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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

ASEAN: In or Out? No Way…Not yet?

ASEAN: In or Out? No Way…Not yet?

The UK voted to leave the EU on a wave of populist anger. Does the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) face a similar threat to regional integration? In this Strategic Update, Tan Sri Munir Majid assesses the prospect of a member state leaving ASEAN and the future of UK-ASEAN relations after Brexit. Read online / Download pdf

Brexit What Happens Next

Brexit: What Happens Next?

The British withdrawal from the EU will be a process not an event. This Strategic Update by Tim Oliver sets out the nine overlapping series of negotiations to expect and the positions the 27 remaining EU countries, gathered from a network of researchers across the continent. Read online / Download pdf

European Union in the World 2025

European Union in the World 2025 – Scenarios for EU relations

What will European Union foreign policy look like in 2025?This Dahrendorf Analysis outlines some possible future scenarios - created by the Dahrendorf Forum foresight project, which explored likely trajectories, new trends, and 'unknown unknowns' in EU relations with its neighbours and the world.


Featured Analysis

A European Union without the United Kingdom

A EU without the UK: The Geopolitics of a British Exit from the EU

The EU, the rest of Europe, allies around the world, and the UK itself need to prepare for the wider international implications of potential exit from the EU. This Strategic Update examines how likely a Brexit is and explores what it could mean for the EU, European integration, and Europe’s economics and security. Download pdf / Read online

After the Drug Wars

After the Drug Wars

Read the report from the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy providing the evidence base for reform to governments around the world, setting out a framework for the future of international drug policy based on the Sustainable Development Goals.

China's Geoeconomic Strategy

China's Geoeconomic Strategy

This report which provides a systematic assessment of the economic bases of China’s foreign policy and the challenges the country faces as it makes the transition from rising power to superpower. LSE IDEAS' work on China continues with the China Foresight Project.


You can also view news analysis and media appearances from IDEAS People.