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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.  

Dahrendorf Forum

Dahrendorf Symposium 2016: Europe and the World - Global Insecurity & Power Shifts 25-27 May 2016, Berlin

The Dahrendorf Symposium is a high-profile event aimed at debating Europe’s future. It takes place every two years and is attended by around 300 European policy-makers and foreign policy experts. Get involved with live-tweeting and Facebook Live videos - find out more here.

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 

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. 

Gaining Freedoms

Gaining Freedoms: Claiming Space in Istanbul and Berlin

How does the space of a city influence democracy? In this Dahrendorf Forum lecture, Berna Turam explores how urban sites create new and creative politics, particularly in Turkey where they challenge the binary view of Islamist-secularist conflict in both exceptional moments like the Gezi protests and everyday living.

Changing Waters: Towards a new EU Asia Strategy

Changing Waters: Towards a New EU Asia Strategy

The EU-Asia relationship has changed. At this event, contributors to Changing Waters spoke about the future of EU-Asia relations from building a new development relationship, expanding the EU's role in Asian security, and Chinese perspectives on the EU.

The Role of Think Tanks and Technical Experts In Foreign and Security Policy

The Role of Think Tanks and Technical Experts In Foreign and Security Policy

This conference in Rome was a joint event between Italy's preeminent think-tank Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), LSE IDEAS, the LUISS School of Government, Centre de la Méditerranée Moderne et Contemporaine in Nice (in cooperation with Institut Francais and Knorad Adenauer Stiftung), held as part of IAI's 50th anniversary celebrations.


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