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IDEAS Events

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

Upcoming Events

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

Looking Back: Looking Forward. Another 'Twenty Years' Crisis?
Thu 9 Feb 2017, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE

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?

 
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Drug Policies Beyond the 'War on Drugs'? Wed 15 Feb 2017, 6.30-8pm, Hong Kong Theatre, LSE Part of the LSE Works lecture series

As countries examine new ways of managing drugs and alcohol issues beyond the problematic and simplistic model of the 'war on drugs', this lecture will examine how LSE research impacts on and drives government policies.

 
From One Cold War to Another?

From One Cold War to Another? Tue 23 Feb 2017, 6.30-8pm, Wolfson Theatre, LSE Part of the  LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017

This discussion asks and tries to answer three big questions: 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? 

 
Revolutions in the Afghan Desert

Revolutions in the Afghan Desert: Water, Green Tech and Illegal Opium Cultivation Fri 24 Febuary 2017, 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 2017, 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'. 

 

Most Recent Events 

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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.

 
Margaret Gowing

Margaret Gowing and British Nuclear History

Joint LSE IDEAS-NATO-LSE Department of International History conference. Margaret Gowing was an LSE alumna & leading nuclear historian, who wrote the ground breaking official history of Britain & Atomic Energy. Members of the Gowing family, NATO officials, civil servants, leading historians, & LSE students attended this one day conference to explore her personal and academic legacy. 

 
Clash of the Titans? China-US Relations from Nixon to Trump

Clash of the Titans? China-US Relations from Nixon to Trump

From how early American perceptions of China were shaped by trade and missionaries, to the idea of inter-civilisation dialogue and China as a 'civilisation state', and what Trump means for China - at this event Margaret Macmillan and Christopher Coker explored arguably the most significant relationship of the modern era. Listen to the podcast

 

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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