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News and Events

US Foreign Policy Conference 17-19 September 2014|

Together with LSE IDEAS, the International Relations Department is co-hosting the US Foreign Policy Conference at LSE on September 17-19. Please click here for the detailed programme|.

Across 3 days, the conference will bring together scholars of US foreign policy from the UK, Europe, the United States and Canada, along with policymakers and postgraduate students – over 100 participants in all.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Global Perspectives’. It reflects the fact that the impact of US foreign policy is felt everywhere and at every level. Deep histories animate American engagements almost everywhere. The United States dominates the settlements of the global economy and defines the terms of international development. It is the state looked to in times of international crisis, and to lead in addressing global challenges. Yet the power and purpose behind US decision-making is the subject of perpetual debate. Critical approaches contrast American values with US actions. And America’s polarised domestic politics betray a profound ambivalence to its international role.


Slacktivists - cover story of Science News|

A report on an article about the structure of online activism co-authored by IR Department's Dr Jens Meierhenrich has become the cover story of popular science magazine Science News.

You can read the original article here|.


The Dominique Jacquin-Berdal Travel Grant for 2014| has been awarded to Maddalena Procopio for her research in Kenyan State-Society's negotiations vis-a-vis China.

You can read more about this year's award on the IR blog here|.

Dominique Jacquin-Berdal

Dr Kirsten Ainley|, Director of the Centre for International Studies|, was interviewed| on challenges to the Responsibility to Protect doctrine at the Hague Institute for Global Justice.


International Relations Department PhD graduate wins prestigious prize for his thesis

Dr Kai Monheim|, visiting fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, has been awarded a prestigious prize for his PhD thesis "The 'power of process': the impact of process management on multilateral negotiations”. He received the "Mediations-Wissenschafts-Preis” (mediation science prize) at the 16th Mediation Congress, held on 27-28 June 2014 in Berlin.

The prize is awarded annually by the German academic association "Centrale für Mediation|” for the best PhD or 'Habilitiation’ thesis in the field of mediation studies. Dr Monheim’s thesis investigates the role that process management plays in the successful conclusion of multilateral negotiations, with a particular focus on international climate negotiations.

Dr Monheim’s research was supported by a PhD scholarship from the Grantham Research Institute. He conducted his research from 2010 to 2013 under the supervision of Dr Robert Falkner in the International Relations Department. The thesis is to be published by Routledge| in November 2014.


2014 Teaching Awards for International Relations Department

We are pleased to announce the following awards for staff in the International Relations Department:

LSESU Student Led Teaching Excellence Awards 2014:
Award for Innovative Teaching

Highly commended: Frederick Laker, Department of International Relations

"I have enjoyed every single class and I truly believe Frederick deserves this award."

Frederick's creative approach to structuring a class, characterized by packing many activities into the hour, has enabled students to fully engage with the debates of this comprehensive course. Frederick demonstrates cases through Powerpoints with embedded short videos, highlights definitions, provides essay outlines and his mini-quizzes are something of legend amongst IR203 students.

Class Teacher Awards
Class Teacher Awards are nominated by academic departments in recognition of the special contribution made by graduate teaching assistants, teaching fellows and guest teachers to their work. 

James Strong, Yuan (Joanne) Yao


Syria and International Justice
Date: Monday 30 June 2014
Speakers: Dr Dov Jacobs, Professor Kevin Jon Heller, Mark Kersten, Professor Jason Ralph, Dr Leslie Vinjamuri
Chair: Dr Kirsten Ainley

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|.

For any queries email| or call 020 7107 5118.


Alexander Stubb to become Finnish Prime Minister|

Alexander Stubb, who has a PhD from the Department of International Relations, has become the new leader of the centre-right National Coalition Party, and is set to become the new Finnish Prime Minister this week. His supervisor, Sir William Wallace, has written a few words about Alexander for the IR blog here|.



Dr Pippa Malmgren,  LSE International Relations alumnus, talks to LSE Connect|

Pippa received an MSc International Relations 1986 and a PhD in 1991 from the IR Department. She has an illustrious career as a political economist. She served as financial market advisor to the President in the White House and on the National Economic Council from 2001-2002. She was a member of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets and the Working Group on Corporate Governance. She dealt with Enron, Sarbanes Oxley as well the Anti-Money Laundering provisions of the Patriot Act and had responsibility for terrorism risks to the economy on the NEC after 9/11.

Read the interview here|.


LSE Nelson Mandela Memorial Event
Thursday 12 June 2014
Speakers: George Bizos, Catherine M. Cole, Professor David Dyzenhaus, Lord Joffe, Dr Jens Meierhenrich
Chair: Professor Christine Chinkin

What role for law in the struggle against injustice? On 12 June 1964, Nelson Mandela and seven of his co-defendants in the Rivonia Trial were sentenced to life imprisonment for acts of sabotage against the apartheid regime. On the 50th anniversary of their sentencing, LSE hosts its official commemorative event to honour the life of Nelson Mandela. Eminent contemporaries and leading scholars of the late President of South Africa reflect on the role of law in the struggle against apartheid - and on Mandela, the lawyer.

Audio and Video available here|.


A New Strategy? Russia as an Unlikely Soft Power

Monday 9 June 2014,
Speakers: Professor Iver Neumann, Dr Arkady Moshes and Dr Thomas Gomart; Chair: Professor Vladislav Zubok

This expert roundtable will discuss Russia’s declared strategy to invest in soft power instruments in regional and global politics. What are Russia’s soft power assets? Has Moscow been successful in turning them into influence?

Audio available here|.

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IR staff news:

Peter Wilson gave the keynote lecture on ‘Leonard Woolf, The League of Nations, and Peace’ to the Leonard Woolf Society Symposium|, The Keep Archive Centre, University of Sussex on 24 May 2014

Peter Wilson

Comparative Workshop on Mass Protests (Draft)|

Friday 13th - Saturday 14th June 2014, LSE Room 9.04 Tower 2, Clements Inn, London WC2A 2AZ

Organised by Dr Tomila Lankina (LSE).

This workshop is co-sponsored and co-organized by the LSE International Relations Department, LSE IDEAS, the Middle East Centre, and the Centre for International Studies.

Dr Tomila Lankina

MSc Dissertation Week 2014|

This year's MSc Dissertation Week, organised by the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre, will take place between Monday 30 June and Friday 4 July. This series of events is designed to help MSc students plan, write and make the most of their dissertations.  Click here for further information| (PDF) or here to book an event|.


LSE Arts film screening and Q&A with Errol Morris

The Unknown Known
Date: Tuesday 18 March 2014
Time: 2-4.15pm
Venue: The Venue, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Speaker: Errol Morris
Chair: Professor Peter Trubowitz

In The Unknown Known, Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris offers a mesmerising portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, the larger-than-life figure who served as George W. Bush’s secretary of defense and as the principal architect of the Iraq War.

Rather than conducting a conventional interview, Morris has Rumsfeld perform and explain his “snowflakes” — the enormous archive of memos he wrote across almost fifty years in Congress, the White House, in business, and twice at the Pentagon. The memos provide a window into history — not as it actually happened, but as Rumsfeld wants us to see it.

This event will include a screening of the film, followed by a Q&A with film director Errol Morris.

Errol Morris (@errolmorris) is an American film director. In 2003, The Guardian put him seventh in its list of the world's 40 best active directors. In 2003, his film The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested. Click here for full information about ticketing and other information|.


The comments from the MSc External Examiners on the session 2012-13 are now available online:

MSc IR External Examiners' comments|

MSc IRT External Examiner's comments|

MSc IPE External Examiners' comments|


International Relations Department presents

The Theory of Failure and the Failure of Theory: State Collapse, State-Building and Western Intervention

Speakers: Professor Stephen Krasner
Chair: Professor Michael Cox
Time: 6.30-8.00pm
Date: Tuesday 25 February 2014
Venue: New Theatre, East Building

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.
Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
If you wish to reserve a seat, please e-mail| by Monday 24 February.

Professor Stephen Krasner is the Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations, the Senior Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, School of Humanities & Sciences, and the deputy director of FSI. A former director of CDDRL, Krasner is also an FSI senior fellow, and a fellow of the Hoover Institution.

Understanding how the West became democratic and rich is one of the great theoretical and empirical challenges for the social sciences. But how the West might then promote political and economic change in poor and undemocratic states – many of which have ‘failed’ as states - is perhaps the great policy challenge of the contemporary era. Modernization theory and approaches that focus on state capacity suggest that the West can intervene and do a lot to make or remake states that have failed. Rational choice institutionalist analysis - the more persuasive theoretical orientation - suggests a rather different answer.

Listen to or download the podcast here|


 Alexandros Petersen

The International Relations Department is saddened to learn that Alexandros Petersen, a former MSc and PhD student in the Department, died in Kabul on Friday 17th January 2014.

Alex was killed in an attack on a popular restaurant for which the Taliban claimed responsibility. Alex began work as an Assistant Professor, Political Science, at the American University of Afghanistan just two days before his death.

Alex was a MSc student in the Department of International Relations during 2006-7, after which he registered on the PhD programme and obtained his doctorate in 2012. Alex had attachments to many research institutes and wrote the book The World Island: Eurasian Geopolitics and the Fate of the West. He was popular at the LSE and will be greatly missed.

(Alex's former supervisor, Dr Roy Allison).



Northedge Essay Competition 2014|

The 29th Northedge Essay Competition is now open. The deadline for submissions is Saturday, 15 February 2014.

The prize was established in 1986 to commemorate the invaluable contribution of the late Professor F.S. Northedge to the creation of Millennium. The winning essay is generally published in the first issue of each volume.

The Northedge Essay Competition is open to any student who is currently pursuing or has recently completed a degree in International Relations or a related field. The essay may be on any topic within International Relations or related areas of study. The essay must be doubled-spaced and of approximately 7,000 to 10,000 words in length.

The essay may be part of a doctoral research project, an essay or dissertation submitted as part of an undergraduate or Masters’ degree course, a seminar paper, or similar work.

See here for full details.|


International Relations Department and Transatlantic Academy Public Debate

The Future of the Liberal World Order
Date: Thursday 23 January 2014
Speakers:  Barry Buzan, Trine Flockhart, John Ikenberry,  Charles Kupchan
Chair: Peter Trubowitz

This roundtable of leading scholars debated the future of the liberal international order. The liberal order is a global system based on shared norms, economic openness, and commitment to cooperation through multilateral institutions. Will this system of global governance persist, or is the global system likely to become more fragmented, mercantilist, and more conflictual?

Audio and video podcasts and downloads available here|.


The Economist: Books of the Year 2013: Dr Toby Dodge's From War to a New Authoritarianism

Dr Toby Dodge's most recent book Iraq: From War to a New Authoritarianism has been listed in The Economist's Books of the Year 2013. Described as 'a clear, concise and unsparing view of Iraq’s continuing agony. A tale worthy of Shakespeare'.




First Annual CAF-LSE Conference:

The Rise of the Global South: towards an agenda for a new century

|Friday 17 January 2014, 9am-5.30pm
Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building
Chris Alden, Alicia Bárcena, Sergio Chichava, Erica Downs, Paulo Esteves, Enrique García, Enrique Iglesias, Rhys Jenkins, Harinder Kohli, Moisés Naím, Carlos Ominami, Hiroshi Watanabe, Martin Wolf

This conference will contribute to understanding the rise of the global South by focusing on key international actors from the regions, their perspective on global issues, the role of South-South cooperation as a development paradigm, and their current impact on a changing global environment.

This event is free and open to all but registration is required in advance. To register, please go to the Global South Unit| page. For any queries email| or call 020 7955 7386.


LSE Middle East Centre public lecture:
US foreign policy and the Iranian Revolution: the dynamics of engagement and strategic alliance

Date: Monday 2 December 2013 Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Christian Emery
Chair: Dr Roham Alvandi

During this talk, Dr Emery will discuss the main findings from his new book, US Foreign Policy and the Iranian Revolution: the Cold War Dynamics of Engagement and Strategic Alliance. He will show that, contrary to the claims of Iran's leaders, US diplomats tried in good faith to build bridges with the new regime. He will also discuss how Cold War dogma and a range of misperceptions undermined America's 'new' policy, providing a fresh perspective on the origins of one of the most bitter and enduring confrontations in international relations.

Christian Emery is a lecturer in international relations at the University of Plymouth.

Listen to or download audio podcast|


Fred Halliday Memorial Lecture
Human Suffering and Humanitarian Emergencies

Date: Tuesday 5 November 2013
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Professor Craig Calhoun
Chair: Professor Chris Hughes

Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics.

Audio download available here|.


Seminar in International Political Economy:
Title: Why Negotiations Fail: Evidence from European Alliance Negotiations, 1816 to 1945

Presenter: Paul Poast (Rutgers University)

Date: Friday 15 November 2013 Time: 1:00-2:00pm
Venue: TW2.3.03

Dr Poast is an assistant professor in the Political Science Department at Rutgers University, specializing in international relations and statistical methodology. He holds degrees from Miami University, LSE, and the University of Michigan. He is the author of The Economics of War (2006), has published in such top political science journals as Political Analysis and International Organization, and his dissertation won the 2012 Walter Isard Award from the Peace Science Society.

This event is free and open to all LSE students and staff. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

The background paper is available upon request from| .


The Martin Wight Memorial Lecture 2013:
The Idea of Order in Ancient Chinese Political Thought: a Wightian Exploration

Date: Wednesday 20 November 2013 6.30-8pm
Speaker: Professor Yongjin Zhang
Chair: Professor Chris Hughes

Is there any significant international thought in antiquity beyond the West? Inspired by Martin Wight’s profound contributions to international relations so steeped in historical and philosophical depth, this lecture explores how order as a pivotal idea of international relations is deliberated in ancient Chinese political thought. In establishing a broad claim that ancient Chinese political and philosophical deliberations are rich in international thought, it will be argued that a Wightian exploration of ancient Chinese thought is integral in our quest for international theory today.

Yongjin Zhang is professor of international politics at the University of Bristol and editor of International Orders in the Early Modern World: before the rise of the West

Audio podcast available here|


Europe@LSE Research Seminar|

The interdepartmental Europe@LSE research seminar is jointly organised by the Government Department, the International Relations Department and the European Institute. It intends to provide a School-wide forum for research on Europe, beyond the borders of the European Union and in all disciplines. It is open to the academic public but it is hoped in particular that LSE staff and doctoral students doing research in relevant areas become regular attendants so as to create a scholarly community. Seminars usually take place once a month, over a sandwich lunch.

The Coordinators for the 2013/14 academic year are Jan Komarek (EI), Eiko Thielemann (EI/GOV), Federica Bicchi (IR) and Steve Woolcock (IR).

For more information, please contact Dr Eiko Thielemann (|).

Click here for further information and to see the schedule of dates and topics of seminars|.

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Classics of International Relations: Essays in Criticism and Appreciation
|(Routledge, 2013)
Edited by Henrik Bliddal, Casper Sylvest and Peter Wilson

This book introduces, contextualises and assesses 24 of the most important works on international relations of the last 100 years. Providing an indispensable guide for all students of IR theory, it asks why are these works considered classics? Is their status deserved? Will it endure?

With an international cast of contributors, many of them leading authorities on their subject, Classics of International Relations will become a standard reference for all those wishing to make sense of a rapidly developing and diversifying field.

For more information click here|


New Publication:

Professor Fawaz A Gerges has an article 'The Islamist Moment: From Islamic State to Civil Islam|?', in Political Science Quarterly, Issue 128.3 (Sept 2013)





New strategic partnership with the Development Bank of Latin America, Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)|

The London School of Economics and Political Science will lead a global debate in early 2014 about the role of emerging nations on the world stage.

This is part of a new strategic partnership the School has forged with the Development Bank of Latin America, Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF).

CAF-funded research led by Dr Chris Alden from LSE’s Department of International Relations into the growing importance of China, India, Latin America and Africa on a global scale will form the basis of an international conference hosted by LSE next year.

The funding will also support a three-month postdoctoral fellowship within LSE’s Department of International Relations, as well as a postgraduate scholarship for students from CAF’s 18 member states.

Click here for more details|.


Professor Fawaz Gerges: Foreign Policy, The Middle East Channel: Premature Obituaries for Political Islam, 16 July 2013|

Professor Gerges recently wrote an article for the Middle East Channel of Foreign Policy on Political Islam.  Click here to read|.

Fawaz Gerges

My New Book in 750 words: Interview with Professor Iver Neumann|

Professor Iver Neumann recently conducted an interview with the Exploring Geopolitics website in which he talks about his new book Diplomatic Sites - A Critical Enquiry.

You can read the interview here|.





IRD GTA wins BISA-HEA Award for Excellence in Teaching and International Studies by a Postgraduate Student, 2012/13

The International Relations Department is very pleased to announce that the BISA-HEA Award for Excellence in Teaching and International Studies by a Postgraduate Student was won this year by Robyn Klingler. The award was announced at the BISA annual conference in Birmingham at the plenary session on 20 June. In selecting Ms Klingler's nomination for the award, the judging panel wrote:

“The BISA Teaching and Learning Committee makes this award in recognition of the innovative and engaging techniques that Robyn has developed to enhance, stimulate and deepen her students’ learning. The range of approaches to teaching which she has developed, deftly tailored to both the subject matter and the needs of a diverse student body, are exceptional for a graduate teaching assistant. Of particular note are her use of information technology and simulations to facilitate her students’ critical explorations of international studies. Robyn is also to be highly commended for the support she provides her students, both in and outside the classroom, and her willingness to explore and share best practice with her colleagues".


Interview with Professor Chris Brown|

Professor Chris Brown was recently interviewed for e-International Relations website| where he answered reader questions about the theory-practice divide, non-Western political theory, the ongoing crisis in Syria, and challenges to the Responsibility to Protect doctrine (R2P).



Chris Brown

The Future of Constructivist Research in International Relations - half-day workshop audio podcasts|

Professor Iver Neumann took part in a half-day workshop on this topic 30 March 2013 at Oxford University.  The audio podcasts of the sessions can be listened to or downloaded here, including Professor Neumann's contribution: Constructivism and the Turn to Practice| (45 mins).




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Dr Peter Wilson recently lectured on Alternatives to Realism: The English School to the Institute for Policy Research, Johns Hopkins University SAIS Bologna Centre.

Click here for a summary [PDF]|, or watch the 3-min YouTube video|


Peter Wilson

LSE Politics and International Relations is ranked second in 2013 world university rankings by subject

LSE Politics and International Relations has been ranked second in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2013 tables for Politics and International Studies.

The LSE scored 93 out of 100, following Harvard University and is ranked one place higher than in 2012. Scores take into account academic and employer reputation surveys, along with citations per faculty. The methodology is explained in detail here|.

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Recent News

Dr Tomila Lankina recently took part in a radio discussion on the Voice of Russia radio entitled Russia: has the opposition lost its way? which you can listen to or download here|.

International Relations Public Conference, December 2012: Ten Years On: Sierra Leone's Post-Conflict Transition|
The detailed report of proceedings is now available here|. The report will be published in the Journal of Sierra Leone Studies, and has been circulated around the British Foreign Office Sierra Leone network, as well as to the Sierra Leone High Commission in London.

Report: LSE Special Event: ‘Can the Iranian Nuclear Situation be resolved without the use of force’|? - a podcast and report on this event are now available on our blog.


International Affairs March 2013: Middle East Special Issue|

The March 2013 Special Issue of the Chatham House journal, International Affairs, is currently available in full online for free.

Two members of the IR Department have contributed major articles, and also take part in a 30-min audio podcast| about the issue.

Dr Toby Dodge: State and society in Iraq ten years after regime change: the rise of a new authoritarianism
[Available to read online or download|.]

Professor Fawaz Gerges: The Obama approach to the Middle East: the end of America's moment?
[Available to read online or download.|]


Europe 2025|

Europe 2025 is an exciting initiative that aims to contribute with concrete policy proposals to the future of Europe discussion.

Students from LSE, Science Po and Hertie School have developed and designed a blog| to have people participate in the initiative. And IDEAS is supporting them. Please have a look, take the survey, and forward to anyone whom you might think interested


Professor Fred Halliday's papers available to view online|

A collection of Fred Halliday's papers is now available to view via the LSE Archives.  The collection consists of over 350 files of personal effects, correspondence, memoirs, draft texts, travel-notes and work documents, all available for researchers to consult.  The collection should appeal to students of the history and politics of the Middle East and those with an interest in the more theoretical issues dealt with in the discipline.  A bibliography listing all of Halliday's academic works, both published and unpublished, has also been created.

Further information available here|


Teaching Matters, January 2013: Teaching, Learning and Assessment Committee, 2011/12 findings|

There was high praise from the external members of the review teams that visited the International Relations Department last year, and our programmes were seen to be at the cutting edge of their fields.

The Department won particular praise for its support of graduate teaching assistants and the Teaching and Learning Centre reported on the experiences of Zeynep Kaya in their recent publication of Teaching Matters|. [PDF


Montague Burton Chair Inaugural Public Lecture
International Relations as a Social Science
Date: Wednesday 13 February 2013
Speaker: Professor Iver Neumann, Montague Burton Professor of International Relations
Chair: Professor Kimberly Hutchings

Professor Iver Neumann will begin with a discussion of how different but overlapping approaches to IR stand today, when the psychologising approach of methodological individualism and the biologising thrust towards stressing the genetic make-up of the species are on the rise. Professor Iver Neumann will make the case for privileging social causes in the study of social life. Professor Iver Neumann will go on to discuss the specificity of International Relations (IR) relative to other social sciences.

Audio and video podcasts of this event are available to view or download here|.

Professor Iver B Neumann

Department of International Relations Public Lecture:
The Challenges of Latin America and the New Global South

Date: Tuesday 12 February 2013
Speaker: Enrique García
Chair: Dr Chris Alden

What are the new challenges and opportunities faced by Latin American countries and the New Global South in the 21st Century?

Enrique García has been president and CEO of CAF (Development Bank of Latin America) since December 1991. Dr Chris Alden is a Reader in the Department of International Relations at LSE.

An audio podcast of this lecture is available to download|.


2011-12 MSc Dissertation Prizewinners announced

The International Relations Department is pleased to be able to announce the following MSc Prizewinners for the 2011-12 session:

MSc IPE Susan Strange Prize - Ieva Kupryte

MSc IRT Fred Halliday Prize - Sophie Chiasson

MSc IR Research Martin Wight Prize - Jared Skinner

MSc IR Philip Windsor Prize - John Korevec (co-winner)

MSc IR Philip Windsor Prize - Rosalind Boycott (co-winner)

Visit the blog for full information on each dissertation|.

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LSE IDEAS Philippe Roman Chair Public Lecture|

The Gulag: what we know now and why it matters|

Speaker: Anne Applebaum
Chair: Professor Arne Westad

We now understand far better what the gulag was, how it evolved, what purposes it served, how many people lived and died within it. Yet what do we really remember of the camp system? What do Russians remember? And how does that memory, or the lack of it, affect Russian politics today?

Download or listen to the audio podcast of this event|, which took place on Tuesday 20 November 2012.


Fred Halliday Distinguished Lecture 2012
"A Woman's War Doesn't End When the Guns go Silent"

Monday 5 November 2012
Speaker: Professor Cynthia Enloe
Transnationally, feminists today are devoting time and energy to monitoring and shaping the "post-war" in myriad societies because it is a time of flux and disruption when new, more just gender relationships can be forged. But a post-war era, if left unattended, is even more likely to be a time when masculinized structures and cultures can take on the cloak of "peacetime normalcy" and become re-entrenched.

Cynthia Enloe is Research Professor of International Development and of Women's Studies at Clark University, in Massachusetts. She received her PhD in Political Science at University of California, and has received teaching awards from Clark and scholarly awards from the International Studies Association.

Listen to or download the audio podcast of this lecture|.

Read also a tribute to Fred Halliday in the November 2012 edition of The Nation|.


The European External Action Service: Changing the Nature of Diplomacy or Old Wine in New Bottles?|

A conference organised by LSE IR Department and the Wyndham Place Charlemagne Trust

Thursday 22 and Friday 23 November 2012

at Europe House

Click here for full registration details and conference programme.|


Emeritus Professor Margot Light made Honorary Fellow of LSE

We are delighted to announce that Emeritus Professor of International Relations, Margot Light, has been made an Honorary Fellow of LSE.

Margot came to the UK from South Africa in 1963. Her original qualifications were in the field of physiotherapy, but she decided to take a ‘short’ career break in 1966 to study Russian and International Relations – a break that has now lasted for well over 40 years. She studied for her PhD at the LSE, taught at the University of Surrey 1971-1988 and then joined the Department of International Relations at LSE. She became head of the Department between 2002-2004 - at that point only the 2nd woman to do so in the history of the Department. Since retirement in 2005, she has continued to teach, research and publish.

Read the full oration from Professor Kim Hutchings here| [PDF].


House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee inquiry into "The Road to UNFCCC COP18 and Beyond"

Dr Robert Falkner recently gave evidence the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee inquiry into "The Road to UNFCCC COP18 and Beyond". Both written and oral evidence are available at the following links:

Dr Falkner's written evidence| [PDF]

Report with formal minutes, oral and written evidence| [PDF]

Dr Robert Falkner

Teaching Excellence Awards

Every year the LSE Students' Union invites students to nominate the teachers who have inspired them.  This year there were five winners, including Marco Pinfari from Government and IR. With a glowing nomination, Marco's time and energy for teaching go beyond the seminar - offering extensive feedback on submitted work and actively prompting students to read additional materials relevant to their learning style and interests.

Departmental Class Teacher Awards

These awards recognise the special contribution made by graduate teaching assistants, teaching fellows and guest teachers to LSE's academic departments. The winners were nominated by the departments themselves as a result of exceptional feedback from students, lecturers and other department members.

The 2012 winners from IR were:

  • Daniel Falkiner
  • Roberto Orsi
  • Luca Tardelli

In addition, Dr Kirsten Ainley won a Major Review Teaching Prize for 'candidates who have shown exceptional flair and effectiveness as teachers.' (See below for further details).

Congratulations to all the IR Teaching Prize winners!

Marco Pinfari

The 'Rio+20' UN Summit: Global Crisis, or Global Rescue?|

Department of International Relations and Chatham House debate

Date: Thursday 31 May 2012 
Speakers: Tom Burke, Professor Andrew Hurrell, Bernice Lee
Chair: Dr Robert Falkner

The ‘Rio+20’ UN conference will take place in June, two decades after the ‘Earth Summit’ in Rio de Janeiro. What will it take to make environmental sustainability a global reality?

This event marks the publication of a special issue of International Affairs on ‘Rio+20 and the global environment: reflections on theory and practice’.

Tom Burke is environmental policy advisor to Rio Tinto plc and founding director of E3G, Third Generation Environmentalism.
Andrew Hurrell is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at Oxford University
Bernice Lee is research director of Energy, Environment and Resource Governance, at Chatham House.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSErio20

A vodcast| and an audio podcast| of this event are now available to listen or download.

The three speakers were interviewed on the BBC The World Tonight programme and you can listen to it here|.

Andrew Hurrell

Article by Dr Robert Falkner from International Relations Department included in MIT Press’s “50 Influential Journal Articles” anniversary celebration

Dr Falkner’s article “Private Environmental Governance and International Relations: Exploring the Links” (Global Environmental Politics 3:2, 2003) has been included in the list of 50 influential journal articles published in MIT Press journals in honour of the Press’ 50th anniversary. The 50 articles were chosen from a wide range of disciplines, including economics, international affairs, history, science and technology. Dr Falkner’s article is the only one chosen from the journal Global Environmental Politics, which rose to an impact factor of 2.231 and ranked 5th out of 139 journals in political science in 2010. It remains one of the journal’s top-cited articles.

From The MIT Press: “As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, and with suggestions from our editors, we’ve selected 50 influential articles published by the Journals division of the MIT Press. Each of these select articles will be freely available through 19 June 2012.”

Full details of the MIT list are available here|.

Dr Robert Falkner

IR Staff - recent activities

Kirsten Ainley recently gave a 40min talk on 'Excesses of Responsibility and the Power of Political Approaches to Atrocity', presented at the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Network, 1st May 2012.  Download the mp3 here|.

Professor Fawaz A Gerges has written an article for Newsweek and The Daily Beast on How the Arab Spring Beat Al Qaeda.|

Professor Barry Buzan recently gave a talk for TEDx at St Martins Central on 'A world order without superpowers', which can be viewed on YouTube| (21 mins).

Dr Katerina Dalacoura has contributed an entry in the LSE British Politics and Policy blog entitled: The on-going conflict in Syria presents a great challenge to proponents of human rights. A consensual strategy must be found that saves lives and prevents an escalation of violence|

Mr Erik van der Marel has contributed a piece on Nicolas Sarkozy and the French elections to France 24|.

Dr Toby Dodge has written an article for Open Security on 'The Resistable Rise of Nuri al-Maliki'|.

Professor John Sidel has written an article for The Guardian on Indonesian democracy|


Histories of Violence
Lecture on Hannah Arendt by Professor Kimberly Hutchings

Professor Kimberly Hutchings recently gave a keynote lecture on political theorist Hannah Arendt as part of the Histories of Violence multi-media forum at the University of Leeds.

You can watch the lecture (53 minutes) and find out more about Arendt here|


The LSE IR Masters comes 9th in "Top 10 IR Masters programmes for those looking to run the world"|

Prestigious journal Foreign Policy recently compiled its Top Ten Best International Relations Master's Programs and the LSE MSc programmes came in at number nine! The rankings are part of the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP)| survey.

You can read the full list here|.

Houghton St

Fred Halliday Distinguished Lecture Series:
Framing the Arab Uprisings: a historical perspective
Thursday 6 October 2011 6.30-8pm

Speaker: Professor Juan Cole
(Richard P Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan and writer of the blog 'Informed Comment') Chair: Professor Kimberly Hutchings

Audio available to listen or download here| (76mins mp3)



Juan Cole

Reflections on 42 years in the International Relations Department at the LSE

Nicholas A Sims, Reader in International Relations, retired in 2010 after 42 years in the IR Department at the LSE. He sets out his reflections on the Department, the students and the discipline during those years, in the IR Department blog here|.

Nicholas Sims