The Central and South-East Europe Programme

An academic hub promoting dialogue and cooperation on Central and South-East European studies: CSEEP is a new programme within LSE IDEAS that focuses on the connectivity between the states of this region, their history, and the interaction with present day wider trends and global phenomena.

A heady mix of first-class scholarship, exciting international visitors and lectures, joint programs to train promising young foreign policy specialists from around the world, high-profile and off-the-record events, and astute publicity.

Dr Priscilla Roberts, University of Hong Kong, on LSE IDEAS

Our approach to the subject is structured on a number of levels:

1. The main academic dimension: conferences, workshops, lectures and book launches, hosted either in London, UK or at our partner venues. This also includes student visits and trips to universities and NGOs of the region, allowing for an exchange of ideas and experiences on all levels of the academic society. 

2. Assuming a role in maintaining and expanding connectivity and ensuring academic and civic cooperation with Central and South-East European countries during these fast-changing times.

3. Establishment of a Visiting Fellow position that would research a particular issue that is present within our region of interest; the findings of this project are to be published in one of our leading specialised journals. The position would be awarded to a post-graduate/PhD or post-doctoral researcher for a period of six months to a year and they would benefit from the resources that ourselves and our partners will bring together.

4. An LSE IDEAS CSEEP Regional Desk at one of our partner universities from the region. This will assure constant presence and contact, and will facilitate strong and direct cooperation without interruption.

5. An essential idea is to maximise our reach and output by coagulating resources and working as a force amplifier for the civic, academic, and other institutional actors that operate in the region. By mobilising its extensive academic and institutional network, LSE IDEAS will be able to facilitate support and visibility for our partners and ensure a constant promotion of common interests and cooperation on various fields and levels.



Professor Christopher Coker is Co-ordinator of CSEEP. He is Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations at the LSE. He is a regular lecturer at the Royal College of Defence Studies (London); the NATO Defence College (Rome), the Centre for International Security (Geneva) and the National Institute for Defence Studies (Tokyo). He is also Adjunct Professor at the Swedish Staff College. He is the Director of the School of Civic Education. His publications include Men at War: what fiction has to tell us about conflict from the Iliad to Catch 22 (Hurst, 2014); The Improbable War: China, the US and the logic of Great Power War (Hurst, 2015). His most recent book is 'Rebooting Clausewitz: ‘On War’ in the twenty-first century' (Hurst Publisher, 2017). His next book, 'the Rise of the Civilisational State' will be published next spring.

Cosmin Marian is the CSEEP Desk Co-ordinator. He is professor of political science at the Babeş-BolyaiUniversity, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Since 2016, he serves as Chair of the Political Science Department at the same university. His academic work positions him as a scholar with a special interest in political rules design and effects. His scholarship is grounded in theories and methods found in the field of comparative politics and formal rules with applications to institutional design that affects individual behaviour and societal outputs. Part of Cosmin's recent work analyzes the anticommons property regime.

Mădălina Mocan is the CSEEP Desk Manager. She is a civil society professional associated with the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD Cluj) at the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes Bolyai University. With a long experience in developing, coordinating and advising civil society organisations, she maintains an academic and civic interest in human rights, particularly human trafficking, inequality, and political participation. Her current academic interests relate to the role of national and international donors and grant givers in Romania while continuing to advice and work with national and international partners in human trafficking and exploitation projects. She is an Aspen Institute Romania fellow (2009) and moderator, German Marshall Transatlantic Fellow (2014) and serves as a proud board member for Techsoup Romania.

Vlad Zigarov is Programme Associate for CSEEP. He holds an MSc in International History from LSE and an MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL. He previously studied Philosophy, History and International Affairs at the University of Bucharest and worked in a number of state and private organisations in Romania and the UK.



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