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London School of Economics and Political Science
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Global South Unit

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.

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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.

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Thursday, 28 April 2016

PUBLIC LECTURE: GSU & DEPT INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
From Tailwinds to Headwinds. Can Latin America Weather the Storm?

Speaker: Enrique Garcia, President of CAF; Professor of Practice, LSE
Chair: Professor Chris Alden, Director of the Global South Unit; Professor in International Relations, LSE

Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE campus

President Garcia will explore the role of development banks in meeting the current challenges that Latin America faces in the 21st century.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

 
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Friday, 29 April 2016

WORKSHOP 
"Leadership in times of uncertainty: The role of regional development banks in Latin America”

With Enrique Garcia, President of CAF; Professor of Practice, LSE
Time: 5-7pm 

Venue:  Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE campus
Register through Eventbrite

 
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Early Lessons from the Colombian Peace Process
Andrés Ucrós Maldonado
Working Paper Series 01-2016, January 2016

 
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The Long Crisis Facing Emerging Markets: A Roadmap for Policy Reforms
Rajiv Biswas and Álvaro Méndez
Policy Brief Series 01-2016, January 2016

 
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Change and Continuity in Chinese Foreign Policy:
China’s Engagement in the Libyan Civil War as a Case Study

Jian Junbo and Álvaro Méndez
Working Paper Series 05-2015, November 2015

 
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Comparative advantages and challenges of regional developmental banks: The CAF experience
L. Enrique Garcia
Policy Briefs Series 02-2015, September 2015

 
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What next for the peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC?
Sophie Haspeslagh
Policy Briefs Series 01-2015, August 2015

 
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The Origins of Nuclear Cooperation between Brazil and Argentina
Matias Spektor 
Working Paper Series 04-2015, August 2015

 
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A comparative study of foreign economic policies: The CIVETS countries
Angélica Guerra-Barón and Álvaro Méndez 
Working Paper Series 03-2015, June 2015

 
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Regional Organizations and Security Governance: A Comparative Assessment of IGAD and ASEAN
Asnake Kefale
Working Paper Series 01-2015, January 2015

 
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Strategies and Counter-strategies: China in the Andean Region of South America
Ádam Chimienti and Benjamin Creutzfeldt
Working Paper Series 01-2014, October 2014

 
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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."

 
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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. 

 

2015

Brazilian Foreign Policy: a Q&A session with Minister Celso Amorim (24 February 2015)
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Second CAF-LSE Conference (16 January 2015)
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2014 Rethinking a new development agenda for Latin America (29 October 2014)
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 First CAF-LSE Conference: (17 January 2014)
     The Rise of the Global South: Towards an Agenda for a New Century 
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2013 The Rise of the South: human progress in a diverse world (10 July 2013)
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 The Challenges of Latin America and the New Global South (12 February 2013)
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Venezuelans add beer to list of privations
The socialist government has worsened an economic crisis by starving the private sector

MSCI Peru ruling threatens Frontier index
Fears the move would drive foreign investment away from $67bn bourse

Judge questions Brazil impeachment system
Some lawmakers announced their votes against Dilma Rousseff before ballot

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Kenya sets fire to huge ivory stockpile
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sets fire to a huge stockpile of ivory in an effort to show his country's commitment to saving Africa's elephants, but the move has its critics.

Mosque collapse kills 15 in Somalia
A mosque under refurbishment collapses during Friday prayers in the Somali capital Mogadishu, killing at least 15 people and injuring 40.

Nairobi collapse area to be evacuated
People in the Kenyan capital Nairobi are asked to leave their homes near a six-storey building that collapsed in heavy rain, killing at least 12 people.

Argentines protest against Macri reforms
Thousands of Argentines stage a noisy protest against job cuts imposed under President Mauricio Macri's economic reforms.

Judge bans clubs in Buenos Aires
A judge in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, bars nightclubs from opening until they have set up proper health and safety systems following recent drug deaths.

Circus lions head to S Africa sanctuary
More than 30 lions rescued from circuses in Colombia and Peru are flown to a sanctuary in South Africa - in what is said to be the largest such airlift.

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Wednesday 2 March 2016

LSE GSU PUBLIC LECTURE
Panama: consolidating democracy, growth and human development

Speaker: Isabel de Saint Malo de Alvarado, Vice-President and Foreign Minister of Panama
Chair: Dr Alvaro Mendez, co-founder of LSE Global South Unit; Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, LSE

Time: 1-2pm
Venue: LSE Campus, TBC to ticketholders

 
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Friday, 22 January 2016

II ANNUAL LEADERSHIP SEMINAR
Latin America's Challenges in the Public Sector and Multilaterals

SpeakerVerónica Zavala, General Manager of Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the Inter-American Development Bank
ChairDr Alvaro Mendez, Senior Research Fellow, Global South Unit

Time: 17.00 - 19.00
Venue: OLD 4.01, Old Building, LSE Campus

 
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Friday, 15 January 2016

III ANNUAL CAF- LSE CONFERENCE 
Global Governance in an Era of Uncertainty

Speakers:

Enrique García, President of CAF – Development Bank of Latin America;
Leonel Fernández, Former President of the Dominican Republic;
Michel Camdessus,Former Managing Director of the IMF and Governor of the Bank of France;
Enrique Iglesias, Former Secretary General of SEGIB, President of the Inter-AmericanDevelopment Bank, and Executive Secretary of ECLAC
Celso Amorim, Former Minister of Foreign Relations and Minister of Defense of Brazil

For all of the speakers see the full conference programme here.

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 was held on Friday 15th January 2016 at the London School of Economics. This conference contributed 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.

Conference Programme
Venue
: Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building, LSE Campus
Time: 09.00 - 18.15

 
Dr Daniel Ortega

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

GSU PUBLIC LECTURE
For a Safer Latin America: a new perspective to prevent and control crime
SpeakerDr Daniel Ortega, CAF Senior Research Economist; Adjunct Professor at IESA Business School, Caracas
ChairDr Alvaro Mendez, co-founder of LSE Global South Unit; Research Fellow, Department of International Relations, LSE
Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE Campus
Time: 18.30-20:00
Co-hosted with LSE Latin American Society - Poster

 
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