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IDEAS analysis helps to explain global foreign policy and identify issues of strategic and diplomatic importance. 

Reports: IDEAS research papers offering in-depth analysis. Includes special reports which feature a range of world-class expertise on vital issues and reports produced by IDEAS projects.  

Strategic Updates: Identifying topics of emerging strategic importance in international affairs. 

Journals: IDEAS is home to two internationally esteemed journals: Cold War History, the most prominent journal in the field, and International Politics, a wide-ranging journal that deals with world politics and international affairs. 

In addition, the analysis archive collects other past publications from LSE IDEAS, including the situation analysis series, and IDEAS today magazine. 

Latest Analysis

Dahrendorf Forum

Dahrendorf Forum Policy Brief: EU Neighbourhood Policy in Africa 

How can the EU be more effective in North Africa? The policy recommendations in this brief from the Dahrendorf Forum include country specific policies, use of micro-level conditionality, and more External Action Service staff.

Banking on Beijing

Strategic Update: Banking on Beijing

The crisis in Ukraine has led to new bilateral economic, financial and energy projects between China and Russia. But in the face of Western sanctions is Moscow taking a strategic risk by Banking on Beijing? This Strategic Update analyses the conflict's impact on Russia-China relations.


Strategic Update: Common EU Policies on Authorised Immigration

The idea of 'Fortress Europe' has dominated debates on EU immigration policies from the 90s to the current crisis in the Mediterranean. This Strategic Update focuses on emerging routes for legal migration. 


Featured Analysis

Strategic Update

The Euro Crisis: A Historical Perspective

This Strategic Update sheds light on the current euro crisis by looking at the debates preceding the conception of the euro. How can the early days of EU monetary cooperation help us understand today’s predicament? And what lessons can we draw from them for the euro?

International Drug Policy Project

Ending the Drugs Wars Report 

This report from the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy was named one of the top ten policy studies by a think-tank worldwide. It uses an independent economic analysis to design a successor strategy to the failed global war on drugs. 

Climate Change

Climate Change: Is Southeast Asia up to the Challenge?

AESAN nations are among the most affected by climate change, can they be effective at the international level? Ahead of the Paris COP21 conference, revisit this report based on an IDEAS workshop in Jakarta.


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