

 
Next Generation Viewpoints on Transatlantic Relations

New Challenges, New Voices: Next Generation Viewpoints on Transatlantic Relations

This report offers views on the future of transatlantic relations from scholars who are at the start of their careers, with European and US perspectives on what the future holds in defence, economics, values, and relations with emerging powers.

 
Featured Analysis: 
A European Union without the United Kingdom

A EU without the UK: The Geopolitics of a British Exit from the EU

The EU, the rest of Europe, allies around the world, and the UK itself need to prepare for the wider international implications of potential exit from the EU. This Strategic Update examines how likely a Brexit is and explores what it could mean for the EU, European integration, and Europe’s economics and security. Download pdf / Read online

 
After the Drug Wars

After the Drug Wars

Read the report from the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy providing the evidence base for reform to governments around the world, setting out a framework for the future of international drug policy based on the Sustainable Development Goals.

 
China's Geoeconomic Strategy

China's Geoeconomic Strategy

This report 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. LSE IDEAS' work on China continues with the China Foresight Project.

 

IDEAS People News

The latest expert comment  in the international press
and news of conferences and meetings from IDEAS People:

China Foresight

BBC News at 10 comment on Hinkley Point

China Foresight's Yu Jie commented on the Hinkley Point nuclear deal on BBC News at 10. "[Chinese] sate owned enterprises want to use this deal as a stepping stone to achieve a major foothold in the European market and obviously to get to into demand sectors like civil nuclear is a major success for Chinese state owned enterprises I would say" she told BBC China correspondent Carrie Grace.

 

Russia is teetering on the brink of ‘all out war’ with Ukraine 

IDEAS Associate Andrew Hammond writes for The Independent on the ongoing threat of crisis in Kiev. 

Yu Jie

China Foresight's Yu Jie has given insight into the Chinese perspective on the UK EU referendum. Speaking to US National Public Radio, she said the Chinese leadership "obviously consider the UK as being a gateway to Europe for years and years." 

She told BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight that in addition to the economic cost, a 'Brexit' would be a political risk to President Xi Jinping. Read more on the BBC News website or in Yu Jie's LSE BrexitVote Blog on why China is an unexpectedly strong supporter of the Remain camp.

 
IDEAS Visiting Fellow Effie G. H. Pedaliu contributed to the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs report Greece and the EU: Lessons from a Long-lasting Crisis
The Brexit Vote: Domestic Debate and Global Implications

The Brexit Vote: Domestic Debate and Global Implications

IDEAS Director Michael Cox, China Foresight's Yu Jie, and Dahrendorf Forum fellow Tim Oliver took part in this debate hosted by the IAI, Italy's leading think tank, in Rome with diplomats on the potential impact of the UK leaving the EU. 

 
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John Collins and Alexander Soderholm of the International Drug Policy Project (IDPP) took part in a debate at Yale Law School on Does Ending the Global War on Drugs Violate International Law? The IDPP team are in New York for the United General Assembly Special Session on drugs (UNGASS). 
 
Panama Perils: How the Panama Papers Could Make David Cameron Resign. IDEAS Associate Andrew Hammond writes in Foreign Affairs on the UK scandal caused by the international leak.

IDEAS People are taking part in LSE Summer Schools 2016.

IDEAS Director Michael Cox and Executive Programme Convener of the Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy Luca Tardelli will teach Power Shifts: the Decline of the West, The Rise of the BRICS and World Order in a New Asian Century  at the LSE Summer School in London.

Professor Cox and Dr Yu Jie are among the faculty at the LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing.

Dr John Collins teaches on Drugs, Illicit Markets & Public Health at the LSE-UCT July School in Cape Town, South Africa.

"The path to drug peace becomes clearer if we look to the SDGs as the way to address the root causes of many socioeconomic problems, one of which is problematic drug use" - Geographical magazine spoke to International Drug Policy Project Coordinator John Collins about new ideas in drugs war.
IDEAS Visiting Fellow Effie Pedaliu  has published a new article in The International History Review on Human Rights and International Security: The International Community and the Greek Dictators.
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On 27-28 February 2016 IDEAS Visiting Fellow Effie Pedaliu gave a paper to the international symposium ‘Coup d’etat judgements in the World and Turkey’ at Istanbul University, Turkey’s oldest University.
The conference was organised by the Turkish Jurists' Association, the Turkish Justice Academy, the Constitutional Jurists' Association, the Istanbul Center of International Law, and the International Jurist Union.
 
IDEAS Associate Andrew Hammond wrote for Foreign Affairs on Breaking Europe: How Likely is Brexit?
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China Foresight's Yu Jie attended the China in the Mediterranean conference in Turin, hosted by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the Torino World Affairs Institute (TWAI). Watch the video (1:55) of her thoughts on investment by Chinese State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in the region. 
 
The LSE IDEAS Strategic Update on A European Union without the UK was quoted in the New York Times report on the start of the campaign.
 
Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy
Philippe Roman Chair
Changing Waters
Michael Cox