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IDEAS Events

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

Upcoming Events

From One Cold War to Another?

From One Cold War to Another? Thu 23 Feb, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE Part of the  LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017  In what sense did the Cold War represent a revolution in world history? Was 1989 yet another, very different kind of, revolution in international affairs? And why does the Cold War we all thought dead and buried continue to exercise such influence on our discourses about the modern world? Sold Out. Return tickets may be available on the day or follow live on Twitter using #LSELitFest

Revolutions in the Afghan Desert

Revolutions in the Afghan Desert: Water, Green Tech and Illegal Opium Cultivation Fri 24 Feb, 6-7.30pm, Thai Theatre, LSE 
Part of the  LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017

Over the last fifteen years there has been a revolution in the deserts of south and southwest Afghanistan. Driven by population pressure, opium prohibition and conflict 1.2 million people have settled in what was once uninhabitable desert land. Event includes guided exhibition tour.

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The World Reimagined: Americans and human rights Tue 28 Feb, 6.30pm-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE Part of the Rethinking the Cold War Lecture Series with the University of Sheffield. 

How did the idea of 'human rights' develop in the twentieth century? In this lecture, Mark Bradley explores how changes in US culture and thought from the 1940-70s changed the American idea of what it means to be free, leading to the modern concept of 'universal human rights'. 


The Life and Times of Clement Attlee: From Houghton Street to Downing Street Tue 14 March, 6.30-8pm, New Academic Building, LSE

Clement Attlee was one of the great sons of the LSE, yet he was looked down upon by many academics on the left. What have intellectuals missed about Attlee and what does Attlee’s life say about the story of the left in modern Britain and indeed the part played by the LSE in that history?


Most Recent Events 


Watch & Listen: Drug Policies Beyond the 'War on Drugs'?
Part of the LSE Works lecture series

As countries examine new ways of managing drugs beyond the failed 'war on drugs' model, this event explored the future of drug policy and the role of LSE research in driving government policies around the world.


Looking Back: Looking Forward. Another 'Twenty Years' Crisis?

In 1939 E.H. Carr authored a classic book on international politics explaining why the world had experienced a 'Twenty Years' Crisis'. With the international system today facing an almost perfect global storm, are we are on the verge of another crisis of equal intensity?


From Iraq to the New Cold War: Hans Blix 

Hans Blix achieved international  prominence in his role as Head of the UN team which failed to discover WMD in Iraq - the official reason given by both the Blair and Bush governments for finally going to war in 2003. At this event, Blix explored lessons from the past and a way forward for the future of weapons control in a world that has become no safer.


Featured Podcasts

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. 

The Legacy of Peace

The Legacy of Peace: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

Joint LSE IDEAS-LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre event.  The LSE IDEAS International Drug Policy Project was honoured to welcome President of Colombia and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Juan Manuel Santos to the LSE on November 2nd, where he said the referendum result could be a "blessing in disguise" for the peace process. 

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. 


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Prof Niall Ferguson
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