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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

LSE Diplomacy Commission

Investing for Influence: LSE Diplomacy Commission Report

What should be the purpose of British foreign policy? With the Foreign Office and diplomatic service under budgetary pressure, this report argues the UK should reassess its international role from first principles.

Paving the Road to Paris

Paving the Road to Paris? How the EU Can Facilitate a Climate Deal

On the road to the Paris climate change conference in December 2015, what are the prospects for a deal among the key international players - the United States, China, and India? This Strategic Update asks what the EU can do to influence a higher level of ambition and continue to have a leadership role in the global climate community.


Churchill 2015: 21st Century Power - Dislocation, Diffusion & Decay

The IDEAS Power Shifts project has published a report on 21st Century Power, analysing how power is shifting, diffusing and decaying in the modern world from ‘smart power’ to digital power, as part of Churchill 2015 - a 21st century statesmanship programme commemorating Churchill’s legacy.


Featured Analysis

India the Next Superpower?

India: The Next Superpower?

Following Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's state visit to the UK, another look at this 2012 IDEAS report assessing if India is ready for superpower status. 

China's Geoeconomic Strategy

China's Geoeconomic Strategy

Following Xi Jinping's visit to the UK, revisit 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.

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. 


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