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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|

The International Relations Department is pleased to present a new 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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Department of International Relations public lecture|

 
Shared Responsibility: the importance of international partnerships to homeland security
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Date: Wednesday 5 November 2014, Time: 5.15-6.15pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Alejandro Mayorkas
Chair: Professor Peter Trubowitz


The Deputy Secretary of US Department of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, will deliver remarks on the close partnership between the United Kingdom and the United States on a variety of Homeland Security issues, including counterterrorism, aviation security, cybersecurity, travel and trade, and countering violent extremism.

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
in association with The Gilbert Murray Trust

Power Politics and the Humanitarian Impulse: the United Nations in the post-Cold War era

|Date: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6.30-8.00pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Mats Berdal, King's College London

How can the UN's mission to raise humanitarian standards find its way in a world dominated by security concerns and power competition?

Mats Berdal is Professor of Security and Development and King's College, London.

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 events@lse.ac.uk|

 
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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).

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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Centre for International Studies and Department of International Relations public lecture

China and Responsible Protection

|Date: Friday 5 December 2014, Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: TW1.G.01, Tower one
Speaker: Dr Ruan Zongze
Chair: Professor Christopher Hughes

Dr Ruan will speak on the special responsibilities that 'Great Powers' incur in the international system, specifically China and the Responsibility to Protect doctrine. He will argue that frequent use of military force in the name of ‘protection' encourages bellicosity in international relations. In order to ensure the success of protection, the UN should establish a monitoring mechanism, and effective evaluation and accountability systems, with national reconstruction after intervention being given sustained support.

Ruan Zongze is Vice-President of the China Institute of International Studies, editor-in-chief of the CIIS journal China International Studies and member of the UNDP Human Development Report Advisory Panel. He is an expert in China-US Relations.

Christopher Hughes is the Head of the Department of International Relations and an expert in Chinese politics and international relations

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 email Kirsten Ainley on k.a.ainley@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7107 5118.

 
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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
|(Oxford University Press, 2014)
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
|(Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
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
|(Polity, 2014) 
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
|(Hurst, 2014)
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?
|(Polity, 2014)
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|.