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Senior Fellows

IDEAS Senior Fellows are internationally renowned academics contributing towards our mission of connecting academic research with the practice of diplomacy and strategy. 

Anne Applebaum

Anne Applebaum held the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2012-2013 academic year.


Barry Buzan is a Professor Emeritus at the Department for International Relations at LSE. Professor Buzan is also honorary professor at Copenhagen and Jilin Universities. From 1988 to 2002 Professor Buzan was Project Director at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI).


Niall Ferguson was the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2010-2011 academic year. Professor Ferguson is Laurence A Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a contributing editor of the Financial Times and a senior research fellow at Jesus College, University of Oxford.


Ramachandra Guha held the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2011-2012 academic year. Dr Guha is a historian and biographer and has taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford.


Chen Jian of Cornell University held the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2008-09 academic year. Professor Jian is the Michael J Zak Chair of the History of US China Relations at Cornell University, where he serves as Director of the China and Asian-Pacific Studies Program and is a distinguished research scholar, writer and teacher.


Eve Mitleton-Kelly is founder and Director of the Complexity Research Group at LSE and Visiting Professor at the Open University. Professor Mitleton-Kelly was formerly a civil servant in Department of Trade and Industry.


Paul Kennedy of Yale University was the inaugural holder of the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2007-08 academic year. Professor Kennedy is one of the world's most well-known international historians, whose books include The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers  (1987) and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century (1993). 


Gilles Kepel held the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2009-10 academic year. Professor Kepel is best known for his books on the Middle East and North Africa, and for his work on Islamism, including Islamism in Europe.

Professor Dominic Lieven

Dominic Lieven is Professor of Russian History and Head of the International History Department at the LSE. Professor Lieven joined LSE in 1978, became a professor in 1993 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001. He graduated first in the class of 1973 in history from Cambridge University and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard in 1973/4.


Margot Light is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Director of the Human Rights Programme in the Commonwealth of Independent States.


Danny Quah is the Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Previously he was Director of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre.


Dr Svetozar Rajak is an Associate Professor at the LSE Department of International History. He was previosuly Academic Director at LSE IDEAS, Head of the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme and Head of the Balkan Initiative. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Cold War History.


Professor Timothy Snyder held the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2014/15 academic year. Professor Snyder is currently the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specialising in the political history of central and eastern Europe as well as the Holocaust.


Arne Westad was a founding Director of IDEAS. Professor Westad lectures widely on China's foreign affairs, on Western interventions in Africa and Asia, and on foreign policy strategy.


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