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IDEAS Events

IDEAS hosts a wide variety of events including public lectures, conferences and off-the-record briefings. 

Upcoming public events

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

After the Drug Wars

After the Drug Wars: International Drug Policy Project report launch
Monday 15 February 2016, 6.30-8pm,  Old Theatre, LSE (Directions)

As the UN meets to form the UN Special Session on Drugs in 2016, the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy will provide a new framework for global drug control efforts grounded in public health, sustainable development, and human rights.


Can China Achieve Hegemony in East Asia?
Monday 22 February 2016, 6.30-8pm,  Room 9.05, Tower 2, LSE

Joint IDEAS-LSE Department of International Relations event. The question of Chinese hegemony in East Asia is no longer a fanciful one. This seminar will explore the strategies for regional order which China has adopted in the past as a possible guide to the years ahead.

20,000 Years of Hierarchy

Each Age Gets the Inequality It Needs: 20,000 Years of Hierarchy
Tuesday 15 March 2016, 6.30-8pm, Old Theatre, LSE (Directions)

Through most of history, humans lived in small groups with low hierarchy. The invention of farming increased the size of societies and inequality. Philippe Roman Chair Ian Morris explains how the ways we capture energy from the environment has affected hierarchy through time.


Latest events

Watch, listen and catch up with the debate from recent events. 

Ian Morris

Philippe Roman Chair lecture: 20,000 Years of Violence

20,000 years ago, the average person stood a 10-20% chance of dying violently. Today, the chance is under 1%. How has this happened. Philippe Roman Chair Ian Morris argues that violence has slowly been putting itself out of business.


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. 

Ian Morris

20,000 Years of International Relations

In his second Philippe Roman Chair lecutre, Professor Ian Morris explained that Each Age Gets the Great Powers it Needs, how International Relations changed from the age of foraging to farming to industry, and what the patterns of great power history tells us about the future of the global order.

European Climate Leadership and COP21

European Climate Leadership and COP21 - Assessing EU Relations with China and India

Panellists Diarmuid Torney, Olivia Gippner (Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow), and Fergus Green took part in a Dahrendorf Forum discussion on the shifting contours of global climate politics ahead of December’s COP21 Paris climate conference.

Russian Foreign Policy as an Exercise in Nation-building

Russian Foreign Policy as an Exercise in Nation-building

Leading Moscow-based analyst Dmitri Trenin shed light on the role of the internal factors driving Russia’s behaviour in international politics in this Dahrendorf Forum and LSE Department of International Relations event.  

Will the 21st Century Be Asian?

Will the 21st Century be Asian?

If the 19th Century was Europe's & the 20th America's, will the 21st belong to Asia? Public debate with Michael Cox (IDEAS Director) Danny Quah (SEAC Director) and Leslie Vinjamuri (Co-Director, Centre for the International Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS).

Shifting Drugs Strategies

Policy Workshop: Shifting Drug Strategies in Ireland and the UK

The International Drug Policy Project hosted a high-level policy planning workshop for civil servants and experts from around the world, with a keynote speech by current Irish Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, Adhán O’Ríordáin.

Russia's Intervention in Syria

Policy Breakfast: Russia's Intervention in Syria 

Diplomats, civil servants, and journalists joined academics at IDEAS to discuss Russian military action in Syria at this private policy breakfast event with the Dahrendorf Forum and LSE Department of International Relations.

Ian Morris

A Theory of Everything: Philippe Roman Chair lecture

What can the patterns of the past tell us about the future of the global order? Hear in the inaugural Philippe Roman Chair Lecture by Ian Morris on Evolution, History and the Shape of Things to Come.

The Crisis In European Security

The Crisis in European Security

Experienced European diplomats Robert Cooper and Wolfgang Ischinger were joined by Professors Karen Smith and Robert Falkner for this Dahrendorf Forum discussion on the Ukraine crisis and how to restore a “Europe whole and free”.

Stephen Walt

Does Europe Have a Future? Stephen Walt lecture 

Professor Walt of the Kennedy School at Harvard spoke at this IDEAS-Dahrendorf Forum-LSE US Centre event on the strategic challenges facing the EU and if it could meet them. 


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.


Will America and China go to war? Listen to the debate

How likely is a great power conflict between China and the United States? Listen to this LSE Summer School event with IDEAS Director Michael Cox and author of Will China Dominate the 21st Century? Jonathan Fenby. 

EU Russia Ukraine Working Group

The EU and Russia: Unpacking the Stalemate

Can Europe improve its relationship with Russia? The Dahrendorf Forum Working Group on Europe, Ukraine, and Russia at IDEAS held a workshop examining different aspects of the relationship from the 'war of historical narratives' to EU enlargement policy and Ukraine.


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Prof Niall Ferguson