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
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 Breakfast Series
ICBC Standard Bank and LSE IDEAS are co-hosting a series of private breakfast discussions, bringing together leading experts from academic, policymaking and business communities to fully explore the global economic and financial impact of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
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.