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Current Events

International Relations Book Launch:

Public Opinion, Legitimacy and Tony Blair’s War in Iraq

Date: Thursday 27 April 2017, 6.30 - 8.00pm
Venue: Clement House, Room 6.02
Speakers: Dr James Strong, Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman, and Professor Juliet Kaarbo
Chair: Professor Toby Dodge

How was it possible for Britain to wind up fighting a war in Iraq that so many British people considered illegitimate? An illuminating new book by LSE Fellow Dr James Strong attempts to offer some answers.

This event marks the book’s publication with a roundtable discussion of its contents, featuring a presentation from Dr Strong and analysis from leading experts on Foreign Policy Analysis, Britain’s role in the Iraq War and Iraqi politics.

James Strong (@dr_james_strong) is Fellow in Foreign Policy Analysis at LSE, where he received his PhD in 2012. His research interests encompass constructivist and neoclassical realist approaches to understanding foreign policy, and UK and US foreign policy in the ‘war on terror’ era.

Lawrence Freedman (@LawDavF) is Professor of War Studies at King’s College, London. His research ranges across contemporary strategic, defence and foreign policy issues, and his notable publications include the Official History of the Falklands Campaign (Routledge, 2005) and Strategy: A History (Oxford University Press, 2013). Between 2009 and 2016 he served as a member of the UK’s official Iraq Inquiry (the “Chilcot” Inquiry). He appears here as a scholar rather than as a representative of the Inquiry.

Juliet Kaarbo is Professor of Foreign Policy at the University of
Edinburgh. Her research ranges across Foreign Policy Analysis, including constructivist and cognitive theoretical approaches, and work looking at Dutch, German, Israeli, Japanese, Turkish, UK and US foreign policy. Her notable publications include Coalition Politics and Cabinet Decision Making (University of Michigan Press, 2012) and (edited with Cristian Cantir) Domestic Role Contestation, Foreign Policy and International Relations (Routledge, 2016).

Toby Dodge (@ProfTobyDodge) is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Middle East Centre at LSE. His research focuses on the role of the postcolonial state in the international system, specifically in the Middle East in general and Iraq in particular. Notable publications include Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism (Routledge, 2013) and Inventing Iraq: The Failure of Nation-Building and a History Denied (University of Columbia Press, 2005).

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre registration required.

Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email or call 020 7955 6821.

Suggested hashtag for this lecture: #LSEStrong

Public Opinion, Legitimacy and Tony Blair’s War in Iraq is published by Routledge. Hard copies and e-book versions are available from the publisher’s website. Flyers featuring a discount code will be distributed at the event.


International Relations and European Foreign Policy Unit Symposium:

Symposium in Honour of Professor Christopher Hill

Date: Friday 12 May 2017, 2.00 - 6.00pm
Venue TBC to registered attendees

Professor Christopher Hill FBA was the Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the LSE from 1991 to 2004; from 2004 to 2016, he was the Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations at Cambridge University, and is now Professor Emeritus at Cambridge.

He has written extensively on European foreign policy, and has had a significant impact on the community of scholars working on foreign policy, European foreign policy, and international relations. His most recent books include: Foreign Policy in the Twenty-First Century, 2nd edition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); The National Interest in Question: Foreign Policy in Multicultural Societies (Oxford University Press, 2013); and National and European Foreign Policies: Towards Europeanization, edited with Reuben Wong (Routledge, 2011). At the LSE he founded the European Foreign Policy Unit.

This symposium explores the contribution his work has made to the study of European foreign policy and foreign policy more generally.

For further information, download the provisional programme.

For any queries or to register a place at the symposium, please e-mail Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.