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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 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. Watch on LSE Live.

LSE IDEAS 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.

The Legacy of Peace

The Legacy of Peace: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
November 2nd, 4pm, LSE.  Ticket required. Watch on LSE Live.

Joint LSE IDEAS-LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre event.  The LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project is honoured to welcome President of Colombia and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Juan Manuel Santos to the LSE. In this lecture President Santos, an LSE alumnus, will share his experience in navigating the turning tides in the quest for peace and offer his vision for post-conflict Colombia.

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 
November 8th, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Joint LSE IDEAS-LSE Department of International History event.  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 November 28th, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE

LSE IDEAS 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.

Clash of the Titans?

Clash of the Titans? China-US Relations 1972-2016
December 1st, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

When Nixon opened a door to China in 1972  the world was turned upside down for ever. But what is the state of the US-China relationship nearly fifty years on? Two distinguished analysts will share their insights and thoughts on the past, present and future of arguably the most significant relationship of the modern era.


Most Recent Events 

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

An Imaginary War? Culture, Thought and Nuclear Conflict during the Cold War Part of the Rethinking the Cold War Lecture Series with the University of Sheffield. 

Collective imaginations of nuclear warfare were a central battleground of the Cold War, fought through war-games and fictitious scenarios. This panel debate explored the 'imaginary war' and how culture and individuals struggled to comprehend nuclear war.

Irina Bokova

Strengthening Global Governance for the 21st Century

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

The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman and experts from LSE IDEAS discussed his new book Easternisation, debating how far Asia's growing wealth will move the international balance of power away from the West, Chinese nationalism, and the US-China competition for allies in Asia.


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