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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.  

Cold War Summer School

European Summer School on Cold War History 2016
8-10 September 2016,  University of Vienna, Austria

A collaboration between 10 European academic institutions, the Summer School is a unique conference specifically for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss the effects of the Cold War in the fields of politics, culture, and diplomacy, to name only a few.


Most Recent Events 

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.

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. 

John Kay

Sun Tzu meets Michael Porter: Military Strategy vs Business Strategy

In this Global Strategies @ LSE lecture, economist John Kay discusses to what extent is business strategy is similar to military or political strategies. John Kay is one of Britain's leading economists, whose career has spanned the academic world, business and public affairs. His interests focus on the relationships between economics and business.

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.

The key to success of the Sustainable Development Goals?

The key to success of the Sustainable Development Goals?

This event with UN advocates Paul Polman (CEO of Unilever) and Alaa Murabit explored how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved -including the crucial roles of local leadership and institutions, global businesses, and young people around the world. 


Featured Podcasts


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.


Russia and the EU: back to realism?

At this Dahrendorf Forum lecture, leading Moscow analyst and Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs Fyodor Lukyanov argued that it's time to redefine the Europe - Russia relationship based on a pragmatic understanding of respective interests and capabilities.

Professor Marie Pierre Rey

Tsar Alexander I and the European Order, Ideas, & Practices

This Paulsen Project lecture by Prof Marie-Pierre Rey explored the personality, reign, and ideas of Tsar Alexander I. Professor Rey explored the Tsar's ideas of European balance of power and peace through Christian union and how they have shaped the modern international order. 


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For any enquires about IDEAS events, you can contact the events team here

Prof Niall Ferguson
LSE IDEAS Annual Report