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Dr Nick Kitchen|



LSE Diplomacy Commission


The LSE Diplomacy Commission is an exciting new project  that seeks to understand Britain's place in the world and make recommendations for the future strategy of British foreign policy.  A series of hearings and witness seminars will provide an independent forum to explore the changing dynamics of global politics and the implications for Britain’s interests.

Supported by an LSE Heif5 award, the Commission is comprised of two co-Chairs and an Executive Director, an interdisciplinary body of Commissioners, and supported by a Research Officer.

The  work  of  the  Commission  will  be  laid  out  in  a  blue  ribbon  report,  to  be  published  in  2015,  that  will set  the  terms  of  the  debate  for  the  future  of  the  UK’s  international engagement.


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Professor Danny Quah| is Professor of Economics and International Development, and Director of the Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre within the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE. He had previously served as LSE’s Head of Department for Economics (2006 – 2009) and Council Member on Malaysia’s National Economic Advisory Council (2009 – 2011). Quah is Tan Chin Tuan Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore, and lectures regularly at Peking University.





Professor Arne Westad| is Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International History at LSE. His work deals mainly with twentieth century history and the history of China. He is also a frequent commentator on current international issues, especially with regard to East Asia. Professor Westad’s new book, Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750, has just been published by Basic Books in the United States and Bodley Head in the UK. 



Executive Director 

Nick Kitchen

Dr Nicholas Kitchen| is Editor in Chief of LSE IDEAS and Research Fellow in the LSE Kuwait Programme. He is also Deputy Director of the LSE IDEAS United States International Affairs Programme. An expert in U.S. foreign policy, Dr. Kitchen’s current research interests focus on the shifting dynamics and nature of power in international relations. Dr. Kitchen holds a PhD in International Relations from the LSE, an MRes in International Relations from Keele University and a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. 


Sir Michael Aaronson is a Professorial Research Fellow and Director of CII – the Centre for International Intervention - at the University of Surrey.  From 1995-2005 he was Director General of Save the Children UK, and from 1988-1995 was the charity’s Overseas Director. From 1972-1988 he was a member of the UK Diplomatic Service. From 2007-2012 he was a Civil Service Commissioner, appointed by the Crown to maintain the principle of fair and open recruitment to the UK Civil Service.


Professor Michael Cox| is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor at the International Relations Department at the LSE. He is also Co-Head of the United States International Affairs Programme, Executive Programme Director and an Academic Management Committee Member. Prof Cox is also an Expert Advisor to the FCO and Visiting Professor at Catholica University Milan and LUISS Rome. He was previously Chair of the ECPR and Editor of International Politics Journal.

Dr Tarak Barkawi

Dr Tarak Barkawi is Reader in the Department of International Relations, London School of Economics. He earned his doctorate at the University of Minnesota and specialises in the study of war, armed forces and society with a focus on conflict between the West and the global South. He is author of Globalization and War and many scholarly articles.


Sir Richard Dearlove is currently the Master of Pembroke College Cambridge and newly appointed Chair of Trustees of the University of London. He served as Chief of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) from August 1999 until his retirement in July 2004. He is a career intelligence officer of thirty-eight years standing and has served in Nairobi, Prague, Paris, Geneva and Washington as well as in a number of key London-based posts.


Professor Rosemary Foot is Professor of International Relations, and the John Swire Senior Research Fellow at St Antony's College, Oxford University. She is also a member of the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford. Her principal research interests are in the International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, particularly security policies, human rights, regional institutional and normative developments, and US-China relations.


Professor Christopher Hill is Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, and Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). From 1974-2004 he taught in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was the Montague Burton Professor from 1991.


Lord Frank Judd is an Emeritus Governor of LSE and Labour Peer since 1991.  He has served as Minister for Overseas Development in 1976-77 and Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1977-79.  He was Director, Voluntary Service Overseas, 1980-85 and Director of Oxfam,1985-91.  Rapporteur to Council of Europe on the Conflict in Chechnya 1999-2003.  Since 2012 he has been President of the Middle East Committee of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.


Bridget Kendall was appointed as BBC diplomatic correspondent in November 1998. Based in London she covers top foreign stories for radio and television news, reporting on foreign policy issues and their impact on Britain. She was Moscow correspondent from 1989 to 1995 and then as Washington correspondent from 1994 to 1998.


Stephen King is HSBC’s Group Chief Economist. He is directly responsible for HSBC’s global economic coverage and co-ordinates the research of HSBC economists all over the world. He is a member of the UK Government’s Asia Task Force. He has given written and oral evidence on the economic effects of globalization and on monetary policy to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee.


Jonathan Luff is a former diplomat and advisor to the Prime Minister on innovation and international issues. He founded Epsilon Advisory Partners in 2013, providing advice on strategy, partnerships, and innovation to senior executives and fast-growing companies. At 10 Downing Street he was the first Director of the 'GREAT' Campaign, the British government's award-winning global communications campaign promoting inward investment, exports and enterprise.


Sebastian Mallaby is the Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An experienced journalist and public speaker, Mr. Mallaby is a contributing editor for the Financial Times and served previously as a columnist and editorial board member at the Washington Post.


Sir Christopher Meyer is a former British ambassador the United States and Germany, as well as former chairman of Press Complaints Commission. He is author of DC Confidential; Getting Our Way and Only Child.


Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones is a former BBC Governor and Chairman of the British Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC). From 12 May 2010, until stepping down in May 2011, she was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron as his Minister of State for Security and Counter Terrorism at the Home Office with a permanent position on the newly created National Security Council.


Gideon Rachman became chief foreign affairs columnist for the Financial Times in July 2006. He joined the FT after a 15-year career at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Washington and Bangkok


Susan Scholefield held a distinguished career in the Civil Service. Roles in the Balkans Secretariat, Northern Ireland Office and in the Cabinet Office as head of the Civil Contingencies Secretariat were followed by a series of top level positions in the MOD culminating in her most recent role as Director General, Human Resources and Corporate Services. In 1999 she was awarded a CMG in the New Year's Honours for her work on Bosnia.


Lord Wei of Shoreditch is the Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for East Asian Business, Hong Kong Sub Committee Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on China (APPCG) and also the Treasurer of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade & Investment. He is the youngest member of the House of Lords and the only active ethnic Chinese member of it; additionally, he is the most senior ethnic Chinese politician in the European Union. He is interested in economic and cultural ties between the United Kingdom and China and takes an active interest in British Chinese community issues.