Podcasts 2020

from the Department of International Relations

Catch up with this year's events


Religious Communities under COVID-19: the first pandemic of the postsecular age?

Thursday 25 June 2020
Online public event
part of LSE's public event series - COVID-19: The Policy Response

Religious gatherings have been identified as a major sites of transmission raising tensions in many countries between believers and the secular authorities seeking to regulate them. But many people are also searching for meaning and faith groups have adapted to online worship and support to meet the need for hope and connection in the face of suffering and isolation. How will COVID-19 reshape the religious landscape in the future?


Elizabeth Oldfield, Director of the Theos Think Tank.

Professor Azza M Karam, Secretary General elect of Religions for Peace International

Dr James Walters, Director of LSE Religion and Global Society Research Unit and Senior Lecturer in Practice in the Department of International Relations

Chair: Dr Katerina Dalacoura, Associate Professor in International Relations, LSE

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COVID-19 and Africa: pandemics and global politics

Monday 1 June  2020
Online public event
organised by LSE IDEAS

A panel of leading African commentators will reflect on the global response to the health dimensions of the pandemic in Africa.


Assis Malaquias is Professor and Chair of the Department of Global Studies and Maritime Affairs at the California State University (Maritime).

Elizabeth Sidiropoulos is the Chief Executive of the South African Institute of International Affairs.

Folashadé Soulé-Kondou is a Senior Research Associate in International Relations at the University of Oxford (Blavatnik School of Government).

Chris Alden is Co-Director of the Global South Unit and Professor in International Relations at LSE.

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A World Parliament: government and democracy in the 21st century

When: Wednesday 11 March 2020


Andreas Bummel, Director of Democracy Without Borders and the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly

Theresa Squatrito, Assistant Professor in International Relations, LSE

Chair: Mathias Koenig-ArchibugiAssociate Professor (Reader) in Global Politics, LSE

Global challenges such as war, poverty, inequality and climate change are overwhelming nation-states and today’s international institutions. Can the creation of a democratic world parliament help achieve a peaceful, just and sustainable world community?

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LSE Festival 2020: Shape The World
Propaganda and Democratic Resistance

When: Wednesday 4 March 2020

Dr Shakuntala Banaji, associate professor of media and communications, LSE
Darren Moon, Senior Learning Technologist in the LSE Eden Centre for Education Enhancement
Peter Pomerantsev, senior fellow in the Institute for Global Affairs, LSE

Chair: Professor William Callahan, Professor of International Relations, LSE

This round table brought together experts on propaganda and the Internet to explore the populist problem presented by “fake news” – and how we can resist it.

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The Susan Strange Lecture 2020:
The International Political Economy: sources of nuclear proliferation

When: Thursday 13 February 2020

Speaker: Professor Etel Solingen, the Thomas T. and Elizabeth C. Tierney Chair in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California Irvine and the Susan Strange Visiting Professor, 2019-20 at LSE.

Chair: Professor Karen E Smith, Professor of International Relations, LSE

The 2020 Susan Strange lecture paid tribute to Professor Strange's contributions by focusing on the international political economy dimensions of nuclear choices, for or against nuclear weapons.

Whereas relative power and security dilemmas have dominated the study of nuclear proliferation for decades, an approach centered on the "cui bono" (who benefits) question reveals how domestic distributional implications related to the global economy have systematic effects on states’ nuclear choices.

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The Pentagon's Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Climate Change and War

Hosted by LSE's Shape the World Series

When: Wednesday 29 January 2020

Speaker: Professor Neta C Crawford, professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Boston University

The Pentagon was a leader, in the 1980s and 1990s, in United States in recognizing climate change as a looming security concern. The DOD has thus prepared for climate change with plans for responding to climate caused disruption to operations. The DoD is also predicting and preparing for climate change caused war. What are the security threats that will flow from climate change? Is ‘climate war’ inevitable?  

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