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LSE IDEAS Transatlantic Programme in Association with the Grimshaw Club


I14 January 2009, 6.30pm, B212 LSE IDEAS Conference Room

"The West:  Last Gasp or Making a Comeback?"
Speaker: Professor Charles A. Kupchan
Discussant: Thomas Carothers
Chair: Professor Michael Cox

The election of Barack Obama has precipitated a surge of interest in the future of transatlantic relations following the disharmony of the Bush years. But is the thaw in the Atlantic Alliance a sign that the West has common interests and can act in pursuit of them, or merely the dying breath of an alliance that sees the world in fundamentally different ways?

Charles A. Kupchan is Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University and Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Professor Kupchan was Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council during the first Clinton administration having previously worked on the Policy Planning Staff at the State Department. 

He is author of numerous books, including How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace (forthcoming); The End of the America Era: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Geopolitics of the Twenty-first Century (2002); Atlantic Security:  Contending Visions (1998) and The Vulnerability of Empire (1994). Thomas Carothers is the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and author of eight critically acclaimed books on democracy promotion, including Confronting the Weakest Link: Aiding Political Parties in New Democracies (2006); Promoting the Rule of Law Abroad: In Search of Knowledge (2006); and Critical Mission: Essays on Democracy Promotion (2004).

IDEAS Graduate Seminar

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20 January 2009, 6:30 pm, B212 LSE IDEAS

The Balkans in Turmoil - Yugoslav Political Crisis and its Position Between the Blocs 1966-1971
Speaker: Ante Batovic
Chair: Professor Arne Westad

Ante Batovic will present the results of his doctoral dissertation research on the influence of the liberal reforms in Yugoslavia and their implications on Yugoslavia's international position between 1966 and 1971. His research shows that Yugoslavia made an irretrievable shift towards the West in this period, and that both Belgrade and the West feared Soviet intervention if the liberalisation process in Yugoslavia went too far. Ante Batovic is a Visiting Fellow at IDEAS and a Junior Fellow at the University of Zadar in Croatia. Read the paper.

IDEAS Transatlantic Programme Roundtable in association with Carnegie Europe


21 January 2009, 6:30 pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre
The Reality of Hope-Obama and Europe after the Inauguration
Speakers: Robert Kagan; Charles Grant; Robin Niblett, Professor Michael Cox, Gideon Rachman
Chair: Fabrice Pothier

As Barack Obama prepares for the daunting inbox of challenges awaiting him after his inauguration, his administration faces both unprecedented enthusiasm and expectations from Europe. The question remains, however, as to what extent the U.S. and Europe are ready to fulfil each other's expectations, interests and needs for collaboration to address global issues like stability in South East Asia and Afghanistan, peace in the Middle East, climate change, and rebuilding the global economy.

Robert Kagan is a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has published several awarding winning books, including, most recently, Of Paradise and Power, The Return of History and The End of Dreams, and Dangerous Nation: America's Place in the World from its Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century. Robert Kagan writes a monthly column on world affairs for the Washington Post, and is a contributing editor at both the Weekly Standard and the New Republic.

Charles Grant is the Director of the Centre for European Reform, an independent think-tank that is dedicated to promoting a reform agenda within the European Union.  He is the author of numerous publications on transatlantic relations and the future of Europe, and is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and The Guardian.

Robin Niblett is Director of Chatham House and was formerly Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Washington based Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), one of America's largest and most influential foreign policy think tanks. He has written extensively on his principal interests of European integration and transatlantic relations.

Professor Michael Cox is Co-Director of IDEAS. Gideon Rachman is the Chief Foreign Affairs commentator at the Financial Times. Prior to his current position, he spent 15 years working with The Economist. He has written extensively on subjects from U.S. foreign policy and Europe to Globalisation. Fabrice Pothier is the Director of Carnegie Europe.

IDEAS Public Lecture

22 January 2009, 6:30 pm, Old Theatre

The Great Transformation: How China Changed in the Long 1970s
Speaker: Professor Chen Jian, Philippe Roman Chair 2008-2009
Chair: Professor Arne Westad

Among the dramatic turns of 20th century history, China's adoption of a new path toward modernity, one that champions "reform and opening to the outside world," stands as one of the most dramatic-with profound significance not only for China itself but also for the rest of the world.

What were the origins of China's "Great Transformation"? How was it shaped and how did it unfold? How was it possible for China, in the span of one decade, to move from a revolutionary state to a become a stakeholder in the existing international system? Professor Chen offers a historian's overview of China's 1970s transformation and the beginning of global systemic change that this transformation helped create.

IDEAS Transatlantic Programme Seminar

23 January 2009, 11:00am, NAB LG.03

NATO: From Kosovo to Afghanistan
Speaker: Jamie Shea
Chair: Professor Michael Cox

At the beginning of Barack Obama's Presidency NATO faces important challenges on the ground in Afghanistan and in policy terms in 2009 with a new Strategic Concept.  Jamie Shea reflects on how NATO got here and what the future may hold for the Transatlantic Alliance.

Jamie Shea is Director of Policy Planning in the Private Office of the Secretary General responsible for advising and assisting the Secretary General, senior NATO management, and the North Atlantic Council in addressing strategic issues facing the Alliance.

IDEAS/Southern Africa Programme Seminar

23 January 2009, 1.45pm-4.30pm, B212 LSE IDEAS

CCBH / IDEAS Witness Seminar:
Britain and South Africa: Road to Democracy

The event will be hosted by LSE IDEAS in collaboration with the Centre for Contemporary British History LSE, London.

Britain's relationship with the South Africa government and wider society in the 1980s and early 1990s was complex: this was a product of historic, cultural, social and economic/financial ties, the context of the Cold War and violence in the region, and the Pretoria government's cautious constitutional reforms which were matched by a seeming spiral of violence inside South Africa itself.

British politicians faced substantial challenges on how best to promote and support peaceful change inside South Africa. It will be the aim of this witness seminar to provide an unique oral history account of an issue which had complicated the United Kingdom's relationship with the Commonwealth and prestige within the wider international community, and the view of leading contemporary British actors on the process of the final transition to democracy in 1994.

The meeting will be chaired by Professor Jack Spence, former Academic Adviser to the Royal College of Defence Staff, and Visiting Lecturer, King's College, London. Participants include Lord Howe (former Foreign Secretary), Lord Powell, Sir Bernard Ingham (Press Secretary to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher), Richard Dowden (Chairman, Royal Africa Society); and Patsy Robertson, formerly Press Officer, the Commonwealth Secretariat. If you would like to attend, please contact Dr Sue Onslow at s.onslow@lse.ac.ukConference Homepage

IDEAS/Southern Africa Programme Conference


 30-31 January 2009, South Africa

Oral history conference - Southern Africa in the Cold War era, post-1974

The Southern Africa Programme in IDEAS is organising a small oral history conference in South Africa on Liberation in Southern Africa during the Cold War, post-1974, in collaboration with Monash SA University.

The meeting will involve active participants in the domestic and regional conflict between the various African liberation movements in Southern Africa (i.e. Zimbabwe, Namibia, South Africa), the white minority governments of South Africa and Rhodesia/Zimbabwe, and former Soviet and Cuban representatives.

Discussion at this meeting, which will be attended by invitation only, will take place in both open and closed session; it will also involve the presentation of short scholarly papers and key documents as an introductory guide and adjunct to group conversation and reflection. This meeting is being sponsored by the Aluka Project, the Nordic Afrika Institute and the Journal of Southern African Studies.
Conference Homepage for Registered Participants (password required).

IDEAS Book Launch

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 11 February 2009, 6:30 pm, LSE IDEAS Conference Room (B212)

A Cultural Theory of International Relations
Speaker: Professor Richard Ned Lebow
Discussant: Professor Kim Hutchings
Chair: Dr. George Lawson

Professor Lebow will be speaking about his new book, A Cultural Theory of International Relations. In this exciting new volume, Professor Lebow introduces his own constructivist theory of political order and international relations based on theories of motives and identity formation drawn from the ancient Greeks.

His theory stresses the human need for self-esteem, and shows how it influences political behaviour at every level of social aggregation. Lebow develops ideal-type worlds associated with four motives: appetite, spirit, reason and fear, and demonstrates how each generates a different logic concerning cooperation, conflict and risk-taking.

Expanding and documenting the utility of his theory in a series of historical case studies, ranging from classical Greece to the war in Iraq, he presents a novel explanation for the rise of the state and the causes of war, and offers a reformulation of prospect theory. This is a novel theory of politics by one of the world's leading scholars of international relations.Professor Lebow is James O. Freedman Presidential Professor of Government at Dartmouth College.

IDEAS-Gilder Lehrman Lecture Series in American History

24 February, 6.30pm, Old Theatre

Democracy in America: Jefferson, Tocqueville, and Lincoln
Speaker: Professor Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of American History at the University of Virginia
Chair: Professor Michael Cox

"Democracy" has always been central to Americans' self-understanding. But what does the term mean? Drawing on the influential commentary of Alexis de Tocqueville in Democracy in America (first published in two volumes, 1835-1840) Professor Onuf explores the development of an elusive and controversial ideal from Thomas Jefferson's revolutionary writings to Abraham Lincoln's great effort to vindicate republican principles in the American Civil War.

Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia and Harmsworth Professor of American History at the University of Oxford (2008-2009), specializes in the history of the early American republic. His many books include two on Jefferson's political thought, Jefferson's Empire: The Language of American Nationhood and The Mind of Thomas Jefferson, and two collaborations with his brother, political theorist Nicholas Onuf, Federal Union, Modern World: The Law of Nations in an Age of Revolutions, 1776-1814 and Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War.

IDEAS Seminar

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 25 February 2009, 6:30 pm, IDEAS Seminar Room B212

How Individual Rights Transformed World Politics
Speaker: Chris Reus-Smit
Discussant: Dr. Kirsten Ainley
Chair: George Lawson

Today's international system is entirely unique: the world's first universal, multi-regional, multi-cultural system of states. Four centuries ago it was a fraction of its present size, limited to Europe, and confined with the cultural bounds of Latin Christendom. How did this transformation occur?

  This seminar argues that struggles for the recognition of individual rights played a critical role in the system's globalization. Far from being marginal to world politics, in one crucial respect individual rights made the modern international system. Chris Reus-Smit is Professor of International Politics at the Australia National University. He is the author of American Power and World Order (Polity 2004) and The Moral Purpose of the State (Princeton 1999).

IDEAS Seminar

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 26 February 2009, 6:30 pm, IDEAS Seminar Room B212
Soft Power: Means to China's Peaceful Rise
Speaker: Xu Jian

Soft power has emerged as the dominant paradigm of international relations since the end of the Cold War. In this seminar, IDEAS Visiting Fellow Xu Jian will speak about the role of soft power in China's rise.

 IDEAS Seminar


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 3 March 2009, 6:30 pm, IDEAS Seminar Room B212
Japan and the Cold War: An Overview
Speaker: Anthony Best
Chair: Professor Arne Westad

The degree to which the Cold War shaped the history of modern Japan - the world's first economic superpower - is a topic that is often over-looked in studies of the Soviet-American global confrontation between 1945 and 1991.

  In this paper Dr Antony Best, Senior Lecturer in the International History Department at LSE, will provide an overview of Japan's role in the Cold War. He argues that, while the Cold War was clearly important in Japanese history due to its being a key American ally, the legacy of the Pacific War should not be neglected, and that it was the interplay between these two conflicts that helped to create modern Japan.

IDEAS Public Lecture


17 March 2009, 6:30pm, Old Theatre
What is the significance of 1949?
Speaker: Professor Chen Jian
Chair: Professor Arne Westad

2009 marks the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China and therefore offers an opportunity to consider and reconsider the Communist revolution in Chinese and world history. In this lecture, Professor Chen offers a critical review of the origins, processes and consequences of the Chinese revolution.

He argues that while the revolution's many dark aspects need to be exposed, as a whole it has transformed China and the world for the better. Chen Jian holds the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the School for 2008-09. Professor Chen is the Michael J Zak Chair of the History of US China Relations at Cornell University and a distinguished research scholar, writer and teacher.

He is author of Mao's China and the Cold War and China's Road to the Korean War: the making of the Sino-American confrontation, which is regarded as a modern classic, and shared honours for the 2005 Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in News and Documentary Research for Declassified: Nixon in China.

IDEAS SAP Public Lecture


 Indonesia: Global Reach, Regional Role
31 March 2009, 3:30-4:30, LSE Campus
Speaker: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia

Dr. Yudhoyono is currently serving as the 6th President of the Republic of Indonesia. As an intellectual and prolific writer, General (Ret) Yudhoyono has authored a number of books and articles.

Among his academic writings are: Revitalisasi Ekonomi Indonesia: Bisnis, Politik dan Good Governance (Revitalization of the Indonesian Economy: Business, Politics and Good Governance) published by Brighten Institute in 2002. This event marked the opening of the Southeast Asia International Affairs Programme at IDEAS. Read a transcript of the event.

IDEAS/CWSP Conference


GWU-UCSB-LSE Annual Graduate Student Conference 2009
24-26 April 2009, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, LSE IDEAS

This event was hosted by three partner institutions: the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS, the George Washington University Cold War Group (GWCW), the Center for Cold War Studies (CCWS) of the University of California Santa Barbara. See details of the conference.

IDEAS Roundtable

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 April 29 2009, 6.30pm, LSE IDEAS Conference Room (B212)
The Rise and Decline of Putin's Russia
Speakers: Professor Margot Light, Professor Marie Mendras, Dr. Bobo Lo
Chair: Professor Michael Cox

The last ten years have seen a marked deterioration in Russia's relations with the West and the United States. This has happened - not coincidentally - at the same time as Russia began to emerge from the economic doldrums of the 1990s while benefiting enormously from the rise in the world price of oil and gas. But how far is Russia's rise guaranteed?

Can the West and the US afford a prolonged stand off with Russia? And will the Obama administration make a difference? Prof Marie Mendras is LSE-Sciences Po Alliance Professor; Prof Margot Light is professor emeritus of international relations at LSE. Dr Bobo Lo is director of the Russia and China Programme at the Centre for European Reform.

IDEAS/Southern Africa Programme Seminar

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30 April 2009, 6:30pm, B212 IDEAS Conference Room
China Into Africa 
Speaker: Dr. Chris Alden 
Chair: Dr. Sue Onslow

China's engagement with Africa has been the subject of considerable international controversy and criticism. Her impressive economic growth in recent years has been sustained by exploitation of Africa's natural resources and investment in strategic minerals, as well as penetration of Chinese goods and services in African markets. There have been accusations of a new colonialism: are we now witnessing a new 'Scramble for Africa'?

What are the rationales behind China's policy towards Africa, and the response of African governments? Is this single minded exploitation, or are there advantages of mutual cooperation? What is the future for the emerging China/Africa relationship? Does the Chinese model of development, lack of Western 'conditionalities' for aid, flexibility and speed in granting credit offer Africa a second 'window of opportunity' for sustained development? Dr Chris Alden is a Reader in International Relations at the LSE and project Director, China in Africa Project, South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA).

  Since 1992, he has researched and published extensively on Asia-Africa relations, with a special focus on China/Africa issues. His publications include China in Africa (Zed/Palgrave 2007), and China Returns to Africa: A Rising power and a Continent Embrace (Hurst 2008).

IDEAS Transatlantic Programme Seminar

1 May 2009, 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm, venue TBC
The Last New World Order: The Rise of American Multilateralism and Historical Lessons for Today
Speaker: Dr Stewart Patrick
Chair: Professor Michael Cox


Dr Patrick will discuss the historical and contemporary implications of his new book, The Best Laid Plans: The Origins of American Multilateralism and the Dawn of the Cold War (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). The event will be jointly hosted by the Department of International Relations and IDEAS. Dr Patrick is Senior Fellow and Director of the Program on International Institutions and Global Governance at the Council on Foreign Relations.

IDEAS Roundtable

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 5 May 2009, 6:00pm, Old Theatre 
Rising Asia in the World Crisis
Speakers: Danny Quah, A. Hussain, Chen Jian
Chair: Professor Arne Westad (TBC)

Asia's rise in the recent past has brought about profound changes to the international system. The current world crisis presents both opportunities and challenges to Asia. The initiatives and responses by Asian countries--and China and India in particular--have the potential to define the world's path of development now and in the future. Three leading experts on Asian international affairs will share their perspectives on these important issues in this panel discussion.

Professor Chen Jian holds the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at the School for 2008-09 and is the Michael J Zak Chair of the History of US-China Relations at Cornell University; Professor Danny Quah is head of department and professor of economics at the LSE. Professor Athar Hussain is director of the Asia Research Centre.

IDEAS/Latin America Programme Seminar

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 6 May 2009, 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm, B212 IDEAS Conference Room
Venezuela's 'Bolivarian' Process: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects after 10 years
Speaker: Dr Samuel Moncada, Venezuelan Ambassador
Speaker: Dr Julia Buxton (University of Bradford) 
Chair: Professor Arne Westad

Venezuela's ambassador to the UK, his Excellency Dr Samuel Moncada and Dr Julia Buxton from the University of Bradford explore the achievements of the Bolivarian process and the challenges it faces within a regional and broader international context. They will then examine the future prospects of the process given the current political and economic environment. The presentations will be followed by an open discussion.

IDEAS Public Lecture/Book Launch


 7 May 2009, 6.30 pm, Wolfson Theatre
Explaining the End of Communism in Europe
Speaker Professor Archie Brown, Discussant Dr. Roy Allison
Chair: Gordon Barrass

Archie Brown, whose book, The Rise and Fall of Communism, is being launched at this LSE talk, will address the question of why Communist rule ended as suddenly as it did in Europe twenty years ago. The downfall of Communism has been linked to such disparate phenomena as the decline in the rate of economic growth, Soviet failure to keep pace with the technological revolution, the election of a Polish Pope, and the policies of President Ronald Reagan.

While not denying the significance of these factors, Professor Brown contends that they are not the most fundamental parts of an explanation of why Communism ended when it did. He argues also for the inclusion of the Soviet Union among the countries in which a Communist system had ceased to exist by the end of 1989. Professor Archie Brown, CMG, FBA, is Emeritus Professor of Politics at Oxford University and an Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College, Oxford.

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 An LSE graduate, Professor Brown taught at Glasgow University from 1964 to 1971 when he moved to Oxford. His principal research interests are the evolution of Communism, the Soviet perestroika, leadership politics (in comparative context), post-Soviet Russian politics, the comparative study of transitions from authoritarian rule, and democratization. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 1991 and was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.

Archie Brown has been a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Yale, the University of Connecticut, Columbia University, and the University of Texas at Austin (where he held the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. Centennial Chair in Government). He has also been Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Helen Kellogg Institute of International Studies, University of Notre Dame. Dr Roy Allison is Reader in the International Relations Department at LSE.

IDEAS/South East Asia International Affairs Programme Seminar


Friday, 8 May 2009, 4:30pm B212 IDEAS Conference Room
Indonesia: The Next Political Phase
Speaker: Mr Karim Raslan
Chair: Dr Munir Majid

Indonesia, has with its recent legislative and upcoming presidential elections made a bold claim for regional, even global prominence. The republic, which some analysts a decade ago were predicting would fragment or fall into the hands of Islamic fundamentalists, has seen its populist President President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono solidify his power base and move Indonesia to geopolitical prominence. 

Mr Raslan will focus on why Indonesia's rise was possible, taking the risky path of democratization. Mr Karim Raslan is a Cambridge-trained lawyer from Malaysia. He is a also a syndicated columnist, writer and political commentator. Mr Raslan has been following the political developments of Malaysia and Indonesia very closely and will share with us his experiences and insights on both countries.  More details on the SEAP site.

IDEAS/Southern Africa Programme Seminar


 8 -9 May 2009, Lisbon, Portugal
Southern Africa in the Cold War Era
Working Expert Seminar hosted by the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS in cooperation with the Institute for International Relations, Lisbon.

Further details and Programme

IDEAS Roundtable


 13 May 2009, 6:30 pm, Old Theatre
Rescheduled event - "Declining Hegemon? The United States and the World of Crisis"
Speakers: Professor Michael Cox, Professor Danny Quah
Chair: Lord William Wallace

How will the world economic crisis impact the United States? Are we now witnessing the end of the American era?

Michael Cox is professor of international relations and co-director of IDEAS at LSE. Danny Quah is head of department and professor of economics at The London School of Economics and Political Science. Quah obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University and his A.B. from Princeton University.

Public Lecture


 23 May 2009, 6:00pm, Old Theatre (Ticketed event)
The Power of Analogy: The Post-Cold War World in Historical Perspective
Speaker: Professor Niall Ferguson

The end of the Cold War, the end of the division of Europe and the collapse of the Soviet Union came as a surprise to most economists, political scientists and scholars of international relations.

But what briefly seemed to be "The End of History" turned out to be the beginning of a revival of history as a tool of analysis in the public sphere and in the realm of policy. Historical analogies abounded as politicians and public intellectuals sought to make sense of the emergence of the United States as an unrivalled "hyperpower", the revival of ethnic conflict in the Balkans, the escalation of Islamist terrorism around the world, and (most recently) the global financial crisis.

Arguments by analogy abounded, comparing the U.S. with the British Empire, the 1990s with the 1910s, Al Qaeda with earlier terrorist organizations, and the financial crisis with the Great Depression.

Himself a regular contributor to the "history of the present", Niall Ferguson looks back on twenty years of thinking about the present in terms of the past and asks what, if anything, this approach has achieved. Niall Ferguson is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University and William Ziegler Professor at Harvard Business School. He will join IDEAS as Phillipe Roman Chair in 2010-2011. This event is organised by LSE IDEAS and KCL School of Arts and Humanities in conjunction with LSE International History Department and KCL Department of History.

This lecture is a ticketed event. To reserve a place, please email Dr David Monger: crossroadsconference09@yahoo.co.uk.

Cold War Studies Programme Seminar

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 26 May 2009, 6:30pm, B212 IDEAS Conference Room 

A Transnational Community of Solidarity? Western Social Reaction to the Polish Crisis 1980-82
Speaker: Dr. Idesbald Goddeeris 
Chair: Dr Svetozar Rajak

The Polish crisis in the beginning of the 1980s provoked strong reactions in the West. In many countries, trade unions and specially founded committees used various methods to express their solidarity with Polish workers. Several arguments give a transnational dimension to this international solidarity campaign.

Like other social movements with an international scope, it created a global 'imagined community' of activists and workers, which was united by common protest forms, global media, and travelling. Dr Goddeeris argues that this Western solidarity was still strongly dominated by national frameworks and questions the opinion that today's transnational movements, such as anti-globalists and climate activists, show many similarities with the ones during the Cold War.

IDEAS/Latin America Programme Seminar

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 27 May 2009, 6:30pm, B212 IDEAS Conference Room 
Continuity in an era of upheaval: Sino-Chilean Relations, 1970-1974 
Speaker: Maria Montt Strabucchi
Chair: Professor Arne Westad

In December of 1970 in Paris, Chile opened diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China, thus closing relations with the Republic of China and completing a historical demand of the Chilean left. This seminar will discuss the role of the Cold War in the establishment of diplomatic relations between Chile and the PRC in 1970 and their continuance in 1973. 

Maria Montt Strabucchi is a member of the Asian Studies Program at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Public Lecture

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 28th May, 6.00 pm (please note earlier start), B212 IDEAS Conference Room
Tiananamen Square Remembered
Speakers: Prof Chen Jian, Prof A. Hussain, Martin Jacques, Dr Debin Ma 
Chair: Prof Michael Cox

1989 is seen as one event in Europe and another in China. The tanks did not go into Eastern Europe but they did in Beijing. But why was the great year of transformation experienced so differently?

What was the relationship between the two? And why has China twenty years later emerged as the great success story and the former USSR - the darling of the West once - now seen as the great enigma? Come and listen as these great writers - all of whom were present at creation of our new world - reflect on the one of the key moments in world history.

Witness Seminar


 29 May 2009, A316, Old Building 
The Cold War in the Caribbean: The Grenada Intervention, 1983
Chair: Professor Paul Sutton, Senior Professor of Caribbean Studies at London Metropolitan University

The event is co-hosted by Centre for Contemporary British History and LSE IDEAS. It will examine British policy during the crisis. By examining the fundamental differences between the USA's and the UK's view of the Grenada intervention, we will be able to see what the differences were between the two countries perceptions and conception of the Cold War.

Seminar Programme

As places are limited, those wishing to attend should contact Dr Sue Onslow.

IDEAS Book Launch

3 June 2009, Time TBC, LSE IDEAS B212, Columbia House  
Two Suns in the Heavens
Speaker: Sergey Radchenko
Chair: Professor Arne Westad



Top Secret: How Intelligence Changed the Cold War and the Lessons for Today

12 October 2009, 6.30pm, Wolfson Theatre
Speaker: Gordon Barrass
Chair: Sir Howard Davies

Recent disclosures help clarify one of the most mysterious aspects of the Cold War--the impact of secret intelligence.  What part did it play, for instance, in spurring suspicion and rivalry between the two sides, in preventing confrontations getting out of control and contributing to the peaceful ending of  the Cold War?  What did the two sides not know about each other?  And what are the lessons to be learned?

Mr Barrass was a member of the Joint Intelligence Committee and Chief of the Assessments Staff during the last years of the Cold War. Mr Barrass is also a visiting professor in LSE IDEAS, working on issues concerning strategy and intelligence.  His new book, The Great Cold War-A Journey Through the Hall of Mirrors, has been highly acclaimed in both Washington and Moscow.

MEIAP Launch

  What Next for the Middle East?

10 November 2009, 6.30pm, The Box, 5th Floor, Tower 3, LSE
Chair: Nigel Ashton
Speakers: Fawaz Gerges and Gilles Kepel

A roundtable discussion of the current challenges facing the Middle East region and thoughts on its future.

Fawaz Gerges is Professor of International Relations at LSE.
Gilles Kepel is the Philippe Roman Chair of International Affairs and History at LSE IDEAS for 2009-10.


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Programme Seminar

 What Next for Afghanistan?

1 December 2009, 6.30pm, B212
Speaker: Antonio Giustozzi
Commentator: Artemy Kalinovxky
Chair: Nigel Ashton

Antonio Giustozzi leads a discussion of the present and coming challenges in Afghanistan.Dr Giustozzi is research fellow at the Crisis States Research Centre of the London School of Economics, and contributed to the IDEAS Strategic Update on Afghanistan.