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Listen to podcasts from previous LSE IDEAS events.

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

IDEAS events aim to provide the public, policymakers, and professionals with diplomatic insight. Our events include public lectures, debates, policy workshops, and international conferences.

You can find podcasts and videos from past LSE IDEAS events, organised by year.

2019 events

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"We, the People?" Some Thoughts from our Past on Contemporary European Populism (coming soon)
Tuesday 12 November

What can history contribute to an understanding of contemporary European populism, which is now as much in power as insurgent? This was the inaugural Engelsberg Chair lecture with Michael Burleigh.

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From Games to Warfare and Strategy: How Multi-User Platforms Will Transform Difficult Decisions
Thursday 7 November

Joe Robinson from British technology company Improbable discusses how new advances in the games industry are being adopted by government departments in order to greatly improve the way nations prepare and plan for conflict. 

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India's Foreign Policy
Co-hosted with the South Asia Centre
Tuesday 29 October

Ian Hall, Kate Sullivan, and Mukulika Banerjee discuss India's Foreign Policy.

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Goliath: why the West doesn't win wars and what we need to do about it
Thursday 24 October

Sean McFate talks about his newest book Goliath which looks at warfare in the 21st century and examines why the West doesn't win wars and what we need to do in this new age of war.

Berlin Wall 2 sq

30 Years After the Fall of the Berlin Wall: German historical memory and national identity
Co-hosted with the Department of International History
Wednesday 23 October

Hope Harrison examines the arc of memory politics in Germany since 1989, including the impact of the rise of the far right as well as German plans for the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

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Anatomies of Revolution (coming soon)
Co-hosted with the Department of International Relations
Tuesday 22 October

Some of the world's best-known and most acute scholars of revolution discuss the main themes that emerge from George Lawson's recently published book Anatomies of Revolution.

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God Bless America: Religion and the Making of US Grand Strategy (coming soon)
Thursday 17 October

This event explored the ways in which religion has become a subject and object of American foreign policy.

Thinker sq

Think Tanks and Their Role in the Age of Digital and Political Disruptions
Wednesday 16 October

World-renowned think tank expert James McGann discusses the role of think tanks and the ways in which the industry is changing.

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Siloed Thinking: Systemic Marginalisation in Canada's Indigenous Communities (coming soon)
Wednesday 9 October

The event will examine the systematic injustices faced by Canada’s indigenous communities by the legal system, drawing on Matthew Eaton-Kent’s experience working in the country’s far north.

Trump Johnson sq

No Longer Special? The Death of Anglo-America?
Co-hosted with the Department of International Relations
Thursday 3 October

John Ikenberry, Kori Schake and Linda Yueh discuss the notion of 'Anglo-America', what the relationship between the USA and UK has meant for the world in the twentieth century, and how a retreat by both from the world - and perhaps from each other - will impact on the international system.

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LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission Launch (coming soon)
Tuesday 1 October

The launch featured a keynote speech from Robert Zoellick, 11th President of the World Bank, followed by an audience and panel discussion concerning the next action points for the Economic Diplomacy Commission.

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Challenges Facing the Euro
Tuesday 17 September 2019

The Governor of the Bank of France recalls the tangible assets that the Euro has already provided to the Euro area and will focus on the efforts needed towards building a stronger Europe, against the backdrop of Brexit, while stressing three priorities: increasing resilience, increasing growth and affirming sovereignty.

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Women's Empowerment in Muslim-Majority Bangladesh
Thursday 13 June 2019

We heard from the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to UK, H.E. Ms. Saida Muna Tasneem, on women's empowerment in Bangladesh. The talk was followed by an interactive dialogue with Lutfey Siddiqi.

China Britain square

What would it mean for Britain's economic diplomacy if China becomes dominant in the world economy?
Thursday 6 June 2019

Linda Yueh explores what Britain needs to consider in relation to economic diplomacy and China.

SDI sq

Star Wars: A View from the Commentariat
Friday 31 May 2019

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman from King's College London delivered the keynote lecture entitled 'Star Wars: A View from the Commentariat'. This was part of the conference 'Towards an International History of the Strategic Defence Initiative'.

NATO event sq

NATO at 70: History, Politics and Challenges
Thursday 23 May 2019

Reflecting on NATO’s 70 anniversary, this round-table discussion reflected on the challenges that the Alliance faces today in light of its long-term history and development.

Brexit Ireland event sq

Brexit, Britain and the Irish Question
Wednesday 22 May 2019

Michael Burleigh and Michael Cox explore Brexit and the Irish Question. This event also marked the launch of the LSE IDEAS report: Ireland-UK Relations and Northern Ireland after Brexit.

Israel Turkey sq

Contemporary Israeli-Turkish Relations in Comparative Perspective
Thursday 16 May 2019

The event introduced a multi-dimensional comparative perspective on the Israeli-Turkish relations and provided comparative analyses from both Israeli and Turkish contributors.

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From the "End of History" to the Crisis of the Liberal Order: rethinking the end of the Cold War
Wednesday 8 May 2019

How and why has the liberal promise of the post-Cold War world not been realised? Where is the world now heading? Is the post-Cold War era over?

Chronicle event sq

Chronicle of a Brexit Foretold? Britain and Europe in the Thatcher Era, 1975-85
Co-hosted with the LSE Department of International History and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Tuesday 26 March 2019

This event examined the stresses, quarrels, compromises and ambitions which contributed to an unhappy relationship between the United Kingdom and her European partners.

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European Parliament Elections Panel 2019
Co-hosted with the LSESU Grimshaw Club
Thursday 21 March 2019

This panel discussed the upcoming European Parliament elections which are predicted to be a crucial and transformational event in the history of the European Union. 

Cauldron event sq

The Cauldron - NATO’s 2011 operation to protect civilians in Libya
Wednesday 20 March 2019

Rob Weighill and Florence Gaub examine the formation, execution and aftermath of an operation marked with many firsts for NATO. A fascinating insight into the mechanics of NATO by experts on the subject.

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What is the Role of Women in Peace and Security?
Co-hosted with the LSESU Amnesty International Society
Thursday 14 March 2019

At a time of international uncertainty, what is the role of women in peace and security? This panel event aims to answer this question, through a number of perspectives.

Civ State 300300

The Rise of the Civilizational State: China, Russia and Islamic Caliphate and the challenge to the liberal world order
Thursday 7 March 2019

Christopher Coker discusses the rise of the civilizational state, drawing on China, Russia, and the Islamic Caliphate.

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Reflections on the Future of Europe with Paolo Gentiloni
Co-hosted with the Dahrendorf Forum, a project of LSE IDEAS, and the LSE European Institute
Wednesday 6 March 2019

Paolo Gentiloni offers his insights on the future of Europe, drawing on his experience as prime minister of Italy from 2016 to 2018.

Asian Century 300300

The Coming Asian Century: challenges for the West
Tuesday 5 March 2019

In the 19th century, the world was Europeanized. In the 20th century, it was Americanized. Now, in the 21st century, the world is being irreversibly Asianized. The ‘Asian Century’ is even bigger than you think.

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Inside IDEAS: what is it like to work at a leading university think tank? Co-hosted with the LSESU United Nations Society
Monday 4 March 2019

This joint forum aims to provide students with a glimpse of what life is like at a leading university think tank. 

New World DisOrders 300300

Crisis of the Liberal World Order, or is the West in Decline - Again? This event was part of the “New World (Dis)Orders” LSE Festival
Wednesday 27 February 2019

John Ikenberry has for many years been insisting that the liberal world order created by the USA after WW2 has proved remarkably durable. Now, however, a series of major shifts in the world has placed the liberal order under immense strain. In this Roundtable, Professor John Ikenberry will be in conversation with leading LSE public intellectual Professor Mary Kaldor.

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A Marketplace for World Order This event was part of the “New World (Dis)Orders” LSE Festival
Tuesday 26 February 2019

What forces will now shape the international system? Is disorder the only logical outcome with the breakdown of our current world order? Danny Quah  suggests how an economic marketplace model for great power competition can help answer these questions, and guide thinking for constructing a world order that works for all the international community. 

New World DisOrders 300300

A Populist Wave? Unity and Division Among Europe's New Parties This event was part of the “New World (Dis)Orders” LSE Festival
Tuesday 26 February 2019

This event explores two counterintuitive arguments about Europe’s populist parties. First, that populist parties may find more in common with traditional parties in their home countries than with their counterparts in other European contexts; second, that populist parties on the left and the right have more in common with each other than with the traditional parties they separated from.

New World DisOrders 300300

Whatever Happened to the Revolution? LSE in the 60s This event was part of the “New World (Dis)Orders” LSE Festival
Tuesday 26 February 2019

One British university above all others came to be associated with student rebellion in the 1960s - the LSE - later referred by one of the original  rebels as that 'utopia at the end of the Kingsway rainbow - for a period'. But why the LSE? What did the students hope to achieve? And what legacy did they leave behind?

New World DisOrders 300300

A New International Order? Peacemaking after the First World War This event was part of the “New World (Dis)Orders” LSE Festival
Monday 25 February 2019

A century after the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, this session reappraised the peace settlement that followed the First World War. 

Disinformation 300300

Why Facts and Think Tanks Matter in an Age of Disinformation
Thursday 31 January 2019

A panel of five distinguished speakers with different academic interests and professional affiliation discussed ‘Why Facts and Think Tanks Matter in an Age of Disinformation’. This event formed part of the annual Why Think Tanks Matter Forum and the 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Report Launch event series.

America China 300300

China’s Peaceful Rise and the Thucydides Trap 
Co-hosted with LSE IDEAS and LSE SU China Development Society
Tuesday 29 January 2019

This Bridging Minds Symposium discussed whether the prospects of China's “peaceful rise” are indeed fading, approaching the question from different perspectives.

Avramapolous 300300

Europe’s Response to the Challenge of Migration and Security 
Co-hosted with the LSE European Institute and the Dahrendorf Forum, a project of LSE IDEAS
Wednesday 23 January 2019

Dimitris Avramopoulos explores how Europe has reacted to the challenges brought about by migration in a globalised Europe.

Political Order 300300

The Rise and Fall of Political Orders
Monday 21 January 2019

Drawing on political theory, comparative politics, international relations, psychology and classics, Ned Lebow offered insights into why social and political orders form, how they evolve, and why and how they decline.

Commonwealth 300300

The Empire's New Clothes: thinking about the Commonwealth in the era of Brexit 
Co-hosted with the LSE Department of International History
Thursday 17 January 2019

Philip Murphy offered a personal perspective on the Commonwealth, a complex and poorly understood institution, and asked if it can ever escape from the shadow of the British Empire to become an organisation based on shared values, rather than a shared history.

Restraining Great Powers 2 300300

Restraining Great Powers: soft balancing from empires to the global era
Wednesday 16 January 2019

This event examined a crucial element of state behaviour: the use of international institutions, informal alignments and economic instruments such as sanctions, to constrain the power and threatening behaviour of dominant actors.

 

2018 events

Chocolate 300300

The Chocolate Case 
Co-hosted with United Nations Cinema and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Thursday 6 December 2018

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

Trump 300300

Trump, America, and the World: two years on
Tuesday 27 November 2018

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

World After War 300300

The World After the War
Wednesday 21 November 2018

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

Global Business 300300

Global Business
Thursday 8 November 2018

Experts on international business  discuss recent trends in conversation with Mahesh Joshi's new book Global Business - a straightforward commentary on mega trends in globalization.

Global Financial Crisis 300300

Ten Years after the Global Financial Crisis: what have we learned and what did we forget?
Thursday 18 October 2018

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.

Crucible Fenby 300300

Crucible: Thirteen Months that Forged Our World 
Tuesday 16 October 2018

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.

Euro 300300

Reforms to Strengthen the European Monetary Union
Tuesday 2 October 2018

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

Guha 300300

Gandhi - the years that changed the world, 1915-1948
Tuesday 25 September 2018

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

Philosophy 300300

The Crisis of Global Politics: lessons from continental philosophy
Monday 9 July 2018

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.

End War 300300

To End A War Co-hosted with the United Nations and the Embassy of Colombia
Tuesday 26 June 2018

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.

Middle East ISIS 300300

The Middle East after ISIS: what is at stake? 
Monday 18 June 2018

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.

Paris 300300

The French Revolution: one year on Co-hosted with the LSE European Institute
Thursday 24 May 2018

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.

Zielonka 300300

Counter Revolution: liberal Europe in retreat Co-hosted with the LSE European Institute
Wednesday 16 May 2018

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?

Varela 300300

Transparency: the most important pillar in a functional democracy Co-hosted with the LSE Global South Unitpart of the CAF-LSE Leadership Series
Tuesday 15 May 2018

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'.

Italy Cold War Ally 300300

The Underrated Ally: Italy in the Cold War
Wednesday 9 May 2018

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.

Pedro Sanchez 300300

The Catalan Crisis: populism and secessionism Co-hosted with the LSE European Institute and The Cañada Blanch Centre for Contemporary Spanish Studies
Tuesday 8 May 2018

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. 

Economists 300300

The Great Economists: how their ideas can help us today
Monday 9 April 2018

Linda Yueh discusses her new book that helps us to think about the biggest economic challenges of our time by drawing on the ideas of the great economists whose thinking has already changed the world.

EU Flag 300300

EU Foreign, Security, & Defence Policy after Brexit Co-hosted with the Dahrendorf Forum, a project of LSE IDEAS 
Thursday 8 March 2018

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?

Newspapers 300300

Why Post-Truth Matters to Think Tanks
Tuesday 30 January 2018

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.

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Leadership, Resilience and Development in an Era of Instability Co-hosted by CAF - Development Bank of Latin America, the LSE Global South Unit, and LSE IDEAS
Friday 19 January 2018

The 2018 CAF-LSE 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? 

Cold War History 300300

The Cold War: a world history
Tuesday 9 January 2018

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

 

2017 events

EU Flag 300300

Less Populist, More Popular: my vision for the EU in 2018 Co-hosted with the LSE European Institute
Monday 18 December 2017

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

Karber 300300

Russia, China, and the US: challenges yet to come
Monday 11 December 2017

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.

FCO Commerce 300300

The Foreign Office, Commerce, and British Foreign Policy
Wednesday 29 November 2017

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

UN 300300

The UN, the Private Sector, and Human Security Partnerships
Monday 13 November 2017

How can the private sector play a role in addressing insecurity and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals?

Hard Brexit Soft Brexit No Brexit 300300

Hard Brexit, Soft Brexit, No Brexit? LSE IDEAS-Konrad Adenauer Stiftung event
Thursday 19 October 2017

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.

Vichy EU 300300

Forging Europe: Vichy France and the origins of the European Union LSE IDEAS-Open University event
Wednesday 11 October 2017

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.

Gorbachev 300300

Gorbachev: his life and times 
LSE IDEAS - LSE Department of International History event
Thursday 5 October 2017

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.

Colombia 300300

Pathways to Peace in Colombia
LSE IDEAS - International Alert - LSE LACC event
Thursday 4 May 2017

Joshua Mitrotti on the challenges and achievements of a ground-breaking approach to absorb thousands of former paramilitaries and guerrilla fighters into productive employment as part of the country’s post-conflict transition.

Balkans Cold War 300300

The Balkans in the Cold War: Book Launch Discussion
Friday 28 April 2017

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.

Trump China 300300

Trump and China in the Asian Century Part of the 'Rethinking the Cold War' Lecture Series with the University of Sheffield
Tuesday 25 April 2017

The election of Donald Trump as president signals a profound change in US foreign relations. 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.

Downing Street 300300

The Life and Times of Clement Attlee: From Houghton Street to Downing Street 
Thursday 14 March 2017

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. 

World Reimagined 300300

The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights Part of the Rethinking the Cold War Lecture Series with the University of Sheffield
Tuesday 28 February 2017

How did the idea of 'human rights' develop in the twentieth century? 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.

Revolutions 300300

Revolutions in the Afghan Desert Part of the LSE Literary Festival 2017 
Friday 24 February 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.

Revolutions 300300

From One Cold War to Another? Part of LSE Literary Festival 2017
Thursday 23 February 2017

In what sense did the Cold War represent a revolution in world history? Was 1989 yet another – very different kind of - revolution in international affairs? And why does the Cold War we all thought dead and buried continue to exercise such influence on our discourses about the modern world?

LSE Works 2017 300300

Drug Policies Beyond the 'War on Drugs'? Part of the LSE Works lecture series
Wednesday 15 February 2017

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.

Twenty Years Crisis 300300

Looking Back: Looking Forward. Another 'Twenty Years' Crisis?
Thursday 9 February 2017

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.

Alumni Policy Weekend sq

Brexit - Britain at the Crossroads: European Consequences, Geopolitical Risks?
Tuesday 7 February 2017

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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Decline of the West and Crisis of Democracy?
Tuesday 7 February 2017

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.

 

2016 events

Cyber 300300

War and PCs: Cyber and Violence in the 21st Century
Monday 5 December 2016

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. Sir Richard outlines how disruptive technology will transform defence and security thinking worldwide.

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Margaret Gowing and British Nuclear History LSE IDEAS - NATO - LSE Department of International History conference
Monday 5 December 2016

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.

Liberty Wall 300300

Clash of the Titans? China-US Relations from Nixon to Trump
Thursday 1 December 2016

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.

USA Flag 300300

The Yanks are Coming! LSE in the American Century
Thursday 17 November 2016

LSE has helped shape the United States and Americans have helped define the LSE since its foundation in 1895. Professor Mick Cox explains what has been a very “special relationship”.

Jenkins EU 300300

A Briton at the Heart of Europe: Revisiting Roy Jenkins' Presidency of the European Commission LSE IDEAS - LSE Department of International History event
Tuesday 8 November 2016

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

Juan Manuel Santos 300300

The Legacy of Peace LSE IDEAS - LSE LACC event
Wednesday 2 November 2016

LSE IDEAS was honoured to welcome President of Colombia and 2016 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Juan Manuel Santos to the LSE. In his lecture President Santos said the referendum vote agaisnt the peace deal could be a "blessing in disguise" for the peace process, spoke about Colombia's biodiversity and environmental policies inspired by the Stern Report, and revealed his favourite memory of being an LSE student.

EU Flag 300300

The European Union at the Crossroads: Brexit and After
Monday 31 October 2016

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.

Imaginary War 300300

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
Wednesday 19 October 2016

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.

Easternisation 300300

The Decline of the West in the New Asian Century?
Tuesday 4 October 2016

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.

Malcolm Rifkind 300300

Power and Pragmatism: Sir Malcolm Rifkind
Monday 25 July 2016

For almost fourty 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.

Alumni Policy Weekend sq

NATO at the Crossroads
Wednesday 29 June 2016

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.

EU Flag 300300

EU Referendum: What Now? LSE IDEAS - Sarasin & Partners event
Monday 27 June 2016

The Monday after the UK voted for Brexit, this event asked what happens now, with LSE experts and guests from business and politics discussed the impact on the global markets, the UK economy, British politics, and the wider world. 

John Kay 300300

Military Strategy vs Business Strategy
Thursday 9 June 2016

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.

Dahrendorf 300300

Dahrendorf Symposium: Europe and the World - Global Insecurity & Power Shifts
Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 May 2016

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 300300

Changing Waters: Towards a New EU Asia Strategy
Thursday 28 April 2016

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.

Lawrence Freedman 300300

The Limits of Strategy
Thursday 7 April 2016

Lecture by Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King's College London and author of Strategy: A History.

EU Flag 300300

Europe & the Return of Geopolitics 
Tuesday 22 March 2016

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. 

China Britain square

UK-China: Stocks, Shakespeare, and Satellites
Thursday 17 March 2016

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

Ian Morris 300300

Each Age Gets the Inequality It Needs: 20,000 Years of Hierarchy Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 15 March 2016

Through most of history, humans lived in small groups with low hierarchy. The invention of farming increased the size of societies and inequality. Ian Morris explains how the ways we capture energy from the environment has affected hierarchy and what that tells us about where inequality will go in the coming decades.

Twitter: #LSEMorris / Download Audio / Listen

After Drugs 300300

After the Drug Wars report launch
Monday 15 February 2016

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.

Ian Morris 300300

Each Age Gets the Bloodshed It Needs: 20,000 Years of Violence Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 9 February 2016

20,000 years ago, the average person stood a 10-20% chance of dying violently. Today, the chance is under 1%. How has this happened? Ian Morris argues that violence has slowly been putting itself out of business, with war creating large organisations that impose peace.

Twitter: #LSEMorris / Download Audio / Listen

Russia EU 300300

Russia and the EU: back to realism?
Wednesday 3 February 2016

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.

 

2015 events

Each Age Gets the Great Powers It Needs: 20,000 Years of International Relations Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series

Tuesday 8 December 2015

Ian Morris traces the 20,000 year story of ‘International Relations’ asking why the world’s greatest powers were concentrated in western Eurasia until about AD 500, why they shifted to East Asia until AD 1750, why they returned to the shores of the North Atlantic, and where they will go next.

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Russian Foreign Policy as an Exercise in Nation-Building LSE IDEAS - LSE Department of International Relations event
Wednesday 3 November 2015

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.

Will the 21st Century be Asian?
Monday 2 November 2015

If the 19th century was Europe's - and the 20th century became America's - is there any reason why the 21st century should not be Asia's? 

A Theory of Everything: Evolution, History and the Shape of Things to Come Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 27 October 2015

In the last 50 years, knowledge of archaeology, anthropology, history, evolution, genetics and linguistics has exploded. Biology and geography have driven a 150,000-year story of cooperation and competition. Ian Morris argues that by projecting forward the patterns of the past and the forces that disrupt them, we can begin to see where the 21st century might take us.

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The Crisis in European Security
Thursday 8 October 2015

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
Thursday 1 October 2015

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

Black Earth: the Holocaust as history and warning
Monday 14 September 2015

Timothy Snyder (@TimothyDSnyder) will talk about his new book, Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning, in which he argues we have missed basic lessons of the history of the Holocaust, and that some of our beliefs are frighteningly close to the panic that Hitler expressed in the 1920’s. As ideological and environmental challenges to the world order mount, our societies might be more vulnerable than we would like to think. 

China, the United States and Asia in the Twenty-first Century
Tuesday 5 May 2015

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.

Crowd-Sourcing, Surveillance, and the Era of the Synopticon Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Wednesday 18 March 2015

‘Big data’ poses a massive challenge to the democratic accountability. Over the last four years the U.S. has quadrupled the amount of information that it classifies annually. But the information revolution has also provided citizens with the means to address these challenges. 

In his concluding Philippe Roman lecture, Matthew Connelly explains how data-mining can help preserve the principle of open government.

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Deng Xiaoping vs Gorbachev
Wednesday 18 March 2015

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.

The Cold War and the Culture of Secrecy Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 13 January 2015

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 who leaked classified information could use tactic to gain higher office.

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2014 events

Open Government in the Age of Total War Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 2 December 2014

How did the US national security state emerge and what shaped the government’s approach to official secrecy? Matthew Connelly explains how the period 1914-1945, bookended by two horrendous world wars, transformed the US into a nation equipped with a vast intelligence-gathering apparatus that could dramatically curtail civil liberties.

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Stalin's Team
Tuesday 11 November 2014

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
Monday 27 October 2014

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?

A Changing World and China
Wednesday 22 October 2014

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 Radical Transparency of the American Republic Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 21 October 2014

For most of its history, the U.S. government’s commitment to transparency stood as a radical counter-example to the rest of the world. Washington, Madison, and Lincoln were in some ways as radical as Julian Assange in their commitment to transparency. In his first lecture, Matthew Connelly explores how recent invocations of national security stand in sharp contrast with America’s founders and their principles. 

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The Paradox of China's Peaceful Rise
Tuesday 7 October 2014

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.

A New Strategy? Russia as an Unlikely Soft Power
Monday 9 June 2014

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?

The Polish Roundtable Talks and the End of the Cold War
Wednesday 4 June 2014

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.

Ending the Drug Wars report launch
Wednesday 7 May 2014

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

The Origins of the Final Solution: Eastern Europe and the Holocaust Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 11 March 2014

The Nazi Final Solution was implemented in occupied Poland and the occupied Soviet Union, in the lands that after the end of the war quickly fell behind the Iron Curtain. The opening of borders and archives has permitted a much fuller acquaintance with the victims of the Holocaust, the vast majority of whom were east European Jews. Must the national history of eastern Europe collapse into nothing more than a prehistory of catastrophe or can a grounding in the national histories help us better discern the human causes of the Holocaust?

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Russia, Ukraine, and Us
Friday 7 March 2014

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.

The Origins of Mass Killing: the Bloodlands Hypothesis Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 21 January 2014

At no other time in European history were so many human beings deliberately killed as a matter of policy as in Eastern Europe between 1933 and 1945. Most deliberate Soviet killing, and almost all deliberate Nazi killing, took place in this zone between Berlin and Moscow. Timothy Snyder argues that if we can understand the totality of this catastrophe we will both better understand the two regimes and  be better prepared to understand its component parts, the most significant of which was the Holocaust of European Jews.  

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2013 events

The Origins of the Revolution: Marx and Eastern Europe Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 5 November 2013

Marx and Engels believed in liberating Eastern Europe from imperial rule in the nineteenth century but the twentieth century saw communist oppression in region. Timothy Snyder discusses if Marxism was in any sense native to Eastern Europe and argues Poland’s Solidarity was the only working class revolution in the world. 

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The Origins of the Nations: the Brotherlands Hypothesis Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 15 October 2013

Why do we have nations at all? And why do we have the nations that we have? Timothy Snyder tells the story of brothers from important families who chose different nationalities and led rival national movements to provide a new perspective on the question of ‘motherlands’ and ‘fatherlands’. 

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The EU in the Eye of the Storm
Monday 14 October 2013

The EU and the Eurozone have been hit by the strongest crisis in their history. Southern Europe, particularly, has been suffering from its effects. After the happy years of integration at the end of the last century, for some Southern European citizens, the EU has come to feel more like a burden than a blessing. The European project is thus facing stark challenges: economic, social and political. The time has come for resolute action by policymakers and for positive engagement by Europe’s politicians in order to embark on a more constructive path. 

Does Eastern Europe Still Exist? Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 12 March 2013

During the Cold War, the nations of the region we called 'Eastern Europe' were closely linked. Since 1989 they have made different choices and taken different paths. Anne Applebaum argues that the label ‘Eastern Europe’ is no longer relevant to a diverse region that can offer crucial lessons in transition to the rest of the world. 

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Putinism - The Ideology Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 12 February 2013

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.

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2012 events

The Gulag: What We Know Now and Why it Matters Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 20 November 2012

Since the archives of the Gulag system became available to researchers in the 1990s, historians’ previously sketchy understanding of the Soviet concentration camp system has come more sharply into focus. We now understand far better what the Gulag was, how it evolved, what purposes it served, how many people lived and died within it. Anne Applebaum asks what we really remember of the camp system and why it’s not an issue for debate in modern Russia. 

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True Believers: Collaboration and Opposition under Totalitarian Regimes Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Wednesday 17 October 2012

The horrifying genius of Soviet communism, imposed by force on Soviet-occupied Europe, was the system’s ability to get the silent majority in so many countries to play along without much protest. Anne Applebaum explains how carefully targeted violence, propaganda and the state’s monopoly on economic and civic institutions persuaded populations to ‘go along’, illustrated with individual stories.

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A Conversation with Senator John McCain
Wednesday 10 October 2012

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.

Sport and the Nation: Interpreting Indian History Through the Lens of Cricket Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 6 March 2012

How did a game played by homesick colonial administrators in front of curious native onlookers become not only a fanatic obsession with the latter, but a part of their history and cultural identity? Ramachandra Guha explains how the Indianisation of cricket is not only a great sporting history, but an expression of societal relations in colonial and post-colonial India.

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Ten Reasons Why India Will Not and Should Not Become a Superpower Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Thursday 26 January 2012

It is said that just as the 20th century belonged to the United Kingdom and the United States, the 21st century will belong to China and India. Rather than seek to expand India's influence abroad, Ramachandra Guha argues that the Indian political class and intellectual elite would do well to focus on the fissures and challenges within.

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2011 events

Global Political Challenges: women advancing democracy
Friday 2 December 2011

Former US secretary of state Madeleine Korbel Albright will address the future of US foreign policy and the leadership of women in helping to build prosperity, foster peace, and promote democracy across the globe. 

Jawaharlal Nehru and China: A Study in Failure? Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 29 November 2011

The historical reputation of Jawaharlal Nehru has been stained by India's defeat during the Sino-Indian War of 1962. This was a national humiliation, for which Nehru was considered personally responsible. By putting 1962 in the broader perspective of China-India relations, Ramachandra Guha attempts to reassess Nehru's legacy.

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Arguments with Gandhi Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 25 October 2011

At once a freedom fighter, social reformer, religious pluralist, and environmental thinker, Mahatma Gandhi's ideas were original and controversial. Ramachandra Guha explores how Ghandi's life and work continue to illuminate the major social and political debates of our time.

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Nuclear Arms & Human Rights Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 1 March 2011

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?

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The Grand Strategy of Détente Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 18 January 2011

'Nixon goes to China' shattered the façade of Communist unity and dug the United States out of the hole it found itself in at the end of the 1960s. Critics have seen Nixon and Kissinger's policy as morally compromised, but Niall Ferguson asks if it was actually the key to America's victory in the Cold War? 

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2010 events

The Third World’s War Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Wednesday 24 November 2010

The Cold War was waged partly through a series of proxy wars in Third World countries from Guatemala to Korea to Vietnam. Although a great deal of attention has been devoted to a select number of U.S. Interventions in the Third World, 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.

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The Political Economy of the Cold War Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Monday 18 October 2010

At its heart the Cold War was a competition between two economic systems. In his first lecture, 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. In particular, what role did commercial and financial globalisation play in enhancing U.S. power in the world and how serious a threat did inflation pose to the United States in the 1970s?  

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Barack Obama and the Muslim World Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 23 February 2010

How successful has President Obama’s engagement with the Muslim world been? Gilles Kepel assess the impact of the of Obama’s cultural outreach. 

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Muslims in Modern Europe Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 12 January 2010

Today over 13 million people from Muslim backgrounds live and work in modern Europe. Gilles Kepel looks at the complex character of the Muslim population in Europe and explains the many different ways in which they see the world around them.

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2009 events

Jihad: the trail of Political Islam Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 24 November 2009

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.  

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The International Economy, and the process of citizen's revolution in Ecuador
Tuesday 27 October 2009

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.

Beyond Terror and Martydom: the future of the Middle East Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 13 October 2009

The Bush administration’s ‘War on Terror’ has dominated American understanding of the Middle East. Gilles Kepel analyses the consequences this has for the region and America’s allies there. 

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Rising Asia in the World Crisis Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 5 May 2009

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 (Director of the LSE Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre) and Athar Hussain (Director of the Asia Research Centre).

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Indonesia: Global Reach, Regional Role
Tuesday 31 March 2009

LSE IDEAS was honoured to host President Yudhoyono. 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.

The Great Transformation: how China changed in the ‘long 1970s’ Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Thursday 22 January 2009

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 offers a historian's overview of China's 1970s transformation and the beginning of global systemic change that this transformation helped create.

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2008 events

China After the Olympics Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 2 December 2008

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. 

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The China Challenge as Myth and Reality Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Wednesday 8 October 2008

Few countries have experienced changes as dramatic as China in the past 25 years, from ‘revolutionary state’ to ‘status quo power’. Professor Chen 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.  

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The Nuts and Bolts of Empire Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 26 February 2008

All great and long-lasting empires have required a sophisticated logistical system and a secure communications system to sustain themselves in a world of endless challenges. Without such ‘nuts and bolts’, imperial ambitions soon collapse. Professor Kennedy examines the hard, infrastructural underpinnings of the Roman, Spanish and British Empires, concluding with some reflections of how today's sole superpower, the USA, compares in this regard.  

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Measuring American Power in Today's Fractured World Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 5 February 2008

In the official IDEAS launch event, Professor Kennedy explored relative American power. The United States remains the world’s largest power but in an increasingly challenging and fractured world, Professor Kennedy argues its influence cannot be measured by military ‘hard power’ alone but also by examining comparative economic performance and  ‘soft power’ cultural factors. 

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2007 events

Reforming the United Nations – Mission Impossible? Part of the Philippe Roman Chair Lecture Series
Tuesday 11 October 2007

In the first Philippe Roman lecture, Professor Kennedy discussed the United Nations: its strengths, weaknesses and prospects for reform. In particular he focused on the role of the Security Council and the special privileges bestowed upon its five permanent members, discussing the complex historical reasons for their veto and the reasons why Charter amendment is probably impossible. 

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