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London School of Economics &
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Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

 

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Welcome to the International Relations (IR) Department.  As a Department we are now in our 87th year, making us one of the oldest as well as largest in the world.  Read more about the department|
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Welcome to new International Relations students!

Please see our New Arrivals| page for useful information. The student handbook is now available online|.

 
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Millennium: Journal of International Studies
Annual conference 17-19 October 2014

Quo Vadis IR: Method, Methodology and Innovation
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Speakers include Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Andrew Bennett and Kimberly Hutchings.

This conference takes place at the LSE and discounts for students and day attendees are available.

More information and registration here|.

 
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Department of International Relations and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment public lecture
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The Politics of Climate Change 2014: what cause for hope?
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Date: Tuesday 14 October 2014 Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Lord Giddens Chair: Professor Stuart Corbridge

Professor Lord Giddens published The Politics of Climate Change in 2007and is currently preparing a new edition for publication in 2015. In this lecture he will consider how much progress has been made since the work was first published in containing global warming - arguably one of the greatest threats to a stable future for humanity.

Anthony Giddens is a former director of LSE and a Member of the House of Lords.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries contact events@lse.ac.uk| or 0207 955 6043.

 
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Department of International Relations public lecture

Nominal Democracy? Prospects for Democratic Global Governance
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Date: Tuesday 28 October 2014 Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Robert O Keohane

Democratic global governance is a worthy ideal, but it is a naïve pursuit which risks purely nominal democracy.

Robert O Keohane is Professor of International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEdemocracy

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries contact us at events@lse.ac.uk| or 0207 955 6043.

 
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LSE IDEAS in conjunction with the International Relations Department|

The EU, Russia and Ukraine: Lessons Learned

|Thursday 6 November 2014, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Wolfson Theatre, NAB
Speakers: Dr Tomila Lankina, Professor Karen E Smith, Professor Vladislav Zubok, Dr Gwendolyn Sasse; Chair: Professor Michael Cox

LSE experts will be debating what the EU got right and what it got wrong in the political crisis that followed Ukraine’s refusal to sign the Association Agreement in November 2013.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information please email ideas.events@lse.ac.uk|

 
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Global South Unit public lecture

Rethinking a new development agenda for Latin America

|Date: Wednesday 29 October 2014 Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Enrique Garcia
Chair: Professor Chris Alden

Enrique Garcia has been the Executive President of CAF since December 1991. He was Bolivia's Minister of Planning and Coordination and Head of the Economic and Social Cabinet between 1989 and 1991. In addition, he acted as Bolivia's Governor at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the River Plate Basin Development Fund. He is the Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Latin America, Vice President of Canning House, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Dialogue, member of the Advisory of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Harvard Kennedy School Dean's Council, among others.

Chris Alden is Professor in International Relations, LSE; Director of LSE-IDEAS Africa Programme; and Programme Head, Global Powers and Africa, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). He is author/co-author of numerous books, including The South and World Politics (Palgrave 2010), China and Latin America (CLSA 2009), and co-editor of China Returns to Africa (Hurst 2008), as well as articles in internationally recognised journals.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries contact Caroline Varin by email gsu@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7955 7446. For further information visit the Global South Unit website|.

 
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Slacktivists - cover story of Science News|

A report on an article about the structure of online activism co-authored by IR Department's Dr Jens Meierhenrich has become the cover story of popular science magazine Science News.

You can read the original article here.|

 
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The Dominique Jacquin-Berdal Travel Grant for 2014| has been awarded to Maddalena Procopio for her research in Kenyan State-Society's negotiations vis-a-vis China.

You can read more about this year's award on the IR blog here|.

 
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Alexander Stubb is new Finnish Prime Minister|

Alexander Stubb, who has a PhD from the Department of International Relations, has become the new leader of the centre-right National Coalition Party, and now the new Finnish Prime Minister.  His supervisor, Sir William Wallace, has written a few words about Alexander for the IR blog here|.

 
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Pippa Malmgren, LSE International Relations alumnus, talks to LSE Connect|

Pippa received an MSc International Relations 1986 and a PhD in 1991 from the IR Department. She has an illustrious career as a political economist. She served as financial market advisor to the President in the White House and on the National Economic Council from 2001-2002. She was a member of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets and the Working Group on Corporate Governance. She dealt with Enron, Sarbanes Oxley as well the Anti-Money Laundering provisions of the Patriot Act and had responsibility for terrorism risks to the economy on the NEC after 9/11.

Read the interview here|.

 
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LSE Politics and International Relations is ranked third in 2014 world university rankings by subject |

LSE Politics and International Relations has been ranked third in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2014 tables for Politics and International Studies.

The LSE scored 90.5 out of 100, following Harvard University and Oxford University. Scores take into account academic and employer reputation surveys, along with citations per faculty. The methodology is explained in detail here|.
 
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Professor Fred Halliday's papers available to view online|

A collection of Fred Halliday's papers is now available to view via the LSE Archives.  The collection consists of over 350 files of personal effects, correspondence, memoirs, draft texts, travel-notes and work documents, all available for researchers to consult.  The collection should appeal to students of the history and politics of the Middle East and those with an interest in the more theoretical issues dealt with in the discipline.  A bibliography listing all of Halliday's academic works, both published and unpublished, has also been created.

Further information available here.|

 

For more news for the IR Department, visit our News and Events| page.

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Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform: When and How International Institutions Help
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Leonardo Baccini and Johannes Urpelainen 

Why do leaders of countries opt to join international institutions that constrain their freedom to enact domestic policy? In this book, Leonardo Baccini and Johannes Urpelainen address this enduring question of international relations by looking at liberal economic reforms.

Baccini and Urpelainen argue that international institutions help to cut this Gordian knot by allowing leaders to credibly commit to liberal policies while also creating domestic political support for reform. The book takes a comparative look at developing countries that have engaged in treaties with the US and EU to develop a full theory of when and how leaders enter into international institutions to effect economic reform. The book employs a mixed-method approach combining quantitative analysis and four case studies.

Cutting the Gordian Knot of Economic Reform is the first work to provide a theory on the design of international institutions, the circumstances that cause leaders to form international institutions, and the effects of international institutions on economic reform.

 
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Credit Ratings and Sovereign Debt: The Political Economy of Creditworthiness through Risk and Uncertainty
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Bartholomew Paudyn

At the heart of the struggle to constitute the 'politics of limits' – the parameters defining the budgetary realities facing governments – is the growing antagonistic relationship between the imperatives of private (financial) markets and public democracies. Through a new analytical instrumentality, this interdisciplinary account problematizes credit ratings and the problem of sovereign debt to show how the authoritative knowledge underpinning the political economy of creditworthiness is constructed through the deployment of the discursive practices of risk and uncertainty. Unpacking the 'black-box' of sovereign ratings, as a socio-technical device of control and governmentality, we better understand how their authoritative capacity/utility are constituted through their performative effects, which create the conditions and subjectivities that serve to validate and regenerate a disinflationary fiscal normality/rectitude. Political judgment is censured through depoliticizing risk techniques; as a (fallacious) analytics of ratings helps elevate quantitative expertise and relegates competing, qualitative approaches in the design of a neoliberal politics of limits. This exacerbates the asymmetry between epistocracy and democracy, which prompts attempts to reclaim lost fiscal sovereignty.

 
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European Union Foreign Policy in a Changing World, 3rd Edition
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Karen E. Smith

The European Union finds itself at a critical juncture; not only has the deepening crisis in the eurozone weakened the EU’s internal structure, it has impacted significantly on its international image and external relations. The third edition of European Union Foreign Policy in a Changing World offers a clear and detailed analysis of the complexities and challenges of contemporary European foreign policy-making.

This accessible and thoroughly researched book will be a valuable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of European politics, foreign policy analysis, international relations and related disciplines.

 
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China and Mozambique: From Comrades to Capitalists
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(Jacana, 2014)
Edited by Chris Alden & Sergio Chichava

The wide range of reactions to greater Chinese involvement across Africa has varied from enthusiastic embrace by elites to caution from businesses, trade unions and civil society, and even hostility from some local communities. As a once-modest presence in Africa, China has rapidly grown to become one of Africa's top trading partners. Two-way trade surged from just over US$10 billion in 2000 to nearly US$200 billion in 2012.

China and Mozambique moves beyond the conventions of general surveys on China-Africa relations to explore real content and experiences of China's relationship with Mozambique. This book unpacks the complex and sometimes contradictory policies of this relationship, looking at Chinese investment in the Mozambican banking sector and at elite business alliances in agriculture and infrastructure.

A fuller sense of bilateral relations is offered through the focus on this emblematic case; it drills down into the heart of a relationship

For all orders, email orders@onthedot.co.za| 

 
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Men At War: What Fiction Tells us About Conflict, from the Iliad to Catch-22
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Christopher Coker

Since Achilles first stormed into our imagination, literature has introduced its readers to truly unforgettable martial characters. In Men at War Christopher Coker discusses some of the most famous of these fictional creations and their impact on our understanding of war and masculinity. Grouped into five archetypes—warriors, heroes, villains, survivors and victims—these characters range across 3000 years of history, through epic poems, the modern novel and one of the twentieth century’s most famous film scripts.

Great authors like Homer and Tolstoy reveal to us aspects of reality invisible except through a literary lens, while fictional characters such as Achilles, Falstaff, Robert Jordan and Jack Aubrey are not just larger than life, they are life’s largeness; and this is why we seek them out. Although the Greeks knew that the lovers, wives and mothers of soldiers are the chief victims of battle, for combatants war is a masculine pursuit. Each of Coker’s chapters explores what fiction tells us about war’s hold on the imagination of young men and the way it makes—and breaks—them. War’s existential appeal is also perhaps best conveyed in fictional accounts, and this too is scrutinised.

 
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Can War be Eliminated?
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Christopher Coker

Throughout history, war seems to have had an iron grip on humanity. In this short book, internationally renowned philosopher of war, Christopher Coker, challenges the view that war is an idea that we can cash in for an even better one - peace. War, he argues, is central to the human condition; it is part of the evolutionary inheritance which has allowed us to survive and thrive. New technologies and new geopolitical battles may transform the face and purpose of war in the 21st century, but our capacity for war remains undiminished. The inconvenient truth is that we will not see the end of war until it exhausts its own evolutionary possibilities.

 
   

For more publications by members of the IR Department, visit the pages on Staff Publications: new books|older books| and Staff Publications: articles and chapters|.

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