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, 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 and Co-Head of the United States International Affairs Programme.
Dr Nicholas Kitchen is Editor in Chief of LSE IDEAS. He is also Deputy Head of the LSE IDEAS United States International Affairs Programme.
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.
Professor Arne Westad is Director of LSE IDEAS. He is also Head of the East Asia Programme.
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
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
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.
Power Shifts: Perspectives from the US Foreign Policy Conference | YouTube
In September 2014, leading thinkers descended on the LSE for the US Foreign Policy Conference, co-hosted by LSE IDEAS and the LSE International Relations Department. A key theme was whether shifts in economic power are eroding American hegemony; but the story of how power shifts turns out to be more complex than the rise and decline narrative of many contemporary pundits. In this video, speakers from the Conference share their perspective on the changing shape of power in the international system, and the implications for US foreign policy.
The World In Transition | The Economist
A summary of the major global shifts that occurred in 2014 collated by Kenneth Kukier, data editor for The Economist.