Understanding the Global Rise of Populism
In this Strategic Update, Michael Cox explores the causes of populists' recent electoral successes around the world. He argues it is important to try and understand populist anger and the wider causes of populism, including the end of Communism. Read online / Download pdf
What are think tanks for? Policy research in the age of anti-expertise
What role can and should think tanks play in a 'post-truth' world? In this Strategic Update, Rosa Balfour argues that to meet complex policy challenges think tanks need to improve their diversity, innovate, and re-focus on their core mission. Read online / Download pdf
Merkel's Fourth Term
Following the 2017 German election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to continue in power for a fourth term. But this historic achievement feels like a heavily qualified victory. This Strategic Update looks at what the start of Merkel’s fourth term will mean for German politics, Eurozone reform, and Brexit. Read online / Download pdf
The Chinese Communist Party Congress: An Essential Guide
This Strategic Update is the essential guide to the Chinese Communist Party Congress, one of the world's most secretive and exclusive political meetings. Read online / Download pdf
Realising the aims of 'Global Britain'
How can 'Global Britain' create an effective post Brexit trade strategy? In this Strategic Update, Linda Yueh sets out how Britain can work towards a role as a global trading 'hub'. Read online
China's One Belt, One Road: A Reality Check
The world is excited, yet confused about the potential of China's One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative. What exactly is it? This Strategic Update explains the origins of the idea, who in Beijing really runs OBOR, and the existential challenges to the project. Read online / Download pdf
The 14 Brexit Negotiations
The process of Brexit goes far beyond invoking Article 50. In this Strategic Update, Andrew Hammond and Tim Oliver identify some 14 Brexit negotiations underway - both formal diplomatic discussions and wider debates between and within the UK and EU. Read online / Download pdf
Making the 'Special Relationship' Great Again?
Donald Trump’s election poses uncomfortable questions for Britain about the future of the UK-US ‘Special Relationship’. This Strategic Update looks at the core elements of the ‘Special Relationship’ that could be under strain and how Britain could be left between a Trump Rock and a Brexit Hard Place. Read online / Download pdf
The Greek Euro Tragedy
This Strategic Update discusses the most recent problems for the Eurozone, namely the Greek crisis and how the European Central Bank’s (ECB) lack of democratic accountability has contributed to the instability of the Eurozone. Read online / Download pdf
ASEAN: In or Out? No Way…Not yet?
The UK voted to leave the EU on a wave of populist anger. Does the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) face a similar threat to regional integration? In this Strategic Update, Tan Sri Munir Majid assesses the prospect of a member state leaving ASEAN and the future of UK-ASEAN relations after Brexit. Read online / Download pdf
Brexit: What Happens Next?
Brexit is a process not an event. This Strategic Update sets out the positions the 27 remaining EU countries and the EU’s institutions will take in negotiations, gathered from a network of researchers across the continent. Read online / Download pdf
A EU without the UK: The Geopolitics of a British Exit from the EU
This Strategic Update examines what Brexit means for the EU, European integration, and Europe’s economics and security. Read online / Download pdf
The Long Road to Tehran : The Iran Nuclear Deal in Perspective
In 2015 Iran and the P5+1 reached a deal designed to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. How was this momentous agreement reached? This Strategic Update traces the story of this major diplomatic breakthrough, through the historical context of long term US-Iran relations.
Paving the Road to Paris? How the EU Can Facilitate a Climate Deal
On the road to the Paris climate change conference in December 2015, this Strategic Update asks what the EU can do to influence a higher level of ambition and continue to have a leadership role in the global climate community.
China-EU Relations and the Future of European Soft Power
Despite the obvious differences in political structures, the EU’s most comprehensive partnership with newly emerging powers over the past few years has been with China. This Strategic Update argues that in part this is due to a shared cultural heritage and China's identification with Europe's ancient culture.
Banking on Beijing
The crisis in Ukraine has led to new bilateral economic, financial and energy projects between China and Russia. But in the face of Western sanctions is Moscow taking a strategic risk by Banking on Beijing? This Strategic Update analyses the conflict's impact on Russia-China relations.
Common EU Policies on Authorised Immigration
The idea of 'Fortress Europe' has dominated debates on EU immigration policies. However, this focus on security and illegal migration has obscured important developments in EU policy on authorised migration. This Strategic Update analyses the construction of common EU policies that recognise the need for particular categories of international migrants.
Perspectives on Open Government in Latin America
Open Government, the idea of transparent, accountable and participatory governments, is blossoming in Latin America. This Strategic Update summarises a workshop at LSE ahead of the Open Government Partnership Summit in London.
The Laws of War and Cyberspace
This Strategic Update examines the militarisation of cyberspace and considers ways to prevent the Internet from turning into a battlefield.
Putinism: The Ideology
For too long, Vladimir Putin was dismissed as a thuggish or thoughtless authoritarian leader. But the institutional and ideological underpinnings of Putinism are quite sophisticated. This Strategic Update from Philippe Roman Chair Anne Applebaum analyses them.
Japan and the US Pivot to the Asia Pacific
This Strategic Update analyses the consequences of the US pivot to Asia on the US-Japan alliance and on Japanese foreign and security policies.
The Anglo-French Defence Treaty
The signing of the Anglo-French Defence Treaty was one of the UK coalition's most significant policies. In the context of defence cuts on both sides of the Atlantic and the Channel, this Strategic Update assesses the consequences of the Treaty for Anglo- French defence cooperation.
Why Gandhi Matters
In India, Gandhi is known as the Father of the Nation. But Gandhi was, and remains, a genuinely trans-national figure. Ramachandra Guha explores four of Gandhi's ideas that remain important inspirations today.
The Euro Crisis: A Historical Perspective
This Strategic Update sheds light on the current euro crisis by looking at the debates preceding the conception of the euro. How can the early days of EU monetary cooperation help us understand today’s predicament? And what lessons can we draw from them for the euro?
Zimbabwe and Political Transition
This Strategic Update looks at the factors which helped ZANU-PF as a former liberation movement retain power and lead to a one-party dominant state in Zimbabwe. It also explores the extent to which ZANU-PF is adapting to democratic politics and multiparty elections.