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News 2017

Peter Pomerantsev

“Is Donald Trump a postmodern president?” In this opinion piece as part of Newsnight, journalist, writer and IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Peter Pomerantsev argues that President Trump and President Putin share a disdain for facts - and that this is part of their appeal.

Anne Applebaum

IGA Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum talks to the Washington Post about the real story in the Netherlands being the implosion of the centre-left. Read the full article here.

Tommaso Nannicini

LSE IGA's PowerLunch Back to the Drawing Board for Europe's Future hosted on March 21 Professor Tommaso Nannicini of Bocconi University and former State Secretary in Italian PM Renzi's government, with comments by Professor Luis Garicano of the Department of Economics and Marco Buti, Director General at the European Commission. Innovative proposals are emerging to deepen European level legitimacy, risk sharing and alternative scenarios for the joint future.

Erik Berglof

Erik Berglof gave an interview to the China Daily on the increasing role of China in the global financial system. For the interview, click here.


IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele this week spoke at the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) conference in Bremen on the topic of integrating science, technology and finance for sustainable Ocean Governance.

He also participated in Brussels the first session dedicated to Seas, Ocean and poles of the SCIENCE/BUSINESS network, Europe's Leading Innovation Community. Torsten also participated in the Belgium government workshop capacity development for small island development states. See photo here

IGA Fellow Torsten Thiele spoke at the Economist World Ocean Summit on the topic of Emerging investment and risk frameworks for the ocean. The IGA Blue Finance initiative aims to provide an approach to address these challenges. Torsten also acted as a judge of the Ocean Innovation Challenge competition, which was won by the Seychelles Blue Bonds project.
Duncan Clark

Duncan Clark, OBE, and Visiting Senior fellow at the IGA speaks to Impact Magazine on why he thinks the IGA is the right place to provide an antidote to the current wave of populism and autarky. See here.

George Papaconstantinou-News
George Papaconstantinou, former Minister of Finance of Greece and Professor Ricardo Reis discussed the fascinating if depressing saga of Greece and the Euro and global financial system around it under LSE IGA's PowerBreakfast series on February 22. 
LSE IGA hosted a high calibre panel on Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution on February 20 as part of the ongoing LSE Literary Festival with Anne Applebaum/LSE, Olena Bilan/CE, Dragon Capital,Mustafa Nayeem/MP, Ukraine, and Vladyslav Rashkovan/former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Ukraine.  You can listen to the podcast here and find a full summary here.
Vince Cable

IGA Professor in Practice Sir Vince Cable in Business Insider on how Brexit is posing a ‘significant risk’ to Britain’s University sector, which he believes should be given a more important role within Brexit negotiations- international academics and students are already starting to hold off taking positions in the UK. Read the full article here.


The LSESU China Development Society and the Institute of Global Affairs hosted the 9th annual China Development Forum on Saturday, 11th February 2017. This sold out all-day student-led conference attracted 30 world-renowned speakers from across the globe to consider and debate, before an audience of 400, the challenges facing China today. Speakers included:Vince CableCindy Fan, Jia KangZou Ming, Lord Adair TurnerGudrun Wacker and Erik Berglof. Full conference programme can be found here.

Anne Applebaum

IGA Visiting Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum in the FT on Europe needing a new defense pact and Britain potentially leading it. Read the full article here.


The Institute of Global Affairs and LSE SU Italian Society were delighted to welcome Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, to LSE on the 9th February to give a talk on ‘The Future of Europe’. This is the first public speech given by an Italian Prime Minister in the UK since the Brexit vote. The event was chaired by Julia Black, Interim Director of LSE. You can read the full transcript of the speech or watch the podcast here.

Anne Applebaum

IGA Visiting Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum spoke to Channel 4 News on the upcoming launch of an exciting new project with the London School of Economics, which will investigate the spreading of untrue information. Watch the video here.


The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA), along with the LSE SU Italian Society, is delighted to welcome the Prime Minister of Italy, Paolo Gentiloni, to LSE on Thursday 9th February for a talk on ‘The Future of Europe’. This event is free and open to all current LSE students and staff. Click here for further details and tickets.


This week IGA Fellow Torsten Thiele attended the first Science Policy and Stakeholder Engagement meeting for a new EU project on strategies for environmental monitoring of marine carbon capture and storage. Torsten also sits on the Science and Stakeholder Board of the EU project SenseOCEAN.

Erik Berglof AUB Conference

IGA’s Erik Berglof and Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi attended the #AUB4Refugees Forum: “Innovative Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis," on January 27, at the American University of Beirut (AUB). The conference  launched AUB's  truly multi-disciplinary university-wide program and highlighted 18 projects currently underway at AUB.  AUB is the first university from the Middle East to have joined the Alliance of Lead Universities (ALUM). Full details here.

Anne Applebaum

IGA Professor in Practice, journalist and prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum  spoke to the Washington Post on the idea of a ‘global’ Britain in the context of Brexit and the newly developing U.K.-U.S. ‘special relationship’. Read the full article here.

Anne Applebaum
IGA Professor in Practice, journalist and prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum spoke to Spiegel on what the rise of Donald Trump means for Europe, what the future holds for NATO and whether democracy can survive the rise of right-wing populism.Read the full article here.
Erik Berglof
IGA Director Professor Erik Berglof spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos to Business Insider  on Prime Minister May's Brexit speech. Read the article here.
Piroska Nagy Mohacsi
Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, Programme Director of IGA spoke to VOX on the strengths and weaknesses of the European banking sector. Watch the video here.
Jawad Iqbal

IGA Visiting Fellow Jawad Iqbal’s article on quangos (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations) in the UK that de facto represent a subtle form of elitist corruption has been published in The Times. You can read the full article here.

Erik Berglof

Professor Erik Berglof's article on the struggle of Tunisia's young and fragile democracy and parallels with Ukraine's recent development and the crucial role of the EU in both has been published in Project Syndicate. For details see here.

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