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IDEAS Events

IDEAS hosts a wide variety of events including public lectures, policy planning workshops, and international conferences. 

Upcoming Events

Please join us at the following events. Public events are always busy and attendees should arrive early to avoid disappointment.  

The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?
4th October, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, LSE

Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman and experts from LSE IDEAS discuss his new book Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century. Join the debate on how far the growing wealth of Asian nations is moving the international balance of power away from the West.

Irina Bokova

Strengthening Global Governance for the 21st Century
12 October 2016, 1-2pm, Shaw Library, LSE

In this lecture, Director-General of UNESCO and candidate for UN Secretary General Irina Bokova will explore the challenges of an increasingly turbulent world, and the role of the United Nations in sustaining a rules-based international order. 

An Imaginary War? Culture, Thought and Nuclear Conflict during the Cold War

An Imaginary War? Culture, Thought and Nuclear Conflict during the Cold War 19th October, 6.30-8pm, LSE IDEAS (Tower 2, 9.05)

Part of the Rethinking the Cold War Lecture Series Collective imaginations of nuclear warfare were a central battleground of the Cold War, fought through war-games and fictitious scenarios. This panel debate explores the 'imaginary Cold War', from how specific media and national cultures created it to the implications for our understanding of the Cold War and the atomic bomb.

The European Union at the Crossroads: Brexit and After

The European Union at the Crossroads: Brexit and After
October 31st, 6.30-8pm
, Old Theatre, LSE. Free ticket required

Dahrendorf Forum event.  With the UK heading for Brexit, the European Union faces a historic challenge but also an opportunity to rethink its own future. Join diplomats, politicians and academics from across the continent to debate the future of Europe.

A Briton at the Heart of Europe: Revisiting Roy Jenkins' Presidency of the European Commission

A Briton at the Heart of Europe: Revisiting Roy Jenkins' Presidency of the European Commission 
8th November, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Forty years ago, a British politician was appointed President of the European Commission. This lecture explores what Jenkins' tenure reveals about the nature of the job and the history of Britain in Europe.

New Challenges, New Voices

Transatlantic Relations After the Election: Next Generation Perspectives 28th November, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE

Dahrendorf Forum event.  Following the American election, what's the future of US-Europe relations? Contributors to the Dahrendorf Forum-LSE IDEAS Special Report New Challenges, New Voices  discuss the issues that will shape transatlantic ties in the new President's tenure from the TTIP trade deal to NATO defence spending commitments.


Most Recent Events 

Dr Pippa Malmgrem

Signals and Social Consequences from Shrinkflation to Fighter Jets

Joint event with LSE Department of International Relations Former US Presidential adviser Pippa Malmgrem gave an impassioned lecture on why we need to watch non-data economic signals to understand modern geopolitics. 

Power and Pragmatism

Power and Pragmatism with Sir Malcolm Rifkind

For almost forty years, Malcolm Rifkind served at the forefront of British politics. In this lecture, Sir Malcolm gave a lively account of his involvement in some of recent history’s most important events - such as early meetings between Thatcher and Gorbachev, and secret negotiations with the Argentine government on the Falklands Islands.

British-Soviet Relations in the Cold War Project Launch

British-Soviet Relations in the Cold War Project Launch

The launch of our British-Soviet Relations in the Cold War 1943-1953 project took place at the British Academy on Wednesday, 13 July 2016. Speakers included Ash Amin, Foreign Secretary of the British Academy, Alexandr Chubarian of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Vladimir Pechatnov, Moscow State Institute of International Relations.


Featured Podcasts

Dahrendorf Symposium

Dahrendorf Symposium 2016: Europe and the World - Global Insecurity & Power Shifts, Berlin

The Dahrendorf Symposium is a high-profile event debating Europe’s future, attended by around 300 European policy-makers and foreign policy experts. Watch videos, read blogs, and catch up with Twitter from the event now.


Black Earth: the Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder spoke at an IDEAS event chaired by fellow Philippe Roman Chair Anne Applebaum. He explained the role that the destruction of states played in the Holocaust and argued that we must try to understand the causes of violence to learn the lessons of history.

EU Referendum: What Now?

EU Referendum: What Now?

The Monday after the UK voted for Brexit, LSE IDEAS held an event with Sarasin & Partners on what happens now. LSE experts and guests from business and politics discussed the impact on the global markets, the UK economy, British politics, and the wider world. 


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Prof Niall Ferguson
LSE IDEAS Annual Report