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Professor Christopher Coker
Director, Centre for International Studies
Department of International Relations
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Phone: +44 (0)20 7955 6821

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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



Omission Accomplished: The Iraq Invasion in American and Japanese Security Narratives

In this public lecture, current CIS Senior Visiting Fellow Marie Thorsten will examine the significance of the Iraq invasion in Japanese and American domestic and bilateral security narratives at the start of the new Trump administration.

18 January 2017, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Tower One, Room G.01

Supported by the LSE Department of International Relations.


Call for Papers: Theorizing Historical Change in International Relations

This will be a section at the WISC conference.
Paper submission deadline, 1 July 2017.
See the Theorizing Historical Change in International Relations section of the Conference Website for details.

1-3 April 2017, Taipei

Supported by the History and Theory Group.


Past Dialogues and Events


A Conversation with Esteban Bullrich

Esteban José Bullrich is an Argentine politician. He was Minister of Education of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires from 2010 until 2015. In December 2015 he became Argentina's Minister of Education under Mauricio Macri's administration.

9 December 2016, 4.30 - 5.30pm

Supported by the LSE Centre for International Studies and LSE SU Emerging Markets Forum.

Listen to or download the podcast.

Beyond Tolerance

Beyond Tolerance: Citizenship, Diversity, Constructive Conflict

On the backdrop of migration-related tensions, pockets of radicalisation and the debate around Brexit, we invite you to a celebration of the proactive pursuit of diversity and the virtues of constructive conflict.

Friday 25 November 2016, 9.00am - 2.00pm, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

Supported by the LSE CIS and LSE Institute of Global Affairs.

Suggested hashtag for this event: #LSEBeyondTolerance


Religion, Migration and Human Security: A Post-Secular Perspective?

In this public lecture, current CIS Fellow Giorgio Shani will rethink “security” along “post-secular” lines by taking into account the continued importance of culture, religion and identity to human security.

20 October 2016, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Supported by the LSE Department of International Relations.

Listen to or download the podcast.


International Criminal Justice on/ and Film

This one a half day workshop will look at the role of film in the scholarship and practice of international criminal justice.

12-13 September 2016, LSE

For further information, visit the event web page.

Supported by the CIS, LSE Department of International Relations and the LSE Department of Law.


Visual International Politics: Theories, Methods and Institutions

13-14 June 2016, LSE

For further information, read the event programme.

Organised by the Visual International Politics Group. Supported by the CIS and LSE Department of International Relations.


The Sky is High and the Emperor is Far Away

In this seminar Jeppe Mulich, from LSE's International History Department presented a paper examining the number of anomalous political spaces in the nineteenth century in order to construct an analytical framework for thinking about inter-polity or inter-imperial zones that encompass institutions and practices of governance most often thought of as being the sole domain of the state.

7 March 2016, 12:00-13:30, LSE

Supported by the History and Theory Group.


Social Fields and Social Spaces: Explaining the Colonial State

This talk will be given by George Steinmetz, leading historical sociologist and theorist of colonialism and German colonialism.

3 March 2016, 17:00-18:30, LSE  (details to be announced)

Supported by the History and Theory Group.


Writing Exceptions to the Law of War: Civilization, Criminals and Unprivileged Belligerents in Military Manuals

Dr Josef Ansorge presented this talk. 

14 January 2016, 12:30-14:00, 32L B.07

Sponsored by the History and Theory Group.

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Myanmar and the International Community

This workshop aims to create a few reflections on Myanmar. For a full abstract and provisional programme, please download the event PDF.

27 November 2015, 13.30 - 18.00, OLD.4.10, LSE

This workshop is free and open to all. To register a place, please e-mail


Pursuing Atrocity Accountability in Syria

A panel discussion with Susan Lamb, Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) and Toby Cadman, 9 Bedford Row International, chaired by Dr Kirsten Ainley (LSE) on the Syrian conflict in the context of international criminal and humanitarian law. For a full description see the Event webpage.

14 October 2015, 18.00 -19.30, NAB 2.04, LSE

Presented by the LSE Middle East Centre and co-hosted by the Centre for International Studies


PhD Colloquium: History and Theory in International Relations

The colloquium is intended for PhD students who are working at the nexus of history, theory and IR. For the full rationale and schedule please go to the History and Theory in International Relations event webpage.

20-21 June 2015, LSE

If you are interested in participating in the colloquium, please write to George Lawson ( by Friday 15th May explaining (in 2-3 paragraphs) why the colloquium is of interest and what you hope to get out of it. Please note that we can only offer places to 15 students. 


The Great and Little Divergence

A discussion between Jack Goldstone (George Mason) and Steve Broadberry (LSE), organised by the CIS History and Theory group.

16 June 2015, 1200-14:00, NAB 8.03. LSE

If you would like to attend please email George Lawson to register your interest and receive a copy of the paper.


Negritude, Decolonization and the Future of the World

Professor Gary Wilder from City University of New York will reconsider decolonization from the perspectives of Aimé Césaire (Martinique) and Léopold Sédar Senghor (Senegal) who, beginning in 1945, promoted self-determination without state sovereignty. See a full description of the lecture on the Human Rights Events website.

Chair: Ayça Çubukçu 

Presented by the Internationalism, Cosmopolitanism and the Politics of Solidarity Research Group; co-hosted by the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, the Department of Sociology, and the Centre for International Studies at LSE. 

26 May 2015, 18.00 -19.30pm, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

This event is open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.


Steven Pincus (Yale) will be presenting at this CIS History and Theory group seminar.

11 May 2015, 16:00-18:00, 32L.B13, LSE

If you would like to attend please email James Morrison to register your interest and receive a copy of the paper.


Palestine and International Justice

This roundtable will examine the issues raised by the accession of Palestine to the International Criminal Court. The speakers will also discuss the wider justice issues involved in Israel/Palestine, including the role of international inquiries and other domestic and international attempts to end impunity in the conflict. 

Speakers include: Professor Kevin Jon Heller, Dr Dov Jacobs, Dr Michael Kearney, Dr Mark Kersten, Dr Chantal Meloni, Dr Leslie Vinjamuri 

Chair: Kirsten Ainley

18 March 2015, 18.30-20.00, New Theatre, East Building, LSE 

Listen to the Palestine and International Justice podcast.


Empire, Revolt, and State Formation in the Middle East an North Africa in the 1920s

Jonathan Wyrtzen from Yale University will be speaking at this event organised by the CIS History and Theory Group

17 March 2015, 16:00-18:00, B.07 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, LSE


China and Responsible Protection

5 December 2014, 6.30-8.00pm 
Lecture Theatre TW1.G.01, Tower 1, LSE

Dr 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, and will speak on the special responsibilities that Great Powers incur in the international system. This event is being run in collaboration with the LSE Department of International Relations.

Click here to listen to the audio podcast (right-click to save).


Taming the Imperial Imagination: Colonial Knowledge and Anglo-Afghan Relations, 1808-1878

A conversation between Martin Bayly, Toby Dodge & Nivi Marchanda on Bayly’s new book, organised by the CIS History and Theory Group.

3 December 2014, 12.30-14.00, LSE


Transforming the United Nations System

Professor Joseph Schwartzberg spoke at this Centre for International Studies event. Global problems require global solutions. However, the United Nations, as presently constituted, is incapable of addressing many global problems effectively. See a full summary and details on the LSE Public Events website.

17 November 2014, 18.30-20.00 CLM6.02, Clement House, LSE

Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor


The Uses and Abuses of History in International Relations

A conversation between Robert Keohane and Iver Neumann organised by the CIS History and Theory Group

29 October 2014, 9.00-11.00, LSE


2014 US Foreign Policy Conference 

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.

17 – 19 September 2014, LSE 

Organiser: Dr Nicholas Kitchen (IDEAS LSE)



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

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)

Read the report here, or read about the linked issue of Contemporary Social Science here.


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. 


History, Theory and the Study of World Politics 
16 June 2014, LSE 

From where do historians acquire the grid of concepts that organize their investigations? And from what histories and encounters do theorists develop those concepts? What is to be gained for historical and social science inquiry from greater reflexivity about the answers to these questions? 
CIS History and Theory Group workshop investigating history and theory in the study of world politics, and also world politics and its histories as a site for the development of theoretical approaches across the social sciences.
Organisers: Dr Tarak BarkawiDr George LawsonDr James Morrison 

Read the report 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).

Organiser:  Dr Tomila Lankina (LSE)

Read the report here.


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.