How to contact us

Dr Kirsten Ainley
Director, Centre for International Studies
Department of International Relations
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Phone: +44 (0)20 7107 5118

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CIS Dialogues and Events

The Centre hosts or sponsors a range of events, including public lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences. Through these events, the Centre provides a scholarly forum for debate and dialogue between academics, practitioners from the public, private and non-governmental sectors and engaged members of the public. Events are usually open to all, with no ticket or reservation required, and free of charge, unless specified otherwise.

CIS Dialogues is a new series of events, inaugurated in 2014, which aims to facilitate in-depth, scholarly and practical dialogue on international issues of contemporary relevance.

Forthcoming Dialogues and Events


Global Social Governance Seminar: Developing international social science research and impacting the policy process|
28 July – 3 August 2014, British Council and LSE

Details: World Social Science Fellows Programme seminar for talented early career social scientists. A collaboration between the International Social Science Council, the CIS and the UK Academy of Social Sciences.
Organiser: Professor Linda Hantrais| (LSE CIS)


2014 US Foreign Policy Conference| 
17 – 19 September 2014, LSE

Details: The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Global Perspectives’, reflecting the widespread impact of US foreign policy. The United States dominates the settlements of the global economy and defines the terms of international development. It is the state looked to in times of international crisis, and to lead in addressing global challenges. Yet the power and purpose behind US decision-making is the subject of perpetual debate. Critical approaches contrast American values with US actions. And America’s polarised domestic politics betray a profound ambivalence to its international role. Call for papers| and Registration| details available online.

Organiser: Dr Nicholas Kitchen| (IDEAS LSE)


Past Dialogues and Events


CIS Dialogue: Syria and International Justice
|30 June 2014

Speakers: Dr Leslie Vinjamuri (SOAS); Professor Jason Ralph (Leeds); Mark Kersten (LSE); Dr Dov Jacobs (Grotius Centre); Professor Kevin Jon Heller (SOAS).
Chair: Dr Kirsten Ainley (LSE CIS)

Listen to or download the audio podcast (1hr 36m, 44mb) here|.


Comparative Workshop on Mass Protests|
13-14 June 2014, LSE

Professor Mark Beissinger (Princeton), Dr David Patel (Cornell), Elizabeth Plantan (Cornell), Professor Joshua Tucker (NYU) and Dr Ola Onuch (Oxford).

This is a closed workshop – please contact Liza Ryan| to find out if there are places remaining.

Organiser: Dr Tomila Lankina| (CIS LSE


Social Science Evidence and the Policy Process: International Insights seminars| 
October 2013 - April 2014
Alliance for Useful Evidence, Europe House, British Library and Department for Education, London

The International Advisory Group of the UK Academy of Social Sciences organised a series of five half-day seminars under the overarching title of ‘Social Science Evidence and the Policy Process: International Insights’. These seminars were based on the research outcomes of the CIS Training for Social Research| project.

Convenor: Professor Linda Hantrais| (LSE CIS)


The Euro Crisis: Towards a Fiscal and Political Union?|
30 November 2012
European Commission London office, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

Speakers including: Jakob Funk Kirkegaard (Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics); Clemens Fuest (Oxford University); Heribert Dieter (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin); Gabriel Glöckler (European Central Bank).

Organisers: CIS Fellow John Ryan and Miguel Otero-Iglesias (ESSCA School of Management, Paris), in association with the European Commission.