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Latest Staff News

Watch Dr Tarak Barkawi talk about his latest book Soldiers of Empire: Indian and British Armies in World War Two in a fascinating interview here.



IR PhD candidate Scott Hamilton receives a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship

Congratulations to Scott Hamilton on receiving a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016-17, for his project 'Rethinking Governance and Circulation: Global Cycles of Carbon, Water, and Radioactive Fallout'.

For further information, click here.


Congratulations to our IR Teachers for their awards in this year's LSE SU Teaching Excellence Awards

Joanne Yao was Highly Commended for Innovative Teaching, and Katharine Millar was Runner Up for Inspirational Teaching at this year’s LSE SU Teaching Excellence Awards.


IR Department PhD students receive bursaries

Congratulations to Ida Danewid & Evelyn Pauls on receiving prestigious LSE Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries to study abroad.

Ida Danewid, supervised by Mark Hoffman and Kirsten Ainley, has a bursary to go to the University of California, Berkeley. She will work with decolonial theorist Ramón Grosfoguel to further her research on solidarity, the global colour line and connected histories.

Evelyn Pauls, who is supervised by Kirsten Ainley, has a bursary to go to the National University of Singapore. She will work with Professor Aung-Thwin, a leading expert on Burmese history, to refine her work on the influence of international activism on states’ child recruitment practices, in particular in Myanmar.

Click here to find out more about the Partnership PhD Mobility Bursaries.


IR Department alumni appointed Director of re-eminent think tank

Dr Nathalie Tocci has been appointed Director of the Institute of International Affairs (IAI) Rome, Italy. IAI is one of the most pre-eminent think tanks in Europe. Nathalie received her PhD from the IRD in 2003 and was supervised by Lord William Wallace.

Read more here

Tocci Nathalie

Watch Professor Fawaz A Gerges' short film on ISIS: A History

The film explores some of the book’s central ideas, including in terms of the influences of dictatorship, poverty, sectarianism and foreign intervention in the Middle East on the rise and growth of ISIS.

The film is available on YouTube.

ISIS film

The Department of International Relations is pleased to announce the success of two of its PhD students at the recent ISA Conference.

Scott Hamilton’s paper, ‘Our Climate is Nuclear’ won the Best Graduate Paper Award in the Environmental Studies section.

Ida Danewid’s paper, ‘A Drowned Memory Space: White Innocence and the Politics of Mourning in the Black Mediterranean’ won the Third World Quarterly sponsored Edward Said award for Best Graduate Paper in the Global Development Studies section.


Dr Martin Bayly visits the University of Cambridge South Asian Studies Centre this week to discuss 'New Frontiers: Reworking the International History of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Borderlands' with Dr Elisabeth Leake.

On 21 February 2017, Martin will also visit The Sigure Centre for Asian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs to discuss his most recent book 'Taming the Imperial Imagination'. Visit the event web page for further information.


Russia's state of the art media strategy

Dr Tomila Lankina discusses Russia's state of the art media strategy in a new study, arguing that media monitoring can shed light on the Kremlin's opaque decision-making processes.

Read the full article here.

Dr Tomila Lankina

LSE Research Festival 2016

Congratulations to the International Relations Department students who were winners and highly commended in the LSE Research Festival 2016!

Winner of the Photography category: When war becomes reality
David Brenner PhD candidate

Watch his short interview

Winner of the Headlined Abstract category: Political player or passive administrator? The Federal Reserve Board's rise to dominance
Caroline Tan MSc International Relations

Watch her short interview

Highly commended in the Headlined Abstract category: Keep calm and carry on: how developing countries' leaders help build collective resilience after terrorist attacks
Nathanael Chouraqui MSc International Relations

You can view their work here.


Staff News

Dr Stephen Woolcock  gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations' Committee on international trade after Brexit. Click here to watch the debate.

Dr Tomila Lankina took part in the BBC Radio 4 topical news show The Now Show, talking about Trump and Putin.  Listen to it here for the next thirty days.

Professor Barry Buzan and Dr George Lawson's book The Global Transformation: History, Modernity and the Making of International Relations has been awarded the ISA's Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations 2017.

Dr Martin Hearson, LSE IR expert on tax treaties, was quoted in the Financial Times on Mauritius investment.

Dr Kirsten Ainley reviews Joe Hoover's book 'Reconstructing Human Rights'.

Professor Peter Trubowitz talks about the US Presidential Election in Newsweek and Chatham House.  He also writes regularly for the LSE US Centre blog.

Dr Martin Bayly gave an interview to Research Professional magazine in September on his British Academy Award.


IR Department Public Lecture Series Michaelmas Term 2016

The Department of International Relations is delighted to confirm an array of speakers for our Public Lecture series beginning Michaelmas Term 2016.

Open to staff, students and members of the public, the IR Department will host talks from a variety of internationally renowned academics including; Dr Harald Bøckman from the University of Oslo on China; Professor Giorgio Shani, Professor of Politics and IR at International Christian University, Tokyo on ‘post-secular’ human security; Professor Beth A. Simmons of Harvard University; and Nathalie Tocci, Special Adviser to EU HRVP Federica Mogherini, in charge of coordination of work on a new European Security Strategy, on Brexit and the EU Global Strategy.

Professor Nicola Phillips, Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sheffield, is our confirmed speaker at this year’s Martin Wight Memorial Lecture, presenting on Power and Inequality in the Global Political Economy.

This year’s Fred Halliday Memorial Lecture will welcome Professor Hatsue Shinohara, Professor of IR at the Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies (GSAPS), Waseda University, to speak on International Norm Change: The Outlawry of War in the Interwar Years.

Michaelmas Term will also see the start of a new Foreign Policy Analysis lecture series on competing theoretical trends within Foreign Policy Analysis and the future development of the discipline. Confirmed speakers so far include Professor Valerie M. Hudson, Professor and George H.W. Bush Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and Jeffrey W. Taliaferro, Associate Professor of Political Science at Tufts University.

For further information on our events, please visit the IR events webpage, or contact


Global South Unit lectures and workshops in Chile and Peru

Professor Chris Alden and Dr Alvaro Mendez of the International Relations Department's Global South Unit conducted a series of lectures, workshops and meetings in Peru and Chile in May 2016.

Examining the impact of China's growing presence within those countries, this multi-varied engagement brought home the importance of local knowledge in understanding emerging global trends.  One of the highlights of their visit to Santiago was a wonderful dinner with IRD alumni that included a lively discussion of the implications of BREXIT for the UK, Europe and Chile.


LSE SU Teaching Excellence Awards 2016 

The three members of the IR Department nominated for the LSESU Teaching Excellence Awards this year have all been Highly Commended.

Tarak Barkawi - Highly Commended for Inspirational Teaching
Ida Danewid - Highly Commended for Sharing Subject Knowledge
Taylor St John - Highly Commended for Excellent Feedback and Communication.

Read more here.


LSE Politics and International Relations is ranked third in 2016 world university rankings by subject

LSE Politics and International Relations has been ranked third in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2016 tables for Politics and International Studies.

The LSE scored 91.8 out of 100, following Harvard University and Oxford University. 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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Re-Collecting China, a short documentary film by Bill Callahan

This short film by Professor William A Callahan was made in conjunction with the exhibition at the LSE's Atrium Gallery: "An Archeology of Modern China: Artifacts of Revolution and Reform", which was sponsored by the IR Department.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the start of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-76), this short documentary film explores the everyday experience of revolution and reform by examining these cultural artifacts, and the people who collected them.

You can read more about it and see the film here.


Dr Ulrich Sedelmeier wins prize for (joint) best article of the Journal of Common Market Studies 

Ulrich Sedelmeier was awarded the prize for (joint) best article of the Journal of Common Market Studies published in 2014. He obtained the prize for his article ‘Anchoring Democracy from Above? The European Union and Democratic Backsliding in Hungary and Romania after Accession’, 52(1): 105-121.
The jury praised that “… Sedelmeier's article illustrates that academic research on European integration can be rigorous, timely, and relevant to societal problems at the same time.”

Read more and read the article here.


The Middle East Program at the Wilson Center, the International Relations Department at the London School of Economics, and the British Academy present

The Idea of Culture and Civilization in Contemporary Turkish Politics: Public Debate, Policy and Foreign Relations

Wed 20 April 2016, 9.30-2.30pm

This conference explores new ideas among Islamist and secular intellectuals in contemporary Turkey and inquires whether novel understandings exist about the relationship between Islam and modernity, East and West, and the position of Turkey itself within them. The conference will also investigate the impact of these understandings on public debate domestically in Turkey and on its foreign policy, specifically its relations with the United States and Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.

More info here

Katerina Dalacoura

LSE  Oral History - Tales from Houghton Street

During LSE’s 120th anniversary celebrations in 2015, 30 staff and alumni were interviewed for a small oral history project, including Emeritus Reader Nicholas Sims, a longtime member of the International Relations Department.

The collection Tales from Houghton Street is now live on the LSE Digital Library and it contains one introductory podcast and 30 full interview recordings.

For researchers, the collection is searchable by either interviewee or by subject and each recording has a short written summary. On the LSE History blog, there is a behind the scenes post by Clara Cook on making an LSE oral history.

You can also read Nicholas Sims' 'Reflections on 42 years in the International Relations Department' on our blog here.

Nicholas Sims

Professor Jeff Chwieroth's €250,000 award from the AXA Research Fund

Jeffrey Chwieroth, Professor of International Political Economy, has been awarded a €250,000 award from the AXA Research Fund to support his latest research project.
The AXA Research Award was designed to support mid-career researchers with extremely high potential for innovation in their fields.

Professor Chwieroth is researching 'Systemic risk in non-democratic societies: what determines the political consequences in the long run?'

You can read more about his ongoing research here.

Jeff Chwieroth

Attention LSE alumni in the US

Dr James Strong from the International Relations Department will be giving two talks at LSE Alumni events in April 2016 in Chicago and Washington DC on "The death of greatness? Britain’s role in the 21st century world order".

Click here for full details and how to book.


LSE Arts public exhibition

An Archeology of Modern China

Date: Monday 4 April – Friday 22 April 2016
Time: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm
Venue: Atrium Gallery, Old Building

To mark the 50th anniversary of the start of China’s Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), this exhibit explores the everyday experience of revolution and reform through cultural artifacts that give a tactile sense of the dramatic changes Chinese people have experienced since 1966.

The exhibit is based primarily on collections from LSE staff, and is curated by Professor William A. Callahan, International Relations Department, LSE.

This exhibition is open to all, no ticket required. Visitors are welcome during weekdays (Monday - Friday) between 10am and 8pm (excluding bank holidays, when the school is closed, at Christmas and Easter, or unless otherwise stated on the web listing).

For further information email or phone 020 7955 6043.


Learning Technology and Innovation Grant 

Two of our Graduate Teaching Assistants, Gustav Meibauer and Andreas Aagaard Nohr, have won a Learning Technology and Innovation Grant for their PowerPoint simulation games for use in undergraduate teaching.

Full details here.


Dr Jens Meierhenrich, Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE, recently talked to The Guardian about whether attacks on Middle East Christians are genocide.

Read full article here.


Political Mobilization and Democracy
Research project investigating the dynamics of popular mobilization in Russia and Eurasia

The project investigates the dynamics of popular mobilization in Russia and the other post-Soviet countries and explores wider questions of national and sub-national democracy, authoritarianism, and geopolitical orientations in the post-Soviet space.

The project is led by Tomila Lankina, Associate Professor at the LSE’s International Relations Department. At its various stages, the research received generous financial support from the British Academy; LSE Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD); LSE Centre for International Studies (CIS); LSE Seed Corn Fund; LSE International Relations Department (IRD) Research Infrastructure Investment Fund (RIIF); LSE Ideas; and the LSE IRD Seed Corn Fund.

Most recently, the British Academy has awarded Tomila Lankina a Mid-Career Fellowship (2015-2016) to analyse popular mobilization in the context of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. For this project, a laboratory has been set up to gather data on protest and to study the media’s role in driving or suppressing street discontent; and in furthering the political elite’s domestic and foreign policy objectives.

More information here


Dr Tarak Barkawi writes in Foreign Policy on 'Remembering War'

Dr Tarak Barkawi, Reader in IR at LSE, was Guest Columnist for Foreign Policy's Best Defense feature in February 2016 on the difference between remembering war and writing histories about it.


Third Annual CAF-LSE Global South Conference

Global Governance in an Era of Uncertainty 

Date: Friday, 15 January 2016 
Time: 9.00 - 18.15

Location: Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building, LSE Campus
This event is free and open to all, but registration is required.

To see the full programme and details of other speakers, or to registerclick here.

Opening Keynote address:

Chris Alden, Director of the Global South Unit
Craig Calhoun, Director of the LSE
Enrique García, President of CAF


LSE to address shortage of research on US domestic politics

Peter Trubowitz, professor of international relations and Director of the US Centre explained recently to Times Higher Education that the new LSE US Centre aims to address the shortage of research on US domestic politics which was mentioned in the 2014 REF overview report.  Read more here.


Visualising International Politics: student documentary films

Date: Monday 11 January - Friday 29 January 2016
Time:  Mon-Friday, 10am-8pm
Venue: Atrium Gallery, Old Building

In ‘Visual International Politics’ class, International Relations students didn’t just watch movies – they made their own films. This exhibit displays their six films, which range from topical issues such as the battle for public space in the post-9/11 era to enduring themes such as what does it mean to be British Asian.

This exhibition is organised by Professor William A Callahan and sponsored by LSE’s Department of International Relations.

This exhibition is open to all, no ticket required. Visitors are welcome during weekdays (Monday - Friday) between 10am and 8pm (excluding bank holidays, when the school is closed, or unless otherwise stated on the web listing).

For further information email or phone 020 7955 6043.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #VisualisingIR


Professor William A Callahan has been celebrated as an LSE Innovator for his use of an LTI grant to produce Visual International Politics Student Movies 

Professor William A Callahan is being celebrated as an LSE Innovator for his work on IR318 Visual International Politics.  He received a Learning Technology & Innovation Students-As-Producers Grant to help train students how to make short documentary films.

You can read more here.

LTI are still accepting grant applications until 15 January 2016.  Do you have an idea or a project to enhance teaching and learning through the use of technology? Do get in touch to tell them about it, it is not too late to apply for a Learning Technology and Innovation Grant. Open to staff and students. More info and inspiration on LTI’s blog.


China Dreams

Professor William A Callahan's 30-min film China Dreams was broadcast on KCET television (Los Angeles, California) in October 2015.

It was selected as part of a larger programme on "The China Dream," and can be viewed online here.


Two LSE MSc IR alumni have been appointed cabinet ministers in the Government of Canada.

Catherine McKenna (MSc International Relations 1996) is Minister of Environment and Climate Change, and William Morneau (MSc International Relations 1987) is Minister of Finance.


LSE IR Professor receives €250,000 award from the AXA Research Fund

Jeffrey Chwieroth, Professor of International Political Economy, has been awarded a €250,000 award from the AXA Research Fund to support his latest research project.
The AXA Research Award was designed to support mid-career researchers with extremely high potential for innovation in their fields.

Professor Chwieroth will use it to investigate the political consequences of systemic risk in non-democratic societies over the long run. The project will be carried out from 2016-19.

Jeff Chwieroth

Professor Peter Trubowitz launches new United States Centre

Peter Trubowitz, Professor of International Relations, is the Director of a new United States Centre at LSE, formally launching in late October. A part of the Institute of Global Affairs, the US Centre will serve as a hub for global expertise, analysis, and commentary on America, as well as means to promote innovative research on the international and domestic sides of American political life.

The Centre will operate three research streams, dealing with Geopolitics and Foreign Policy, Globalisation and the Economy, and Democracy and Governance. Professor Trubowitz is joined in the Centre by Nick Kitchen, who gained his doctorate from the IR Department in 2009, and Professor Emeritus Mick Cox, who serves on the Centre’s steering Committee. A number of IR faculty are also associated with the new Centre.

Read more on our blog.


IR Staff - recent activities:

William A. Callahan's film, 'toilet adventures' has been shortlisted for a 'Research in Film' award given by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). The winners will be announced at a November gala at the British Film Institute.

On, Prof. William A. Callahan explains how the Chinese president could win a Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr James Strong recently recorded a podcast for Chatham House promoting International Affairs 91:5 - Interpreting the Syria Vote.

Dr Katerina Dalacoura has been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship on ‘Alternative Universalisms? Contemporary Turkish Discourses on Culture in International Relations’ from 1 September 2015 – 31 August 2016.

Dr Tomila Lankina has been awarded a British Academy Mid-Career grant to conduct research into Political Mobilization in Ukraine and Russia from 1 October 2015 - 30 September 2016.

New member of the IR faculty, Dr Janina Dill, is involved in a Symposium on the Blog of the European Journal of International War based on her book Legitimate Targets? Social Construction, International Law and US Bombing.

Professor Karen E Smith and the European Foreign Policy Unit  have been involved in the debate on Brexit, giving evidence to the UK government and parliament.  Read more on our blog.


IR student Dimitrios Stroikos wins ISA prize

One of the IR Department's research students, Dimitrios Stroikos, has just been awarded 'The English School Award for Outstanding Research Paper by a Younger Scholar' awarded by the ISA English School section, for his paper on "International Society in Orbit: Reconceptualizing Order on the Higher Frontier.”

He will receive the award at the 2016 ISA convention in Atlanta.


Bill Callahan has published the new documentary film 'Mearsheimer vs. Nye on the Rise of China' on the The Diplomat:

The rise of China is the key issue of the 21st century. Can China rise peacefully? Has America’s engagement policy created a peer competitor? How should the U.S. respond to Beijing’s island-building in the South China Sea, and its institution-building in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)?

This short documentary film (19 minutes) by Bill Callahan examines how the personal experiences of iconic IR theorists John Mearsheimer (Chicago) and Joseph S. Nye, Jr. (Harvard) on their first trips to China have framed their strategic understandings of U.S.-China relations. Are Offensive Realists like Mearsheimer correct that a rising China is structurally determined to challenge the hegemonic U..? Can U.S.-China relations be managed through diplomacy and international organisations, as the Liberal Institutionalists argue? Or does America’s China policy need a combination of Realism and Liberalism, as Nye suggests?

Bill Callahan is professor of international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His films can be viewed at


Department of International Relations alumna wins British Council Education UK Alumni Award

Ella (Weikang) Wang has won a British Council Education UK Alumni Award.  She graduated from the International Relations Department with an MSc in Politics of the World Economy (International Political Economy) in 2005.

Her goal was to embark on a career in economics and politics, so the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) was the obvious choice, owing to its recognised global brand and strong partnerships in China.

‘Studying at LSE broadened my perspective to care about environmental political economics and it led me to a career in environmental protection,’ Ella says.

Ella’s remarkable career in environmental protection is going from strength to strength.  For more information about Ella's career and the award, visit the British Council website.


International Relations Department Teaching Excellence Awards 2015

The Department is pleased and proud to announce that five of our staff have been awarded Teaching Excellence Awards by the LSE Student Union.

- Leo Baccini, Winner for Inspirational Teaching

- Martin Hearson, Highly Commended for Excellent Feedback and Communication

- Gustav Meibauer, Highly Commended for Innovative Teaching

- James Morrison, Highly Commended for Excellent Welfare and Pastoral Support

- James Strong, Winner for Sharing Subject Knowledge

The panels were made of up of students, SU officers and staff and every nominee received anonymous comments from students. Each category has one winner and two highly commended nominees.


International Trade Policy Unit: Seminars 2015

The International Trade Policy Unit (ITPU) in the International Relations Department of the LSE was established to provide a link between academic research on trade-related topics and the wider debate on trade policy and to promote an informed debate on international trade issues.

As one of its activities the ITPU organises occasional talks and short conferences on trade topics and this year sees a number of upcoming events.

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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