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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.  


Each Age Gets the Great Powers It Needs: 20,000 Years of International Relations

Tuesday 8 December 2015, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Ian Morris; Chair: Professor Michael Cox

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Each Age Gets the Bloodshed It Needs: 20,000 Years of Violence

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 6.30 - 8.00pm, venue TBC
Speaker: Professor Ian Morris; Chair: Professor Danny Quah

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Each Age Gets the Inequality It Needs: 20,000 Years of Hierarchy

Tuesday 15 March 2016, 6.30 - 8.00pm, venue TBC
Speaker: Professor Ian Morris; Chair: Professor Erik Berglof


Latest events

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


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

Panellists Diarmuid Torney (Lecturer in International Relations), Olivia Gippner (Dahrendorf Postdoctoral Fellow on EU-East Asia Relations), and Fergus Green (Climate Policy Consultant and MRes/PhD Candidate) led the Dahrendorf Forum discussion on the shifting contours of global climate politics in relation to December’s 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