IDEAS is proud to bring together leading scholars and practitioners of foreign policy and diplomacy from around the world.

In IDEAS we certainly hope we have something worthwhile to offer a global public hungry for analysis rather than soundbites, open debate rather than cheap posturing.

IDEAS Director Professor Michael Cox



Professor Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor of International Relations at LSE. He is a renowned international lecturer who has published extensively on the United States, transatlantic relations, Asia's rise and the problems facing the EU - and the impact these changes are having on international relations.

Dr Emilia Knight is Centre Manager of LSE IDEAS. A senior executive with a substantial record of strategic business development in international markets, Dr Knight holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and an Executive MBA. As Centre Manager, she is in charge of the day-to-day running of the centre. She oversees all financial arrangements concerning the centre and is in overall charge of information, events and external communication. She has previously worked as Marketing Manager, Publishing for Apple UK and later joined Adobe as their Marketing Director, Europe. She went on to establish the Business Software Alliance in Europe to combat software piracy and protect intellectual property. She subsequently joined Madge Networks as Vice-President for Strategic Development. Dr Knight speaks Bulgarian, Polish and Russian.

Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy

Dr Luca Tardelli is the Course Tutor of the Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS. Dr Tardelli holds a PhD in International Relations from LSE. Dr Tardelli graduated in International Relations from the University of Bologna (Forli Campus). He holds a MA in War Studies from King's College London and a MSc in International Relations from LSE. Before joining IDEAS, he worked at the Middle East Division of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as a research assistant at the University of Bologna, the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, and jointly for the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF).

Craig Smith is the Executive Programme Manager for the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS. He holds an MA in Politics and International Relations from Durham University as well as a BA in History and Politics.

Marta Kozielska is the Alumni Coordinator for the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE IDEAS.

China Foresight

Dr Yu Jie (Cherry) is Head of the China Foresight project. She gained her doctorate at the International Relations Department, LSE for her thesis on EU-China relations. She also gives frequent comments on China's foreign policy as well as China's direct investments in Europe in both Chinese and English media outlets.   

Cold War Studies Project

Dr Roham Alvandi is Head of the Cold War Studies Project. He is an Associate Professor of International History at the LSE and an expert on Iran’s foreign relations. His book Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best history books of 2014. Before joining the LSE, Dr Alvandi worked on the strategic planning staff in the office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Tehran.

Lindsay Aqui is a Managing Editor of the Cold War History journal. She is a PhD researcher of the history of Britain & Europe at Queen Mary University London. 

Dr Luc-André Brunet is Deputy Head of the Cold War Studies Project and Book Review Editor for the journal Cold War History.

Vlad Zigarov is Project Assistant for the Cold War Studies Project and a MSc candidate in the International History Department of the LSE. He previously studied Philosophy and History and International Affairs at the University of Bucharest with research interests focused on the Cold War, Communism in Eastern Europe and the Balkans and the Soviet Union.

Dahrendorf Forum

Louise Ingledow is Manager of the Dahrendorf Forum at LSE IDEAS. Before joining LSE, she ran the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Scholarships & Leadership Programme based at University of Oxford. Prior to this, she spent seven years as Manager of the Urban Design Group. Louise has a first class BA History Degree from University College London and an MA in Russian Studies from the UCL School of Slavonic & Eastern European Studies.

Hallie Detrick is the Dahrendorf Forum Communications Officer. Hallie brings to the Dahrendorf Forum more than five years’ experience in communications, policy engagement, and publishing for think tanks, publishers, and philanthropies, complimented by a master’s degree in Global Political Economy. Her most recent role was at Portland, a PR agency in London.

Lisa ten Brinke is a Research Associate for the Dahrendorf Forum. Lisa holds an MSc in International Relations from the LSE, specialising in European affairs and EU external relations.  She has recently completed an internship at Chatham House where she worked on the US and the Americas Programme, coordinating various high-profile events and contributing to a report on US-European relations.

United Nations at LSE

Dr Mary Martin is director of the UN Business and Human Security Initiative. Her research focuses on the role of the private sector in conflict and peacebuilding and private security in the international system. She was co-ordinator of the Human Security Study Group 2006-1010, reporting to the High Representative of the European Union. She holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.            


Joseph Barnsley is Communications & Publications Officer at LSE IDEAS, the LSE's foreign policy think tank, responsible for managing the think tank's website, social media, events, and publications. A political science graduate of Leeds and Warwick universities, his previous employment includes Web and Communications Officer at the National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB) and Parliamentary Assistant to Toby Perkins MP.

Indira Endaya does the layout and design work for IDEAS publications. She finished her Master of Arts in Media, Communication and Culture at Aarhus University in Denmark and the UCL Institute of Education under the EU’s Erasmus Mundus programme.

Mireia Franch is Finance Administrator in LSE IDEAS.

Marta Kozielska is LSE IDEAS Events Coordinator.

Astrid Hampe is an Events Coordinator and also a current PhD student in Political Science at LSE. She holds a BA in History from King's College London and an MRes in Political Science from Sciences Po Paris. Before joining LSE IDEAS, she worked for UNESCO, the European Commission, the King’s Cultural Institute and the transatlantic think tank European Horizons.


IDEAS Associates are experts in fields related to our projects and provide external assistance for our work.

Rosa Balfour is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a member of the Steering Committee of WIIS-Brussels (Women In International Security). Prior to joining GMF, Rosa was a Director at the European Policy Centre (EPC), an independent think tank based in Brussels, where she headed the Europe in the World programme.

Iain Begg is a Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE European Institute. His main research work is on the political economy of European integration and EU economic governance. He has directed and participated in a series of research projects on different facets of EU policy and his current projects include studies on the governance of EU economic and social policy, the EU's Europe 2020 strategy, evaluation of EU cohesion policy and reform of the EU budget.

David Cadier is a researcher at CERI-Sciences Po in Paris. Previously, he was a Teaching Fellow in International Strategy and Diplomacy at LSE. David has also held visiting research or teaching positions at, inter alia, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Boston), the SAIS Centre for Transatlantic Relations (Washington D.C.), IE University (Madrid) and the Polish Institute of International Affairs (Warsaw). His research focuses mainly on EU-Russia relations and EU member states’ foreign policies. He recently co-edited 'Russia’s Foreign Policy: Ideas, Domestic Politics and External Relations' (Palgrave 2015).

Guy de Jonquières is a Senior Fellow at European Centre for International political Economy. He was previously working as a special correspondent and as an interna at The Financial Times and as international business editor and world trade editor. In 2001, Guy de Jonquières received the BP/European University Institute prize for essay on transatlantic economic relations, and in 2007 he was awarded as the opinion writer of the year by the Society of Publishers in Asia.

Jonathan Fenby has written eighteen books, eight of them on China, most recently Will China Dominate the 21st Century? He is a founding partner and China Director of the emerging markets research service, Trusted Sources serving global financial institutions and companies.

Jennifer Gaskell (née Welch) is an experienced researcher, facilitator and peacebuilding practitioner with expertise in international institutions, the Syrian, Burundi and Eastern African contexts and field experience in Cyprus, Burundi and the Somali region. She has over 13 years’ professional experience in communications and multi-stakeholder change processes across a range of sectors. She is the co-founder of Build Up, a social enterprise working to amplify citizen participation in peacebuilding through technology, arts and research.

Tanya Harmer is Associate Professor at the LSE Department of International History. Dr Harmer obtained her BA at the University of Leeds before moving to LSE to obtain a MA and PhD in International History for which she was awarded an AHRC scholarship. She has held visiting teaching positions at Columbia University in New York (2012-13) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2010, 2013).

Andrew Hammond was formerly employed as a Government Special Adviser when the UK last held the Presidency of the EU. He has since worked for consultancy firms advising or organisations in the public, private, and third sectors on strategy and performance, including navigating complex political and economic landscapes that impact operations, reputation, policy and investments.

Cristian Nitoiu is an expert on EU and Russian foreign policy, EU-Russia relations, Eastern Europe, international relations, the European public sphere or international political communication. Currently at Aston University, he has held research positions at Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe (Natolin campus, ENP Chair).

Tim Oliver's research interests focus on transatlantic relations, European geopolitics, British-European relations, British government and politics, and the UK’s foreign, security and defence policies. He was awarded a PhD in International Relations from LSE. Tim has taught at LSE, UCL and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Senior Fellows

IDEAS Senior Fellows are internationally renowned academics who have worked with LSE IDEAS. Our Senior Fellows include holders of the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs.

Anne Applebaum is a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute, and author of Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 and Gulag: A History. She held the Philippe Roman Chair for the 2012-2013 academic year.

Barry Buzan is a Professor Emeritus at the Department for International Relations at LSE. Professor Buzan is also honorary professor at Copenhagen and Jilin Universities. From 1988 to 2002 Professor Buzan was Project Director at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute (COPRI)

Matthew Connelly was the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2014-2015 academic year. He is a Professor in the Department of History at Columbia University author of Diplomatic Revolution: Algeria’s Fight for Independence and the Origins of the Post-Cold War Era and Fatal Misconception: the Struggle to Control World Population.

Niall Ferguson was the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2010-2011 academic year. Professor Ferguson is Laurence A Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, a contributing editor of the Financial Times and a senior research fellow at Jesus College, University of Oxford.

Ramachandra Guha held the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2011-2012 academic year. Dr Guha is a historian and biographer and has taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford.

Chen Jian of Cornell University held the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2008-09 academic year. Professor Jian is the Michael J Zak Chair of the History of US China Relations at Cornell University, where he serves as Director of the China and Asian-Pacific Studies Program and is a distinguished research scholar, writer and teacher.

Paul Kennedy of Yale University was the inaugural holder of the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2007-08 academic year. Professor Kennedy is one of the world's most well-known international historians, whose books include The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers  (1987) and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century (1993).

Gilles Kepel held the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2009-10 academic year. Professor Kepel is best known for his books on the Middle East and North Africa, and for his work on Islamism, including Islamism in Europe.

Dominic Lieven is Professor of Russian History and Head of the International History Department at the LSE. Professor Lieven joined LSE in 1978, became a professor in 1993 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001. He graduated first in the class of 1973 in history from Cambridge University and was a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard in 1973/4.

Margot Light is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Director of the Human Rights Programme in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Ian Morris held the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2015-16 academic year. He is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor in Classics and Professor in History in the Department of Classics at Stanford University and author of Why the West Rules…For Now.

Danny Quah is the Li Ka Shing Professor of Economics at the National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Previously he was Director of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre.

Svetozar Rajak is an Associate Professor at the LSE Department of International History. He was previosuly Academic Director at LSE IDEAS, Head of the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme and Head of the Balkan Initiative. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Cold War History.

Timothy Snyder held the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2013-14 academic year. Professor Snyder is currently the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specialising in the political history of central and eastern Europe as well as the Holocaust.

Arne Westad was a founding Director of IDEAS. Professor Westad lectures widely on China's foreign affairs, on Western interventions in Africa and Asia, and on foreign policy strategy.

Visiting Professors

Helmut K. Anheier is President of the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and Professor of Sociology. His research centres on indicator systems, social innovation, culture, philanthropy, and organisational studies. Anheier is the principal academic lead of the Hertie School's annual Governance Report (Oxford University Press). He also holds a Chair of Sociology at Heidelberg University and serves as Academic Director of the Centre for Social Investment.

Gordon Barrass is a Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS. He was a member of the Joint Intelligence Committee and Chief of the Assessments Staff during the last years of the Cold War. His latest book, The Great Cold War - A Journey Through the Hall of Mirrors, has been highly acclaimed in both Washington and Moscow.

John Hughes is a Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE IDEAS. He was a British career diplomat for 35 years serving mainly in the Americas, together with secondments to the Cabinet Office, BAe Systems, and Shell. His final postings were as Ambassador to Venezuela and then to Argentina. In retirement he has been Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, Chair of Canning House, a Robin Humphreys Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, London University, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE.

Visiting Senior Fellows

General Sir Richard Barrons served as Commander Joint Forces Command, one of the six ‘Chiefs of Staff” leading the UK Armed Forces until April 2016. His military career includes leadership from Captain to General on military operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

Sir Robert Cooper is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He was educated at Oxford and joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1970. Since then Mr Cooper has worked at various British Embassies abroad and since mid-2002 he has been working on behalf of the EU.

Juan Francisco Fuentes is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS and professor of Contemporary History at the Department of International Relations and Global History of the Complutense University of Madrid. In recent years, he has been Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, LSE IDEAS, Sciences Po (Paris) and Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle. He will be at LSE IDEAS during the period March-June 2018 working in a research project on populisms. His next book is entitled Totalitarianisms. The Closed Society and its Friends (forthcoming 2018). 

Tom McKane is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute. Tom spent more than 36 years as a civil servant, mainly in the UK Ministry of Defence, including substantial spells on defence policy and planning. In his last six years in the Ministry of Defence Tom was, successively, Director General for Strategy and Director General for Security Policy.

Julian Miller is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS. Julian Miller was appointed Deputy National Security Adviser in July 2010 and has worked in the Cabinet Office since September 2009. He joined the Civil Service in 1980. He has spent most of his career in the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Gideon Rachman is the chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times, where he authors a weekly column on foreign affairs and feature articles. Before joining the Financial Times in 2006, he was a senior editor and correspondent for The Economist and BBC World Service presenter. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in Washington, Brussels, and Bangkok, and is the author of Zero-Sum World.

Priscilla Roberts is associate professor in the Faculty of Business of City University of Macau. She is the author or editor of numerous books on diplomatic and international history, including Bonds Across Borders: Women, China, and International Relations in the Modern World (2007), Hong Kong in the Cold War (2016), and (with Odd Arne Westad) China, Hong Kong, and the Long 1970s: Global Perspectives (2017).

Hugh Sandeman is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS, and Project Head of Global Strategies. He was an international banker for 30 years based in New York, Tokyo, London, and Frankfurt, and for the past decade has focused on India. He was previously Tokyo correspondent, international business editor and New York correspondent of The Economist.

Jamie Shea has occupied a number of positions at NATO; Spokesman during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts, Director of Information and Press, Director of Policy Planning in the Private office of the Secretary General, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Emerging Security Challenges. While at IDEAS, Dr Shea will contribute to research on global security and the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy.

Tan Sri Munir Majid is a Honorary Fellow at LSE. Dr Majid was formerly Executive Chairman of the Malaysian Securities Commission, Chairman of Malaysia Airlines, and Group Editor of the New Straits Times (NST).

Leslie Vinjamuri is Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice and an Associate Professor in International Relations at SOAS, University of London. Leslie is on the Council (a "trustee") of Chatham House where she is also an associate of the US Programme. Previously, she was on the faculty of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a fellow (in-residence) at Harvard University.

Linda Yueh is Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford and Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School. She is also Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University, and sits on the supervisory Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE. Dr Yueh also serves on a number of boards, including the Coutts Foundation and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Visiting Fellows

Eirini Karamouzi  is lecturer in Contemporary History at the University of Sheffield and A.G. Leventis Fellow at SEESOX, Oxford University. Eirini was the Max Weber Fellow 2013 - 2014 at the European University Institute and a lecturer of European Studies and History at Yale University and Deputy Head of the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS.

Effie G. H. Pedaliu is a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS having previously held posts at LSE, KCL and UWE. She is the author of Britain, Italy and the Origins of the Cold War and co-editor of Britain in Global Affairs, Volume II, From Churchill to Blair. The main themes of her work include American and British Cold War policy and strategy, European and Mediterranean security politics, and Human Rights in Southern Europe.

John Ryan is a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He was a fellow at the St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, London School of Economics and Political Science Centre for International Studies and the European Integration section of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany. John is working as a senior partner as a Brexit adviser for EU, Gulf and Asian clients. 

Swapna Kona Nayudu is presently a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, London, and a Visiting Fellow also at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. Swapna took her PhD from the Department of War Studies, King's College London. Swapna's research interests are in International Relations theory, the Cold War in the Third World, security studies, peacekeeping and India's external affairs.

If you're interested in joining LSE IDEAS as a Visiting Fellow, find out how to apply here.

Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellows  

The Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellows at LSE IDEAS are part of the Dahrendorf Forum.

Julia Himmrich worked as a Research Associate at on the third Dahrendorf cycle (2015-16) while she was completing her PhD in International Relations at the LSE. During this period, she was also part of the LSE Commission on the Future of Britain in Europe, coordinating the hearing on foreign policy. Since then Julia has led the research on European defence at the European Leadership Network (ELN), a London-based think tank. 

Benjamin Martill joins the Dahrendorf Forum at LSE IDEAS directly from the University College London (UCL) European Institute, where he has spent the past year as a Research Associate. Alongside his own research and lecturing, he has been responsible for the Institute’s outreach programme, working to increase the public and policy engagement of academic research in the field of UK-EU relations. 

Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellow

LSE IDEAS is pleased to host the Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellowship thanks to the generous endowment by Mrs Mladena Sotirov. Sotirov fellows study Bulgaria and the Balkan region, working to to understand its recent history, international affairs, the challenges it faces today and the prospects of tomorrow.

2018 Sotirov Fellow

Asya Metodieva is a PhD Candidate at Central European University (CEU), Budapest. Her research is on foreign fighter mobilization in post-violent societies with a focus on the Western Balkans. Her dissertation investigates the construction of martial social identity within different fighter mobilization streams from the region contributing to two ongoing conflicts: Syria and Eastern Ukraine. Asya has been a teaching assistant for the Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism and Public Management classes at School of Public Policy, CEU. She holds MA in International Public Policy from CEU and MA in International Relations and Security Studies from Sofia University 'St. Kliment Ohridski'. Previously, Asya worked as a journalist for the Bulgarian National Television (BNT).

2017 Sotirov Fellow

Roumiana Preshlenova is Associate Professor at the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia. She is also lecturer in Southeast European Studies, Faculty of History of Sofia University 'St. Kliment Ohridski'.

Visiting Research Students

If you're interested in joining LSE IDEAS as a Visiting Research Student, find out how to apply here.



LSE IDEAS lseideas

The ECB is more important than ever to the European economy. Can governments control it? Read our latest report, Th……

10 hours ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

LSE IDEAS lseideas

Listen to the event recording of The Underrated Ally: Italy in the Cold War, discussing Italy's surprisingly ambiti……

16 hours ago

Reply Retweet Favorite

Contact us

Address View on Google maps

LSE IDEAS, 9th floor, Towers 1 & 3, Clement's Inn, London, WC2A 2AZ