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Alden_Chris_250pxProfessor Chris Alden

Director of the Global South Unit
Professor in international Relations, LSE
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 Professor in International Relations, LSE; Director of LSE-IDEAS Africa Programme; and a former Programme Head, Global Powers and Africa, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). He is author/co-author of numerous books and reports, including  The South and World Politics (Palgrave 2010),  China and Latin America (CLSA 2009),  China in Africa (Zed 2007), and co-editor of  China Returns to Africa (Hurst 2008),  Japan and South Africa (Ashgate 2003) as well as articles in internationally recognised journals. He has contributed to research, conferences and publications on the South African foreign policy since 1991, the changing role of China and Africa since 1992 and China and Latin America since 2007. He has conducted consultancies for the World Bank, the African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, CLSA, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Standard Bank (SA) and Rand Merchant Bank (SA) amongst others.


Mendez_Alvaro_croppedDr. Alvaro Mendez

Research Fellow, LSE
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Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Regent’s University London; Research Associate, University of Bristol; former editor of  Millennium-Journal of International Studies at the London School of Economics. In 2003-2004, Dr. Mendez won the Departmental Teaching Prize in recognition of his contribution to teaching in International Relations at the LSE. He is the co-author of  UN Security Council Reform and the Challenge of South Representation (SAIIA 2009). He is also the creator and unit owner of the  Politics of Latin America seminar at the School of Sociology, Politics, and International Studies (SPAIS) at the University of Bristol, an advanced studies module specifically designed to raise the profile of Latin America studies in the field of International Relations in the UK. He is regularly called upon to contribute his insights to research conferences and to the press on the new emerging role of Latin America as an important actor in world politics.


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Dr. Caroline Varin

Programme Coordinator, Global South Unit
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Lecturer in Security and International Organisations at Regent's University London, and program coordinator at the Global South Unit (LSE). Dr. Varin is the author of Mercenaries, Hybrid Armies and National Security: Private Soldiers and the State in the 21st Century (Routledge 2014) and is co-editor of the  Global South Unit Working Paper Series. She contributes regularly to conferences on topics relating to security and warfare, and has conducted research for the UNHCR in Jordan. Dr. Varin previously worked in intelligence analysis, and continues to undertake consultancies on public relations and social media for various agencies.