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Writing Past Wrongs? Justice, Transition and Literature   

Date:  Monday, 17 October 2016
Time: 6:30-8:00pm Venue: CLM.2.05, 2nd floor, Clement House, LSE
Speaker: Michael Newman, LMU/NYU 
Discussant: Ruti Teitel, NYLS/LSE Chair: Iavor Rangelov, LSE

What is lost when past atrocities are addressed through a set of processes and procedures and transitional justice becomes confined to the spheres of politics and law? And what might be gained when the artistic and intellectual resources of literature are harnessed to interrogate injustice, transition and justice? In his new book, Six Authors in Search of Justice: Engaging with Political Transitions, Michael Newman explores such questions through a discussion of the lives and works of six writers: Victor Serge in Stalinist Russia, Albert Camus in Vichy France, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o in colonial and post-colonial Kenya, Jorge Semprún in Spain under Franco, Ariel Dorfman in Chile under Pinochet, and Nadine Gordimer in apartheid South Africa. Each lived under a brutal regime, took substantial risks in order to contribute to its overthrow, and survived a transition to a new regime. Each thought deeply about the evolving situation with viewpoints derived from a combination of lived experience and intellectual and artistic creation.

This event will discuss the largely neglected cultural dimension of transitional justice. It will consider how literature can often reveal forms of oppression that may be ‘invisible’ in social science and how its insights can enrich our understanding of the issues that transitional justice seeks to address.

Michael Newman is Emeritus Professor of Politics at London Metropolitan University and now teaches at New York University in London. His previous books include Humanitarian Intervention: Confronting the Contradictions (2009), Socialism: A Very Short Introduction  (2005), and Ralph Miliband and the Politics of the New Left  (2002).

Ruti Teitel is the Ernst C. Stiefel Professor of Comparative Law at New York Law School and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. Her previous books include Globalizing Transitional Justice (2014), Humanity’s Law (2012), and Transitional Justice (2000).

Brexit Britain: What went wrong and what next? 

Organised by Another Europe Is Possible, Open Democracy, Democracy in Europe 2025, and the LSE Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit.

Date: Saturday, 8 October 2016
Time: 11.00am-5.00pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Event videos: panel 1, panel 2 and panel 3

The left overwhelmingly backed an ‘In’ vote in the EU referendum, but we weren’t able to persuade a majority of the British public to support case. Now it’s time to reflect and regroup.

What stance should we take towards the negotiations? What does the exit vote mean for the huge strains that years of austerity have put on the European project? How do we defend free movement while engaging the public?

Registration from 10.45am 

11.30 - 11.35
Welcome and political introduction from Mary Kaldor, LSE

11.35 - 12.45
Making sense of Britain’s EU referendum
Owen Jones, author, Ash Sarkar, Novara Media, Zoe Gardner, Another Europe, Yanis Varoufakis, DiEM, Chair: Amelia Womack 

12.45 - 13.30

13.30 - 14.45
Brexit and the future of Europe
Marina Prentoulis, Another Europe, Syriza, Antonio Rovira, Podemos, Srećko Horvat, DiEM, Ella Vine, Labour Friends of Poland, Chair: Kieron Merrett 
This session will include breaking down into small group discussion

14.45 - 15.00

15.00 - 15.30
What next?
Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, Michael Chessum, Momentum and Another Europe, Lorenzo Marsili, DiEM, Cristina Soler-Savini, Nuit Debout, Chair: Luke Cooper 

15.30 - 16.30
Results of the Another Europe Is Possible consultation with supporters and proposals on next steps to take in the campaign, including our relationship with DiEM.  

Post-colonial justice? The Minutes of Evidence Project

Date:  Thursday, 9 June 2016
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Venue: Graham Wallas Room, 5th floor, Old Building, LSE
Speaker: Jennifer Balint, University of Melbourne
Discussant: Ralph Wilde, UCL
Chair: Iavor Rangelov, LSE

This event discusses the Minutes of Evidence Project, a collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers, education experts, performance artists, community members and government and community organizations to promote new modes of publicly engaging with historical and structural injustice. Using the record of an 1881 Parliamentary Inquiry in the colony of Victoria, the project uses theatre, education and research to create ‘meeting points’ to consider Australia’s past, present and future – to spark public conversations about structural justice. In so doing, the project considers the role of the record of law and what can be generated through its reactivation and whether such engagement can serve as an important adjunct to the pursuit of more formal legal avenues for redress and reform.

Jennifer Balint is Senior Lecturer in Socio-Legal Studies, Criminology/ School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne. Her work considers the constitutive role of law, with a focus on genocide and state crime. Her book, Genocide, State Crime and the Law: In the Name of the State was published by GlassHouse/Routledge in 2012.

Ralph Wilde is a member of the Faculty of Laws at University College London, and the Executive Board of the European Society of International Law. His previous work focused on the concept of trusteeship over people in international law and public policy. His current ERC-funded project is on the extraterritorial application of human rights law. 

The Politics of Plunder East and West: what is to be done?

Date:  Wednesday, 8 June 2016
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Venue:  Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB), LSE
Speakers: Roman Borisovich, Ben Judah
Chair: Mary Kaldor, LSE

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Following a conference on the same topic the two speakers will talk about the problem of capital flows from Eastern Europe into the British economy and the effects of kleptocracies on our society. How can we stop them?

Former insurance executive Roman Borisovich (@r_borisovich) is a political activist and campaigner against corruption. After appearing in the documentary From Russia With Cash, he set up and organised Kleptocracy Tours to support his coalition’s campaign against money laundering in the UK.

Ben Judah (@b_judah) was born in London. He has travelled widely in Russia, Central Asia and the Levant. His writing has featured widely, including the New York Times, the Evening Standard, the Financial Times and Standpoint. His first book, Fragile Empire, was published by Yale University Press in 2013. His new book is entitled, This is London: Life and Death in the World City.

Europe as a Peace project? Rethinking EU Strategy towards conflict in the  neighbourhood and beyond 

Date: Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Venue: OLD4.10, Old Building, LSE
Speakers: Dr Javier Solana, former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy; Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance, LSE
Chair: Robert Cooper, Former Advisor to Javier Solana and Cathy Ashton

Audio podcast

Europe is surrounded by war. But current approaches to conflict no longer work. Can the EU offer a 21st century alternative?

This event is the UK launch of the report of the Human Security Study Group to EU High Representative Federica Mogherini : From Hybrid peace to Human Security. The Report is a formal part of the roadmap of consultations for the Strategic Review of EU External Policy. It draws on research undertaken at the LSE ‘s research programmes Security in Transition and Justice and Security.

Javier Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid), and distinguished fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution. He is also a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. From 1999 to 2009, Dr. Solana was Secretary General of the Council of the European Union (EU) and High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU; and from 1995 to 1999, Secretary General of NATO.

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance, Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit and CEO of the DFID-funded Justice and Security Research Programme at the London School of Economics.  Her books include Human Security: Reflections on Globalization and Intervention (2007), Global Civil Society: An Answer to War (2003) and New and Old Wars: Organised Violence in a Global Era (1999). She was co-chair of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly, a member of the International Independent Commission on Kosovo, and convenor of the Human Security Study Group, which reported to Javier Solana, and now to Federica Mogherini.

Dying as a side-effect: The meaning of proportionate collateral damage

Date:  Thursday, 19 May 2016
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Venue:  LG.04, 32 Lincoln’s Inn Fields (32L), LSE
Speaker: Dr. Janina Dill, LSE
Discussant: Anthony Dworkin, ECFR
Chair: Marika Theros, LSE

International law permits killing civilians as an unintended side effect of attacks if the expected deaths are proportionate to the military advantage anticipated. But what does it look like when loss of human life and military advantage are ‘in balance’? Proportionality is a common concept in law, but the values at stake in war can be neither expressed in terms of each other nor easily translated into a common metric. This event will discuss the results of an empirical study of Afghan civilians’ and military experts’ attitudes towards collateral damage, and will explore whether international law makes sense to those it is intended to guide and those it aims to protect.

Janina Dill is Assistant Professor of Normative Theory at the Department of International Relations at LSE and Research Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, University of Oxford. Her book Legitimate Targets? Social Construction, International Law and US Bombing was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

Anthony Dworkinis Senior Policy Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, where he leads their work in the area of human rights, democracy, and justice.

Good Europe: What is the purpose of the European Union in the 21st century?             

Date: Sunday 21 February 2016
Time: 6.30-8.00pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed theatre
Panellists: Yanis Varoufakis, Caroline Lucas, Zoe Williams
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

Audio podcast

The creation of the EU set the direction for peace and trade in the 20th century. It is failing to adequately respond to the huge crises we now face, from Syria to Greece, refugees to austerity, and climate change. Please join us as we ask what is the purpose of the EU in the 21st century? We will explore how it can meet the demands for social justice, democracy and sustainability as part of a vision for a good Europe.            

Yanis Varoufakis: academic, economist and former Syriza Finance Minister of Greece  
Caroline Lucas MP: Green Party
Zoe Williams: Guardian journalist and writer
In conversation with Mary Kaldor, Professor of Global Governance at LSE

Theatres of Conflict. Can drama build peace? 

A panel discussion on the role of theatre in the politics of post-conflict and state transformation.

Date: Monday 16 November 2015
Time: 6.30-8.00pm
Venue: Clement House, 6.02
Panellists: David Lan, Charlotte Onslow and Kushtrim Koliqi
Chair: Dr Mary Martin

Audio podcast

Peacebuilding and state-building initiatives traditionally bypass the arts in favour of governance and economic reforms. However there is a growing awareness that culture is an important dimension of creating stable, peaceful and democratic societies. Theatre is an important space for connecting communities previously at war. To explore the potential of drama in conflict-affected societies, we bring together leading theatre, human rights and peacebuilding professionals. We will also show a short film of political theatre-making, by INTENT New Theatre, entitled Kosovo: Life and Liberty in a Young Country.

David Lan is Artistic Director of the Young Vic theatre, London.

Charlotte Onslow is Programme Development Advisor (Art and Peacebuilding) at International Alert.

Kushtrim Koliqi is Artistic Director of INTENT New Theatre, Kosovo.

Mary Martin is a Senior Research Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, LSE.

Reviving Global Democracy: beyond the ‘Western Model’?

Date: Wednesday 11 November 2015
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Venue: New Academic Building, Room 2.06
Panellists: Prof. Richard Youngs, Prof. Mukulika Banerjee and Prof. Senem Aydın-Düzgit Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

Audio podcast

The Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit is pleased to invite you to a panel discussion and launch of Richard Youngs new book The Puzzle of Non-Western Democracy (Carnegie Europe). Calls for different models of democracy are becoming more widespread. Many politicians, diplomats and writers today argue in favour of non-Western models of democracy. Yet it remains unclear what such models look like. The debate over democratic variation needs to be taken more seriously, even if the concept of non-Western democracy is problematic. The international community can and should be doing more to foster democratic variation that is tailored to the specific conditions of different countries and regions. This book maps out the potential for such democratic variation.

Richard Youngs (@YoungsRichard ) is a Senior Associate in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program, based at Carnegie Europe. He works on EU foreign policy and on issues of international democracy. Youngs is also a professor of international relations at the University of Warwick. His latest books include The Uncertain Legacy of Crisis (Carnegie, 2014); Europe in the new Middle East (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Climate Change and European Security (Routledge, 2014).

Mukulika Banerjee (@MukulikaB) is the Director of the South Asia Centre and Associate Professor in Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is author of Why India Votes? (ed), Muslim Portraits: Everyday lives in India, The Sari and The Pathan Unarmed.

Senem Aydın-Düzgit (@SenemAydnDzgit) is an Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair in the Department of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University. Her main research interests include EU enlargement, EU-Turkey relations, discourse studies, politics of identity and democratization. She is also a board member of EDAM and a Senior Research Affiliate of the Istanbul Policy Centre at Sabancı University.

Mary Kaldor is Professor of Global Governance, Director of the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit at the London School of Economics and CEO of the DFID funded Justice and Security Research Programme.

The EU and the Challenges Ahead

Date: Wednesday 7 October 2015 
Time: 2.00-3.30pm 
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Dr Javier Solana, Professor Anthony Giddens
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

Audio podcast

In this lecture Dr. Javier Solana will outline the challenges the EU faces as it attempts to grapple with an economic crisis which has not yet subsided, unseen flows of refugees and war in Ukraine. The EU is currently dealing with a situation where the lines between external and internal security have become dangerously blurred. Dr. Solana will analyze both these and other challenges facing the European project, of a more political nature. These issues are also examined in ESADEgeo’s recent edited e-book ‘The Global Context: How Politics, Investment, and Institutions Impact European Businesses’, published as a part of the European Commission’s Jean Monnet project MEKBiz. Dr. Solana will be joined by Professor Anthony Giddens, who will provide his own views on the most critical challenges the EU faces in the months ahead.

Javier Solana is president of ESADE Center for Global Economy and Geopolitics (Barcelona-Madrid), and distinguished fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings Institution. He is also a Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics. From 1999 to 2009, Dr. Solana was Secretary General of the Council of the European Union (EU) and High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU; and from 1995 to 1999, Secretary General of NATO.

Anthony Giddens is former Director of the LSE. His most recent book is 'Turbulent and Mighty Continent: What Future for Europe'.

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

Global Security Policy: A part of the problem or answer?

Date: Wednesday 11 March 2015
Time: 6.30-8:00pm 
Venue: 2.06, New Academic Building, LSE
Speakers: Professor Ken Booth, Àlvaro de Soto, Dr Natasha Marhia, Dr Henry Radice
Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

Audio podcast

There is a growing sense of insecurity in many parts of the world, reinforced by policy responses that are ineffective and even counterproductive.  Is global security policy failing and what can be done?  What ideas and instruments can help us meet the security challenges we are facing?  This panel brings together academics and practitioners with diverse expertise in the security field and marks the publication of The Handbook of Global Security Policy.

Ken Booth is President of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies at Aberystwyth University and Fellow of the British Academy.

Àlvaro de Soto held senior positions at the United Nations for 25 years, leading the peace negotiations in El Salvador and Cyprus and serving as the chief envoy for the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Natasha Marhia is LSE Teaching Fellow and holds a PhD in Gender Studies from the Gender Institute at LSE.

Henry Radice is Research Fellow and Research Manager of the Justice and Security Research Programme at LSE.

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

'Secure the Borders!' The Cost and Consequences of Europe's 'fight Against Irregular Migration'

Date: Tuesday 14 October 2014 
Time: 5.00-6.30pm 
Venue: The Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Speakers: Dr Ruben Andersson, Jeremy Harding, Dr Cecilia Malmström

Audio podcast

The summer of 2014 has been yet another season of misery at Europe’s southern frontiers. The unseaworthy boats carrying migrants and refugees towards an uncertain destiny and destination have again multiplied along Italian shores, despite the large investments in more patrols, surveillance and coordination at the borders. Elsewhere, in Spain and Greece, a similar story repeats. A decade on from the founding of Europe’s border agency Frontex, the challenges at the border seem as steep and intractable as ever. In this time, Europe has developed ever more complex initiatives for tracking, halting, returning and assisting undocumented migrants seeking southern European shores, involving an expanding range of sectors: European border guards and African security forces, humanitarians and policymakers, academics and intelligence experts, defence companies and data managers. What are the stakes for these diverse and at times conflictive groups working on irregular migration at and beyond the EU external borders? Who are the winners and losers among them – and are they succeeding in their job of ‘managing the frontiers’? To mark the launch of Illegality, Inc. (UC Press), this event grapples with such difficult questions about the ‘business of bordering Europe’ in the boats’ wake – while also suggesting ways in which the suffering at the borders may be alleviated in the future.

Ruben Andersson is AXA Postdoctoral Research Fellow at LSE’s Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit.

Jeremy Harding is a contributing editor to the London Review of Books.

Cecilia Malmström is the EU Commissioner for Home Affairs.

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
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
NAB1.04, New Academic Building
Zaid Al-Ali
Professor Toby Dodge, LSE
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: 5.00-6.30pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm 
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: 6.30-8.00pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm
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: 1.00-3.00pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Professor Helmut K Anheier, Professor Mary Kaldor, Ahmed Naguib, Laurie Penny
Chair: Catherine Fieschi

As 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: 6.30-8.00pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm
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: 6.30-8.00pm
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.