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Arne WestadArne Westad is director of LSE IDEAS, a centre he founded with Professor Michael Cox in 2008.  Westad is Professor of International History at LSE and an expert in contemporary international affairs.  His work deals mainly with twentieth century history and the history of China.  He is also a frequent commentator on current international issues, especially with regard to East Asia.  Professor Westad’s new book, Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750, has just been published by Basic Books in the United States and Bodley Head in the UK. His previous book, The Global Cold War, won the Bancroft Prize and several other awards, and has been published in fourteen languages.  Westad is now working on a general history of the Cold War in its twentieth century context and a book on China’s transformation from the Cultural Revolution to the era of reform. More »| 

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  • Rising Asia: Lessons Learned From European Integration?
    Economic and political integration is high on the agenda in Asia, in ASEAN as well as more widely in the region. What can the region learn from the process of integration in Europe. Find it out by joining Professor Simon Hix and Professor Arne Westad on 5th February. LSE IDEAS will kick off its Public Lecture Series on Asia Rising in the Year of Horse!
  • IDEAS Public Lecture Series on "Asia Rising?"
    The great defining debate of the 21st century now seems to revolve around one fundamental question: will the future belong to the new rising powers of Asia revolving around the great economic power-house called China or the old Transatlantic powers of the West still led by the United States? LSE IDEAS launches a series of public lectures in the coming Lent Term to explore the dynamism of two great powers, featured speakers including Michael Cox, John Ikenberry, Arne Westad,Jonathan Fenby, Isabel Hilton and Simon Hix.
  • Prof Arne Westad on the Dahrendorf Symposium 2013: Changing the European Debate
    In this video interview Prof Arne Westad introduces the thinking behind the 'Dahrendorf Symposium 2013: Changing the European Debate - Focus on Climate Change'. This British-German initiative, led by the LSE, Hertie School of Governance and Stiftung Mercator, honours the intellectual and public legacy of Professor Lord Ralf Dahrendorf. It brings together leading academics, policy makers and the media from across Europe and beyond to debate Europe's role in addressing some of the most pressing issues humanity is facing.

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Latest Publications

  • The Global Cold War: Third World Interventions and the Making of Our Times. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Decisive Encounters: The Chinese Civil War, 1946-1950. Stanford University Press, 2003.
  • Brothers in Arms: The Rise and Fall of the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1945-1963. Stanford University Press/Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1999.

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