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Events and podcasts

IDEAS events aim to provide the public, policymakers, and professionals with diplomatic insight.

Our events include public lectures, debates, policy workshops, and international conferences.

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

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Upcoming public events

Crucible: Thirteen Months that Forged Our World
Tuesday 16 October, 6.30-8pm, LSE

Jonathan Fenby extols his thesis on the crucial months between 1947-1948 which shaped the politics of the Cold War, and left an indelible mark on the modern world. 

Ten Years after the Global Financial Crisis: what have we learned and what did we forget?
Thursday 18 October, 6.30-8pm, LSE, Free ticket required

This event explores the causes of the 2008 global financial crash and the lessons we should learn from it with the policymakers who were there.

Global Business
Thursday 8 November, 6.30–8pm, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

This event brings together experts on international business to discuss recent trends in converstation with Mahesh Joshi's new book Global Business - a straightforward commentary on mega trends in globalization.

The World After the War
Wednesday 21 November, 6.30-8pm, TW1, G.01 lecture theatre, LSE

Derek Leebaert explores Anglo-US relations in the years after World War Two - a period that redefined what has come to be the 'special relationship'. 

Trump, America, and the World: two years on
Tuesday 27 November, 6:30-8pm, Old Theatre, LSE

Two years ago Donald Trump's election shocked the world. This event explores how far he has changed US foreign policy. 

Film Screening: The Chocolate Case
Thursday 6 December, 6:30-9pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE

To mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, LSE IDEAS and the UN Cinema present a screening The Chocolate Case, followed by a panel discussion on the links between responsible business, consumers, and modern day slavery.  

People, Profits and Peace: A Human Security Approach to Private Sector Peacebuilding and Sustainable Development
Date TBC, LSE

How can business work with individuals and communities in areas affected by conflict and crisis and work towards the UN’s Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Join us for the launch of the Human Security Business Partnership Framework which sets out to answer this question.

More LSE IDEAS events will be announced soon. 

Latest Event Podcasts

Reforms to Strengthen the European Monetary Union

Vítor Constâncio, the former Vice President of the European Central Bank, explored the possible reforms proposed to strengthen the EMU and their predicted consequences.

Gandhi - the years that changed the world, 1915-1948

At this event, Ramachandra Guha tells the epic story of Gandhi's life and how he changed the world armed only with his arguments and example. 

The Crisis of Global Politics: lessons from continental philosophy

Can the work of the great European philosophers help solve Europe's problems today? At this event, scholars discussed how the ideas of thinkers such as Heidegger, Arendt, Anders, and Adorno can be applied to populism, climate change, and artificial intelligence.

To End A War Co-hosted with the United Nations and the Embassy of Colombia

What does it takes for a nation of 50 million to move from hatred to forgiveness, from war to peace? Listen to the panel discussion on the Colombian peace process and the future of the country. 

The Middle East after ISIS: what is at stake? 

ISIS has been defeated militarily, but the fight for the Middle East is just beginning. Gilles Kepel, author of The Rise of Jihad in the West, discusses the future of the region and how it will shape global politics in the decades ahead. 

Private Events

LSE IDEAS private events provide a space for policymakers, professionals, and business to access and debate the latest evidence and insight. We aim to create constructive conversations.

They include policy workshops, seminars, breakfast meetings, conferences, and dinners.

Recent private events

ICBCS and LSE IDEAS Belt and Road Initiative roundtable series - Which Emerging Markets will gain?

ICBC Standard Bank and LSE IDEAS are co-hosting a series of private discussions, bringing together leading experts from academic, policymaking and business communities to fully explore the global economic and financial impact of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The second explored the opportunities for emerging economies. 

What's Different About the 2018 National Security Capability Review?

In this lecture, renowned expert on British government Lord Hennessy asks if the National Security Capability Review is a serious overhaul of the UK’s often faulty decision-making machinery.

LSE-BHR Company Roundtable in Madrid: a human security approach to working in complex business environments

The UN Business and Human Security Initiative at LSE IDEAS and Business and Human Rights (BHR) held a roundtable at the EOI Business School in Madrid, as part of a global series of stakeholder meetings planned by the initiative.

Representatives from companies in different industrial sectors - including Endesa, Repsol, Prosegur and Gas Natural Fenosa - discussed the value for Spanish business leaders of a human security approach and how to best work in complex, conflict-affected environments. 

The Chinese Connection: Costa Rican Foreign Policy in the 21st Century LSE Global South Unit-LSE IDEAS event, supported by CAF

This international workshop, taking place in San Jose, explored the past of and future of the China-Costa Rica relationship with ex-ministers and academics. 

International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War

Jointly organsied by the Cold War Studies Project at LSE IDEAS, the Center for Cold War Studies and International History at the University of California in Santa Barbara, and the Cold War Group at George Washington University in Washington DC. The annual conference alternates between the three campuses. The 2018 conference took place at LSE on 3-5 May.

ICBCS and LSE IDEAS Belt and Road Initiative Roundtable series - Can BRI bring China and Russia together?

ICBC Standard Bank and LSE IDEAS are co-hosting a series of private discussions, bringing together leading experts from academic, policymaking and business communities to fully explore the global economic and financial impact of China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The first focused on how the BRI programme will impact China's relations with Russia. 

Nuclear Diplomacy in the ‘Second Cold War’: New Perspectives on NATO and the Euromissile Crisis

This workshop discussed new perspectives on the controversial deployment of nuclear weapons in Western Europe (‘Euromissiles’) in the early 1980s. Drawing on newly declassified sources across different NATO member states and beyond, participants re-evaluated the role of nuclear diplomacy at the height of the so-called Second Cold War.

International Politics Launch Event: Europe in an age of global turmoil

To mark the recent publication of the Dahrendorf Forum’s special issue of International Politics, ‘Rethinking Europe’s external relations in an age of global turmoil’, experts from the UK and Germany discussed Europe’s position in an unsettled and rapidly changing world.

Gordon Brown: a life in politics LSE European Institute-LSE IDEAS Event

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke at LSE on his extraordinary career, from New Labour's 1997 landslide electoral victory to the 2008 global financial crisis and the historic 2014 Scottish and 2016 European referenda.

The Brexit Conundrum for British German Relations LSE IDEAS-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Policy Workshop

Representatives from British and German businesses and think tanks shared their insights into the likely impact of Brexit, the German view, and if the EU and UK can make a viable trade deal. 

Corporate Peace: private sector strategies for conflict prevention, peacebuilding and sustainable development LSE IDEAS United Nations at LSE - WOSCAP Event

This roundtable examined research findings from the EU- funded ‘Whole of Society Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding' and other studies on public-private partnerships to explore the possibilities for both policymakers and companies to work more constructively together for the benefit of both. 

Alumni Policy Weekend on the Rise of Populism

Last weekend IDEAS hosted the first Alumni Policy Weekend event for graduates of Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy, 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.

Terror in France: The Rise of Jihad in the West

Do recent ISIS inspired terror attacks in France represent an outbreak of violence that has long been building? At this event, author and terrorism expert Gilles Kepel discussed the origins of the virulent new wave of jihadism that has Europe as its main target.

Alumni Breakfast - 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 organised crime is between $3.6-$4.8 trillion. Senior representatives from the Initiative presented the findings to our  Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy alumni.

The New Silk Routes: How is infrastructure reconnecting Asia? LSE IDEAS-LSE Department for International Relations event 

China’s recent revival of the historic ‘Silk Road’ has captured the imaginations of both policymakers and business leaders. At this event, representatives from the Reconnecting Asia project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC explained their ambitious initiative to map infrastructure projects across Eurasia.

From Iraq to the New Cold War: Hans Blix 

Hans Blix achieved international prominence in his role as Head of the UN team which failed to discover WMD in Iraq in 2003. At this event, Blix explored lessons from the past and a way forward for the future of weapons control in a world that has become no safer.          

Global Elite Knowledge Networks & Anglo-American Power: Think Tanks, Foundations, & Universities & the New World Order LSE IDEAS-City University London-Princeton University event.

This international workshop examined the role of think tanks in foreign policy making. In particular, it focused on the huge influence of think tanks in post war planning during and after World War II, and the establishment of international informal networks of policy evidence.

China, Brexit, & the EU: Challenges, Uncertainties, & Opportunities?

This China Foresight-Dahrendorf Forum workshop explored strategic aspects of China-EU relations and how the Brexit debate will impact the newly revived bilateral relationship between Beijing and London. Included speakers from the Italian Foreign Ministry and the French Embassy.

British-Soviet Relations Archive Project Launch

The launch of our British-Soviet Relations Archive Project took place at the British Academy. Speakers included Ash Amin, Foreign Secretary of the British Academy, Alexandr Chubarian of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Vladimir Pechatnov of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.

Policy Workshop: Shifting Drug Strategies in Ireland and the UK

The International Drug Policy Project hosted a high-level policy planning workshop for civil servants and experts from around the world, with a keynote speech by current Irish Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, Adhán O’Ríordáin.

Policy Breakfast: Russia's Intervention in Syria 

Diplomats, civil servants, and journalists joined academics at IDEAS to discuss Russian military action in Syria at this private policy breakfast event with the Dahrendorf Forum and LSE Department of International Relations.

Podcasts: Editor's Highlights

Gorbachev: his life and times 
LSE IDEAS-LSE Department of International History event

How did a peasant boy rise to the top of the Soviet system and end it? Pulitzer Prize winner William Taubman explains how Gorbachev's biography and background influenced his unique role in world history.

Hard Brexit, Soft Brexit, No Brexit? LSE IDEAS-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung event

David McAllister MEP, a member of Angela Merkel's CDU and vice president of the European People's Party, and Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska of the Centre for European Reform discussed the likelihood and consequences of three Brexit scenarios, with a focus on UK-Germany relations.

From One Cold War to Another? Part of the LSE Literary Festival 2017

A wide ranging conversation with authors and columnists Anne Applebaum, Gideon Rachman, and Jonathan Fenby on if Russia and the West are facing a 'New Cold War', the rise of China, and the future of the international order.

The Legacy of Peace: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

LSE IDEAS was honoured to welcome President of Colombia and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Juan Manuel Santos to the LSE. The President gave insight into the peace process, spoke about Colombia's environmental policies inspired by the Stern Report, and revealed his favourite memory of being an LSE student.

The Life and Times of Clement Attlee: From Houghton Street to Downing Street 

Clement Attlee was one of the great sons of the LSE, yet he was looked down upon by many academics on the left. What does Attlee’s life say about the story of the left in modern Britain and indeed the part played by the LSE in that history? Attlee biographer John Bew discusses with IDEAS Director and LSE historian Michael Cox. 

EU Referendum: What Now?

The Monday after the UK voted for Brexit, LSE IDEAS held an event with Sarasin & Partners on what happens now. LSE experts and guests from business and politics discussed the impact on the global markets, the UK economy, British politics, and the wider world.

UK-China: Stocks, Shakespeare, and Satellites

British Ambassador to China Barbara Woodward on the 'Golden Era' of UK-China relations, the importance of public diplomacy, and building a strategic partnership.

Dahrendorf Symposium: Europe and the World - Global Insecurity & Power Shifts

The Dahrendorf Symposium is a high-profile event debating Europe’s future, attended by around 300 European policymakers and foreign policy experts. View full videos, Symposium publications, and a cartoon summary from the 2016 event in Berlin.            

Black Earth: the Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder spoke at this event chaired by fellow Philippe Roman Chair Anne Applebaum. He explained the role that the destruction of states played in the Holocaust and argued that we must try to understand the causes of violence to learn the lessons of history.

Podcasts: World Leaders

LSE IDEAS has been honoured to welcome world leaders and senior statesmen to LSE. Watch or listen to some of the IDEAS public events with guests from the highest levels of government.

Transparency: the most important pillar in a functional democracy Co-hosted with the LSE Global South Unit, part of the CAF-LSE Leadership Series

Our event with Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama, where the President spoke about his battle against corruption, the 'Panama Papers', and building relations with China the 'Panama way'.

The Catalan Crisis: populism and secessionism Co-hosted with the LSE European Institute and The Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on the political, social and economic factors that have led to the growth of populism and secessionism in Catalonia and possible solutions to the current political blockade. 

Can Finance Save the World? Bertrand Badré in Dialogue with Gordon Brown

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Bertrand Badré, former World Bank Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of the World Bank, discussed how finance can be a force for good.

Less Populist, More Popular: my vision for the EU in 2018

In this speech Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, set out his political priorities for the coming year.

The Legacy of Peace: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

LSE IDEAS was honoured to welcome President of Colombia and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Juan Manuel Santos to the LSE. The President gave insight into the peace process, spoke about Colombia's environmental policies inspired by the Stern Report, and revealed his favourite memory of being an LSE student.

Power and Pragmatism: Sir Malcolm Rifkind

For almost forty years, Malcolm Rifkind served at the forefront of British politics. In this lecture, former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm gave a lively account of his involvement in some of recent history’s most important events - such as early meetings between Thatcher and Gorbachev, and secret negotiations with the Argentine government on the Falklands Islands.

The EU in the Eye of the Storm: Javier Solana

Former Spanish Foreign Minister, Secretary General of NATO, and European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana on how the EU can respond to the Eurozone crisis

Global Political Challenges - women advancing democracy: Madeline Albright

In this lecture Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of State 1997-2001 and first female Secretary of State, addressed the future of US foreign policy and the leadership of women in helping to build prosperity, foster peace, and promote democracy across the globe.

A Conversation with Senator John McCain

Senator John McCain is Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee and was the Republican nominee for President in 2008. In this event with LSE staff and students he answers questions on his career, defence policy, the US 'pivot' to Asia, and the future of American power.

The International economy and the process of the citizen's revolution in Ecuador: President Rafael Correa Delgado

LSE IDEAS was honoured to host President Correa, the 43rd President of Ecuador, in office from 2007 to 2017. At this event, he spoke about charting a new course in the international economic system and how domestic priorities inform foreign policy.

Indonesia - Global Reach, Regional Role: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

LSE IDEAS was honoured to host President Yudhoyono in 2009. President Yudhoyono, in office from 2004-2014, was Indonesia's sixth President. At this event, he speaks about how Indonesia's international role is changing.

Podcast Topics: China

Watch: Russia, China, and the US: challenges yet to come

In this Global Strategies lecture, Phillip Karber looks in detail at Russian and Chinese military capabilities, with particular reference to the experience of battle in Ukraine, and explains the extent of their challenge to US and NATO strategy and forces.

Trump and China in the Asian Century
Part of the 'Rethinking the Cold War' Lecture Series with the University of Sheffield. 

The election of Donald Trump as president signals a profound change in US foreign relations. In this lecture, Professor Arne Westad of Harvard University asks what the reactions to the Trump presidency are likely to be in eastern Asia and whether we are facing a fundamental power shift in the region.

Clash of the Titans? China-US Relations from Nixon to Trump

When Nixon opened a door to China in 1972  the world was turned upside down for ever. But what is the state of the US-China relationship nearly fifty years on? Margaret Macmillan and Christopher Coker discuss the past, present, and future of arguably the most significant relationship of the modern era.

The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman and experts from LSE IDEAS discussed his new book Easternisation, debating how far Asia's growing wealth will move the international balance of power away from the West, Chinese nationalism, and the US-China competition for allies in Asia.

UK-China: Stocks, Shakespeare, and Satellites

British Ambassador to China Barbara Woodward on the 'Golden Era' of UK-China relations, the importance of public diplomacy, and building a strategic partnership.

Deng Xiaoping vs Gorbachev

Was Deng Xiaoping right to call Mikhail Gorbachev “very stupid”? Alexander V. Pantsov discusses why the USSR couldn’t follow the pattern of Chinese reforms in the decade leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

China, the United States and Asia in the 21st Century

The rivalry between China and the United States for influence in Asia will determine the geopolitical landscape in this century. Arne Westad on what China can do to mobilise its undeniable resources in the exercise of a more effective foreign policy and how domestic developments in the two countries influence their long-term Asia policies.

A Changing World and China

Despite China’s growing interactions with the rest of the world, the country’s foreign policy is largely dictated by domestic politics and further economic reform. Distinguished Chinese diplomat Wu Jian Min will explore China’s international strategy and what this means for the country’s relations with the rest of the world.

The Paradox of China's Peaceful Rise

Despite the widespread view that China does not have a coherent grand strategy, China has already articulated one that is based on the home-grown idea of ‘peaceful rise/development’. Barry Buzan, Arne Westad, and Michael Cox discuss.

The China Challenge as Myth and Reality

Few countries have experienced changes as dramatic as China in the past 25 years, from ‘revolutionary state’ to ‘status quo power’. Professor Chen Jian discusses the origins, processes and implications of China's rise from the perspective of a historian of China's international relations, focusing on deconstructing some common myths. Select Chen Jian on the Philippe Roman Chair page to listen.

The Great Transformation: how China changed in the ‘long 1970s’

China's adoption of a new path toward modernity, one that champions ‘reform and opening to the outside world’, had profound significance not only for China itself but also for the rest of the world. What were the origins of this ‘Great Transformation’? Professor Chen Jian offers a historian's overview of China's 1970s transformation and the beginning of global systemic change that this transformation helped create. Select Chen Jian on the Philippe Roman Chair page to listen.

China After the Olympics

Whether we think sport and politics should or should not be mixed, it is clear that in the case of the Beijing Olympics the two have never been more closely intertwined. Chian Jian is joined by Guardian Columnist Martin Jacques and Director of the Asia Research Centre Athar Hussain to discuss how the impact of the Olympics on China and ask if it changed China’s world image or affected future Western relations. Select Chen Jian on the Philippe Roman Chair page to listen.

Rising Asia in the World Crisis

The global financial crisis presents both opportunities and challenges to Asia. The initiatives and responses by Asian countries, China and India in particular, have the potential to define the world's path of development now and in the future. To discuss these issues Chen Jian is joined by Danny Quah and Athar Hussain. Select Chen Jian on the Philippe Roman Chair page page to listen.

Podcast Topics: Russia

Watch: Russia, China, and the US: challenges yet to come

In this Global Strategies lecture, Phillip Karber looks in detail at Russian and Chinese military capabilities, with particular reference to the experience of battle in Ukraine, and explains the extent of their challenge to US and NATO strategy and forces.

Gorbachev: his life and times 
LSE IDEAS-LSE Department of International History event

How did a peasant boy rise to the top of the Soviet system and end it? Pulitzer Prize winner William Taubman explains how Gorbachev's biography and background influenced his unique role in world history.

Russia and the EU: back to realism?

At this Dahrendorf Forum lecture, leading Moscow analyst and Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs Fyodor Lukyanov argued that it's time to redefine the Europe - Russia relationship based on a pragmatic understanding of respective interests and capabilities.

Russian Foreign Policy as an Exercise in Nation-Building 
LSE IDEAS-LSE Department of International Relations event

Leading Moscow-based analyst Dimitri Trenin opens up the black-box of Russia’s foreign policy and sheds light in particular on the role of the internal factors driving the country's policy.

Deng Xiaoping vs Gorbachev

Was Deng Xiaoping right to call Mikhail Gorbachev “very stupid”? Alexander V. Pantsov discusses why the USSR couldn’t follow the pattern of Chinese reforms in the decade leading up to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

A New Strategy? Russia as an Unlikely Soft Power

This expert roundtable discusses Russia’s declared strategy to invest in soft power instruments in regional and global politics. What are Russia’s soft power assets? Has Moscow been successful in turning them into influence?

Russia, Ukraine, and Us

LSE IDEAS hosted this BBC Radio 4 debate putting the Ukraine crisis into historical context and asking what it means for our relationship with Russia. Hosted by Bridget Kendall, with Anne Applebaum, Sir Rodric Braithwaite, Ben Judah, and Olexiy Solohubenko.

Putinism - The Ideology

Anne Applebaum argues that Vladimir Putin cannot be dismissed as a thuggish or thoughtless authoritarian leader. She explains the sophisticated institutional and ideological underpinnings of ‘Putinism’ as an ideology including foreign policy, history, and education. Select Anne Applebaum on the Philippe Roman Chair page to listen.

Podcast Topics: Europe, the EU, & Brexit

The Crisis of Global Politics: lessons from continental philosophy

Can the work of the great European philosophers help solve Europe's problems today? At this event, scholars discussed how the ideas of thinkers such as Heidegger, Arendt, Anders, and Adorno can be applied to populism, climate change, and artificial intelligence.

The French Revolution: one year onCo-hosted with the LSE European Institute

How successful has Emmanuel Macron's first year as President of France been? Jean Pisani-Ferry, former Director of ideas on the Macron campaign, and journalist Christine Ockrent discuss.

Counter Revolution: liberal Europe in retreat Co-hosted with the LSE European Institute

Liberal ideas are under attack across Europe. In this lecture, Jan Zielonka explores the sources of this counter-revolution to the liberal establishment and asks if Europeans can feel secure again? 

EU Foreign, Security, & Defence Policy after Brexit

Does Brexit create an opportunity for more defence integration in Europe by removing the UK veto, or will the damage from losing British military capabilities be too great?

Less Populist, More Popular: my vision for the EU in 2018

In this speech Pierre Moscovici, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, set out his political priorities for the coming year.

Hard Brexit, Soft Brexit, No Brexit? LSE IDEAS-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung event

David McAllister MEP, a member of Angela Merkel's CDU and vice president of the European People's Party, and Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska of the Centre for European Reform discussed the likelihood and consequences of three Brexit scenarios, with a focus on UK-Germany relations.

Forging Europe: Vichy France and the origins of the European Union LSE IDEAS-Open University event

In this lecture, Luc-André Brunet explains continuities from the wartime Vichy regime to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), the forerunner to today’s European Union, and what this means for current debates about Europe.

A Briton at the Heart of Europe: Revisiting Roy Jenkins' Presidency of the European Commission LSE IDEAS - LSE Department of International History event. 

Forty years ago, a British politician was appointed President of the European Commission. In this lecture Dr Piers Ludlow explored what Jenkins' tenure reveals about the nature of the job and the history of Britain in Europe. 

The European Union at the Crossroads: Brexit and After

With the UK heading for Brexit, the European Union faces a historic challenge but also an opportunity to rethink its own future. French Minister Axelle Lemaire, historian Margaret MacMillan, and Lord Giddens debated Brexit and the future of Europe.

EU Referendum: What Now?

The Monday after the UK voted for Brexit, LSE IDEAS held an event with Sarasin & Partners on what happens now. LSE experts and guests from business and politics discussed the impact on the global markets, the UK economy, British politics, and the wider world. 

Dahrendorf Symposium: Europe and the World - Global Insecurity & Power Shifts

The Dahrendorf Symposium is a high-profile event debating Europe’s future, attended by around 300 European policymakers and foreign policy experts. View full videos, Symposium publications, and a cartoon summary from the 2016 event in Berlin.

Changing Waters: Towards a New EU Asia Strategy

The EU-Asia relationship has changed. At this event, contributors to the LSE IDEAS report Changing Waters spoke about the future of EU-Asia relations from building a new development relationship, expanding the EU's role in Asian security, and Chinese perspectives on the EU.

Europe & the Return of Geopolitics

In this Dahrendorf Forum lecture, Ambassador Pierre Vimont, first executive secretary-general of the European External Action Service, asked whether the EU - designed to prevent geopolitics - can meet the challenge of their return in the Ukraine crisis. 

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? NATO's Jamie Shea and Anne Applebaum discuss. Select Alumni Breakfast Podcasts from the Alumni Network page to listen.

Russia and the EU: back to realism?

At this Dahrendorf Forum lecture, leading Moscow analyst and Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs Fyodor Lukyanov argued that it's time to redefine the Europe - Russia relationship based on a pragmatic understanding of respective interests and capabilities.

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

The FT's Gideon Rachman and New York Times Steven Erlanger assessed the international consequences of the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union. Select Alumni Breakfast Podcasts from the Alumni Network page to listen.

The Crisis in European Security

Experienced European diplomats Robert Cooper and Wolfgang Ischinger were joined by Professors Karen Smith and Robert Falkner for this Dahrendorf Forum discussion on the Ukraine crisis and how to restore a “Europe whole and free”.

Does Europe Have a Future? LSE IDEAS - LSE US Centre event

Professor Walt of the Kennedy School at Harvard spoke at this on the strategic challenges facing the EU and if it can meet them.

Podcast Topics: British Foreign Policy

The Foreign Office, Commerce, and British Foreign Policy

How did the Foreign Office support British commerce? And how has commerce shaped British foreign policy?

Hard Brexit, Soft Brexit, No Brexit? LSE IDEAS-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung event

David McAllister MEP, a member of Angela Merkel's CDU and vice president of the European People's Party, and Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska of the Centre for European Reform discussed the likelihood and consequences of three Brexit scenarios, with a focus on UK-Germany relations.

Looking Back: Looking Forward. Another 'Twenty Years' Crisis?

The international system is facing a perfect storm. Can history teach us how to avoid crisis? Ken Booth, Mary Kaldor, and Michael Cox discuss E.H. Carr's Twenty Years Crisis.

Margaret Gowing and British Nuclear History LSE IDEAS - NATO - LSE Department of International History conference. 

Margaret Gowing was an LSE alumna & leading nuclear historian, who wrote the ground breaking official history of Britain & Atomic Energy. Members of the Gowing family, NATO officials, civil servants, leading historians, & LSE students attended this one day conference to explore her personal and academic legacy.

War and PCs: Cyber and Violence in the 21st Century

Lecture by General Sir Richard Barrons, who served as Commander Joint Forces Command until April 2016 in a military career including operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. In this lecture, Sir Richard outlines how disruptive technology will transform defence and security thinking worldwide.

Power and Pragmatism with Sir Malcolm Rifkind

For almost forty years, Malcolm Rifkind served at the forefront of British politics. In this lecture, Sir Malcolm gave a lively account of his involvement in some of recent history’s most important events - such as early meetings between Thatcher and Gorbachev, and secret negotiations with the Argentine government on the Falklands Islands.

EU Referendum: What Now?

The Monday after the UK voted for Brexit, LSE IDEAS held an event with Sarasin & Partners on what happens now. LSE experts and guests from business and politics discussed the impact on the global markets, the UK economy, British politics, and the wider world. 

Military Strategy vs Business Strategy

In this Global Strategies lecture, economist John Kay discusses what business strategy can learn from military or political strategies. John Kay is one of Britain's leading economists, whose career has spanned the academic world, business and public affairs.

Podcast Topics: Drug Policy

Revolutions in the Afghan Desert Part of the LSE Literary Festival 2017 

The story of how vast areas of desert in Afghanistan have been transformed into farming land through the use of revolutionary new technologies in the poppy and opium trade. This event was part of the IDEAS exhibition on the topic, and included insight from satellite imagery.

Drug Policies Beyond the 'War on Drugs'? Part of the LSE Works lecture series

As countries examine new ways of managing drugs beyond the failed 'war on drugs' model, this event explored the future of drug policy and the role of LSE research in driving government policies around the world.               

After the Drug Wars report launch

In this event, contributors to After the Drug Wars from the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy set out a new framework for drug control based on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ending the Drug Wars report launch

Members of the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy present the evidence from their report Ending the Drug Wars.

Podcast Topics: The Cold War

The Underrated Ally: Italy in the Cold War

Most histories of the Cold War portray Italy as being passive, without its own ambitious foreign policy. This panel discussion challenges that assumption by exploring Italian diplomacy during the Cold War and how Italian foreign policy was shaped by the country's domestic economy and politics.

The Cold War: a world history

Arne Westad and Michael Cox discusses the truly global nature of the Cold War, with East and West demanding absolute allegiance around the world.

Gorbachev: his life and times 
LSE IDEAS-LSE Department of International History event

How did a peasant boy rise to the top of the Soviet system and end it? Pulitzer Prize winner William Taubman explains how Gorbachev's biography and background influenced his unique role in world history. 

The Balkans in the Cold War: Book Launch Discussion

The edited volume ‘Balkans in the Cold War’ contains 16 contributions from renowned experts and scholars on how the global Cold War manifested in the Balkans. This Q&A with the editors includes introductory comments by Arne Westad and Vesselin Dimitrov.

The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights Part of the Rethinking the Cold War Lecture Series with the University of Sheffield.

How did the idea of 'human rights' develop in the twentieth century? In this lecture, Mark Bradley explored how changes in US culture and thought in the 1970s reflected a changing global idea of 'universial human rights' and changed the American idea of what it means to be free.

An Imaginary War? Culture, Thought and Nuclear Conflict during the Cold War Part of the Rethinking the Cold War Lecture Series with the University of Sheffield. 

Collective imaginations of nuclear warfare were a central battleground of the Cold War, fought through war-games and fictitious scenarios. This panel debate explored the 'imaginary war' and how culture and individuals struggled to comprehend nuclear war.

Stalin's Team

We know a lot about Stalin but less about the team – Molotov, Kaganovich, Mikoyan and the rest of a group whose membership was roughly but never quite equivalent to the Politburo – that surrounded him for 25 years.

25 Years After the End of the Cold War: Its Legacy in a New World Order

Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War, how do these events shape the world today? What are the legacies of the Cold War? And are we truly in the midst of a new Cold War?

The Polish Roundtable Talks and the End of the Cold War

The Polish roundtable talks and subsequent elections on 4 June 1989 were a crucial step in ending the Cold War. 25 years later, LSE IDEAS and the Polish Embassy in London hosted witnesses of the Polish Democratic Transition to join academics to discuss the importance of the events for Poland, for Europe, and for the world.

The Cold War and the Culture of Secrecy

Official secrecy in the U.S. during the Cold War altered the culture of government and served many hidden agendas. Matthew Connelly explains how classified information became an institutional asset, security clearances became a way to police behaviour, and senior officials leaked classified information to gain higher office. Select Matthew Connelly on the Philippe Roman Chair page to listen.

The Political Economy of the Cold War

At its heart the Cold War was a competition between two economic systems. Niall Ferguson compares and contrasts the United States and the Soviet Union and asks how far the outcome of the Cold War was economically determined from the outset. Select Niall Ferguson on the Philippe Roman Chair page to listen.

The Third World’s War

The Cold War was waged partly through a series of proxy wars in Third World countries from Guatemala to Korea to Vietnam. Niall Ferguson argues that we need to see the ‘Third World's War’ in perspective. He explains how successful the Soviet Union was in pursuing a strategy of fomenting revolution and how consistently successive U.S. administrations behaved in response. Select Niall Ferguson on the Philippe Roman Chair page to listen.

Nuclear Arms & Human Rights

The decisive breakthroughs in the Cold War occurred in seemingly unrelated fields, nuclear arms control and human rights. Niall Ferguson asks what were the links between these two issues and which mattered more? Select Niall Ferguson on the Philippe Roman Chair page to listen.

Event Videos

Russia, China, and the US: challenges yet to come

In this Global Strategies lecture, Phillip Karber looks in detail at Russian and Chinese military capabilities, with particular reference to the experience of battle in Ukraine, and explains the extent of their challenge to US and NATO strategy and forces.

Why Post-Truth Matters to Think Tanks

As part of the Global Go To Think Tank Index launch, Chatham House, LSE IDEAS, and the Institute for Government joined hundreds of other leading world think tanks in hosting a simultaneous event discussing the role of think tanks in government and civil society.

Watch: Leadership, Resilience and Development in an Era of Instability

Fifth CAF-LSE conference, hosted by CAF - Development Bank of Latin America, the LSE Global South Unit, and LSE IDEAS. The 2018 conference focused on the importance of leadership. How can leaders in the global south, in the public and private sectors, maintain stability and growth in turbulent times for the world? 

Drug Policies Beyond the 'War on Drugs'? Part of the LSE Works lecture series

As countries examine new ways of managing drugs beyond the failed 'war on drugs' model, this event explored the future of drug policy and the role of LSE research in driving government policies around the world.

War and PCs: Cyber and Violence in the 21st Century

Lecture by General Sir Richard Barrons, who served as Commander Joint Forces Command until April 2016 in a military career including operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan. In this lecture, Sir Richard outlines how disruptive technology will transform defence and security thinking worldwide.

EU Referendum: What Now?

The Monday after the UK voted for Brexit, LSE IDEAS held an event with Sarasin & Partners on what happens now. LSE experts and guests from business and politics discussed the impact on the global markets, the UK economy, British politics, and the wider world.  

Military Strategy vs Business Strategy

In this Global Strategies lecture, economist John Kay discusses what business strategy can learn from military or political strategies. John Kay is one of Britain's leading economists, whose career has spanned the academic world, business and public affairs.

After the Drug Wars report launch

In this event, contributors to After the Drug Wars from the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy set out a new framework for drug control based on the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dahrendorf Symposium: Europe and the World - Global Insecurity & Power Shifts

The Dahrendorf Symposium is a high-profile event debating Europe’s future, attended by around 300 European policymakers and foreign policy experts. View full videos, Symposium publications, and a cartoon summary from the 2016 event in Berlin.

Global Political Challenges - women advancing democracy: Madeline Albright

In this lecture Madeleine Albright, US Secretary of State 1997-2001 and first female Secretary of State, addressed the future of US foreign policy and the leadership of women in helping to build prosperity, foster peace, and promote democracy across the globe.

A Conversation with Senator John McCain

Senator John McCain is Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee and was the Republican nominee for President in 2008. In this event with LSE staff and students he answers questions on his career, defence policy, the US 'pivot' to Asia, and the future of American power.

Ending the Drug Wars report launch

Members of the Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy present the evidence from their report Ending the Drug Wars.

The Political Economy of the Cold War

At its heart the Cold War was a competition between two economic systems. Niall Ferguson compares and contrasts the United States and the Soviet Union and asks how far the outcome of the Cold War was economically determined from the outset.

The Third World’s War

The Cold War was waged partly through a series of proxy wars in Third World countries from Guatemala to Korea to Vietnam. Niall Ferguson argues that we need to see the ‘Third World's War’ in perspective.

Nuclear Arms & Human Rights

The decisive breakthroughs in the Cold War occurred in seemingly unrelated fields, nuclear arms control and human rights. Niall Ferguson asks what were the links between these two issues and which mattered more?

Jihad: the trail of Political Islam

Political Islam has emerged as one of the great ideologies of the modern world. How did this occur? Gilles Kepel explores the origins of Islamism and its future, discussing if it makes a clash of civilization inevitable.

The International economy and the process of the citizen's revolution in Ecuador: President Rafael Correa Delgado

LSE IDEAS was honoured to host President Correa, the 43rd President of Ecuador, in office from 2007 to 2017. At this event, he spoke about charting a new course in the international economic system and how domestic priorities inform foreign policy.

Indonesia - Global Reach, Regional Role: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

LSE IDEAS was honoured to host President Yudhoyono in 2009. President Yudhoyono, in office from 2004-2014, was Indonesia's sixth President. At this event, he speaks about how Indonesia's international role is changing.

Podcast Speakers: Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman is the chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times and an IDEAS Senior Visiting Fellow.

The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?

Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman and experts from LSE IDEAS discussed his new book Easternisation, debating how far Asia's growing wealth will move the international balance of power away from the West, Chinese nationalism, and the US-China competition for allies in Asia.

From One Cold War to Another? Part of the LSE Literary Festival 2017

A wide ranging conversation with authors and columnists Anne Applebaum, Gideon Rachman, and Jonathan Fenby on if Russia and the West are facing a 'New Cold War', the rise of China, and the future of the international order. 

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? Brian Klass, Gideon Rachman, and Leslie Vinjamuri debate. Select Alumni Breakfast Podcasts from the Alumni Network page to listen.

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

The FT's Gideon Rachman and New York Times Steven Erlanger assessed the international consequences of the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership in the European Union. Select Alumni Breakfast Podcasts from the Alumni Network page to listen.

 

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