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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

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

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Centre for International Studies


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.

The final deadline for applications to visit the Centre for International Studies from October 2014 is 4th July. Apply here|.
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.
Professor William Callahan produced a film| of academics and artists discussing the meaning of ‘China Dreams’, to accompany his new book|.
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|.
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?


Dialogue held on 30 June 2014, 6.30-8pm, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building , LSE.  Listen to or download the audio podcast (1hr 36m, 44mb) here|.


Speakers include: Leslie Vinjamuri (SOAS), Jason Ralph (Leeds), Mark Kersten (LSE), Dov Jacobs (Grotius Centre) and Kevin Jon Heller (SOAS). Chair: Kirsten Ainley (LSE CIS). #LSESyriaICC
Global Social Governance: Developing international social science research and impacting the policy process| 
28 July-3 August 2014


In the context of the global economic crisis, climate change and population growth, considerable debate has been engendered at all levels of governance concerning the implications of economic, environmental and demographic policies for social development, particularly with reference to established and emerging social protection systems, education and training, poverty reduction, health, ageing and wellbeing, and migratory movements.


This World Social Science Fellows Programme seminar, organised by CIS Fellow Linda Hantrais, is for talented early career social scientists and will take place in London, UK on 28 July – 3 August 2014 as a collaboration between the International Social Science Council, the CIS and the UK Academy of Social Sciences.
2014 US Foreign Policy Conference
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.