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Welcome to the International Relations (IR) Department.  As a Department we are now in our 88th year, making us one of the oldest as well as largest in the world.  Read more about the department

The International Relations Department is pleased to present our popular video: 

International Relations: An Introduction

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Featuring academics from the International Relations Department at the LSE, ‘International Relations: an introduction’ is a 10-minute film about the study of international relations, particularly at the LSE. The film looks at what we study, and why, and also at major themes and how to approach them, and debates Star Trek and whether there will ever be world peace.

Contributors: Professor William A Callahan, Dr Toby Dodge, Dr Jens Meierhenrich, Professor Iver Neumann, Professor Karen Smith, Dr Stephen Woolcock

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We are pleased to announce a NEW VIDEO:

Aspects of International Relations: International Political Economy
 
Featuring academics from the International Relations Department at the LSE, ‘Aspects of IR: International Political Economy’ is a 7-minute film about the study of international political economy, particularly at the LSE.
 
The film looks at what we study, and why, and also at the major themes in IPE, such as the financial crisis, climate change and globalisation of markets.  It debates how IPE fits into IR, and the rewards and value of studying IPE.
 
Contributors: Dr Julia Gray, Dr James Morrison, Dr Stephen Woolcock

 
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International Relations Public Lecture:

Diplomacy in the Management of Health and Humanitarian Crisis: The Syria Case

Speaker: Elizabeth Hoff
Chair: Dr David Rampton
Date: Friday 05 February 2016, 12.30-2.00pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

This talk will look at the context of Syria pre-and post-2011, the current humanitarian situation, and the challenges which were faced by the World Health Organization (WHO) at the beginning of the humanitarian operation.

Elizabeth Hoff is the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Syria. She joined the Syria Operation in 2012. Prior to this assignment, she was the Coordinator of Emergency Risk Management and Humanitarian Response at WHO headquarters, Geneva.

David Rampton is an LSE Fellow in Global Politics and a Visiting Fellow at the LSE Centre for International Studies.

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, please contact s.wise3@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 6821.

Suggested hashtag for this event: #LSEWHO

 
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International Relations Public Lecture:

When War Is Oikonomia By Other Means

Speaker: Professor Patricia Owens
Chair: Professor Christopher Coker
Date: Thursday 11 February 2016, 5.00-6.30pm
Venue: Clement House, Room 7.02

This lecture will present a new history and theory of counterinsurgency with major implications for social, political and international thought.

Retrieving the older but surprisingly neglected language of household governance, she will show how the techniques and domestic ideologies of household administration are highly portable and play a remarkably central role in international and imperial relations.

Patricia Owens is Professor of International Relations at the University of Sussex. She is the author of Economy of Force: Counterinsurgency and the Historical Rise of the Social (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Between War and Politics: International Relations and the Thought of Hannah Arendt (Oxford University Press, 2007). She is co-editor of the European Journal of International Relations.

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at LSE.

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, please contact s.wise3@lse.ac.uk or 0207 955 6821.

Suggested hashtag for this event: #LSEOwens

 
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IR Spotlight Newsletter

The Department of International Relations bi-annual newsletter, IR Spotlight, is an outreach initiative which aims to enhance the Department’s past, present and future community.

Released in January and June each year, IR Spotlight is a unique platform in which readers can gain an insight into the department’s innovative research, bright student body, and impressive alumni, through feature items, interviews and short articles.

The first issue is now available here.

If you would like to subscribe to have IR Spotlight emailed to you twice a year, please e-mail Sophie on  s.wise3@lse.ac.uk.

 
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IR student Dimitrios Stroikos wins ISA prize

One of the IR Department's research students, Dimitrios Stroikos, has just been awarded 'The English School Award for Outstanding Research Paper by a Younger Scholar' awarded by the ISA English School section, for his paper on "International Society in Orbit: Reconceptualizing Order on the Higher Frontier.”

He will receive the award at the 2016 ISA convention in Atlanta.

 
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Two LSE MSc IR alumni have been appointed cabinet ministers in the Government of Canada

Catherine McKenna (MSc International Relations 1996) is Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and William Morneau (MSc International Relations 1987) is Minister of Finance.

 
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LSE Politics and International Relations is ranked fourth in 2015 world university rankings by subject

LSE Politics and International Relations has been ranked fourth in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2015 tables for Politics and International Studies.

The LSE scored 92.1 out of 100, following Harvard University, Princeton 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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Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

We are proud that the LSE International Relations and Government submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 was ranked first in the UK for the percentage of its research graded world leading or internationally excellent. For full details click 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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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.

Cumberland Lodge Conference 2015
On the weekend of November 21/22, the IR Department once again went on its annual weekend retreat in the magnificent setting of Cumberland Lodge, set against the regal backdrop of Windsor Great Park. This year’s conference was devoted the topic … Continue reading

2014-15 MSc Dissertation Prizewinners announced
The International Relations Department is pleased to be able to announce the MSc dissertation prizewinners for the 2014-15 session: MSc International Relations Philip Windsor Dissertation Prize This was awarded to Maia Holtermann Entwistle for her dissertation entitled “Everything Leaks”: Security, Pop … Continue reading

Alumnus Book review: Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration from the Middle East to Europe
As Europe is struggling with an unprecedented wave of refugees, especially from the Middle East, Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration from the Middle East to Europe is a timely book. The implications of this migration for the concept of … Continue reading

European Foreign Policy Unit engaged in debate on Brexit
The current debates in the UK about the future of its relationship with the European Union are heating up, with pressure groups being formed to press the case for a yes or a no vote in the referendum on British … Continue reading

News from the European Foreign Policy Unit
The European Foreign Policy Unit (EFPU) is one of several research units based in the International Relations Department. It links seven full-time members of staff, and acts as a focus for research and teaching on issues relating to European foreign … Continue reading

Professor Peter Trubowitz launches new United States Centre
Peter Trubowitz, Professor of International Relations, is the Director of a new United States Centre at LSE, formally launching in late October. A part of the Institute of Global Affairs, the US Centre will serve as a hub for global … Continue reading

 

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Future War
Christopher Coker
(Polity Press 2015)

Will tomorrow's wars be dominated by autonomous drones, land robots and warriors wired into a cybernetic network which can read their thoughts? Will war be fought with greater or lesser humanity? Will it be played out in cyberspace and further afield in Low Earth Orbit? Or will it be fought more intensely still in the sprawling cities of the developing world, the grim black holes of social exclusion on our increasingly unequal planet? Will the Great Powers reinvent conflict between themselves or is war destined to become much 'smaller' both in terms of its actors and the beliefs for which they will be willing to kill?

In this illuminating new book Christopher Coker takes us on an incredible journey into the future of warfare. Focusing on contemporary trends that are changing the nature and dynamics of armed conflict, he shows how conflict will continue to evolve in ways that are unlikely to render our century any less bloody than the last. With insights from philosophy, cutting-edge scientific research and popular culture, Future War is a compelling and thought-provoking meditation on the shape of war to come.

 
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Diplomacy and the Making of World Politics
Edited by Ole Jacob Sending, Vincent Pouliot and Iver B. Neumann
Cambridge Studies in International Relations, Cambridge University Press 2015)

This book examines world politics through the lens of diplomatic practice. It argues that many global phenomena of our time, from the making of international law to the constitution of international public power, through humanitarianism and the maintenance of global hierarchies, are made possible and shaped by evolving forms of diplomacy. The study of diplomacy is largely dominated by firsthand accounts and historical treaties, with little effort at theoretical discussion. This book shows how diplomatic studies can benefit from more explicit theorizing, and argues that the study of world politics should pay more attention to what goes on in the diplomatic 'engine room' of international politics.

 
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Contentious Politics in the Middle East
Popular Resistance and Marginalized Activism beyond the Arab Uprisings
(Palgrave Macmillan 2015)
Edited by Fawaz A. Gerges

While the Arab people took center stage in the 'Arab Spring' protests, academic studies focus on state structure, regime nature, militaries, and external powers to understand popular uprisings in the Middle East. Contentious Politics in the Middle East redresses a gap in focus as it analyzes the complexities of popular agency through the framework of contentious politics theory, without neglecting the negotiations between the people and structural factors. The book's chapters apply familiar questions raised by theorists to the under-researched case study of the Middle East after the uprisings.

Edited by Fawaz A. Gerges and featuring insights from top scholars, this collection seeks to answer these important questions as it advances contentious politics theory.

 
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Evaluating transitional justice: accountability and peacebuilding in post-conflict Sierra Leone
(Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)
Edited by Kirsten Ainley, Rebekka Friedman and Christopher Mahony


Demonstrating groundbreaking analysis, this is the first major study to evaluate the transitional justice programme in Sierra Leone. Rather than focusing on a single mechanism, the authors examine how the Special Court, Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), local justice initiatives and reparations programme interacted. Contributors to the book include the Prosecutor of the Special Court and one of the Commissioners from the TRC, alongside a range of experts on transitional justice, on international law and on Sierra Leone. The authors consider the political and normative drivers of transitional justice and the lessons that the Sierra Leone programme stands to offer other post-conflict situations. The importance of long-term planning, local partnership and the management of the politics and trade-offs for future transitional justice programmes cannot be underestimated. This edited volume makes a significant contribution to the field by demonstrating how contextual knowledge should be used alongside normative standards when evaluating transitional justice.

 
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The Global Transformation: History, Modernity and the Making of International Relations
(Cambridge University Press, 2015)
Barry Buzan and George Lawson

The 'long nineteenth century' (1776–1914) was a period of political, economic, military and cultural revolutions that re-forged both domestic and international societies. Neither existing international histories nor international relations texts sufficiently register the scale and impact of this 'global transformation', yet it is the consequences of these multiple revolutions that provide the material and ideational foundations of modern international relations. Global modernity reconstituted the mode of power that underpinned international order and opened a power gap between those who harnessed the revolutions of modernity and those who were denied access to them. This gap dominated international relations for two centuries and is only now being closed. By taking the global transformation as the starting point for international relations, this book repositions the roots of the discipline and establishes a new way of both understanding and teaching the relationship between world history and international relations.

Read the symposium on the book here.

 
   

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