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The Institute of Global Affairs aims to maximise the impact of LSE’s leading expertise across the social sciences by shaping inclusive and locally-rooted responses to the most important and pressing global challenges.

Erik Berglof
IGA Director Erik Berglof  in the Washington Post on how important the US has been for international institutions like the IMF and the World Bank and how that same influence may now be used by the Trump administration to undermine them.
IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele participated in the Third Preparatory Committee for a new UN marine biodiversity agreement. He also spoke on the topic of innovative finance at a workshop on marine genetic resources.

Dr Jeromin Zettelmeyer senior research fellow of the Peterson Institute and senior visiting fellow at IGA, presented his new paper on the sustainability of Greece’s debt.

For the paper see here.

Oksana Antonenko
IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko  commented on the attack on St Petersburg underground on BBC newsnight.
IGA-China Group

The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) hosted a group of prominent business leaders from China on March 27th. Professor Erik Berglöf (Director, LSE IGA) led the discussion that included Sir Vince Cable, IGA Professor in Practice, Piroska Nagy Mohácsi, IGA Programme Director, as well as Dr Yu Jie from LSE IDEAS. The main subject was the impact of Brexit, including potential opportunities for China.

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.

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.

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.


More news about IGA in the following pages

Tarek Osman


Monday 22 May 2017 6:30pm, Wolfson Theatre, NAB

A political, social, and cultural battle is raging in the Middle East. On one side are the Islamists, those who believe Islam should be the region’s primary identity. In opposition are nationalists, secularists, royal families, military establishments, and others who view Islamism as a serious threat to national security, historical identity, and a cohesive society.

In his latest book Islamism, Tarek Osman explores the development of the largest and most influential Islamic groups in the Middle East over the past century. Why has political Islam managed to win successive elections and how have Islamist groups in various nations responded after ascending to power? Osman dissects the alliances that have formed among Islamist factions and against them, addressing the important issues of Islamism’s compatibility with modernity, with the region’s experiences in the twentieth century, and its impact on social contracts and minorities. He explains what Salafism means, its evolution, and connections to jihadist groups in the Middle East. In a thought-provoking conclusion, Osman discusses the Islamists’ prospects for the future and what that will mean for the region and the rest of the world.

Tarek Osman (@TarekmOsman) is the EBRD’s Senior Political Counsellor for Arab world and Turkey.

Erik Berglof (@ErikBerglof) is Director of the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE.


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.


More events in the following pages.  


Rethinking Global Finance 

The Rethinking Global Finance initiative aims to strengthen the research capacity and policy voice of key emerging economies. Only on this basis can a truly global and inclusive financial architecture be developed. The project brings together lead academic and policy-makers from key emerging economies and advanced countries.


Avoiding the Middle Income Trap

As part of the INET Transformation Commission chaired by Nobel Laureates Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz, IGA has initiated a policy research initiative “Avoiding the Middle Income Trap” (MIT). The MIT project will produce a large number of background papers and a final report, accompanied by a series of case studies elucidating the experiences of individual countries that have recently transitioned from middle to high income status.



The Governance initiative aims to contribute with targeted research and policy advice to two key pillars of good governance: political governance and corporate governance. These are covered by two distinct though interrelated projects that IGA is undertaking, with the engagement of academia, government, civil society, international financial institutions and the private sector.


Global Migration

The Global Migration initiative aims to find workable policy solutions, both emergency measures and long term thinking, for the truly global and urgent challenge of international migration.

Blue Initiative

Blue Finance

The Blue Finance initiative aims to make to strengthen the case for ocean resilience solutions. This requires a multi-disciplinary engagement, including economics and other social and natural sciences with policy and governance to identify and address the underlying drivers and risks.




The IGA aims to build a vibrant intellectual environment for original, rigorous and significant thinking and broader impact in London, but also to form an alliance of centres of excellence in research and policy thinking in emerging economies. By employing multidisciplinary approaches and encouraging evidence-based policy making, it also aspires to promote deeper understanding and peer-to-peer transfer of knowledge across emerging and developing economies. The IGA wants to offer a 'safe space' that is open, fair and transparent and where students, government, private sector and civil society from all around the world can meet to address the challenges of the 21st century.

More information about the IGA here.