LSE IDEAS Alumni Network

Alumni network

Alumni of the executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy are part of a diverse global network of leaders and professionals as well as the dynamic LSE IDEAS community.

I thought a great and worth while session both on content as well to stay in touch with people - thank you for organising.
Toby O’Connor, Managing Director & Class of 2015-16

Once you have graduated from our programme, not only will you join the international LSE Alumni community alongside over 136,000 people in 200 countries, you will also become part of the IDEAS Alumni Network.

The exclusive opportunities provided by the IDEAS Alumni Network allow you to enhance your professional network and connect with IDEAS expertise through current affairs discussions, public lecture invitations, and social events.

Alumni network events

Private discussion events held at LSE IDEAS exclusively for executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy Alumni with leading practitioners and academics. 

Policy Weekend

The first Alumni Policy Weekend event, held in June 2017, was entitled The Rise of Populism and the Crisis of Globalization: Brexit, Trump and Beyond. Speakers included: IDEAS Director Michael Cox, Tim Oliver, Uta Staiger, Brian Klaas, Barry Buzan, Leslie Vinjamuri, Mukulika Banerjee, Yu Jie, and Sir Robert Cooper.

Breakfast Series

All Alumni Breakfasts by date

Organised Crime: An Industry that Carries a $4 Trillion Cost

New analysis by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime suggests that across a selection of six private sector industries the scale and cost of organized crime is between $3.6-$4.8 trillion. The staggering level of private sector victimisation has gone largely unreported and unrecognised. 

Speakers:

  • Mark Shaw, Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime  
  • Tuesday Reitano, Deputy Director, Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime
  • Robin Cartwright, author of the Global Initiative's forthcoming flagship report Hidden Battalions: Transnational Organised Crime and its Impact on the Private Sector.

Poppies and Poverty: Implications of Afghanistan’s Continuing Search for Security 

After invasion, intervention, and insurgency, Afghanistan’s weak state and economy now pose the greatest current danger to its own citizens, its neighbours, and the West. Horia Mosadiq and David Mansfield discussed the growing threats that joblessness, migration, and the drug trade represent for human rights and regional security.

Speakers:

  • David Mansfield is an LSE IDEAS Fellow and consultant advising on operational issues with regard to illicit drugs. 
  • Horia Mosadiq is Amnesty International’s Afghanistan Researcher. She was awarded the Afghanistan Simurgh Human Rights Award by the Arman Shahr Foundation. 
  • Chair: Mary Martin is a Senior Research Fellow in LSE IDEAS and the LSE Department of International Relations.

Decline of the West and Crisis of Democracy?

Populism is on the rise across the West. How far does this reflect a decline in Western economic power? And how much does it threaten liberal democratic institutions? Podcast available below.

Speakers:

  • Brian Klaas, Fellow in Comparative Politics, LSE;
  • Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, Financial Times;
  • Chair: Leslie Vinjamuri, Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice, SOAS.


Beyond Obama: the Four Years Ahead

What impact will President Trump have on foreign policy? Is a 'grand bargain' with Russia and China possible?

Speakers:

  • Chair: Luca Tardelli
  • Peter Trubowitz, professor of International Relations, Director, LSE US Centre
  • Steven Erlanger, London Bureau Chief, The New York Times
  • Xenia Wickett,  head of the US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House

Thinking the Unthinkable

After a proliferation of ‘unthinkable’ events over the last two years, how can leaders continue to first identify then adapt to the new, fast changing normal?

Speakers:

  • Nik Gowing, Visiting Professor at Nanyang University, Singapore
  • Chair: Michael Cox, Director, LSE IDEAS

Prospects for the Chinese Economy

What does the future holds for the Chinese economy - is the debt burden too large or is there further growth to come? 

Speakers:

  • Chair: Jonathan Fenby, Co-Founder Trusted Sources and Director, China Research, LSE IDEAS Associate
  • Dr Linda Yueh, Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University
  • Guy de Jonquières, Senior Fellow at European Centre for International political Economy

NATO at the Crossroads

Confronting Putin? Surviving Trump? Where is NATO – and indeed the whole Transatlantic relationship – likely to be heading in these deeply uncertain times? Podcast available below.

Speakers:

  • Jamie Shea, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
  • Anne Applebaum, former LSE IDEAS Philippe Roman Chair
  • Chair: Michael Cox, Director, LSE IDEAS

Brexit - Britain at the Crossroads: European Consequences, Geopolitical Risks?

This strategic breakfast assessed the international consequences of the forthcoming referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union. Podcast available below.

Speakers:

  • Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Financial Times
  • Steven Erlanger,  London bureau chief, The New York Times
  • Yu Jie,  China Foresight Project Manager, LSE IDEAS
  • Tim Oliver,  Dahrendorf Fellow on Europe-North America Relations, LSE IDEAS
  • Chair: Michael Cox, Director, LSE IDEAS

Understanding and Confronting ISIS

This breakfast discussion focused on the growing jihadi threat in the Middle East and beyond. Professor Jean-Pierre Filiu, former French ambassador to Syria, advisor to the French Prime Minister and Defence Minister, and author of From Deep State to Islamic State,  discussed the prospects of ISIS and of the broader jihadi movement as well as the limits of current Western efforts aimed at curbing it.

Speakers:

  • Jean-Pierre Filiu, former French ambassador to Syria

Alumni Breakfast podcasts

Listen to recorded presentations from past Alumni Breakfasts. Q&A and discussion remains private.

Decline of the West and Crisis of Democracy?

Populism is on the rise across the West. How far does this reflect a decline in Western economic power? And how much does it threaten liberal democratic institutions?

Speakers:

  • Brian Klaas, Fellow in Comparative Politics, LSE;
  • Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, Financial Times;
  • Chair: Leslie Vinjamuri, Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice, SOAS.

Listen to the podcast

NATO at the Crossroads

Confronting Putin? Surviving Trump? Where is NATO – and indeed the whole Transatlantic relationship – likely to be heading in these deeply uncertain times?

Speakers:

  • Jamie Shea, NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges
  • Anne Applebaum, former LSE IDEAS Philippe Roman Chair
  • Chair: Michael Cox, Director, LSE IDEAS

Listen to the podcast

Brexit - Britain at the Crossroads: European Consequences, Geopolitical Risks?

This strategic breakfast assessed the international consequences of the forthcoming referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union. 

Speakers:

  • Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs Columnist, The Financial Times
  • Steven Erlanger,  London bureau chief, The New York Times
  • Yu Jie,  China Foresight Project Manager, LSE IDEAS
  • Tim Oliver,  Dahrendorf Fellow on Europe-North America Relations, LSE IDEAS
  • Chair: Michael Cox, Director, LSE IDEAS

Listen to the podcast

LSE alumni benefits

Benefits of being an LSE alumnus include library access and e-mail services. View full LSE alumni benefits (pdf).

LinkedIn group

Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy Alumni are invited to join our private group on LinkedIn for networking and discussion. Request membership here.

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MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy enquiries (+44) 020 7955 6526

Email

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