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LSE IDEAS is LSE's foreign policy think tank.

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

China's One Belt, One Road

China's One Belt, One Road: A Reality Check

The world is excited, yet confused about the potential of China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. What exactly is it? This Strategic Update explains the origins of the idea, who in Beijing really runs OBOR, and the existential challenges to the project. Read online / Download pdf

 

Dahrendorf Forum Journal Special Issues

Special issues of two prominent international relations journals using presentations from the 2016 Dahrendorf Symposium on European foreign policy have been published, both edited by Robert Falkner & Helmut Anheier. 

The Special Issue of Global Policy, Europe and the World: Global Insecurity and Power Shifts, includes an article by IDEAS Director Michael Cox.

The Special Issue of International Politics, based at LSE IDEAS, is entitled Europe and the world: Rethinking Europe’s external relations in an age of global turmoil.

Latest Media Coverage & Comment

20 July: David Cadier appeared on France 24 to debate if Donald Trump's visit to Poland emboldened the governing party?

14 July: Guy de Jonquières writes for Borderlex‏ why Brexit or no Brexit – the answer will lie with the EU.

3 July: Yu Jie interviewed on BBC Business Live on China-Russia relations as Xi & Putin meet, and the One Belt, One Road initative. 

29 June: Yu Jie appeared on BBC World Impact on 20 years after the Hong Kong handover. 

22 June: John Collins quoted in Der Spiegel on the launch of the UN World Drug Report (in German).

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United Nations at LSE

The United Nations at LSE project aims to bring together the expertise of the LSE and the work of the United Nations, through both direct collaboration between LSE IDEAS and UN agencies and sharing the best of the LSE's work on and with the UN. The first major collaboration between IDEAS and the UN is the UN Business and Human Security Initiative.

 
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Alumni Policy Weekend on the Rise of Populism

Last weekend IDEAS hosted the first Alumni Policy Weekend event for graduates of Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy, entitled The Rise of Populism and the Crisis of Globalization: Brexit, Trump and Beyond. Speakers included: IDEAS Director Michael Cox, Tim Oliver, Uta Staiger, Brian Klaas, Barry Buzan, Leslie Vinjamuri, Mukulika Banerjee, Yu Jie, and Sir Robert Cooper.

 
From Deng to Xi

From Deng to Xi: Economic Reform, the Silk Road, and the Return of the Middle Kingdom

The report explores the extent to which Deng's momentous economic reforms in 1978 have shaped modern China, what the country's expanded international role under Xi means, and who really makes Chinese foreign policy. Download pdf / Read online

 
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Listen to the podcast - Pathways to Peace in Colombia

Joshua Mitrotti, director of Colombia’s Agency for Reintegration on the challenges and achievements of a ground-breaking approach to absorb thousands of former paramilitaries and guerrilla fighters into productive employment as part of the country’s post-conflict transition. Podcast now available.

 

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 the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin leading the debate on Europe’s external relations and honouring the legacy of former LSE Director Ralf Dahrendorf. Funded by Stiftung Mercator. 

 
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

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. 

 
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United Nations at LSE

The United Nations at LSE project aims to bring together the expertise of the LSE and the work of the United Nations, through both direct collaboration between LSE IDEAS and UN agencies and sharing the best of the LSE's work on and with the UN. The first major collaboration between IDEAS and the UN is the UN Business and Human Security Initiative.

 

IDEAS hosts a wide variety of events including public lectures, policy planning workshops, and international conferences.  

Most Recent Events 

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Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West

Do recent ISIS inspired terror attacks in France represent an outbreak of violence that has long been building? In this lecture, author and terrorism expert Gilles Kepel reveals the truth about the virulent new wave of jihadism that has Europe as its main target.

 
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Pathways to Peace in Colombia

Joshua Mitrotti, director of Colombia’s Agency for Reintegration on the challenges and achievements of a ground-breaking approach to absorb thousands of former paramilitaries and guerrilla fighters into productive employment as part of the country’s post-conflict transition.

 
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The Balkans in the Cold War: Book Launch Discussion

The edited volume ‘Balkans in the Cold War’ contains 16 contributions from renowned experts and scholars on how the global Cold War manifested in the Balkans. This Q&A with the editors includes introductory comments by Arne Westad and Vesselin Dimitrov.

 
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Trump and China in the Asian Century
Part of the Rethinking the Cold War Lecture Series with the University of Sheffield.  The election of Donald Trump as president signals a profound change in US foreign relations. In this lecture, Professor Arne Westad of Harvard University asks what the reactions to the Trump presidency are likely to be in eastern Asia and whether we are facing a fundamental power shift in the region.
 
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The New Silk Routes: How is infrastructure reconnecting Asia?
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China’s recent revival of the historic ‘Silk Road’ has captured the imaginations of both policymakers and business leaders. At this event, representatives from the Reconnecting Asia project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC explained their ambitious initiative to map infrastructure projects across Eurasia.
 
Life and Times of Clement Attlee

The Life and Times of Clement Attlee: From Houghton Street to Downing Street 

Clement Attlee was one of the great sons of the LSE, yet he was looked down upon by many academics on the left. What have intellectuals missed about Attlee and what does Attlee’s life say about the story of the left in modern Britain and indeed the part played by the LSE in that history?

 
Americans & Human Rights

The World Reimagined: Americans and human rights Part of the Rethinking the Cold War Lecture Series with the University of Sheffield.  How did the idea of 'human rights' develop in the twentieth century? In this lecture, Mark Bradley explored how changes in US culture and thought from the 1940-70s changed the American idea of what it means to be free, leading to the modern concept of 'universal human rights'. 

 
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Revolutions in the Afghan Desert

Part of the LSE Literary Festival 2017  The story of how vast areas of desert in Afghanistan have been transformed into farming land through the use of revolutionary new technologies in the poppy and opium trade. This event was part of the IDEAS exhibition on the topic, and included insight from satellite imagery.

 
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From One Cold War to Another? 

Part of the  LSE Literary Festival 2017  A wide ranging conversation with authors and columnists Anne Applebaum, Gideon Rachman, and Jonathan Fenby on if Russia and the West are facing a 'New Cold War', the rise of China, and the future of the international order.

 
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Watch & Listen: Drug Policies Beyond the 'War on Drugs'?
Part of the LSE Works lecture series

As countries examine new ways of managing drugs beyond the failed 'war on drugs' model, this event explored the future of drug policy and the role of LSE research in driving government policies around the world.

 

Featured Podcasts 

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. 

 
The Legacy of Peace

The Legacy of Peace: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Joint LSE IDEAS-LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre event.  The LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project was honoured to welcome President of Colombia and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Juan Manuel Santos to the LSE on November 2nd, where he said the referendum result could be a "blessing in disguise" for the peace process. 

 
The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman and experts from LSE IDEAS discussed his new book Easternisation, debating how far Asia's growing wealth will move the international balance of power away from the West, Chinese nationalism, and the US-China competition for allies in Asia. 

 
IDEAS analysis helps to explain global foreign policy and identify issues of strategic and diplomatic importance. 
Latest Analysis:
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The 14 Brexit Negotiations

The process of Brexit goes far beyond invoking Article 50. In this Strategic Update, Andrew Hammond and Tim Oliver identify some 14 Brexit negotiations underway - both formal diplomatic discussions and wider debates between and within the UK and EU. Read online

 
Making the 'Special Relationship' Great Again?

Making the 'Special Relationship' Great Again?

Donald Trump’s election poses uncomfortable questions for Britain about the future of the UK-US ‘Special Relationship’. This Strategic Update looks at the core elements of the ‘Special Relationship’ that could be under strain and how Britain could be left between a Trump Rock and a Brexit Hard Place. Read online / Download pdf

 
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Dahrendorf Forum Policy Brief: Are Europe’s wind and solar industries still attractive for Chinese companies?

Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in Europe has been rising exponentially since 2007. This policy brief reflects on the present state of Chinese FDI in the European solar and wind sectors and gives some recommendations for European, and especially German, stakeholders.

 
Featured Analysis: 
After the Drug Wars

After the Drug Wars

Read the report endorsed by 6 Nobel Prize winners setting out a framework for the future of international drug policy in the 'post war on drugs' era, based on the Sustainable Development Goals.

 
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

 
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:

3 July: Yu Jie interviewed on BBC Business Live on China-Russia relations as Xi & Putin meet, and the One Belt, One Road initative. 

29 June: Yu Jie appeared on BBC World Impact on 20 years after the Hong Kong handover. 

John Collins was quoted in Der Spiegel on the launch of the UN World Drug Report (in German).

LSE IDEAS attends 2nd India Think Tank Forum

Mary Martin, director of the UN Business and Human Security Initiative at IDEAS, attended the 2nd India Think Tank Forum in New Delhi, entitled The Potential and Power of National, Regional and Global Partnerships.  A fast growing number of think tanks discussed China's growing role, Indian foreign policy, and domestic challenges for policymakers. 
Executive Director of the IDEAS International Drug Policy Project John Collins published Losing UNGASS? Lessons from civil society, past and present  in the journal Drugs and Alcohol Today.
IDEAS Visiting Fellow John Ryan published the chapter The Conundrum of Financial Stability - Central Banks and Currency Management in China, Eurozone and the US? in the Routledge book China and EU: Reform and Governance  edited by Jing Men and Annika Linck. 

IDEAS Visiting Fellow Effie G.H. Pedaliu was one of the organisers of the conference The Colonels' Dictatorship: Domestic and International Dimension, 1967-1974 in Athens, at which IDEAS Visiting Fellow Eirini Karamouzi and IDEAS Director Michael Cox also spoke.

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Helmut K. Anheier appointed LSE IDEAS Visiting Professor

Professor Helmut Anheier is one of the most distinguished figures working in the social science field today. He has published widely in several areas including global civil society, global governance, the role of philanthropy, and the EU in world politics.

IDEAS is delighted that in addition to serving as academic co-director of the Dahrendorf Forum, he is also joining us a Visiting Professor. IDEAS Director Professor Michael Cox "was delighted to welcome Professor Anheier to IDEAS and back to the LSE with which Professor Anheier has had a long and distinguished association".

 
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IDEAS Director Cox to deliver keynotes in Belgrade & Athens

Michael Cox is to speak at the Economic policy for smart, inclusive and sustainable growth conference held by the Faculty of Economics at the University of Belgrade, alongside Professor Leszeck Balcerowicz of the Warsaw School of Economics and architect of  the Polish economic reforms. He will also be giving a keynoe on The Crisis of the Cold War: Greece in the 1960s at the Institute of International Relations in Athens.

 
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Our Visiting Senior Fellow Leslie Vinjamuri appeared on Bloomberg Surveillance with Tom Keene and Francine Lacqua to talk about President Trump and the future of the Paris climate change agreement.
 
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China Foresight's Yu Jie appeared on BBC News' World Business Report to talk about the EU-China summit and potential European-Chinese cooperation on climate change after the US pulled out of the Paris agreement. 
 
IDEAS Associate Andrew Hammond writes for Newsweek on What Trump Could Learn from China on Climate Change.
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LSE IDEAS Attends the Global Think Tank Summit 2017 in Yokohama
LSE IDEAS attended the Global Think Tank Summit in Yokohama, Japan, between 1-3 May, which was convened by high-level policy-makers and think tank officials to discuss the role of think tanks in the 21st Century. IDEAS Policy Coordinator Alexander Soderholm joined over 140 policy makers and thinkers from more than 90 organisations and over 40 countries to discuss the theme Achieving Balanced Growth in Asia and the World for Sustainable Development: The Role of Think Tanks
 
John Collins of the LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project writes for The Journal on how Ireland could lead the way in developing new human-centred approaches to drug use. 
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Expert witness at House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee

LSE IDEAS' Yu Jie acted as one of six witnesses to give oral evidence in a recent House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into UK’s relations with China. Issues of bilateral trade, investments, Hong Kong, and diplomacy were examined by 11 MPs on the Select Committee. Our Associate Guy de Jonquieres also spoke as a witness in the inquiry. Read the inquiry transcript here.

 
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On 20 April in Athens, Greece, our Visiting Fellow Effie G. H. Pedaliu presented the opening paper at the conference '50 Years After: New Approaches to the Colonels' Dictatorship'' on 'The Greek Dictatorship and International Public Opinion'. The three day event was attended by the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament, Ministers, MPs, academics, and members of the public.
 

LSE IDEAS China Foresight expert witness at House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee

LSE IDEAS' Yu Jie acted as one of six witnesses to give oral evidence in a recent House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee inquiry into UK’s relations with China. Issues of bilateral trade, investments, Hong Kong, and diplomacy were examined by 11 MPs on the Selected Committee. Our Associate Guy de Jonquieres also spoke as a witness in the inquiry. Read the inquiry transcript here.

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If we make post-Brexit trade deals with China and India, don’t expect Britain to come out on top

LSE IDEAS' Yu Jie and former Business Secretary Vince Cable write for the Independent on the challenges Britain will face negotiating trade deals with China and India. Read the article.

 
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New Year's Honours for IDEAS' Dr John Hughes

LSE IDEAS Visiting Professor in Practice Dr John Hughes has been awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honours list. "IDEAS is delighted for Dr Hughes and sends its collective congratulations to him for this great honour" said IDEAS Director Michael Cox. 

 
IDEAS Associate Andrew Hammond writes about how Scottish independence would still be a bad idea after Brexit for The Wall Street Journal Europe

Opinion in global press from IDEAS staff

IDEAS Director Michael Cox is quoted in the Sunday Times (South Africa) on the impact on Donald Trump on American power. 

Our Associate Andrew Hammond has written for the South China Morning Post on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Trump strategy, and for Gulf News on the EU's tumultuous year ahead. 

 
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