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CIS News Archive


The LSE International Studies Book Series, a joint venture between the CIS and Cambridge University Press, will be launched soon. This exciting new series will publish work that is transdisciplinary, international in scope and relevant to contemporary political challenges.

Manuscripts are currently being solicited for the series. If you have a book proposal you think would fit with the series, visit the LSE International Studies Book Series webpage for submission instructions.


CIS Visiting Professor-in-Practice Lutfey Siddiqi was invited to speak at The Economist's Impact Investing Conference in London on 15 June 2017, on the relative role of private capital versus non-profit forces in averting climate change.

Watch the full video.


CIS Visiting Professor-in-Practice Lutfey Siddiqi discusses how risk managers face the digital revolution in new blog post for LSE Business Review.

Read the full blog.


CIS Visiting Professor-in-Practice Lutfey Siddiqi was interviewed on CNBC, 10th April 2017, on Brexit negotiations and implications for financial markets.

Watch the full video.


CIS Visiting Fellow Yulia Netesova talks "Trump and Putin: Populists of a Feather?" in new article for The National Interest.

Read the full article.


CIS Visiting Professor-in-Practice Lutfey Siddiqi joined former UK Education Secretary Michael Gove and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in a debate on "National versus Global values" at the Global Skills and Education Forum 2017 in Dubai last week. 

The winner of the 2017 Global Teacher Prize was also announced at the event.

Watch the full video of the event or read the session blog.


CIS Visiting Professor-in-Practice Lutfey Siddiqi delivered a keynote address to the CFA Society on Challenges in Global Macro Investing.

Watch the full video.


CIS Visiting Professor-in-Practice Lutfey Siddiqi hosted a roundtable with the Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende in Dhaka, Bangladesh on 20th February 2017. The 50-strong audience was curated for diversity - touching on topics of leadership, conflict and inclusion. 

Watch the full video.

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The CIS is delighted to welcome two new Visiting Fellows, Dr Jing Qiu and Dr Amrita Saha.

Qiu has joined the CIS to work on 'International Law and Human Rights', and Amrita will be working on her project 'Political Economy of Trade Policy: Lobbying Strategies, Two-Level Games & Trade Protection in Developing Countries'.


CIS Visiting Fellow and British Academy Fellow Martin J. Bayly visits the University of Cambridge South Asian Studies Centre this week to discuss 'New Frontiers: Reworking the International History of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands' with Dr Elisabeth Leake.

On 21 February 2017, Martin will also visit The Sigure Centre for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs to discuss his most recent book 'Taming the Imperial Imagination'. Visit the event web page for further information.


CIS Visiting Professor-in-Practice Lutfey Siddiqi was interviewed in Davos last week by Indian TV ET Now and Indonesian TV Jakarta Globe on the subject of economic outlook, risks and globalisation. He also spoke to Hub Culture on the theme of “Responsive & Responsible Leadership” accompanied by an article titled “Leadership in a Tumble Dryer” for the World Economic Forum.

The Forum also re-posted a write-up on the LSE event “Beyond Tolerance” with an embedded link to the official Davos session on Tolerance.


Congratulations to Dr Kirsten Ainley, who has been awarded funding from the ESRC for a new strategic network on justice, conflict and development. Hosted by the CIS, this network will focus on one of the main ways in which states and the international community now approach conflict resolution.

Read more about the ESRC grant here.


The CIS is pleased to announce the return of Dr Daniel Ritter as a Visiting Fellow. Daniel is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stockholm University, and will work on the project 'The Outcomes of Revolutions: Pathway to Democracy?' during his time here.

To find out more about Daniel and our other Fellows, visit the Current Fellows web page.


E-International Relations interviewed CIS Visiting Senior Fellow, Giorgio Shani, who offers his take on human security and post-coloniality, religion in the context of current developments in the West, the economic crisis and post-liberalism.

Read the full interview here.


Podcast now available for last week's CIS and LSE SU Emerging Markets Forum Public Conversation with Argentina's Minister of Education, Esteban Bullrich.

Listen to or download the podcast.


Visiting Senior Fellow Immi Tallgren recently co-organised an international workshop with Frédéric Mégret (Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, McGill University and a McGill Dawson scholar) at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki.

This workshop, which took place on 7-8 December 2016, brought together a range of contributors on their forthcoming research project, 'The Dawn of a Discipline: International Criminal Justice and its Early Exponents'.

Further information on this research project will be available shortly.


In January, the Academy of Social Science’s International Advisory Group, chaired by CIS Visiting Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS, is launching a new series of five half-day seminars exploring 'International and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Evidence-Based Policy'.

This new series will serve as a forum at which participants from different national and disciplinary perspectives discuss and develop ideas for articles in themed issues of journals. The seminars will take the form of ‘conversations’ between researchers and policy advisers/users, followed by group discussions.

For further information, visit the web page or download the flyer.


CIS Visiting Professor Giorgio Shani has been invited to Jamia Millia Islamia (A Central University), New Delhi, India, to participate in the commencement of the Global Initiative of Academic Network (GIAN).

This network is an initiative from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, where national and international participants will get an opportunity to seek knowledge and experience through intensive study of subjects taught by reputed international faculty.

Giorgio will be delivering lectures on 'Advanced Studies in Security' throughout December 2016.


Following 'Beyond Tolerance: Citizenship, Diversity, Constructive Conflict', Visiting Professor-in-Practice Lutfey Siddiqi writes 'Ignore trolls, embrace constructive conflict. How to lead in intolerant times' for the World Economic Forum.

Read the full article here.


CIS Visiting Professor-in-Practice Lutfey Siddiqi was interviewed by BBC World Service on 22nd November on the likely withdrawal of the US from TPP and its impact on Asia.

Watch the full video here.


CIS Visiting Professor-in-Practice Lutfey Siddiqi was invited to chair a panel on "The Legacy of Mega Sporting Events" at the World Economic Forum held in conjunction with the Government of Japan in Tokyo on 21st October 2016.

Panellists include Mr. Naheed Nenshi (Mayor of Calgary) and Ms. Cho Yoon-Sun (Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, South Korea). Video of the discussion can be found here.


CIS Visiting Fellow and British Academy Fellow Martin J. Bayly discusses 'My winning proposal: A different approach to India's history' for Research Professional.

Read the full article here.


The CIS are pleased to introduce two new members joining in October; Visiting Fellow and British Academy Fellow Martin J. Bayly, and Visiting Senior Fellow Robyn Eckersley.

To find out more about our new Fellows, visit the Current Fellows page.


CIS Visiting Professor in Practice Lutfey Siddiqi delivered a keynote address at The 2nd Annual ASEAN Regulatory Summit on 1 September 2016. Hosted by Thomson Reuters, the summit welcomed Lutfey to discuss 'Global Financial Regulation and its implications for ASEAN'.

For further information on the summit, visit the event webpage.

Video and text of the keynote is available here.


CIS Visiting Professor in Practice Lutfey Siddiqi joined the Straits Times’ Future Economy Roundtable in Singapore in August. The roundtable series fed into the Singapore government’s Committee on the Future Economy (CFE).

You can watch a full video of the roundtable here.


On 14 July 2016, CIS Fellows Linda Hantrais and Ashley Lenihan organised a workshop to discuss International Social Research Training Needs.

Research managers and policy advisers in government departments and agencies, think tanks, survey organisations, social research institutions, the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology, What Works Centres and other non-academic institutions were invited to explore the issues raised in accessing, analysing and interpreting international data, and brokering knowledge transfer between researchers and policymakers.

The training needs identified at the workshop will form the basis for proposals for different forms of training provision to be delivered over the next 18 months in London and the regions.

For more information, contact the organisers.

EU Referendum

CIS Fellows Linda Hantrais and Ashley Lenihan have published a CIS Working Paper on 'The Implications of the EU Referendum for UK Social Science: Post-referendum Options for UK Social Scientists'. You can read the paper here.


CIS Fellow Ashley Lenihan, and co-author Sharon Witherspoon, have article 'UK social science will be dealt a serious blow by Brexit' published on the Guardian Online. You can read the full article here.


CIS Fellow Giorgio Shani was a programme chair at the 2016 ISA Asia Pacific Conference in Hong Kong. Taking place 25-27 June, the conference investigated the ways in which IR (as both practice and theory) is being transformed in the Asia-Pacific. It was a great success, and the largest in the region's history, with over 400 attendees.

For further information, visit the conference web page.


On June 10 2016, Tomila Lankina organised a workshop on Citizen Preferences, Political Mobilization, Institutional Change, and Regime Stability in Russia and Ukraine.  The workshop received generous funding from the British Academy (Mid-Career Fellowship awarded to Tomila Lankina), the CIS, and the LSE International Relations Department.  Sophie Wise, the IRD's events manager, provided excellent organisational support for the event.

The one-day workshop brought together leading scholars of Russia and Ukraine who have conducted rigorous empirical research of relevance to the Euromaidan protests, the war in the Donbas and the ongoing crisis in relations between Russia and Ukraine.

For full details of the event, read the event programme.

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CIS Fellow Dr David Rampton published A long view of liberal peace and its crisis, with co-author Suthaharan Nadarajah, in the European Journal of International Relations (OnlineFirst).


Tomila Lankina launched a website for her research project “Political Mobilization and Democracy”. The project was part-funded by the CIS and developed in collaboration with CIS Fellow Yulia Netesova. The project investigates the dynamics of popular mobilization in Russia and Eurasia.


CIS Fellow Dr Ludovica Marchi published The EU’s Role in Developing Security Cooperation with Myanmar at the ASEAN Regional Forum: 2004-2008 in the journal European Security  (forthcoming imminently).


CIS Manager Dr Jill Stuart was interviewed on BBC World Service 'Newshour Extra' for a programme titled Reaching for the Stars, as well as BBC World Service 'The Documentary' for a programme titled Star Wars.


Dr Kirsten Ainley co-hosted a seminar at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard on ‘Transitional Justice: Success, Failure and the Case of Sri Lanka’ on 31st August 2015.


CIS Fellows Linda Hantrais and Ashley Thomas Lenihan have edited a special issue of ‘Contemporary Social Science’ on International and Interdisciplinary Insights into Evidence and Policy. Read about the issue here.


Professor William Callahan produced a film of academics and artists discussing the meaning of ‘China Dreams’, to accompany his new book, China Dreams.


Dr Jill Stuart  published an article in the Financial Times titled 'Global satellite industry must invest in cyber security'.


Dr Kirsten Ainley, Director of the CIS, was interviewed on challenges to the Responsibility to Protect doctrine at the Hague Institute for Global Justice.


Dr Heather Jones appeared on Radio 4 in ‘The Great War of Words”. Dr Jones is a specialist in First World War Studies with a particular interest in the evolution of wartime violence and the cultural impact of the conflict in Britain, France, Germany and Italy.


The History and Theory Group was established by Dr James Morrison as part of the Centre for International Studies. For details of the launch event, see the Group’s web page here.


Professor Catherine Boone appeared on the LSE Institute for Public Affairs ‘Gearty Grillings’ series – watch the video here.


Dr Tarak Barkawi wrote on The Globalisation of the Hollywood War Film: ‘On film, death in war is part of a rational and moral order. The bad guys mostly die, and if the good ones do too, their sacrifice is purposeful and worthwhile, not random. Only in this way can the war film become a vehicle to tell stories about the nation, about its purpose and meaning in the world.’


Dr Kirsten Ainley, Director of the Centre for International Studies, spoke at a conference at Leeds University on the International Criminal Court and the Responsibility to Protect. Audio available here.


Dr Stephen Humphreys’ book Theatre of the Rule of Law: Transnational Legal Intervention in Theory and Practice was published in paperback.


Dr Ayça Çubukçu published “The Responsibility to Protect: Libya and the Problem of Transnational Solidarity,” Journal of Human Rights, special issue on Humanitarianism and Responsibility, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp. 40-58.


Dr Tomila Lankina co-wrote an article on the Washington Post blog The Monkey Cage called ‘What Putin gets about soft power’. Read it here.


Dr Timo Fleckenstein published The politics of postindustrial social policy: family policy reforms in Britain, Germany, South Korea, and Sweden with Soohyun Christine Lee in Comparative Political Studies, 47 (4). 601-630.


Dr George Lawson published The global transformation: the nineteenth century and the making of modern international relations with Barry Buzan in International Studies Quarterly, 57 (3). 620-634.


Professor Danny Quah posted ‘How We Choose Our Political Leaders Tells the World a Lot About Us’ on his blog.