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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.


Deadlines for applications to apply for a visiting appointment in the CIS:
1 January 2016
25 March 2016
24 June 2016

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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.
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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 s.wise3@lse.ac.uk.


Pursuing Atrocity Accountability in Syria

A discussion between 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. 

14 October 2015, 18.00 -19.30, NAB 2.04. LSE
This event is organised by the LSE Middle East Centre and co-hosted by the Centre for International Studies. It is free and open to all on a first come first served basis. Our events are very well attended, please make sure you arrive early. We cannot guarantee entry.


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 (g.lawson@lse.ac.uk) 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.


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 


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.


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

By invitation only- please contact James Morrison if you would like to attend


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

By invitation only – please contact George Lawson if you would like to attend.

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.  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.
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