Past events and podcasts

 

Counterinsurgency and Stabilization in Practice: Ups, Downs and Daily Grinds in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

 Date: Monday 30 June 2014
Time: 12.30-1.30pm
Venue: Room  2.04, Clement House, LSE
Speaker:
Marcelo Torelly

Counterinsurgency and Stabilization have become widely discussed concepts in the policy and academic debates around intervention, post-conflict reconstruction and state-building. But how do these concepts play out in practice? The speaker will discuss his experiences implementing stabilization programs in Maiwand District, Kandahar, known as the birthplace of the Taliban, and will reflect on the challenges and lessons learned.

Carlos Terrones is a strategic thinker and leader with experience restructuring complex programs in war zone environments and local governments. In Iraq and Afghanistan, he served as the Special Governance Advisor to Senior U.S. Military Officers, Local Government Officials, and Senior U.S. Federal Government Officials. Carlos received the U.S. Department of State Meritorious Award for his work in Maiwand District and he was recognized by both the Iraqi and Afghan governments for his commitment to public service. After his tour in Afghanistan, Carlos was appointed to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Administration as the Assistant Deputy Commissioner for the Department of Social Services. Carlos is author of The Other Front in Afghanistan: Stories of Maiwand Building Governance and Development.

Shifting Debates and Meanings of Amnesty: Civil Society and the Struggle for Justice in Brazil

Date: Friday, 20 June 2014  
Time: 5.30-6:30pm
Venue:  Room G.20, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, LSE
Speaker: Marcelo Torelly
Discussant: Professor Chandra L. Sriram, UEL
Chair: Dr Iavor Rangelov, LSE

Marcelo Torelly is a CNPq Brazil visiting academic at the Faculty of Law and Latin American Centre, University of Oxford.  He is former director of Historical Memory, Brazilian Ministry of Justice Amnesty Commission (2007-2013).

The Struggle for Iraq’s Future

Date:  Wednesday 7 May 2014
Time
6.30-8.00 pm
Venue
NAB1.04, New Academic Building
Speaker: 
Zaid Al-Ali
Discussant: 
Professor Toby Dodge, LSE
Chair: 
Professor Mary Kaldor, LSE

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In this public lecture, launching Zaid Al-Ali’s new book The Struggle for Iraq’s Future, the author provides a uniquely insightful interpretation of Iraq’s nation-building progress in the wake of the 2003 war. Al-Ali argues that the 2005 constitution is illegitimate and established a system of government that was so extreme that it could never be implemented, creating a void that the country has been struggling to fill since.  The people’s trust, he contends, has been betrayed by all segments of Iraq’s ruling elites who have negotiated the formation of government on the basis of personal self-interest, patronage and deceit. Al-Ali argues that the solution lies in establishing a road map for reform that should be imposed on the ruling parties by all the major components of civil society.  

Zaid Al-Ali is Senior Adviser on Constitution Building at International IDEA.  He has been practicing law since 1999, specializing in comparative constitutional law and international commercial arbitration. From 2005 to 2010, he was a legal adviser to the United Nations focusing on constitutional, parliamentary and judicial reform in Iraq.  Since the beginning of 2011, he has been working on constitutional reform throughout the Arab region, in particular in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. 

Toby Dodge is Director of the LSE Middle East Centre, a Reader in the International Relations Department at LSE, and a Senior Consulting Fellow for the Middle East, International Institute for Strategic Studies, London. 

Mary Kaldor is Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit and Professor of Global Governance at the LSE.

Book Launch Reception: Nationalism and the Rule of Law

Date: Monday 17 March 2014
Time: 6:30 – 7:30pm
Venue: Room B07, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
Speaker: Dr Iavor Rangelov

LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit warmly invites you to attend the book launch reception for Dr Iavor Rangelov’Nationalism and the Rule of Law: Lessons from the Balkans and Beyond at the London School of Economics and Political Science on Monday 17th March at 6.30pm.

The event will include a drinks reception, and a discount on the book will be available.

This book provides the first systematic account of the relationship between nationalism and the rule of law by focusing on the domains of citizenship, transitional justice, and international justice.  It engages these insights further in a detailed empirical analysis of three case studies from the former Yugoslavia. The author argues that while the tensions and contradictions between nationalism and the rule of law have become more apparent in the post-Cold War era, they can also be harnessed for productive purposes. In exploring the role of law in managing and transforming nationalism, the book emphasises the deliberative character of legal processes and offers an original perspective on the power of international law to reshape public discourse, politics, and legal orders.

After the Fall: World Order or Disorder after 1989

Date: Tuesday 4 March 2014
Time: 6.30-8.00pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Prof Jacques Rupnik, Prof Mary Kaldor, Prof Michael Cox
Discussant: Prof Karoline Postel-Vinay
Discussant and Chair: Dr George Lawson

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The end of the Cold War in 1989 ushered in a more stable world shaped by an irresistible combination of capitalism and liberalism. But did it? New wars in failing states,  the spread of nuclear weapons, rising terrorism, and in 2008 the great financial crash,  all pointed  to an international system where the certainties of a 20th Century Cold War had given way to a new century full of uncertainty and danger.

Professor Jacques Rupnik is Research Director at the Centre for International Research (CERI), Sciences Po.

Professor Mary Kaldor is Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics

Professor Michael Cox is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor in International Relations.

Professor Karoline Postel-Viney is Research Director at the Centre for International Research (CERI), Sciences Po.

Dr George Lawson is a Senior Lecturer of International Relations at LSE and serves on the LSE IDEAS Academic Management Committee.

The Yugoslav Tribunal Twenty Years On: Lessons for International Justice

Date: Thursday 5 December 2013
Time: 6.30-8.00pm
Venue: Room G.01, Tower 1, LSE
Speakers: Natasa Kandic, Iavor Rangelov, Wolfgang Schomburg, Ruti Teitel
Chair: Mary Kaldor

Marking the 20th anniversary of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, this panel will consider its record and the questions it raises for the future of international justice.

Natasa Kandic is founder of the Humanitarian Law Center in Belgrade and regional coordinator of the RECOM initiative.

Iavor Rangelov is global security research fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, LSE and co-chair of the London Transitional Justice Network.

Wolfgang Schomburg is honorary professor of law and chair of the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice, Durham University and former judge at the Yugoslav Tribunal.

Ruti Teitel is the Ernst C. Stiefel professor of comparative law at New York Law School and visiting fellow at LSE.

Confronting Genocide and Mass Atrocities: Challenges for International Action

Security in Transition, LSE and International Peace Institute, New York panel discussion
Date: Monday 21 October 2013
Time: 5-6.30pm
Venue: 2.06, New Academic Building
Speakers:  Adam Lupel, Iavor Rangelov, Frances Stewart, Ernesto Verdeja
Chair: Tim Allen, LSE

This panel will discuss the possibilities of mobilizing international support to prevent and stop genocide and mass atrocities, focusing on causes, strategies of intervention and prevention, and impediments to timely and robust action. 

The event also marks the publication of Responding to Genocide: The Politics of International Action, a project of the International Peace Institute.

Adam Lupel is editor and senior fellow at the International Peace Institute in New York.

Iavor Rangelov is global security research fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, LSE and co-chair of the London Transitional Justice Network.

Frances Stewart is emeritus professor of development economics at the University of Oxford and recipient of the 2013 Leontief prize for advancing the frontiers of economic thought.Ernesto Verdeja is assistant professor of political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame and board member of the Institute for the Study of Genocide.

German Europe: Are there Alternatives?

Date: Thursday 21 March 2013
Time: 1:30-3:00pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building 
Speakers: Prof. Ulrich Beck, Prof. Mary Kaldor
Chair: Prof. Richard Sennett 

The basic rules of European democracy are being subverted or turned into their opposite, bypassing parliaments, governments and EU institutions. Multilateralism is turning into unilateralism, equality into hegemony, sovereignty into the dependency and recognition into disrespect for the dignity of other nations. Even France, which long dominated European integration, must submit to Berlin’s strictures now that it must fear for its international credit rating.

In this event, Ulrich Beck, Daniel Cohn-Bendit and Mary Kaldor discuss the current political crisis and how to reinvent democracy in Europe.

Ulrich Beck is Professor of Sociology at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. His recent books include Cosmopolitan Europe (with Edgar Grande) (Polity Press 2007), World at Risk (Polity Press 2009), A God of One’s Own (Polity Press 2010), Twenty Observations on a World in Turmoil (Polity Press 2012), Distant Love (together with Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim) (Polity Press 2013) and German Europe (Polity Press 2013).

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance in the Department of International Development at LSE, where she directs the Human Security and Civil Society Research Unit. She has just completed a report on ‘The Bubbling Up of Subterranean Politics in Europe’ based on research undertaken by seven field teams across Europe.

Richard Sennett is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the London School of Economics.  He trained at the University of Chicago and at Harvard University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1969. He then moved to New York where, in the 1970s he founded, with Susan Sontag and Joseph Brodsky, The New York Institute for the Humanities at New York University. In the mid 1990s he began to divide his time between New York University and the London School of Economics. In addition to these academic homes, he maintains informal connections to MIT and to Trinity College, Cambridge University. 

The Catalysing Effects of International Justice in Uganda and Sudan: Unravelling the Paradoxes of Complementarity

Date: Thursday, 7 March 2013 
Time: 6.15-7:30pm
Venue: Room 2.06, New Academic Building, LSE
Speaker: Dr Sarah Nouwen
Discussant: Professor Chandra L. Sriram, SOAS
Chair: Dr Iavor Rangelov, LSE

Sarah Nouwen is Lecturer in Law at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and Pembroke College.  She is former senior legal advisor to the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel in Sudan, and author of the forthcoming book Complementarity in the Line of Fire: The Catalysing Effect of the International Criminal Court in Uganda and Sudan (CUP 2013).

Who Owns the Peace? Global agendas versus local needs in security interventions 

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2012
Time: 6:30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Arion Krasniqi, Dr Mary Martin,  Horia Mossadeq, Roy Reeve, Francesc Vendrell
Chair: Dr Denisa Kostovicova

The last two decades have seen the emergence of external intervention as a way of managing security crises. As ‘heavy footprint’ interventions such as those in the Balkans and Afghanistan mature, what happens to the relationship between outsiders and insiders? A Panel of international and local experts confront challenges of accountability legitimacy and effectiveness in peace operations.

Arion Krasniqi is First Secretary at the Embassy of Kosovo in London.

Mary Martin is Senior Research Fellow at LSE.

Horia Mossadiq works for Amnesty International on their Afghanistan dossier, traveling between London and Kabul. Previously, she was Director of the Afghanistan Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium (HRRAC). As well, she has worked as an advisor to the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, and as a journalist in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Roy Reeve: Served as  Head of the European Union Planning Team for Kosovo (2007) and subsequently The Deputy Head of Mission EULEX Kosovo. He is a former UK ambassador to Ukraine and Head of the OSCE Mission to Georgia 2003.

Francesc Vendrell: Former Special Representative of the European Union for Afghanistan; former Personal Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Special Mission for Afghanistan.

Voices from Syria's Opposition

Date:  Wednesday 17 October 2012 
Time: 6.30-8pm 
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speakers: Bassma Kodmani, Nicholas Noe, Yara Nseir

How did the opposition to Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria emerge? This panel will explore the evolution of the Syrian opposition and the impact of developments in Syria upon the wider region.

Bassma Kodmani is Executive Director of the Arab Reform Initiative and former member of the Syrian National Council’s Executive Bureau.

Nicholas Noe is a leading expert on Lebanon, with a particular emphasis on crafting new approaches to non-state actors such as Hizbullah.

Yara Nseir is a Syrian civil society activist with a particular interest in defending freedom of expression.

Arguing about the world: The work and legacy of Meghnad Desai

Date: Wednesday 23rd May 2012
Time: 6.30pm to 8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Speaker: Meghnad Desai
Chair: Mary Kaldor
Panellists: Charles Goodhart and Christine Whitehead

This book is a Festschrift for Professor Lord Meghnad Desai to celebrate his innumerable and diverse contributions to the social sciences as well as political life outside academia.

Lord Desai’s research over more than half a century has ranged from Marxian analysis and economic crisis; through applied econometrics, poverty and famine; the role of private markets and the state; human development; liberalisation and globalisation; and Indian development and reform.

This volume, edited by Mary Kaldor and Polly Vizard, is a collection of chapters by eminent scholars including Robert Skidelsky, Charles Goodhart, Jagdish Bhagwati, Mozaffar Qizilbash and Montek S. Ahluwalia. It brings together contributions that reflect Meghnad’s broad research interests and engagement with economics and the social sciences over the decades. It includes contributions from a wide range of individuals whose own work relates to Meghnad’s in a variety of different ways.

Meghnad Desai is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the LSE. From 1990-1995 Lord Desai was Director of LSE's Development Studies Institute and has been at the LSE for over 30 years. In 1991, Meghnad Desai was created Lord Desai of St Clement Danes.

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance and Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics.

Charles Goodhart is Director of the Financial Regulation Research Programme in the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics.

Christine Whitehead is Professor of Housing Economics at the London School of Economics.

The War is Dead, Long Live the War

Date: Wednesday 9 May 2012
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Ed Vulliamy
Chair: Dr Denisa Kostovicova

Ed Vulliamy, who reported extensively on the mid-1990s war in Bosnia, will discuss his new book The War Is Dead, Long Live The War, examining its legacy 20 years later.

Ed Vulliamy is a British journalist and writer.

Tents or Technocrats: Successful Civil Society in the 21st Century

Date: Friday 4 May 2012
Time: 1-3pm
Venue: NAB LG.09
Speakers: Thomas Nash, Richard Moyes, Sarah Smith
Chair: Mary Kaldor

Over the past decade, many scholars and activists have critiqued NGOs as elitist organisations, lacking in legitimacy and accountability, and co-opted by government and donor agendas. Yet Global Civil Society 2012 author and Cluster Munition Coalition coordinator Thomas Nash has spent the better part of the last ten years building coalitions between such organisations, working toeffect lasting change at the international level.

In this special seminar to mark the tenth anniversary edition of the Global Civil Society yearbook, Nash and his Article 36 partner, Richard Moyes, will offer a primer on building successful global civil society partnerships, tracing the path from initial idea to the securing of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. Reflecting on the challenges at the heart of the global system, Channel 4 News' Business Correspondent Sarah Smith will then take Nash and Moyes to task, in a debate that asks whether working within the international system can really effect substantive change – or whether NGO coalitions can only tinker at the edges, legitimising the very structures they seek to change.

Thomas Nash is Director of Article 36, a UK-based NGO he co-founded in 2011 to monitor and challenge the use of certain weapons technologies. He served as founding Coordinator of the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), acting as strategist and spokesperson of the global campaign that resulted in the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions.

Richard Moyes is head of policy at Article 36 and was co-chair of the CMC, where he led strategy and negotiations on definitions in the Convention on Cluster Munitions. He has set up and managed humanitarian landmine clearance operations in the field and developed new international policy approaches for civilian protection. He is an honorary fellow at the University of Exeter.

Together, Nash and Moyes have recently co-authored the book and website "Global Coalitions: An introduction to working in international civil society partnerships", a primer for creating successful civil society partnerships.

The Politics of Squares

Date: Wednesday 2 May 2012
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Professor Helmut K Anheier, Professor Mary Kaldor, Ahmed Naguib, Laurie Penny
Chair: Catherine FieschiAs part of the launch of the tenth anniversary edition of the Global Civil Society yearbook, two of the founding editors will discuss the radicalisation of civil society with Ahmed Naguib and Laurie Penny, and ask what is new about the current politics of squares.

Ahmed Naguib is an activist and co-founder of the Council of the Trustees of the Revolution in Egypt, who mobilised a march to Tahrir on 28 January 2011.

Laurie Penny is a journalist and feminist activist, and has tweeted regularly from both the London and New York Occupy actions under the moniker @pennyred.

Helmut K Anheier is dean at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin, and one of the founding editors of the Global Civil Society yearbook.

Mary Kaldor is director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, LSE, and one of the founding editors of the Global Civil Society yearbook.

Catherine Fieschi is director of Counterpoint, a research and advisory group that focuses on the cultural and social dynamics of risk. Prior to directing Counterpoint, Catherine led the London based think tank Demos (2005-2008).

Beyond the Diktat: there is an alternative

Date: Tuesday 1 May 2012 
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Dr Robin Murray, Dr Gavan Titley, Hilary Wainwright
Chair: Professor Henrietta L. Moore
Our political leaders claim there is no alternative to austerity cuts. Both academics and activists, our speakers argue otherwise, providing examples of existing alternatives from the social economy and from the perspective of the alternative media.

Robin Murray is a co-founder of Twin Trading, a pioneer of the fair trade movement, and of the environmental partnership Ekologica.

Gavan Titley is a lecturer in media studies at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, and a regular contributor to The Guardian.

Hilary Wainwright is a founding editor of Red Pepper and research director of the New Politics programme at the Transnational Institute (TNI). 

Henrietta Moore is William Wyse Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge.

Designing a comprehensive peace process in Afghanistan

Date: Monday 20 February 2012
Time: 6.30 - 8pm
Venue: NAB 2.04 (New Academic Building), LSE
Speakers: Dr Lisa Schirch, Rina Amiri, Andy Carl, Fatima Ayub

The increasing consensus about the desirability of a negotiated peace process in Afghanistan has been accompanied by doubts about its feasibility. The design of a potential peace process can have an important impact on the chances of a viable negotiation and the quality and durability of its outcome. As yet, though, there are few detailed proposals for mechanisms to advance such a process in Afghanistan. While every conflict is unique, current efforts to end the war can build more on lessons learned from peace processes in other countries.

As pressure mounts for a negotiated settlement to the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan, the panelists will discuss what a viable process would include and how it might proceed, exploring ways to engage civil society to advance a more inclusive peace process, and drawing on experiences in other countries.

Dr Lisa Schirch, Director of 3P Human Security and Professor of Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She is the author of the report titled Designing a Comprehensive Peace Process for Afghanistan. She has presented testimony on this report to Congress, and at numerous governmental and military conferences.

Rina Amiri, senior advisor on Afghanistan for the Office of the Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan in the US Government.

Andy Carl, Co-founder and Executive Director of Conciliation Resources, an independent charity working internationally to prevent violent conflict, promote justice and build lasting peace in war torn societies.  

Fatima Ayub, senior policy and advocacy officer at the Open Society Foundations, focusing on the South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. She has previously worked in Afghanistan for the International Center for Transitional Justice, in London for Amnesty International and in Washington DC for Human Rights Watch.

Taking on the technocrats: paths towards another Europe

Date: Friday 17 February 2012
Time: 6.30 - 8pm
Venue: NAB 1.04
Speakers: Professor Trevor Evans, Professor Mary Kaldor

Throughout the economic crisis EU leaders have acted decisively in the interest of finance: bailouts for banks and bondholders and austerity for its citizens. This strategy has failed at almost every point, prolonging the economic downturn, increasing debts and generating a growing backlash. The response has been to entrench technocratic rule, and deepen the EU's democratic deficit.

Trevor Evans, Economics Professor at the Berlin School of Economics, and Professor Mary Kaldor, Director of the LSE Civil Society & Human Security Research Unit, will discuss alternative paths for a progressive, democratic Europe. Light refreshments will be available.

Ghosts of Afghanistan

Date: Thursday 9 February
Time: 6.30 - 8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre
Speaker: Jonathan Steele
Respondent: Francesc Vendrell
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

Jonathan Steele's new book, Ghosts of Afghanistan is the definitive study of the
Soviet and US wars in Afghanistan, by one of the few reporters who has covered
both occupations.

Jonathan Steele is a columnist, author and former chief foreign correspondent of
The Guardian.

Francesc Vendrell was the EU special representative for Afghanistan, 2002-2008 and is a senior visiting fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit.

Bottom-up Politics: An agency-centred approach to globalization

Date: Monday 23 January 2012
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speakers: Professor Helmut Anheier, Professor Mient Jan Faber, Professor Marlies Glasius
Respondent: Professor Mary Kaldor 
Chair: Dr Denisa Kostovicova

The panel will discuss the political implications of giving power to ordinary people in an era when the nation-state has lost its primacy as a political actor. The event launches the book Bottom-up Politics: an agency-centred approach to globalization.|

Helmut Anheier is professor of sociology at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin.

Mient Jan Faber is Professor Emeritus at the Free Universit, Amsterdam and visiting professor at the University of Houston.

Marlies Glasius is Professor of Citizens Involvement in War Zones and Post-Conflict Zones at the Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam, and a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Human Security and Civil Society Research Unit.

Mary Kaldor is professor of Global Governance and director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, LSE.

Aung San Suu Kyi and the Revolution of the Spirit

Date: Thursday 1 December 2011
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Peter Popham
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

This event celebrates the publication of Popham's new book The Lady And The Peacock: The Life of Aung San Suu Kyi|.

Peter Popham has toured Burma as an undercover journalist several times since his first visit to the country in 1991. A foreign correspondent and commentator with the Independent newspaper, he covered South Asia (including Burma) for a period in the late 90s. Popham interviewed Suu Kyi when she was released from house arrest in 2002, and met her again in 2011.

The Deaths of Others: The fate of civilians in America's wars

Date: Wednesday 16 November 2011
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: John Tirman
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor 

US author John Tirman argues that while Americans are rightly concerned about the
number of US troops killed in battle, they can seem indifferent, often oblivious, to the
far greater number of casualties suffered by those they fight and those they fight for.

John Tirman is executive director of MIT's Center for International Studies. This lecture
marks the publication of his new book The Death of Others.|

Security in Transition

Date: Wednesday 2 November 2011
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Old Theatre, Old Building
Speakers: Lakhdar Brahimi, Professor Mary Kaldor, Javier Solana
Chair: Professor Tim Allen

The event will discuss the gap between contemporary security needs and security capabilities, and will launch the new five-year research programme 'Security in Transition: an interdisciplinary investigation into the security gap'.

Lakhdar Brahimi served as head of the UN assistance mission in Afghanistan from 2001-04.

Mary Kaldor is professor of global governance at the Department of International Development.

Javier Solana is the former secretary general of NATO and former secretary general of the Council of the European Union.

Building an International Rule of Law

Date: Thursday 27 October 2011   
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue:  Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Judge Patrick Robinson
Chair:  Professor Christine Chinkin

Since its establishment in 1993, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) has irreversibly changed the landscape of international humanitarian law and provided victims an opportunity to voice the horrors they witnessed and experienced.

Patrick Robinson is president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

SIPRI Yearbook Seminar on Corruption in the Arms Trade

Date: Wednesday 19 October 2011
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Alumni Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Dr Bates Gill, Andrew Feinstein
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

Studies suggest that corruption in the arms trade makes up roughly 40 per cent of all corruption worldwide. Enormous amounts of money help facilitate and steer arms deals. For example, during the selection process leading up to South Africa's purchase of Hawk trainer aircraft from BAE Systems, £115 million was paid to key decision makers. How are such payments possible? Why is there such a lack of oversight and accountability? How are these arms deals brought about in practice and which role can monitoring institutions such as Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) play?

Join the discussion with arms trade corruption expert Andrew Feinstein, author of the SIPRI Yearbook 2011 lead chapter on corruption and the arms trade, and Dr Bates Gill, Director of SIPRI.

Copies of SIPRI Yearbook 2011 will be available to buy at discount price at the event.

Dr Bates Gill was appointed by the Swedish government to become the seventh Director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) in October 2007.

Andrew Feinstein is a former South African politician.

Striking a Balance: Peace Mediation and Human Rights

Date: Monday, 3 October 2011
Time: 6.00-7:30pm
Venue: NAB 1.15, New Academic Building, LSE
Speakers: Katia Papagianni and Francesc Vendrell
Chair: Dr Iavor Rangelov, LSE

Katia Papagianni is head of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue's Mediation Support Programme. Before joining the HD Centre, she worked for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UNDP.

Francesc Vendrell was the EU special representative for Afghanistan, 2002-2008, and the UN secretary general's personal representative for Afghanistan, 2000-2001. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, Department of International Development, London School of Economics.

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