The Global South Unit (GSU) is a research and teaching initiative based in the International Relations Department of the LSE. It is a decentralised ideas hub aimed at investigating the changing role of the South in shaping the global order. The unit was co-founded by Professor Chris Alden and Dr. Alvaro Mendez from the International Relations Department.
We aspire to lead the debate through our research, analysis and innovative ideas. Our network of academics, practitioners, policy-makers and business leaders are active proponents of new ideas and thinking about the Global South.
Our work is not based on theory alone; contributors have real experience of social and economic development in the Global South and feed these learnings back into their work and to the wider academic community. We capture and accurately analyse the shifting global landscape of economic ties and political relations now in process of re-constituting the structures and institutions of the international system.
Our remit is to ‘de-centre’ the study of International Relations and focus on:
differing dimensions of emerging power foreign policy;
the changing dynamics of South-South cooperation;
the impact of the Global South on key international issues such as global governance and climate change
the relationship between North and South across political, economic, and social development dimensions
We achieve this through a combination of original academic research and an active outreach programme of events and publications.
Through established links in Africa, China, India and Latin America, the GSU is part of a growing global network that will serve as a virtual and substantive centre of excellence on the study of the Global South.
Wednesday, 2 December 2015
GSU PUBLIC LECTURE
For a Safer Latin America: a new perspective to prevent and control crime
Speaker: Dr Daniel Ortega, CAF Senior Research Economist; Adjunct Professor at IESA Business School, Caracas
Chair: Dr Alvaro Mendez, co-founder of LSE Global South Unit; Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, LSE
Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE Campus
Co-hosted with LSE Latin American Society
Friday, 15 January 2016
III ANNUAL CAF- LSE CONFERENCE
Global Governance in an Era of Uncertainty
One of the most important developments of the contemporary century is the emergence of the global south onto the stage of world politics. However, these new rising states do not have a track record in international leadership in a globalized world. The challenges and uncertainties of the twenty-first century require a multilateral approach to global governance. The third annual CAF-LSE conference will be held on Friday 15th January 2016 at the London School of Economics. This conference will contribute to understanding the rise of the global south by focusing on key international actors from Asia, Africa and Latin America and their perspectives on global governance in an era of uncertainty.
Full conference programme coming soon.
Venue: Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building, LSE Campus
Time: 09.00 - 18.15
This event is free and open to all, but registration is required at Eventbrite.
China and Mozambique: From Comrades to Capitalists
New Edited volume by Dr Chris Alden and Dr Sergio Chichava, "China and Mozambique drills down into the heart of a relationship whose growing depth and complexity exposes key themes that will affect Africa’s future development."
Mercenaries, Hybrid Armies and National Security
This book, authored by Dr Caroline Varin, assesses the use of ‘mercenaries’ by states, and their integration into the national armed forces as part of a new hybridisation trend of contemporary armies in the 'Global South' as well as in Western societies.
President Macri faces a tough task in Argentina
The new leader must try to reject the damaging Peronist legacy
Macri vows new economic order in Argentina
Centre-right leader inherits high inflation and dwindling foreign reserves
Macri to urge Mercosur to bar Venezuela
Argentine leader signals change of allegiance with open criticism of neighbour’s human rights record
© The Financial Times Limited