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News and Events

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.


LSE Politics and International Relations is ranked fourth in 2015 world university rankings by subject

LSE Politics and International Relations has been ranked fourth in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2015 tables for Politics and International Studies.

The LSE scored 92.1 out of 100, following Harvard University, Princeton 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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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.


International Relations Fred Halliday Memorial Lecture:

Conflict-Related Sexual Violence: the politics of the UN Security Council's approach to the protection of civilians

Speaker: Professor Anne Marie Goetz
Chair: Professor Chris Hughes
Date: Thursday 19 November 2015, 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

This lecture will provide a history of the policy processes leading to the Security Council resolutions recognising conflict related sexual violence as a tactic of warfare and outlining political, security, judicial and humanitarian responses.

Anne Marie Goetz (@amgoetz) is a Clinical Professor at the Center for Global Affairs, New York University. She is on sabbatical from UN Women, where she is Chief Advisor on Peace and Security.

Christopher Hughes is Professor of International Relations and Head of Department at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

For any queries contact or 0207 955 6043.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEHalliday

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Dahrendorf Forum, International Relations and LSE IDEAS Public Lecture:

Russian Foreign Policy as an Exercise in Nation-Building

Speaker: Dr Dmitri Trenin
Chair: Professor Michael Cox
Date: Tuesday 03 November 2015, 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

Leading Moscow-based analyst Dimitri Trenin opens up the black-box of Russia’s foreign policy and sheds light in particular on the role of the internal factors.

This public lecture is organised on the occasion of the publication of Russia’s Foreign Policy: Ideas, Domestic Politics and External Relations, a collective volume co-edited by LSE academics Dr David Cadier and Professor Margot Light, to which Dr Trenin contributed a chapter. 

Dmitri Trenin (@DmitriTrenin) is Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center and a Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

For any queries contact or 0207 955 6043.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEDahrendorf


Martin Wight Memorial Lecture 2015
Powers of a Kind? The Anomalous Positions of Britain and France in World Politics

Speaker: Prof Christopher Hill, Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, Cambridge University

Chair: Sir Adam Roberts KCMG, Emeritus Professor of International Relations, Oxford University

Date: 3 Nov 2015 18:00 to 19:00

Venue: Chatham House, London

Since the loss of their empires, Britain and France have been seen as states in relative decline:  no longer great powers but not typical of the large category of middle range powers. Despite relatively small populations and financial constraints they retain their status as permanent members of the UN Security Council and display ambitions to continue to exert significant global influence. At times, London and Paris deal with this anomaly by acting in harness but, at others, their foreign policies diverge dramatically; not least because of the very different domestic traditions from which they emerge. 

Non-Chatham House members can register by sending an email to Linda Bedford,


International Relations Public Lecture:

The Modern Mercenary: private armies and what they mean for world order

Speaker: Dr Sean McFate
Chair: Professor Christopher Coker
Date: Monday 19 October 2015, 6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

McFate provides an unparalleled perspective into the nuts and bolts of the private military industry, as well as a sobering prognosis for the future of war.

Sean McFate (@seanmcfate) is Associate Professor at the National Defense University, Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown School of Foreign Service. Sean is an alumnus at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Christopher Coker is Professor of International Relations at LSE.

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

Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us at or 0207 955 6043.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEMcFate


International Relations Public Lecture:

The Coming Revolution in "Data Access and Research Transparency" in Social Scientific Research

Speaker: Professor Andrew Moravcsik
Chair: Dr James Morrison
Date: Thursday 08 October 2015, 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Advances in qualitative sources' accessibility are transforming the way these sources are used—and cited. Professor Andrew Moravcsik will discuss the multidisciplinary, multi-institutional effort to generate new standards in this digital age.

Andrew Moravcsik is Professor of Politics and International Affairs, and Director of the European Union Program in the Department of Politics and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

James Morrison is Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at LSE.

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

Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

For any queries see LSE Events FAQ or contact us at or 0207 955 6043

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEdata


International Relations Public Lecture:

The Political and the International: Reflections on the Singapore Mutiny, 1915

Speaker: Professor Itty Abraham
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun
Date: Thursday 24 September 2015, 6.30 - 8.00pm
Venue: Clement House 2.02

This lecture will explore how the Singapore mutiny offers a unique window into the processes shaping and regulating an emergent space of the international, a novel imaginary describing an unsettled zone of attraction and desire.

Itty Abraham is a Professor in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies at the National University of Singapore.

Craig Calhoun is Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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

Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

For any queries, please contact or 020 7955 6821.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSESingapore


2015 Millennium Conference
Failure and Denial in World Politics.

Date:  17-18 October, 2015

Location: The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK.

International relations are enmeshed in political failure and denial: from the governing of global climate change, financial collapse, and nuclear proliferation, to liberal statebuilding, development, and the potential for pandemics. Failure and denial reside in the background of world politics. In spite of their ubiquity and global relevance, however, it is paradoxical that these concepts remain under-theorised and under-conceptualised in International Relations scholarship. The 2015 Millennium Conference thus aspires to open new and critical grounds for debate and discussion by examining this paradox. It is a call for IR to theorise what has remained in the background of its thought and theory until now: failure and denial in world politics.

For more information click here

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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.


Dinam Workshop 23 June 2015:
Reinventing Corporate Accountability After Rana Plaza

The 2014-15 David Davies of Llandinam Research Fellow, Jeroen Merk, held a workshop entitled 'Reinventing Corporate Accountability After Rana Plaza' on Tuesday 23 June 2015.

The Rana Plaza collapse - which resulted in a death toll of over 1100 victims, and leaving more than 2,500 workers people injured - is the deadliest garment-factory disaster in history. For many observers, the collapse revealed the moral bankruptcy of private regulatory initiatives, including codes of conduct and their monitoring systems, set up to address substandard working conditions within global production networks. This one-day workshop will bring together experts to discuss alternative strategies of regulating corporate behavior throughout global production networks. It will debate the role of (transnational) social movements and solidarity in keeping lead firms accountable; explore the role of initiatives that put labor agency central; and debate possibilities for keeping corporations legally accountable for substandard working conditions.

Click here for Conference Programme and Speaker Biographies [PDF]


International Relations Public Lecture:

Anglo-American Civilisation and its Discontents in World Affairs

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015, Time: 6.30-8.00pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Speaker: Professor Peter Katzenstein
Chair: Professor Peter Trubowitz

How should we think about Anglo-America? How does it differ from the world's other civilisations -- Islam, Sinic, Indian, European, Eurasian, African -- and where does it converge with them? Professor Peter Katzenstein will explore these and related questions about Anglo-America, the West, and the possibilities of a more inclusive global civilisation.

Peter Katzenstein is the former President of the American Political Science Association and the Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies at Cornell University.

Peter Trubowitz is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economic and Political Science.

Video and audio podcast available here.


Department of International Relations and LSE US Centre public lecture

Is the American Century Over?

Tuesday 9 June, 4-5.15pm
Old Theatre, Old Building
Professor Joseph N Nye
Chair: Professor Peter Trubowitz

Joseph S Nye Jr
is University Distinguished Service Professor, and former Dean of the Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. In a recent survey of international relations scholars, he was ranked as the most influential scholar on American foreign policy, and in 2011, Foreign Policy named him one of the top 100 Global Thinkers. His most recent book, Is The American Century Over? was published in March 2015.

Downloadable podcast available here.


International Relations Public Lecture

Xi Jinping's Vision of China's Role in Asia and Beyond

Speaker: LSE Emeritus Prof. Michael Yahuda
Place: New Theatre, East Building, EAS.E171
Date: Tues 5 May 2015, Time: 16.00-17.30

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.. For any queries please contact William A. Callahan on  


International Relations Public Lecture

The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian traditions and a sustainable future

Date: Monday 11 May 2015, Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building, London School of Economics
Speaker: Professor Prasenjit Duara
Discussants: Professor William A Callahan, Professor Stephan Feuchtwang, Professor Rana Miter
Chair: Professor Lord Desai

Prof Prasenjit Duara will discuss his new book, The Crisis of Global Modernity: Asian traditions and a sustainable future, which suggests that Asian ideas can help us address the crises of the 21st century.

Audio podcast available here.


Department of International Relations
Fred Halliday Memorial Lecture

"What is the Responsibility to Protect?"

Date: Monday 9 March 2015 6pm-7.30pm
Venue: Old Theatre, LSE

Speaker: Professor Michael Walzer, Emeritus Professor at Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, Princeton
Chair: Professor Christopher Hughes 

The lecture discussed the very fraught "responsibility" through the lens of the Syrian uprising and civil war. It will look at Syria at different moments from 2011-2014, stressing the uncertainties about what was happening and what to do, and asking how uncertainty intersects with responsibility. Who is responsible? When does the responsibility kick in? What action does it require?

As a professor, author, editor, and lecturer, Michael Walzer has addressed a wide variety of topics in political theory and moral philosophy: political obligation, just and unjust war, nationalism and ethnicity, economic justice and the welfare state. A new book, The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counter-revolutions will be out in March 2015.

Christopher Hughes is the Head of the Department of International Relations.


Department of International Relations Inaugural Lecture
VIP: Visual International Politics

Date: Monday 16 March 2015 Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speaker: Professor William A Callahan
Chair: Professor Chris Brown

Although we live in a visual age, few actually study the role of images in international politics. This inaugural lecture will examine how maps, photographs and film can tell us much about the international politics of war, identity and sovereignty.

William A. Callahan is Professor of International Relations at the LSE, and his recent publications include China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future (2013), and the documentary video, China Dreams: The Debate (2014).

Chris Brown is a Professor of International Relations at the LSE.

Listen to or download the podcast and slides here.


Department of International Relations public discussion

The Global Transformation: history, modernity and the making of international relations

Date: Tuesday 17 March 2015 Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Professor Barry Buzan, Professor Craig Calhoun, Dr George Lawson, Professor Juergen Osterhammel, Dr Ayse Zarakol
Chair: Dr Heather Jones

This event marks the launch of a new book: The Global Transformation: history, modernity and the making of international relations, co-authored by Barry Buzan and George Lawson.

Barry Buzan is Emeritus Professor in the Department of International Relations at LSE and a Fellow of the British Academy.

Craig Calhoun is Director and President of LSE.

George Lawson is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Relations at LSE.

Jurgen Osterhammel is Professor of Modern History at the University of Konstanz and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy.

Ayse Zarakol is a University Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at Emmanuel College.

Heather Jones is Associate Professor in the Department of International History at LSE. 

Video and podcasts available to watch/listen to or download here.

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Centre for International Studies and Department of International Relations public lecture

Palestine and International Justice

Date: Wednesday 18 March 2015 Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building
Speakers: Professor Kevin Jon Heller, Dr Dov Jacobs, Dr Michael Kearney, Dr Mark Kersten, Dr Chantal Meloni, Dr Leslie Vinjamuri
Chair: Dr Kirsten Ainley

This roundtable will examine the issues raised by the accession of Palestine to the International Criminal Court. The speakers will also discuss the wider justice issues involved in Israel/Palestine, including the role of international inquiries and other domestic and international attempts to end impunity in the conflict.

The speakers on the roundtable are experts on the politics of international criminal law and justice issues in the Middle East.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email or call 020 7107 5118. 


Global South Unit Public Lecture

Myanmar: politics, pragmatism, and foreign policy

Date: Wednesday 22 April 2015, 6.30-8.00pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

Speaker: David I Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies Emeritus, Georgetown University and visiting scholar, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.

Although local and international attention are now naturally focused on the scheduled 2015 Myanmar elections, Professor Steinberg explores longer term past governance trends in Myanmar, their interplay with the country’s international relations, and factors influencing such relations in the post-election period.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email  Twitter hashtag #LSEMyanmar.


Global South Unit Public Discussion

Myanmar's 2015 Elections: hopes, expectations, and certitudes

Date: Thursday 23 April 2015, 12.30-2.00pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House

David I. Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies Emeritus, Georgetown University and visiting scholar, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Min Zin, regular contributor to the Foreign Policy’s Transitions blog and PhD candidate, University of California, Berkeley.
Myat Thu, Director and co-founder, Yangon School of Political Science
Hein Myat Thu Htet, Foundation doctor, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton

The upcoming general elections in Myanmar are a litmus test for the country’s transition process. This roundtable discusses pre-election strategizing and post-election scenarios and implications.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For any queries email  Twitter hashtag #LSEMyanmar


LSE Arts public exhibition
Atrium Gallery, Old Building
Monday 13 April – Friday 12 May, 10am-8pm

A view from the border: Everyday lives in Burma’s conflict zones in times of transition

The photo exhibition portrays Burma’s conflict-ridden borderlands. By doing so it asks how the country’s wider transition affects the everyday lives of ethnic minorities, including displaced communities and insurgents.

This exhibition is open to all, no ticket required. Visitors are welcome Monday-Friday between 10am and 8pm. Please click here for details
More Info: or call 020 7107 5342.

This exhibition is supported by the International Relations Department at LSE.

Read a photo essay about this exhibition on our blog.

Photo credit to: Hkun Lat


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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LSE Literary Festival Lecture

The 'School': the LSE from the Webbs to the Third Way

Date: Tuesday 24 February 2015
Speaker: Professor Michael Cox
Chair: Sue Donnelly

In 1895 the LSE was born with little to suggest that it would one day become one of the most influential and respected universities in the world. But how did the "School" come into being in the first place? What role did key figures like Sidney and Beatrice Webb play? What was their vision? Was it ever realized? And how did this relatively small, somewhat ill-housed, often poorly resourced, and frequently much-criticized institution that many saw as the enemy of the established order, come to play such a key role in British and global politics over the next century?

Michael Cox is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Professor of International Relations at LSE.

Sue Donnelly is LSE Archivist.

Audio podcast available to listen or download here.


LSE Department of International Relations and Department of Anthropology Literary Festival discussion

The China Dream

Date: Tuesday 24 February 2015
Speakers: Professor William A Callahan, Chan Koonchung, Isabel Hilton
Chair: Dr Hans Steinmüller

The 'China Dream' is the keyword of contemporary propaganda discourse in the People's Republic. This panel discusses the immense variety of aspirations and dreams in contemporary Chinese society.

William A Callahan is Professor of International Relations at the LSE, and his recent publications include China Dreams: 20 Visions of the Future, and the documentary video, China Dreams: The Debate.

Chan Koonchung is a Chinese writer and critic. His novel The Fat Years- China in 2013 presents a dystopian future in which the dream of a 'harmonious society' has been realized. His latest book is The Unbearable Dreamworld of Champa the Driver.

Isabel Hilton (@isabelhilton) is a writer and broadcaster, and founding editor of Chinadialogue. She has worked with the BBC, the New Yorker, the Guardian, Granta, the Independent, among others. Her publications include Eating Mud Crabs in Kandahar and The Search for the Panchen Lama. In 2009 she was awarded an OBE.

Hans Steinmüller is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at LSE. On the basis of long-term fieldwork in rural China he has published Communities of Complicity. Everyday Ethics in Rural China.

This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2015, taking place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015, with the theme 'Foundations'.

Audio podcast available to listen or download here.


IR Staff - recent activities

Dr Tomila Lankina, associate professor, recently provided evidence to the House of Lords inquiry into EU-Russia relations and has been quoted in the final report that the Inquiry has recently produced.  See here for more information and to read the report.

Dr Peter Wilson, associate professor, gave a lecture to the Bologna Institute for Policy Reseach, Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe, 17 November 2014, on ‘British Liberalism in the Interwar Years’. For further details see or or watch a 3-Question Interview here.

An essay by Professor Fawaz A Gerges on the origins of ISIS, entitled ISIS and the Third Wave of Jihadism has been published in the December 2014 edition of Current History journal.
The Islamic State has taken the world by surprise with its lightning offensives in Iraq and Syria. Understanding the group requires exploring its roots in the global jihadist movement. Available free to non-subscribers here [PDF].


Department of International Relations public lecture

Shared Responsibility: the importance of international partnerships to homeland security

Date: Wednesday 5 November 2014
Speaker: Alejandro Mayorkas
Chair: Professor Peter Trubowitz

The Deputy Secretary of US Department of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, delivered remarks on the close partnership between the United Kingdom and the United States on a variety of Homeland Security issues, including counterterrorism, aviation security, cybersecurity, travel and trade, and countering violent extremism.

Watch or download the video here.


The new book on international negotiations by Dr Kai Monheim, a recent PhD graduate from the Department of International Relations, is due out on 5 November and available for pre-order now:

How Effective Negotiation Management Promotes Multilateral Co-operation: The power of process in climate, trade and biosafety negotiations, will be published by Routledge in November 2014.

The book examines the determinants of success or failure at such summits in an effort to formulate the regimes and management processes which drive multilateral negotiations. It uses in-depth empirical analysis gathered at major global summits from South Africa to Mexico and from Doha to Geneva.

For further information visit our blog.


IR staff - recent activities

Professor Christopher Coker took part in BBC Radio 4's Start The Week on Monday 29 September 2014.  You can listen or download it here (42 mins).

‘Modernity and International Relations: Can’t Live With It, Can’t Live Without It’
Workshop supported by the IR Department at LSE and the BISA Working Group on Historical Sociology and IR
Sept 2014.  Read Report on our blog

Professor Peter Trubowitz has been elected the Chair of the International History and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association

Dr Kirsten Ainley has recently had a blog published on the Justice in Conflict website: It’s an analysis of reactions to the recent verdicts in Case 002/01 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.

The IRD Department has been successful in an application for a Jean Monnet network (involving teaching and research) to which Dr Bicchi, Dr Economides, Dr Sedelmeier and Professor Smith from the IRD participated, together a network of 6 other European universities.

The application for a consultancy project to the EU Council of Regions, to which the IRD/European Foreign Policy Unit participated, was also successful.


The Paradox of China's Peaceful Rise

Tuesday 7 October 2014, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Sheikh Zayed Theatre, NAB

Speaker: Professor Barry Buzan
Discussant: Professor Arne Westad
Chair: Professor Michael Cox

Despite the widespread view that China does not have a coherent grand strategy, China has already articulated one that is based on the home-grown idea of ‘peaceful rise/development’ (PRD). The key issue is whether the logic of this grand strategy, and the contradictions within it, are fully understood, and whether China has sufficient depth and coherence in its policy-making processes to implement such a strategy. This lecture will explore key issues arising from their idea of ‘Peaceful Rise/Development’.

Audio podcast available here.


Department of International Relations and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment public lecture

The Politics of Climate Change 2014: what cause for hope?

Date: Tuesday 14 October 2014 Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Lord Giddens Chair: Professor Stuart Corbridge

Professor Lord Giddens published The Politics of Climate Change in 2007and is currently preparing a new edition for publication in 2015. In this lecture he will consider how much progress has been made since the work was first published in containing global warming - arguably one of the greatest threats to a stable future for humanity.

Anthony Giddens is a former director of LSE and a Member of the House of Lords.

Video and audio podcast available here.


Department of International Relations public lecture

Nominal Democracy? Prospects for Democratic Global Governance

Date: Tuesday 28 October 2014 Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Robert O Keohane

Democratic global governance is a worthy ideal, but it is a naïve pursuit which risks purely nominal democracy.

Robert O Keohane is Professor of International Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #LSEdemocracy

Audio podcast available here.


Global South Unit public lecture

Rethinking a new development agenda for Latin America

Date: Wednesday 29 October 2014
Speaker: Enrique Garcia
Chair: Professor Chris Alden

Enrique Garcia has been the Executive President of CAF since December 1991. He was Bolivia's Minister of Planning and Coordination and Head of the Economic and Social Cabinet between 1989 and 1991. In addition, he acted as Bolivia's Governor at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the River Plate Basin Development Fund. He is the Chair of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Latin America, Vice President of Canning House, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Dialogue, member of the Advisory of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Harvard Kennedy School Dean's Council, among others.

Chris Alden is Professor in International Relations, LSE; Director of LSE-IDEAS Africa Programme; and Programme Head, Global Powers and Africa, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). 

Listen or download the audio podcast here.


LSE IDEAS in conjunction with the International Relations Department

The EU, Russia and Ukraine: Lessons Learned

Thursday 6 November 2014, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Wolfson Theatre, NAB
Speakers: Dr Tomila Lankina, Professor Karen E Smith, Professor Vladislav Zubok, Dr Gwendolyn Sasse; Chair: Professor Michael Cox

LSE experts will be debating what the EU got right and what it got wrong in the political crisis that followed Ukraine’s refusal to sign the Association Agreement in November 2013.

Listen or download the audio podcast here.


US Foreign Policy Conference 17-19 September 2014

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

Across 3 days, the conference brought 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 the conference was ‘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.

Click here to view short video about the conference


Department of International Relations Public Lecture
in association with The Gilbert Murray Trust

Power Politics and the Humanitarian Impulse: the United Nations in the post-Cold War era

Date: Wednesday 26 November 2014, 6.30-8.00pm
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speaker: Professor Mats Berdal, King's College London

How can the UN's mission to raise humanitarian standards find its way in a world dominated by security concerns and power competition?

Mats Berdal is Professor of Security and Development and King's College, London.

Listen or download the podcast here.


Centre for International Studies and Department of International Relations public lecture

China and Responsible Protection

Date: Friday 5 December 2014 Time: 6.30-8pm
Speaker: Dr Ruan Zongze
Chair: Professor Christopher Hughes

Dr Ruan will speak on the special responsibilities that 'Great Powers' incur in the international system, specifically China and the Responsibility to Protect doctrine. He will argue that frequent use of military force in the name of ‘protection' encourages bellicosity in international relations. In order to ensure the success of protection, the UN should establish a monitoring mechanism, and effective evaluation and accountability systems, with national reconstruction after intervention being given sustained support.

Ruan Zongze is Vice-President of the China Institute of International Studies, editor-in-chief of the CIIS journal China International Studies and member of the UNDP Human Development Report Advisory Panel. He is an expert in China-US Relations.

Christopher Hughes is the Head of the Department of International Relations and an expert in Chinese politics and international relations

Listen to the audio podcast of this event here (right-click to download).


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.


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.

Professor Iver B Neumann

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

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).



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.


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 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".


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).




Professor Iver B Neumann

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

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.


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]

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..

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


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