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Shirley Yu,  IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, was interviewed on BBC News on the G20 summit and the US-China trade deal (28 June).


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Evgeny Yakovlev, IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, discussed his latest paper: Short-Run and Long-Run Effects of Sizable Child Subsidy: Evidence from Russia (27 June).

Synopsis: This paper utilizes a large-scale natural experiment aimed to increase fertility in Russia. Motivated by a decade-long decrease in fertility and population, the Russian government introduced a sequence of sizable child subsidies (called Maternity Capitals) in 2007 and 2012. We find that the Maternity Capital resulted in a significant increase in fertility both in the short run (by 10%) and in the long run (by more than 20%), and has already resulted in an increase in completed cohort fertility for a large cohort of Russian women. The subsidy is conditional and can be used mainly to buy housing. We find that fertility grew faster in regions with a shortage of housing and with a higher ratio of subsidy to housing prices. We also find that the subsidy has a substantial general equilibrium effect. It affected the housing market and family stability. Finally, we show that this government intervention comes at substantial costs: the government's willingness to pay for an additional birth induced by the program equals approximately 60,000 dollars.


Professor Ruben Andersson was in dialogue with Professor Myria Georgiou to discuss his latest book No Go World: how fear is redrawing our maps and infecting our politics. This event was chaired by Professor Erik Berglof (10 June).

In his book Ruben Andersson explores how Western states and international organisations conduct military, aid, and border interventions in a dangerously myopic fashion, disconnecting the world’s rich and poor.

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PLP event with Valeria Gontareva, IGA Senior Policy Fellow and former Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) on How to do a Comprehensive Banking Reform. LSE Director Minouche Shafik chaired the event and Professor Erik Berglof delivered the opening remarks (6 June).

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Maha Hosain Aziz, LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, speaks at Cyfy Africa. Dr Aziz spoke on her new book Future World Order at the second annual Cyfy Africa conference on tech, innovation and society, organised by Delhi's Observer Research Foundation and sponsored by the Moroccan government, with journalists, academics, tech leaders, UN officials and former policymakers. Professor Aziz spoke on a panel on tech's role in the world today with Newslaundry founder and journalist Abhinandan Sekhri, BJP spokeswoman Shazia Ilmi, UN political affairs officer André-Michel Essoungou and Ambassador Amandeep Gill who is also executive director of the UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation. She also was interviewed by Sekhri, which can be viewed here (Tangier, 7-9 June).

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LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesChina in the AI World. Long Chen, Louhan Academy, and Christopher Pissarides,  Regius Professor of Economics at LSE, led a discussion on the interplay between digital technology and economic growth. Moderated by LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof and Meghnad Desai, House of Lords (27 February).


Dr Mario I Blejer, LSE IGA Visiting Professor, contributes to TIE’s symposium on reforming the Federal Reserve in the Winter 2019 issue of The International Economy (3 April).

Click here to read the article.

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LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglöf publishes "Financial Prey for the Populists" article in Project Syndicate (2 April).

Click here to read the article.

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High-level policy dialogue on The Financial Safety Net: Fit for Purpose? The seminar took place at LSE as part of a research project on the Transformation of Global Governance at the European University Institute, and Rethinking Global Finance, a research and policy engagement initiative connecting advanced and emerging economies at the LSE IGA Global Policy Lab.

The seminar brought together a small number of senior policymakers, recognised experts and key participants from industry and civil society (2 April).

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The IGA Yemeni Voices Funding Call has been extended until 15 April.

Click here for call details.

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LSE IGA's Director and Programme Director, Professor Erik Berglof and Piroska Nagy Mohacsi respectively, participated in panels during this year's Vienna Initiative Anniversary Conference (27 March).

Professor Erik Berglof - The Nordic model that inspired the Vienna Initiative - Panel II: New challenges for cross border banking

Piroska Nagy Mohacsi - Panel I: Lessons from the crisis in the context of the Vienna Initiative


Global China: LSE Institute of Global Affairs and the School of Public Policy hosted a meeting with the delegation of the Central Party School of China and the British Council (20 March).

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The Global Policy Lab section in the Global Briefing Report issue of the B20 Summit was distributed during last week's B20 Business Summit in Tokyo (14-15 March). The insert features an overview of the Report of the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance: Making the Global Financial System Work for All and the following pieces:

Read the Global Policy Lab insert

Read the full issue

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LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesNew framework for saving democracies: the Third Pillar. Raghuram Rajan, University of Chicago, and Nava Ashraf,  Professor of Economics at LSE, led a discussion with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating (27 February).

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LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesShifting grounds: globalisation, robotics and the upheaval of networks. Richard Baldwin, The Graduate Institute (Geneva), and Riccardo Crescenzi,  Professor of Economic Geography at LSE, led a discussion with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating (27 February).

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Professor Richard Baldwin,  The Graduate Institute ( Geneva), discussed his latest book The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work at an LSE public event chaired by Piroska Nagy Mohacsi, LSE IGA's Programme Director (26 February).



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LSE IGA Power Breakfast Series: Believe it or not: financial instability and economic risk. Andrei Shleifer, John L. Loeb Professor of Economics at Harvard University, and Charles Goodhart, Professor of Finance at LSE, led a discussion with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating, on 26 February.

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The Financial Resilience and Sistemic Risk Conference took place at LSE on 30-31 January. Co-hosted by theInstitute of Global Affairs, the Financial Markets Groups and the Systemic Risk Centre, the conference discussed the below main themes:

  • Post-crisis regulatory reform
  • Global financial system resilience
  • Central banking and institutional resilience.

Conference summary, presentations and podcasts 

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Valeria Gontareva's, LSE IGA Senior Policy Fellow and Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) in 2014-2017, accomplishments featured in Central Banking article. The article, Transparency: National Bank of Ukrainepraises the strong progress of the NBU in improving its transparency during a highly challenging operating environment.

"By persisting with its efforts, the NBU has shown that increased transparency is not just something that benefits comfortably independent central banks in the world’s most prosperous jurisdictions. Transparency can also be a vital tool for central banks seeking to reform economies hit by crisis."

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LSE IGA Programme Director, Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi publishes "The Fatal Flaw of Central Europe's Illiberal Democracies" article in Project Syndicate (30 January).

Click here to read the article.

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LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglof, is interviewed by LSE's The Continent on the need for new multelateralism (13 January).

Click here to watch the video.

News 2018


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LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglöf publishes "Learning from China" article in Project Syndicate (24 December).
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Manjula Luthria, head of the World Bank’s Community of Practice on Migration, gave a talk on the Bank’s approach to global migration (19 November).

View Manjula Luthria's presentation here.

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Her Excellency Dr Rania Al Mashat, Minister of Tourism of the Arab Republic of Egypt spoke at the LSE on making tourism an anchor industry for development, with Professor Erik Berglof and Professor Sir Tim Besley (7 November).
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The Report of the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance: Making the Global Financial System Work for All has been published (October 2018).

Professor Erik Berglöf, Director, LSE IGA, was a member of the Secretariat of the Eminent Persons Group.

3 of the 16 members of the Eminent Persons Group are part of the LSE community:

Read the report

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LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglöf publishes "The Evolution of Globalization" article in Project Syndicate (21 September).
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Torsten Thiele, LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, participated in the Scientific Conference From COP21 towards the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) on 10-11 September in Paris, hosted by UNESCO. The conference summary can be accessed here .
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LSE IGA participated in RBWC and Hamburg Institute of International Economics' Dialogue of Continents Forum 2018: Drifts or Connectivity? on 3-5 September in Paris. Mario I Blejer contributing to panel on emerging market policies, Erik Berglof on inclusive growth, Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi on trade wars and Ousmene Mandeng on central bank digitalisation.
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Torsten Thiele, LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, co-authored the new IUCN deep-sea report titled "Deep seabed mining : a rising environmental challenge". It aims to stimulate interest in the deep ocean and the discussions surrounding its potential development, with a specific focus on the risks surrounding plans for deep-sea mining.
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Ousmène Jacques Mandeng, LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, spoke at the Fourth World Finance Forum in Beijing on 30 June, co-organised by Center for BRICS and Global Governance and Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee (click here for details).

Read Ousmène's comments: Is the dollar still international enough?

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Gibril Faal, LSE IGA Visiting Professor in Practice, was the keynote speech on 'The real impact of de-risking' at the 25th SWIFT African Regional Conference held in Kegali, Rwanda (22 June).

He was also interviewed by James King, The Banker Magazine, about the impact of de-risking on Africa and the need for a different approach to the development of AML/CFT frameworks. Watch the interview here.

Eurotragedy news

LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesEuroTragedy: a drama in nine acts (and counting). Ashoka Mody, Princeton University, and Francesco Caselli, LSE, led a discussion with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating (19 May).

View Ashoka Mody's presentation here.

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LSE IGA Arena hosted part II of its Democracy Doubleheader series on "Is this the new normal? Reintegrating Europe," with Ivan Krastev, Centre for Liberal Strategies - Sofia, Sergei Guriev, EBRD and Anne Applebaum, LSE IGA Arena (13 June).

Video available here.

Podcast available here

Mounk news

LSE IGA Arena hosted part I of its Democracy Doubleheader series on "Is this the new normal? Recreating the public sphere," with Yascha Mounk, Harvard Centre for European Studies, Sophie Gaston, and LSE IGA Arena's Anne Applebaum and Peter Pomerantsev (6 June).

Podcast available here

Dr Mario I Blejer, LSE IGA Visiting Professor, who co-chairs the B20 Task Force on "Financing Infrastructure", made a presentation at a meeting of the B20 Plenary of Task Forces in Paris on May 21-22-2018, hosted by the OECD. For more information click here.

The Ortygia Business School Center for Migration, LSE IGA, and the Alliance of Leading Universities on
Migration (ALUM) held its 3rd Annual Siracusa - ALUM Research Conference on
Migration, supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union on May 21-23 2018 in Siracusa, Italy. 

This year’s conference focused on human mobility and migrants’ contribution to society, and was dedicated to the memory of Peter Sutherland.

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LSE IGA co-hosted Overprincipled and underperforming: The Global Compact for Migration and the challenge to multilateralism with LSE Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. LSE IGA Director Erik Berglof chaired the discussion, which featured a presentation by LSE IGA Professor in Practice Professor Gibril Faal (17 May).

Read Professor Faal's paper: Overprincipled and Underperforming.

Click here  for podcast.

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LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesRussia: Stagnation or reform?. Oksana AntonenkoLSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, and Sergei Guriev, Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, led a discussion with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating (17 May).
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LSE IGA visiting Fellow, Torsten Thiele, explains why better insurance is vital to protecting our ocean on his latest article in  Chinadialogue Ocean (9 May).
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LSE IGA Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum publishes "The fake news Russians hear at home," The Washington Post (4 May).
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LSE IGA co-hosted "Edge of Chaos: why democracy is failing to deliver economic growth and how to fix it" with LSE Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. LSE IGA Director Erik Berglof chaired the discussion, which was centred around Dambisa Moyo's new book (3 May).

Listen to the podcast 

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LSE IGA, together with LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) organised a
workshop and a public event on "Mind the Middle Income Trap!", focussing on the political economy/social
aspects of middle income transition and the risks of reversals. Click here for further details (26 April).
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LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko discusses "Russian Expulsions" with Edward Lucas, Timothy Phillips and Sir Tony Brenton, BBC Radio 4 Long View (25 April).
LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko discusses Putin's system of power on BBC Newsnight (watch from 13:30).
"China's best option to contribute toward upholding international order is through deep engagement with the rest of the world community," says LSE IGA Director, Erik Berglof, in China Daily (11 April).
LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko gave a talk on the Russian elections today at Chatham House (21 March). Find out more.
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Newly appointed LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, Maha Aziz, speaks about tech's impact on global risk at the UN's General Assembly Hall, NYC (March 2018).

LSE IGA supports LSE student union events, co-hosting LSE SU North Korea Forum: Before He Presses the Button, March 24. LSE SU Korea Future Forum, LSE SU China Development Society and LSE SU Japan Society co-organized the conference, with IGA Programme Director Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi moderating the Economy panel and IGA Director Erik Berglof conducting the closing speech.


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LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, Maha Aziz, publishes blog on “What’s Next for Islamist Terrorism Globally?” (March 22).

LSE IGA organised, along with LACC and RBWC and Banco Hipotecario a high level policy conference on the margins of the G20 meetings in Buenos Aires on March 20. The subject was “Innovations in Global Financial Governance & the Role of Emerging Economies”, bringing together academics, policy makers and business leaders.

The IGA team included Erik Berglof, Gareth Jones, Mario I. Blejer, and Ousmène Mandeng.

Click here to view the conference summary.


LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko discusses UN Security Council meeting over former spy poisoning on BBC World News, (March 14).

Watch the video

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LSE IGA Power Breakfast Series: Mind the Middle Income Trap. Riccardo Crescenzi, Professor of Economic Geography at the LSE, and Sergei Guriev, Chief Economist of
the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, led a discussion on the Middle Income Trap and its position as the dominant paradigm in many emerging economies, with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating, on March 14th.

View the slides

LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko publishes Putin suspende en economía in Esglobal (March 14).
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LSE IGA supports LSE student union events, the latest taking place on 9-10 March by LSE SU Emerging Markets, where IGA Programme Director Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi gave a presentation.

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LSE IGA Director, Erik Berglof, is interviewed by Eastday (China) in "Technology key to new stage of reform" article (5 March). 
LSE IGA Professor in Practic  Anne Applebaum, publishes "In Europe, political parties would rather stay out of power" in the Washington Post (2 March). 
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LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko publishes op-ed in Politico- "Putin's worst enemy: Putin. He'll win reelection but that's when the real political battle begins" (28 February).
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LSE IGA Power Breakfast Series: Politics and central banking- reflections by YV Reddy. Dr. Yaga Venugopal Reddy, the 21st Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 2003 to 2008, and previous Executive Director for India at the IMF, led a discussion based on his recently published memoir, "Advice & Dissent: My Life in Public Service." LSE Professor of Economics, Maitreesh Ghatak, accompanied Dr Reddy as co-speaker, with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating (28 February).
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IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko spoke at the Oslo Energy Forum on 16 February on the impact of current geo-politics on the prospects of a successful transition to a low- carbon economy and how the on-going energy transition shapes geopolitics.
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LSE IGA hosted a panel with Hungary's Momentum party leader, András Fekete-Győr, on "Seizing the Momentum: Fighting Populism in Europe." LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, Oksana Antonenko chaired the panel discussion, which was led by LSE IGA Professor in Practice, Anne Applebaum.

Watch the video


Anne Applebaum, LSE IGA Professor in Practice and Director of Arena, speaks to BBC Newsnight about Robert Mueller's indictments (16 February).

Watch the video (from 1:15)

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Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, LSE IGA Programme Director, presented at the seminar by the Political Economy of Financial Markets (PEFM) at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford on post-crisis regulation, titled "Elephants in the Post-Crisis Regulatory Room(12 February ).

Click here for the slides

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Anne Applebaum, LSE IGA Professor in Practice, publishes "In Britain, the specter of anti-Semitism returns" in The Washington Post (9 February).
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LSE IGA, LSE Enterprise and OMFIF hosted Yves Mersch, member of the European Central Bank’s executive board. He presented Virtual or virtueless? The evolution of money in the digital age, a lecture on central banks and digital currencies, as well as the development of private cryptocurrencies and potential applications of distributed ledger technology (8 February).

Read his speech here.

View the lecture

Arena news

The Times' Edward Lucas reports on upheaval in the media caused by the internet and threats to democracy, following Anne Applebaum and Peter Pomerantsev's LSE IGA Arena launch (7 February).

Read the article 

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Anne Applebaum, LSE IGA Professor in Practice, introduced LSE Arena, an initiative which analyses the root causes of distorted information, polarisation and hate speech and creates the counter response.

Professor Applebaum chaired this event which brought together parliamentarians, technologists and journalists to explain the multi-faceted threat disinformation poses to democracy and outlined Arena’s strategy for building a practical response. The panel discussed the role of policy-makers, tech companies and activists in combatting disinformation in the twenty-first century as well as outline LSE Arena’s role in this debate.

The panel was comprised of:

  • Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow at the LSE IGA, an author and TV producer. He specialises on propaganda and media development.

  • Liam Byrne MP, British Labour Party politician who has been Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hodge Hill since 2004. He is the Shadow Digital Minister. Before entering politics, Liam was a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Business School and a technology entrepreneur.

  • Baroness Shields (Joanna Shields), OBE, British-American technology industry veteran who served as a UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security and Under-Secretary of State from 2015-2017. In 2016, Baroness Shields was appointed the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Internet Safety.

Listen to the podcast

China Development Forum

The LSESU China Development Society and the Institute of Global Affairs hosted the 10th annual China Development Forum on Saturday, 3 February. Under the theme of ‘China’s Perspectives Redefined’ this sold out all-day student-led conference attracted 20 world-renowned speakers from across the globe to consider and debate, before an audience of 460, the challenges facing China today. Speakers included: Gordon Orr, Isabel Hilton, Keyu Jin, Martin Jacques, Xialon Fu, Robert Litwak, Xiheng Jiang and Erik Berglof.

Read the full conference programme

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LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglof, gave a lecture on global financial governance in Stockholm (31 January).
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LSE IGA Power Breakfast Series: China’s guaranteed bubble and its global implications. Professor Ning Zhu, Deputy Dean and Professor of Finance at the Tsinghua School of Finance, led a discussion on China’s current economic practices and the profound dangers they pose, moderated by LSE IGA Director Erik Berglof (30 January).

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Funes news

LSE IGA co-hosted a discussion with the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic on "How can the private sector help reform global governance?", led by Dr Funes de Rioja, B20 Chair under G20 Presidency of Argentina. With commentary from LSE IGA Visiting Professor Dr Mario Blejer and closing remarks from LSE Professor Gareth Jones (29 January).

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LSE IGA’s team had a good showing in Davos’ World Economic Forum this year. IGA Director Erik Berglof, Visiting LSE IGA Professors Mario Blejer and Brad Blitz, and Programme Director Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi presented and participated at various  events. See more on Twitter at @NagyMohacsi and @ErikBerglof.
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Oksana Antonenko, LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, publishes "US-Russia-Turkey Dynamics in Syria After ‘Olive Branch’: One Door Closes Another Opens" in Russia Matters (26 January).
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LSE IGA hosted a discussion on the “The Outlook for the Banking Union: Completion or Redesign?" led by Nicolas Veron, Senior Fellow at Bruegel in Brussels, and Shahin Vallee, Soros Foundation. On the photo from left Richard Portes, Erik Berglof, Nicholas Veron, Arnaud Mares and Shahin Vallee (22 January).

LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglöf, spoke with China Daily on President Xi Jinping’s historic 2017 speech at the World Economic Forum, Davos (23 January) .

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Tilman Altenburg and Anna Pegels of the German Development Institute presented at an IGA breakfast seminar on their paper, "Green Industrial Policy: Concept, Policies, Country Experiences". They say, “green industrial policy is the first industrial revolution with a deadline" (19 January).

Read the report 

Anne Applebaum, LSE IGA Professor in Practice and Director of Arena, publishes "The America Europe needs right now is missing" in The Washington Post (11 January).
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LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, Oksana Antonenko, led a Brown Bag Seminar centred around "Russian Presidential Elections: Continuity and Change" (17 January ). 

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IGA Arena's Peter Pomerantsev recently publishes "The Seven Ages of Revolution" (11 January 2018) and "The Mirage of Populism" in The American Interest (22 December 2017).
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LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, Duncan Clark, publishes "China is shaping the future of global tech," in the Financial Times (12 January).
IGA Arena's Peter Pomerantsev has been interviewed by El Pais “Los Gobiernos deben tomarse muy en serio la desinformación”. Read the article in Spanish here (1 January).


News 2017


LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglöf publishes "The Evolution of the Refugee Crisis" article in Project Syndicate (27 December).


Jawad Iqbal, LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, publishes article, "If Pakistan doesn’t protect Christians we should cut aid" in The Times (27 December).

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LSE IGA, Tsinghua University and CF40 co-organised a workshop on Liberalisation and Financial Resilience in a Global Context [view workshop agenda]. LSE speakers included Professor Keyu Jin, Economics, Professor Erik Berglof, Economics and IGA, and Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, IGA. The IGA team also met with the representatives of Ocean University, AIIB President Liqun Jin, and participated in the Beijing kick-off meeting of the UK-China Financial Policy Initiative project.

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Brad Blitz

Brad Blitz, LSE IGA Visiting Professor, has been appointed as Director of the British Academy’s programme on Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business

Click on the links below to read some of Brad's latest work:

Health Challenges in Refugee Reception: Dateline Europe 2016 -Article by Brad K. Blitz, Alessio d’Angelo, Eleonore Kofman and Nicola Montagna

Mapping Refugee Reception in the Mediterranean - First Report of the EVI-MED Project 16 June by Research Team: Middlesex University - Professor Brad Blitz (Principal Investigator) and co-investigators Dr.Alessio d’Angelo, Martin Baldwin-Edwards, Professor Eleonore Kofman, Dr. Nicola Montagna; Greek Councilfor Refugees, Borderline Sicily; People for Change Foundation.

Blue Planet Champions

LSE IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele's organisation, Global Ocean Trust, contributes to open letter to UK goverment. It calls to action all Blue Planet Champions, following Season II's finale, published in The Daily Telegraph, December 11. Torsten also comments on "need for an ambitious ocean-science patronage" at One Planet Summit (12 December).

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Report - “Make Germany Great Again”

New LSE Arena and ISD report examines Kremlin and other influences on the German elections.

Read the report

Charles Goodhart and Manoj Pradhan

LSE IGA PowerBreakfast SeriesThe Great Reversal - Demographics driving global trends, Professor Charles Goodhart, LSE and Manoj Pradhan, Talking Heads Macro, led a discussion moderated by Lord Desai. The conversation was centered around their BIS paper: "Demographics will reverse three multi-decade globaltrends" (7 December).

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Duncan Clark, LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, was interviewed on Singapore’s Channel News Asia earlier this week about the 4th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China.


IGA Arena's Peter Pomerantsev publishes article, "Russia, misinformation and social networks," in El Pais (December 4th) and features in The Economist article, "How the Russia investigation looks from Moscow" (30 November).

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LSE IGA organised a public panel on "Politics and Political Opposition in Russia," with participation by Vladimir Kara-Murza, Professor Richard Sakwa, Professor Tomila Lankina and Vladimir Ashurkov, chaired by LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, Oksana Antonenko. It was followed by the screening of Vladimir Kara-Murza's documentary film, "Nemtsov."

Listen to podcast

Elod Takats News

Dr Elod Takats of the BIS presented at the IGA MacroForum event on the effectiveness of macroprudential policy over cross-border lending, with comments by Christina Segal-Knowles, Bank of England.

Click here for the presentation and paper.


Peter Pomarantsev, LSE IGA Senior Fellow, features in New York Times article, "We’re All Part of Trump’s Show," which addresses  President Trump and President Putin's media manipulation tactics.

Populism & Time Inconsistency

"Populism and Time Inconsistency", article by Mario Blejer, LSE IGA Visiting Professor in Practice, and Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, LSE IGA Programme Director is published in ProMarketThe blog of the Stigler Center at the University of ChicagoBooth School of Business.

Read the article


The Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration (ALUM)’s G7 non-paper has been included as a contribution towards the UN Secretary-General's Report on Refugees and Migrants

The report serves as zero draft of the Global Compact for Migration (GCM) and the intergovernmental negotiations and will provide Member States with recommendations before the beginning of phase III (intergovernmental negotiations) of the GCM

Read the document

Gibril Faal

Gibril Faal, LSE IGA Visiting Professor in Practice, has contributed to the UN Secretary-General's Report on Refugees and Migrants, with “Overprincipled and Underperforming, Why we need a practice-based Global Compact on Migration.”

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Mario Blejer, LSE IGA Visiting Professor, and Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, LSE IGA Programme Director, have published in CEPR Vox an article on how populist leaders exploit democracies’ ‘time inconsistency’ problem; and they propose counter-measures.

Read the article


Anne Applebaum, LSE IGA Professor in Practice and Director of Arena, discusses the best way to deal with Russian twitter trolls on Newsnight, 14 November (watch from 7:24).

Watch the video

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Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, LSE IGA Programme Director, participated in a conference on financial sector reforms hosted by the Bank of Albania (9 November).

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The 4th Conference of the Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration (ALUM) –Universities Responding to the Refugee Crisis, hosted by the AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, was featured in Lebanon’s An-Nahar newspaper article: Top schools collaborate at AUB on world migrant emergency and in Albawaba Business: Top Universities Collaborate With AUB to Tackle Refugee Crisis

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The Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration (ALUM) held its 4th conference on 6-7 November 2017 in Beirut, Lebanon, hosted by the American University of Beirut (AUB) Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs on the theme Universities Responding to the Refugee Crisis. ALUM is a unique collaboration among lead universities in Europe, North America and frontier countries in the Middle East and North Africa, forging an alliance to help bridge the gap between research and policy in the management of the current migrant and refugee crisis. 

The Conference brought together lead researchers, and policy makers from the ALUM network that spreads across Europe, the Middle East region, and the Americas. The findings and recommendations have been announced through the “Beirut Declaration”.

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The LSE IGA team that took part of the ALUM conference in Beirut consisted of: Professor Erik BerglofPiroska Nagy-MohacsiProfessor Eleonore KofmanProfessor Brad Blitz and Dr Angelo Martelli.

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LSE IGA Professor in Practice and Director of ArenaAnne Applebaum’s latest book, 'Red Famine: Stalin's war on Ukraine', has been widely publicized.

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Torsten Thiele

LSE Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele delivers a keynote this week in Brussels on "Achieving Impact from Marine Research”, before heading to the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn.

He will be making the case for investment into ocean solutions to climate challenges. His speech at the Ocean Action Day 11 November is entitled: Innovative finance for ocean and climate.


Peter Pomerantsev, Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE IGA, discussed Russian misinformation on social media on the Newsnight segment of 31 October (watch at minute 22).

Watch the video


Listen to Stalin and the Ukraine Famine - Anne Applebaum from Dan Snow's HISTORY HIT in Podcasts.

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DelCastillo lecture

Dr Graciana del Castillo, Senior Fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute and member of the Council on Foreign Relations gave a public lecture at LSE, co-hosted by the Institute of Global Affairs, the Latin America and Caribbean Centre and the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. Dr del Castillo discussed her new book Obstacles to Peacebuilding which focuses on “economic transition” and “the political economy” of peace, which is a much-neglected aspect of peacebuilding (25 October).

Listen to the podcast

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McGregor lecture

Richard McGregor, award-winning journalist and author reporting on the top-level politics and economies of east Asia, gave an LSE IGA Public lecture on his new book 'China, Japan and the fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century’ (19 October).

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Professor Erik Berglof, LSE Economics and Director of the Institute for Global Affairs, spoke with China Daily on the occasion of China's Communist Party's Congress, you will find this in the following articles:

Analysts agree that vision puts China on right track

Experts, officials highlight report's contributions

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LSE IGA co-organised with Deutsche Bank and RBWC an illustrious panel of current and former central bankers and academics during the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington DC 11-15 October. The panel discussed the key risks emerging economies face as the US Federal Reserve is tightening its monetary policy. The LSE IGA team also engaged in various discussions and Professor Erik Berglof participated in the new G20 Eminent Persons Group (EPG) deliberations.

Wow event 2017

LSE IGA hosted the third meeting under the Beneficial Ownership Project, Who Owns What (WOW) on October 5th, with participation from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), leading NGOs and academics.


LSE Arena have worked together with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to monitor online influence in the German elections. Our research has been published extensively in German media. Read here a selection.


Professor Erik Berglof, LSE Economics and Director of the Institute for Global Affairs, spoke at the recent 'The Economist' EuroFinance conference in Barcelona on Eurozone's challenges.

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Anne Applebaum, Professor in Practice at LSE IGA and Director of Arena, gave an LSE Public lecture on her new book 'Red Famine: Stalin's war on Ukraine'. It chronicles Stalin’s systemic extermination of Ukraine’s peasantry and intellectuals  during the 1932/33 famine, aimed to undermine nationalism and statehood of that country.

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The Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group) and the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC) announced their partnership agreement through a memorandum of understanding to promote programs and projects that foster cooperation between them given their common focus on and work in Latin American and Caribbean region (4 October).

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LSE PowerBreakfast Series: Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, University of Columbia and Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, LSE led a discussion on 3 October on Fit for Purpose? Reforming Global Financial Governance.

Nasser Yassin

Professor Nasser Yassin, from the American University of Beirut (AUB) gave a presentation at the LSE IGA on 28 September about AUB’s research and policy engagement activities under the AUB4Refugees initiative.

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Dr Jeromin Zettelmeyer, Senior Fellow at Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), LSE IGA Senior Visiting Fellow and former Director General at the Ministry of Economy and Energy in Germany gave a luncheon presentation at the LSE IGA MacroForum on September 28 titled After the 2017 elections: towards a Franco-German Grand Bargain on Euro area reform.

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The Institute of Global Affairs and the Grantham Research Institute hosted a joint seminar on 20 September with a talk by Professor Uri Shani of Hebrew University and former head of the Israeli water authority on the subject  From Water Wars to Cooperation in the Middle East.


Jawad Iqbal, visiting fellow at IGA, has published an article on China in today's The Times.

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LSE Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele contributed to the report: Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean: the Role of Regional Ocean Governance in Implementing SDG14.

He also spoke at the recent Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) meeting in Woods Hole (see picture).


Jawad Iqbal, visiting fellow at IGA, has published in the Financial Times the op-ed piece  'India and Pakistan are still paying for a botched partition'.


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Podcasts are now available from all the panels from the student-led conference "North Korea: Beyond the Headlines" supported by the IGA back in March. The event brought together leading scholars, politicians, journalists and NGOs from around the world and students from across the United Kingdom. Read a summary of the themes. An e-book with the conference proceedings will be published in the autumn. In the meantime, you can listen to our panels below:

Welcome and Objectives

Panel 1& 2- ‘North Korea in a global and regional geopolitical context’ and ‘Economic changes- marketization and reforms’

Panel 3- ‘How to engage with North Korea and its people?’  

Panel 4- ‘Korean unification- prospects and challenges’ and key takeaways & closing remarks

Mapping refugee integration

War and violence drive 80% of people fleeing to Europe by sea, not economics 

The vast majority of people arriving in Europe by sea are fleeing persecution, war and famine, while less than a fifth are economic migrants suggests a new report published by LSE IGA Visiting Professors Brad Blitz and Eleonore Kofman who led a research team from Middlesex University London. For the full report click here: Mapping Refugee Reception in the Mediterranean.


LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Jawad Iqbal in the FT on the need to rethink the way we tackle the growing challenges of prison radicalisation.


LSE IGA Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum on CNN on Donald Trump’s speech in Warsaw and his emphasis of the importance of protecting western values from oppression.


LSE IGA Director Erik Berglof's recent piece in the  Project Syndicate examines how emerging markets can be saved from Trumpian populism.


Ahead of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Hamburg this weekend, LSE IGA is pleased to announce that its Director, Professor Erik Berglof, has been invited to serve on the Secretariat of the newly formed G20 "Group of Eminent Persons"- of which Professor Nicholas Stern, Chair of the Grantham Research Institute, is a member.

The Group's mission is to take forward the G20's work on the global financial architecture with special attention to financial stability and capital flows and the structure of multilateral development institutions (including the IMF), and to prepare realistic proposals for materially enhancing the global architecture and the leadership of the G20.  

LSE IGA is proud to support the G20's desire to engage directly with excellent academia both in advanced and major emerging economies, in line with IGA's and its new Global Policy Lab (G-POL) 's vision to enhance the research capacity and global policy voice of emerging economies.  A video will be available soon.


LSE IGA, along with its constituent centre LACC, the Institute for New Economic thinking (INET) and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) organised a major Thought Leaders Event on Fractures in Globalisation & Implications for Emerging Economies  on June 19 in Mexico City during the 18th World Congress of the International Economic Association (IEA).

World renowned speakers included Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, LSE's Tim BesleyErik Berglof and Mario BlejerAndres Velasco of Columbia University, Kaushik Basu of Cornell University, Anne Krueger of John Hopkins SAIS, Rob Johnson of INET, and Chong-En Bai of Tsinghua University, along with policy makers Guillermo OrtizAlicia BarcenaMonica AspeEnrique CardenasEva Arceo and Jorge Suarez Velez.   

The event covered three main topics: rethinking the global financial system; populism from left and right; and sustainable growth to avoid the "middle income trap". The final session hosted the launch of INET's Global Transformation Commission. Check the event's official webpage

Read the full programme, and for video summaries of the panels. check Panel 1Panel 2Panel 3 and the INET Global Transformation Commission.   

The event received large media coverage; you can find the media report.


Mario Blejer, Visiting Professor at LSE IGA, contributed to the Spring volume of the International Economy, along with 40 renowned experts, on the topic Has the World Been Fitted with a Debt Straightjacket? Read the publication.


LSE IGA's collaboration with MigrationMatters and their first ever course: 'Six Impossible Ideas (After Brexit)' has won the Special Multimedia Award at last week's Migration Media Award 2017 ceremony in Malta. 

The EU-funded award scheme recognises the excellence, relevance and newsworthiness of up to 36 journalism pieces dealing with migration in the Euro-Mediterranean region in all its aspects. MigrationMatters next production funded by the award will be a short new course that will combine new videos and the strongest ones from the 60 episodes produced so far and will address the “burning questions” related to migration and relevant to the news agenda today: migrant integration, social cohesion, preconceptions around irregular migration and migration in general.


LSE IGA met with a delegation of members of the Budgetary Committee of Germany’s Parliament (Bundestag) for the second time on 12 June, to discuss Brexit related issues following the recent UK election. The LSE team included Director Professor Erik BerglofSimon HixJawad IqbalDaniel Sturm and Torsten Thiele. The delegation was led by Alexander Radwan, who is now a member of the Bundestag and has been a member of the European Parliament for many years.


Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance (PROG) released Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean: The Role of Regional Ocean Governance in Implementing Sustainable Development Goal 14 at the first UN ocean conference in New York 5-9 June. LSE IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele, Lead on our blue finance initiative, contributed to this major new report which assesses the mandates of different regional cooperation frameworks, showcases existing regional efforts, and identifies key contributions that regional institutions and initiatives can make to the implementation of the ocean SDG14 and the overarching challenges of the 2030 Agenda. The full report and a summary for decision makers can be downloaded below:

Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean – Report
Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean – Summary


LSE IGA hosted a joint event on 23 May in London with the International Transport Forum at the OECD, which, in collaboration with the UK National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), recently published a report on Strategic Infrastructure Planning: International Best Practice. There were presentations by the OECD, Oxford University, LSE, EBRD and Meridiam. The report was introduced by Philip Graham, the CEO of the NIC. Read the report.


LSE IGA hosted renowned political economist Tarek Osman on 22 May to present his new book Islamism, the political form of Islam: what it means and why we may witness a pluralisation of Islam in the Middle East as millineals are exposed to social media and new technology.


Dr Marten Blix of the Research Institute of Industrial Economics delivered a lecture to the LSE Migration Working Group on migration and digitalisation, and its implications for fiscal policy and challenges to the welfare state, drawing on his recent book Digitalization, Immigration and the Welfare State. A summary by Dr Blix will be available shortly.


LSE IGA marked the launch of its Global Policy Lab (G-POL)  on 16 May with a economics star-studded event, featuring Professor Raghuram RajanLord Adair TurnerLord Nicholas SternProfessor Philippe AghionProfessor Sergei GurievAssistant Professor Keyu JinVisiting Professor Mario BlejerMichael Sohlman and Duncan ClarkProfessor Erik Berglof, Director of LSE IGA, welcomed and led the event, which showcased two of G-POL’s initiatives: Rethinking Global Finance, and a new growth model – Avoiding the Middle Income Trap, under the newly established Transformation Commission. 

G-POL aims to harness the world’s combined brainpower to generate fresh thinking and research-based policy solutions to urgent global challenges. Global collaboration and international institutions are under threat from both sides: emerging economies has been questioning their underrepresentation in global decision making for quite some time, but some  advanced economies have also started raising  questions about the benefits of globalization and its supporting international system.  G-POL joins up emerging and advanced economies in designing and testing innovative, research-based and locally-rooted solutions to their common challenges, drawing on LSE’s Nobel-prize winning faculty, first rate-students as well as IGA’s extensive international network of high-level policymakers. 

Read more about LSE IGA’s Global Policy Lab. 

Check the full event programme and photos.


LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Jawad Iqbal in The Times on how marriage laws are letting down vulnerable Muslim women not only in India, but also here in Britain.


Mario Blejer, Visiting Professor at LSE IGA, chaired a Roundtable event on the Internalisation of the Reminbi, organised by the Bank of China (Hong Kong) in Mexico City on 10 May. The following day he delivered the closing speech at a conference on Redefining the Roles of Central Banks, organised by Central Banking, London, and the National Association of Liability Management (NALM) and supported by the Banco de Mexico.


LSE IGA hosted a PowerBreakfast on the Pathology of Presidential Power on 9 May, with presentations by David Leblang and Bill Antholis from the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and LSE US Centre’s Professor Peter Trubowitz. The discussion was moderated by Lord Desai.


The Italian G7 Sherpa invited the Alliance of Lead Universities on Migration (ALUM) to provide a non-paper with research-informed specific policy recommendations for the G7 Sherpas’ attention ahead of the G7 Taormina Summit on 26-27 May 2017. Following the successful first ALUM conference in Siracusa last year, the Siracusa II conference was devoted to this endeavour and focus on the G7’s areas of policy attention:  Investing in countries of origin and transit; Protection of children (countries of transit), hosting and integration unaccompanied minors as well as other vulnerable groups; Valuing the positive contribution of migrants (particularly in view of G 7 demographics), including net fiscal impact and possibly also political dimensions and perceptions. In addition, the workshop assessed the role of business, international institutions and the record so far of the new regional and bilateral “package deals”. Mr. Francesco Aureli of Italy’s G7 Sherpa Unit delivered the keynote speech. Read some preliminary findings.


The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) supported a student-led all-day conference titled "North Korea: Beyond the Headlines" on 18 March. The event brought together leading scholars, politicians, journalists and NGOs from around the world and students from across the United Kingdom. Read a summary of the themes. An e-book with the conference proceedings will be published by August 2017.


LSE IGA hosted a delegation of members of the Budgetary Committee of Germany’s Parliament (Bundestag) on 2 May, to discuss Brexit and outlook for the UK economy. The team included Director Professor Erik BerglofPiroska Nagy MohacsiSimon HixJawad IqbalIain Begg and Daniel Sturm. A key point was Germany’s overriding interest to avoid the breakup of the EU.


IGA Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum speaks to BBC World at the Intelligence Squared Debate about how Donald Trump has not kept any of the legislative promises that he made for his first 100 days.

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IGA Director Erik Berglof in the Washington Post on how important the US has been for international institutions like the IMF and the World Bank and how that same influence may now be used by the Trump administration to undermine them.


IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele participated in the Third Preparatory Committee for a new UN marine biodiversity agreement. He also spoke on the topic of innovative finance at a workshop on marine genetic resources. 


Dr Jeromin Zettelmeyersenior research fellow of the Peterson Institute and senior visiting fellow at IGA, presented his new paper on the sustainability of Greece’s debt.

Read the paper


IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko  commented on the attack on St Petersburg underground on BBC newsnight.


The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) hosted a group of prominent business leaders from China on 27 March. Professor Erik Berglöf (Director, LSE IGA) led the discussion that included Sir Vince Cable, IGA Professor in Practice, Piroska Nagy Mohácsi, IGA Programme Director, as well as Dr Yu Jie from LSE IDEAS. The main subject was the impact of Brexit, including potential opportunities for China.


“Is Donald Trump a postmodern president?” In this opinion piece as part of Newsnight, journalist, writer and IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Peter Pomerantsev argues that President Trump and President Putin share a disdain for facts - and that this is part of their appeal.


IGA Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum talks to the Washington Post about the real story in the Netherlands being the implosion of the centre-left.

Read the full article


LSE IGA's PowerLunch Back to the Drawing Board for Europe's Future hosted on 21 March Professor Tommaso Nannicini of Bocconi University and former State Secretary in Italian PM Renzi's government, with comments by Professor Luis Garicano of the Department of Economics and Marco Buti, Director General at the European Commission. Innovative proposals are emerging to deepen European level legitimacy, risk sharing and alternative scenarios for the joint future.


Erik Berglof gave an interview to the China Daily on the increasing role of China in the global financial system. 

Read the interview


IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele this week spoke at the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) conference in Bremen on the topic of integrating science, technology and finance for sustainable Ocean Governance.

He also participated in Brussels the first session dedicated to Seas, Ocean and poles of the SCIENCE/BUSINESS network, Europe's Leading Innovation Community. Torsten also participated in the Belgium government workshop capacity development for small island development states. See photo


IGA Fellow Torsten Thiele spoke at the Economist World Ocean Summit on the topic of Emerging investment and risk frameworks for the ocean. The IGA Blue Finance initiative aims to provide an approach to address these challenges. Torsten also acted as a judge of the Ocean Innovation Challenge competition, which was won by the Seychelles Blue Bonds project.


Duncan Clark, OBE, and Visiting Senior fellow at the IGA speaks to Impact Magazine on why he thinks the IGA is the right place to provide an antidote to the current wave of populism and autarky.

Read the article (pdf)


George Papaconstantinou, former Minister of Finance of Greece and Professor Ricardo Reis discussed the fascinating if depressing saga of Greece and the Euro and global financial system around it under LSE IGA's PowerBreakfast series on 22 February. 


LSE IGA hosted a high calibre panel on Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution on 20 February as part of the ongoing LSE Literary Festival with Anne Applebaum/LSE, Olena Bilan/CE, Dragon Capital, Mustafa Nayeem/MP, Ukraine, and Vladyslav Rashkovan/former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Ukraine. Read a full summary.

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IGA Professor in Practice Sir Vince Cable in Business Insider on how Brexit is posing a ‘significant risk’ to Britain’s University sector, which he believes should be given a more important role within Brexit negotiations- international academics and students are already starting to hold off taking positions in the UK.

Read the full article


The LSESU China Development Society and the Institute of Global Affairs hosted the 9th annual China Development Forum on Saturday, 11 February 2017. This sold out all-day student-led conference attracted 30 world-renowned speakers from across the globe to consider and debate, before an audience of 400, the challenges facing China today. Speakers included: Vince CableCindy Fan, Jia KangZou Ming, Lord Adair TurnerGudrun Wacker and Erik Berglof.

Read the full conference programme.


IGA Visiting Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum in the FT on Europe needing a new defense pact and Britain potentially leading it. Read the full article.


The Institute of Global Affairs and LSE SU Italian Society were delighted to welcome Italian Prime Minister, Paolo Gentiloni, to LSE on the 9 February to give a talk on ‘The Future of Europe’. This is the first public speech given by an Italian Prime Minister in the UK since the Brexit vote. The event was chaired by Julia Black, Interim Director of LSE. You can read the full transcript of the speech or watch the podcast here.


IGA Visiting Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum spoke to Channel 4 News on the upcoming launch of an exciting new project with the London School of Economics, which will investigate the spreading of untrue information. Watch the video here.


The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA), along with the LSE SU Italian Society, is delighted to welcome the Prime Minister of Italy, Paolo Gentiloni, to LSE on Thursday 9th February for a talk on ‘The Future of Europe’. This event is free and open to all current LSE students and staff. Click here for further details and tickets.


This week IGA Fellow Torsten Thiele attended the first Science Policy and Stakeholder Engagement meeting for a new EU project on strategies for environmental monitoring of marine carbon capture and storage. Torsten also sits on the Science and Stakeholder Board of the EU project SenseOCEAN.


IGA’s Erik Berglof and Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi attended the #AUB4Refugees Forum: “Innovative Responses to the Syrian Refugee Crisis," on 27 January, at the American University of Beirut (AUB). The conference  launched AUB's  truly multi-disciplinary university-wide program and highlighted 18 projects currently underway at AUB.  AUB is the first university from the Middle East to have joined the Alliance of Lead Universities (ALUM). Full details here.


IGA Professor in Practice, journalist and prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum  spoke to the Washington Post on the idea of a ‘global’ Britain in the context of Brexit and the newly developing U.K.-U.S. ‘special relationship’. Read the full article here.


IGA Professor in Practice, journalist and prize-winning historian Anne Applebaum spoke to Spiegel on what the rise of Donald Trump means for Europe, what the future holds for NATO and whether democracy can survive the rise of right-wing populism.Read the full article here.


IGA Director Professor Erik Berglof spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos to Business Insider  on Prime Minister May's Brexit speech. Read the article here.


Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, Programme Director of IGA spoke to VOX on the strengths and weaknesses of the European banking sector. Watch the video here.



IGA Visiting Fellow Jawad Iqbal’s article on quangos (quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations) in the UK that de facto represent a subtle form of elitist corruption has been published in The Times. You can read the full article here.


Professor Erik Berglof's article on the struggle of Tunisia's young and fragile democracy and parallels with Ukraine's recent development and the crucial role of the EU in both has been published in Project Syndicate. For details see here.

News 2016


University of Mannheim organised the 2nd conference of the Alliance of Lead Universities on Migration (ALUM) on 2-4 November.

ALUM brings together the best academic minds on migration who are committed working together and inform and support evidence based-policy action. Twelve universities are members across Europe and it is now extended to the Middle East with the American University of Beirut (AUB) joining ALUM.

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Dr Hans Blix, Sweden's former Minister of Foreign Affairs and UN weapon inspector, and author of a number of books on international law spoke at IGA's PowerBreakfast series on a 8 December on NATO, Russia and the New World Disorder. Comments were provided by LSE's Dr Tarak Barkawi author of Globalisation and War,  and the debate was chaired by Lord Desai. The PowerBreakfast is a series that brings together lead academics, policy makers, business leaders and media representatives. 


IGA's Milken Fellows Prof Helen Rey and Dr Dominik Hangartner participated in a policy panels on capital flows and migration, respectively, at the Milken Institute's London Summit on 6 December. The Milken Institute is an external partner of IGA. 


IGA continues engagement with G20 process

The 2017 German Presidency hosted two major events on the margins of the G20 meetings in Berlin last week. At a conference on ‘Towards a more resilient global economy’, organised by the German Federal Ministry of Finance, IGA Director Professor Erik Berglof gave a presentation on tax policy in a globalised economy. Visiting Professor Mario Blejer participated in two Task Forces of the B20, the Business component of the G20, on infrastructure finance and SMEs.


The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) and LSE Centre for International Studies held a joint event on Friday November 25th Beyond Tolerance: Citizenship, Diversity & Constructive Conflict lead by some fantastic speakers whom delivered fascinating insights highlighting the role of education, enterprise, entertainment, politics and academia in peace-building and social cohesion.

Speakers included: Hanan Al Hroub,Dr Naif Al-MutawaLord Jitesh GadhiaAllyson Stewart-AllenCaroline WatsonScott WeberProfessor Erik BerglofCatherine HowarthJulia KarmoVikas PotaPeter LacySonia MedinaJon AlexanderAyla GokselNoa Gafni SlaneyVeronica NeedaBelinda Parmar, Kathryn Tomlinson, Funmi IyandaProfessor Christine ChinkinMadeleine ReesNour KhaledFardous BahbouhJonathan Simons, Janice Lopatkin, Nasser YassinMatt Powell, and Professor Lutfey Siddiqi

We were also very pleased to announce the winner of the migration video competition with online video platform ChainyMonzer Darwish

Judges from Cannes LionsThe Guardian and LSE IGA reviewed a total of 47 submissions from around the world, and prizes were sponsored by the Open Society Foundation


Richard Baldwin, Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, delivered a talk to a full house on Thursday 24th November drawing on his book ‘The Great Convergence: information technology and the new globalisation’. As Richard Baldwin in The Great Convergence shows, because globalisation is now driven by fast-paced technological change and the fragmentation of production, its impact is more sudden, more selective, more unpredictable, and more uncontrollable: the new globalization presents rich and developing nations alike with unprecedented policy challenges in their efforts to maintain reliable growth and social cohesion.

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With much talk focusing on the likely outcomes of Trump’s protectionist economic policies, the security of America’s fundamental institutions has gone largely undiscussed. As LSE IGA's Programme Director Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi argues, however, this is where our greatest attention must go; and warns that in the context of a populist victory this presidential election, Americans must be cautious and vigilant in defending their political institutions.

Read the blog entry


At the UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakesh, IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele spoke up for integrating ocean action into the climate finance agenda, including deep sea science and blue finance. Read a summary of these ocean climate efforts.


As part of the INET Transformation Commission chaired by Nobel Laureates Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz, IGA hosted the 2nd Workshop on “Avoiding the Middle Income Trap” on 16-17 November. This policy research initiative examines the massive dual challenge of emerging economies to transform themselves into advanced economies and at the same time adjusting to technological change and the increasingly binding environmental and social constraints. The project brings together some of the world’s leading academics and policymakers from a broad range of emerging economies with international financial institutions such as Asian Development Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Inter-American Development Bank, as well at the International Monetary Fund. Workshop participants brainstormed over a number of background papers (see Professor Aghion during presentation) and case studies on individual countries that have recently transitioned from middle to high income status. A final report is expected in about 18 months.


The IGA hosted a joint lecture with CEPR on November 17th celebrating the launch of the eBook, Refugees and Economic Migrants: facts, policies and challenges A panel of experts including Christian Dustmann, Professor of Economics at University College London and Director of CReAM; Giovanni Facchini, Professor of Economics at the University of Nottingham; Francesco Fasani, Lecturer at the School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary - University of London and Philippe Legrain, Senior Visiting Fellow at the European Institute at LSE and founder of the think-tank Open Political Economy Network (OPEN). Panellists focused on some of the key yet less researched aspects of migration policy: the politically sensitive social-cultural dimension of public perception on migration and the role of the media.

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IGA PowerBreakfast series held a debate onThe Fall of Technocracy on November 8, inspired by Sebastian Mallaby's new bibliography of former US Federal Reserve Governor Alan Greenspan The Man Who Knew. After author's introduction and LSE Professor Charles Goodhart's remarks, the discussion focussed on how the loss of trust in experts after the 2008/9 global financial crisis has paved the way to what we today observe a surge in populism and "post-truth" and what to do about it. How much political mingling and power an independent central bank should have?  Can tools from the business executive world be used to manage the incentives of central bankers, for example through strict term limits? What role the social media has played to start raising taboos about central banks' expert thus unchallengeable policies? How can the trust in experts regained? The PowerBreakfast is a series brings together lead academics, policy makers, business leaders and media representatives. 


Global implications of Trump’s fiscal stimulus

LSE IGA Visiting Fellow Guillermo Felices reflects on the broader implications of this protectionist stance, and argues that an international backlash could undermine the sustainability of this economic position. He also notes that though the anti-establishment sentiment seen in the UK and US may reappear in European elections this coming year, their capacity to pursue a similarly radical policy shift is limited. 

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Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, Professor in Practice for the IGA Global Finance Initiative,spoke at the LSE Growth Commission's panel event "What Next for UK Growth" alongside Alistair Darling, Stephanie Flanders and George Osborne at the LSE on 2 November 2016.

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Mario Blejer, Visiting Professor at LSE IGA, gave an upbeat assessment of Argentina's recent local currency bond issuance and the early record of the Macri administration in an interview in the magazine Euromoney. Read more about it.


Roger Nord, the Deputy Director of the IMF’s African Department gave a talk titled Is Africa Still Rising?  at a joint LSE IGA-Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa event on 8 November, drawing a full house. Starting in the mid-1990s, an increasing number of countries in Africa have been experiencing robust and sustained economic growth. But with the collapse of commodity prices, these gains have been called into question. Roger Nord explored if this was a rough patch or the end of Africa Rising, includingroles that new partners such as China and India are playing. He examined how to reap the full benefits of natural resource wealth; address large infrastructure gaps; and, looking further ahead: how to ensure that the Africa’s demographic dividend is a blessing and not a curse for economic development.

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This Autumn, 2nd-4th November, the IGA team is attending the Alliance of Leading University on Migration (ALUM) Workshop on Bringing Together Research and Practice hosted by the University of Mannheim. The workshop strives to offer a format appealing to both migration researchers and practitioners, and to build on the success of ALUM's research conference in Siracusa in April 2016. Read more about it.


Caroline Freund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and former chief economist for the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank delivered a lecture to a full house on October 25, drawing from her book, Rich People Poor Countries: The Rise of Emerging-Market Tycoons and Their Mega Firms. The lecture was chaired by Professor Erik Berglof, Director of the Institute of Global Affairs. 

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Dr Nina Hall delivered a lecture to a large audience on 24 October, drawing on her book, Displacement, Development, and Climate Change: International Organizations Moving Beyond their Mandates Hall examined the responses of the UNHCR, UNDP and IOM- all three established in a post-war time period- to identify changes in their organisational rhetoric, policy, structure, operations and overall mandate to address one specific new challenge: climate change. Hall’s key finding is that in the last fifteen years these three organisations have moved beyond their original mandates and are assisting people in developing countries affected by climate change even though their member states did not specifically delegate this task. The key driver for change was their staff, the international civil servants. The discussant was Dr Robert Falkner, Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE; the lecture was chaired by Professor Erik Berglof, Director of the Institute of Global Affairs and himself a former high ranking international civil servant. 

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Everyone have a listen! Ahead of tonight’s public lecture examining the book "Rich People, Poor Countries: The Rise of Emerging Market Tycoons and Their Mega Firms" written by Caroline Freund, former Chief Economist of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank. Matt Cox from Share Radio spoke to Professor Erik Berglof, Director of the Institute of Global Affairs and Chair of the event, to find out about the effects of the mega rich living in developing countries.

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LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security has announced a formal partnership with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dr Dubravka Šimonovic, to help support delivery of her mandate. Dr Šimonovic has also been appointed as a Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE. The partnership emerges from the Centre’s ongoing work on tackling violence against women, including with CEDAW, the UN monitoring body dedicated to the elimination of discrimination against women.A new website has also been launched as part of the project. The Tackling Violence against Women site is dedicated to explaining the international and regional human rights systems that can be used to combat violence against women and girls.


Professor Julie Lindahl delivered a thought- provoking and moving lecture on 13 October drawing on her book ‘In Search of Truth in the Long Shadows of Nationalism’. Throughout a 6-year intensive research she discovered her grandparent’s role in National Socialism and the SS in war-torn Poland. Her journey of discovery has taken her to Germany, Poland and Latin America, the place of her birth. Julie’s work seeks to understand the process of radicalization, and the reverberations of war and violence on the generations that followed. Her key finding is that even if history does not necessarily repeat itself, human behaviour does, and when democratic institutions are undermined, bad outcomes can re-occur.

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This week the European Parliament Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas discussed global ocean biodiversity governance. IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele spoke as one of the Participating Experts. The European Union is playing a leading role in the development of a new United Nations High Seas Biodiversity Agreement presently under discussion in New York.


LSE IGA Panel brings in the research angle at the IMF-World Bank meeting

At the recent gatherings of the worlds' senior policy makers and bankers in Washington DC, an IGA financial policy panel provided an oasis for deeper reflection on some of today's pressing policy issues. IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglof, introduced the Rethinking Global Finance project, the framework for much of our research in this area. Mario I. Blejer, Visiting Professor at IGA, spoke about the diverging monetary policy objectives of advanced and emerging economies. He also discussed Argentina's successful policy turnaround under the Macri government and possible political economy risks going forward. Associate Professor Keyu Jin, Department of Economics, considered how financial and trade liberalisation will impact financial stability in EMEs operating under financial friction including state ownership? Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi of LSE IGA discussed some critical economics of the "debt overhang" both in advanced and emerging economies, and possible policy implications. We also had a guest, Philip Turner of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), a long-time research collaborator with IGA panel members, who spoke about cross-border capital flows and related, and diverging monetary policy stance(s) among the key central banks of the advanced world (Federal Reserve, ECB, and Japan). Read more about it.


The European Union hosted its first Blue Economy Science and Business Forum in Hamburg. It was opened by the mayor of Hamburg (in the photo). IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele spoke on the 2nd Panel: From Lab to Market - how scientific discoveries lead to industrial success. The EU Blue Economy provides over 5 million jobs and approximately 4% of Europe’s Gross Domestic Product. New technologies, including underwater engineering and DNA sequencing offer possibilities to increase this contribution.


Last week the IUCN World Parks Congress adopted important motions and the Hawai'i Commitments, key to address in particular the challenges to global biodiversity loss, with an emphasis on better ocean protection. LSE IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele spoke on several panels, discussing the environmental regime of the international ocean seafloor and identifying potential financing mechanisms for ocean conservation.

At the congress an authoritative report on ocean warming was released; it can be found here.


Germany and Brexit

The LSE IGA Power Breakfast series hosted a top-notch panel of experts on September 7 on major dilemmas following the Brexit vote, looking in particular at the German perspective. Dr Jeromin Zettelmeyer, outgoing Director General for Economic Policy at the German Ministry of Economy and Energy; Sir Vince Cable, former UK Business Secretary and Visiting Professor at LSE IGA; and LSE’s EU politics expert, Professor Simon Hix discussed the key concerns on both sides and the political obstacles to the various possible outcomes. The Power Breakfasts are a series of private seminars sponsored by Royal Mail that bring together world-leading thinkers and policymakers.


Resilience Research: IGA-Rockefeller Funding Call - Second Round

The IGA invites colleagues from across LSE to participate in the second round of calls under its ‘Research and Impact Seed Fund’. 

This round is again supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Up to £1.5m is available under the broad theme of ‘Resilience’. 

Internal call – Open to LSE applicants only 


LSE partners with NAFIN to establish new visiting fellow programme in the Latin America and Caribbean Centre

The new LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC), in association with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, has appointed Emilio Garmendia, pictured, as the first NAFIN Visiting Fellow. Starting in September 2016 (Michaelmas term), Emilio will conduct research into financial instruments and mechanisms for green financing. More information here


Torsten Thiele on Credible High Seas Governance

LSE IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele spoke at the International Marine Conservation Congress in St.John’s, Newfoundland this week. He was also part of an expert workshop identifying issues in preparation of the next round of discussions later this month at the United Nations for a new High Seas Biodiversity Agreement. To find out more, visit here


Is Cuba reforming since President Obama's visit?

Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, Programme Director and researcher at LSE IGA, participated in an international conference in Miami, which aimed to assess reform progress in Cuba against the backdrop of the historic visits of the Pope and President Obama, the 7th Party Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) in April right after Obama’s visit, as well as a massive external shock from crisis-ridden Venezuela’s decision to cut cheap energy supplies to Cuba, on which it desperately depends. The conference was organised by the Washington-based Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE), with participation by mainly US universities well as some 20 academics and journalists from Cuba itself. More information here.


LSE in Brussels

On 13 July 2016, LSE hosted Migration: maintaining hospitality at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was part of the LSE IGA Migration Initiative, on which Peter Sutherland is a Professor of Practice.  A group of 50 senior Commission officials, MEPs, NGO activists as well as experts and politicians from across Europe talked about how to ensure that European citizens remained hospitable to immigrants. More information here.  


Who Owns What (WOW)?

The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) and NGO Global Witness hosted a brainstorming seminar on Who Owns What (WOW)?-  Improving Corporate Governance through the UK Beneficial Ownership Data Release Project. The project leverages the UK Government’s historic announcement to publish a new central public register on who owns and controls companies in the UK. More information here


IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele has been participating in the The International Seabed Authority (ISA)'s annual meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, as Observer on behalf of IUCN, the world’s largest environmental network. Torsten moderated an information session for all delegates, "Environmental Aspects of the ISA Exploitation Regulations", provided by the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition earlier this week to ensure that these critical environmental concerns and legal obligations are fully taken into account. More information here


Agnieszka Wysokińska, visiting fellow at IGA LSE, gave a seminar on the "Role of Institutions and Culture in the Long - Term Development. Exploiting a Natural Experiment of History". In her research she shows that partition of Poland in the 19th century between three neighboring powers -Prussian, Russian and Austro-Hungary - have long term consequences for economic development of those lands. After 100 years from unification of these lands, Prussian partition is 10-20 % richer than Russian and Austro-Hungarian. The effects are causal and the channel of persistence in development suggests institutional rather than cultural explanation. The latter is  based on additional evidence provided by random shock to culture from Stalin's forced migration movements to Western and Northern Territories in Poland. To find out more, visit here


Torsten Thiele, visiting fellow at the LSE IGA, delivered a talk on blue finance on 7 June, 2016. He outlined the conceptual background to blue finance, addressing practical issues and suggesting specific approaches. More information about it here


LSE IGA hosted a seminar where Paul Herbert and Reiner Martin of the European Central Bank presented the new Financial Stability Review. Paul argued that while systemic risks in the Eurozone were broadly contained, important issues remained and the risk of "japanisation" was there. More information about it here


Torsten Thiele, Visiting Fellow at LSE IGA, was identified as one of seven ocean leaders in the French magazine Les Echos for his work in promoting financing to address global ocean challenges. The article describes his efforts to develop "Blue Finance" solutions to better protect marine ecosystems. 

Elina Ribakova

In the blog post Time to Worry about Illiquidity, visiting fellow Elina Ribakova argues that at a time when central banks have injected unprecedented amounts of money, worrying about illiquidity may appear odd. However, if poorly understood and unaddressed, illiquidity could be the foundation of the next financial crisis.


Last week IGA Director Erik Berglof together with Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi and Torsten Thiele participated in a international gathering hosted by the Aurora Borealis Foundation in Svalbard. Read more about it here


Resilience Research: IGA-Rockefeller Seed Funding Call

The Institute of Global affairs (IGA) invites colleagues from across the LSE community to participate in the first round of calls under its ‘Research and Impact Seed Fund’

IGA in the news


Erik Berglof: Terrorised Tunisia

The Jordan Times, 2nd January 2017

The recent terror attack on Berlin’s Christmas market — which killed 12 and injured more than 50 — cast a pall over this year’s holiday celebrations across Europe...


Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs, Duncan Clark, has been shortlisted for the FT and McKinsey ‘Business Book of the Year Award 2016’ for ‘Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built’. An engrossing, insider’s account of how a teacher built one of the world’s most valuable companies - rivalling Walmart & Amazon - and forever reshaped the global economy. A former Beijing-based investment banker, Duncan uses the rise of Ma and the creation of China’s biggest e-commerce company to tell the story of entrepreneurship in China. The book is a must-read for anyone hoping to navigate China’s new economy.


IGA director Professor Erik Berglof has been appointed to the World Economic Forum Global Future Councils - a new WEF community set up to provide insight and vision to tackle some of the world’s most critical global, regional and industry challenges and help prepare governments, businesses and communities for the arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  Professor Berglof is a member of The Future of Financial and Monetary Systems. The Global Future Councils’ first meeting will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13-14 November 2016. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum’s Balancing Financial Stability, Innovation, and Economic Growth initiative.


Mario I. Blejer, an Argentine economist and former Central Bank governor and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Global Affairs, speaks to the FT on the new Argentine government's success in ending an agonising legal dispute with US hedge funds. He is confident that foreign investment is coming Argentina’s way after a drought of more than a decade.


Dictators rest easier as EU self-implodes, but Ukraine offers hope

Irish Examiner, 6th July 2016

Ukraine’s belief it was forging closer ties with the West was shaken by Brexit, but it remains a vital ally on the frontier between democracy and autocracy writes Erik Berglof, Director of IGA.


ERIK BERGLOF: EBRD cannot bank on stability – Transition is reversible

Emerging Markets, 10th May 2016

...Berglof is Professor and Director of the Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics and was chief ...


Indian central bank governor says helicopter money no panacea

Reuters Online, 11th May 2016

...produce economically the desired effect," he said during a lecture at the London School of Economics. "I am throwing the...


Raghuram Rajan floats 'traffic signal' like control on central bankers

Yahoo! India, 10th May 2016

...also be subject to the same rules," he said. Delivering a lecture at the London School of Economics, the former chief...


Unconventional policy tool? Rajan has doubts, 10th May 2016

...rates and ultra-low or negative inflation. Delivering a lecture at the London School of Economics, Rajan said it needed...


Zombie firms slow down global productivity: Rajan

Times of India - Online, 10th May 2016

...also due to protection provided to oligopolistic firms. Speaking at the London School of Economics (LSE) on Tuesday, the...


GTime to examine global impact of domestic policy decisions: Rajan

Hindustan Times Online, 10th May 2016

... Delivering a lecture titled ‘Rethinking the Global Monetary System' at London School of Economics, Rajan started...



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