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

Phone: +44 (0)20 7107 5118
Email: cis@lse.ac.uk|  

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Centre for International Studies

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The Centre for International Studies at LSE is home to an interdisciplinary community of scholars from around the globe undertaking innovative research with an international dimension.

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The deadlines for applications to visit the Centre for International Studies next academic year are 3 October 2014, 2 January 2015, 3 April 2015 and 3 July 2015. Apply here|.
 
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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.
 
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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|.
 
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Professor Catherine Boone appeared on the LSE Institute for Public Affairs ‘Gearty Grillings’ series – watch the video here|.
 
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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.’
 
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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|.
 
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Dr Stephen Humphreys’ book Theatre of the Rule of Law: Transnational Legal Intervention in Theory and Practice| was published in paperback.
 
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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.
 
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Professor William Callahan produced a film| of academics and artists discussing the meaning of ‘China Dreams’, to accompany his new book|.
 
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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|.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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Professor Danny Quah posted ‘How We Choose Our Political Leaders Tells the World a Lot About Us’ on his blog|.
 
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2014 US Foreign Policy Conference
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17-19 September 2014

 

The US Foreign Policy Conference, co-sponsored by the CIS, will take place September 17-19, 2014, at the LSE. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Global Perspectives’, reflecting the widespread impact of US foreign policy. Deep histories animate American engagements almost everywhere. 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.
 
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China and Great Power Responsibility
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.  He 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.
 
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CIS Dialogue: Syria and International Justice|
30 June 2014, 6.30-8.00pm, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

With a draft Security Council resolution to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court vetoed, what, if anything, should the international community or other interested actors do to achieve justice in Syria?

Listen to or download the audio podcast (1hr 36m, 44mb) here|. Speakers included: Leslie Vinjamuri (SOAS), Jason Ralph (Leeds), Mark Kersten (LSE), Dov Jacobs (Grotius Centre) and Kevin Jon Heller (SOAS). Chair: Kirsten Ainley (LSE CIS). #LSESyriaICC
 
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