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IDEAS Projects

IDEAS hosts innovative research projects on diplomacy, foreign policy and the issues that transcend 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.


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.


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 and 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.


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.


If you’d like to support one of our projects, please contact us. 

Prof Niall Ferguson and Prof Arne Westad