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LSE IGA PowerBreakfast Series

The LSE Power Breakfasts are a private conversation convened by the LSE Institute of Global Affairs to which around 25 distinguished people are invited. The series examines the underlying forces that are causing shifts in global power structures. 

There are normally two speakers at each session, who talk for around 15 minutes each before the discussion is opened to the group. LSE’s most renowned experts as well as other prominent people from around the world come to share their thoughts in private with a diverse group of insightful and influential people.

The discussions are held under Chatham House Rules so that opinions expressed may be reported but not attributed.


3rd April 2017,

Does Greece Need More Official Debt Relief? And if so how much?

Speakers: Jeromin Zettelmeyer, Peterson Institute for International Economics; and Richard Portes, London Business School.


21st March 2017,

Back to the Drawing Board for Europe’s Future

Speakers:  Tommaso Nannicini, Luis Garicano, and Marco Buti.

Game Over

22nd February 2017,

Is the Game Over? Lessons From the Greek Crisis

Speakers: George Papaconstantinou and Ricardo Reis.

Power Breakfast Saudi

30th January 2017,

Saudi Arabia's Modernisation/Once and Future Kingdom
Speakers: Stephen W. Coll and Steffen Hertog


8th December 2016,

NATO and Russia in the New World Disorder
Speakers: Hans Blix and Tarak Barkawi


24th November 2016,

Delocalisation: The globalisation of knowledge
Speakers: Richard Baldwin and Gianmarco Ottaviano


8th November 2016,

The Fall of Technocracy
Speakers: Sebastian Mallaby and Charles Goodhart


24th October 2016,

Rich People Poor Countries
Speakers: Caroline Freund and John Sutton


7th September 2016,

Germany and Brexit
Speakers:   Jeromin Zettelmeyer, Vince Cable and Simon Hix


June 20th 2016,

Migration, the ins and outs
Speakers: Pete Sutherland, Ruben Andersson and Dominik Hangartner


May 6th 2016,

The Great Power Grab by Central Banks: The evolving central banking mandate and “systemic central banks”
Mario Blejer, Ricardo Reis, Peter Sands


 April 6th 2016,

The Evolving China Model: Meritocracy or New Autocracy?
Speakers:  Daniel Bell and Mayling Birney


March 17th 2016,

Volatility and The Political Economy of Financial Regulation
 Anat Admati, John Kay, Julia Black, Charles Goodhart


March 10th 2016,

China’s Economic Adjustment
Speakers:  Michael Pettis and Keyu Jin


October 1st 2015,

ISIS: If a non-state actor becomes a state
 Stephen Walt