LSE IDEAS is an IGA Centre that acts as the School’s foreign policy think tank.
Through sustained engagement with policymakers and opinion-formers, IDEAS provides a forum that informs policy debate and connects academic research with the practice of diplomacy and strategy.
IDEAS hosts interdisciplinary research projects, produces working papers and reports, holds public and off-the-record events, and delivers cutting-edge executive training programmes for government, business and third-sector organisations.
The work of IDEAS is overseen by both an Academic Management Committee and Advisory Board.
The Academic Management Committee is comprised of academic staff from LSE who monitor our operations and research. View members of the Academic Management Committee.
The Advisory Board provides an external perspective. Members are senior practitioners from the diplomatic world who provide independent oversight and guidance on IDEAS’ strategy. View members of the Advisory Board.
More details about our details of our activities and funding can be found in our Annual Reports.
Ending the Drugs Wars Report
This report from the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy was named one of the top ten policy studies by a think-tank worldwide. Part of the influential IDEAS International Drug Policy Project, it was followed by a second expert group report After the Drug Wars.
Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs
An annual visiting Professor position specifically for leading scholars based outside the UK. Chair holders such as Niall Ferguson, Chen Jian, Anne Applebaum, and Ramachandra Guha, use the year to explore a research theme including delivering a high-profile public lecture series.
Executive MSc International Diplomacy and Strategy
Designed for mid-career professionals with several years of work experience, this programme provides strategic insights on international affairs from renowned LSE academics and senior policy practitioners.
Find out more about the history of IDEAS.