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Power Shifts


The LSE IDEAS Power Shifts Project is an interdisciplinary undertaking tasked with interrogating claims that power shifts are taking place in the world: from the US to China, from West to East, and from states to non-state actors.

It seeks to understand the underpinning bases of power in the international system, to differentiate contexts in which power operates, and to theorise how power may transition from one actor to another.  


Professor Michael Cox is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS.

Nick Kitchen

Dr Nicholas Kitchen is Editor in Chief of LSE IDEAS. 


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.


Strategic Update: Japan and the US Pivot to Asia Pacific

This paper analyses the consequences of the US pivot to Asia on the US-Japan alliance and on Japanese foreign and security policies.


The New Geopolitics of Southeast Asia

This report analyses how the states in the region are responding to the challenge posed by the strategic interests of the US and China in their geography and economy.


Europe in an Asia Century

The economic and political position of Europe in the world is changing, particularly its relationships with China and the United States. The Eurozone crisis represents a strategic opportunity for Europe to rethink itself and become a more powerful united force.


China's Geoeconomic Strategy

This report attempts to provide 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. 


After the Arab Spring: Power Shift in the Middle East?

Behind the headlines, this report’s conclusions are pessimistic. The authors here find little evidence to suggest that future historians will rank the events of 2011 with those of 1848, or 1989.


India: The Next Superpower?

Following the success of economic liberalisation in the 1990s, which generated growth rates in excess of 8% and a rising middle class, expectations have grown that India might become a superpower, particularly in a West that sees in India's democratic heritage the potential for strategic partnership. 


The United States after Unipolarity

In this report, we asked a selection of experts to assess the challenges the Obama administration has faced in making that adjustment across a series of policy areas, from redefining how America funds and uses its military, through addressing global economic imbalances, to changing how others in the world view and work with the United States

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Turkey's Global Strategy

After nearly a decade in power, Turkey's Justice and Development Party (AKP) has grown increasingly confident in its foreign policy, prompting observers to wondered aloud whether the country might be leaving 'the West', forcing that group to confront the question 'who lost Turkey?' 


LSE IDEAS Lecture Series: Asia Rising?


Rising Asia: Lessons Learned from European Integration

Wednesday 5 February 2014, 6.30pm, Wolfson Theatre, NAB
Speaker: Professor Simon Hix; Chair: Professor Arne Westad


An American Century or an Asian Century?

Tuesday 18 February 2014, 6.30pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB
Speaker: Professor John Ikenberry; Discussants: Professor Arne Westad; Professor Michael Cox; Chair: Dr Kirsten Schulze


Will China Dominate the 21st Century?

Tuesday 18 March 2014, 6.30pm, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Jonathan Fenby, Isabel Hilton, Wu Jian Min; Chair: Professor Arne Westad


Other Events


The End of Power

Monday 20 January 2014, 6.30pm, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Moisés Naím; Chair: Dr Nicholas Kitchen


Power in the Information Age

Monday 25 November 2013, 6.30pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Alec Ross; Chair: Professor Charlie Beckett 


Conference: American Structural Power and the International System

Wednesday 8 May 2013, The conference focused on how the United States acts in the world, and in particular, the structural role of the United States in the current international system. 


To get involved in the Power Shifts Project, please contact us.

Banner image: Quah, Danny. 2011. “The Global Economy’s Shifting Centre of Gravity.” Global Policy 2 (1) (January): 3–9. doi:10.1111/j.1758-5899.2010.00066.x

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