News about the Department
Attention Final Year Undergraduates!
The International Relations Department has a deep interest in your views on your undergraduate education. We encourage you to participate in the National Student Survey and give us your feedback on all aspects of your undergraduate experience.
The survey is live between now and 30 April 2014. Please access the Survey via the following link: http://www.thestudentsurvey.com
LSE Arts film screening and Q&A with Errol Morris
The Unknown Known
Date: Tuesday 18 March 2014
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.
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
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 R.Ajodah@lse.ac.uk 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
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
Speakers: 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 email@example.com 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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 (E.Thielemann@lse.ac.uk).
Click here for further information and to see the schedule of dates and topics of seminars.
Classics of International Relations: Essays in Criticism and Appreciation
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
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.
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).
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).
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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]
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.