News and Events
Department of International Relations
Fred Halliday Memorial Lecture
"What is the Responsibility to Protect?"
Date: Monday 9 March 2015 6pm-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, LSE
Speaker: Professor Michael Walzer, Emeritus Professor at Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, Princeton
Chair: Professor Christopher Hughes
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. His books (among them Just and Unjust Wars, Spheres of Justice, The Company of Critics, Thick and Thin: Moral Argument at Home and Abroad, and On Toleration) and essays have played a part in the revival of practical, issue-focused ethics and in the development of a pluralist approach to political and moral life. 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.
This event is free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.
LSE Department of International Relations and Department of Anthropology Literary Festival discussion
The China Dream
Date: Tuesday 24 February 2015 Time: 7-8.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
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'.
All events in the Festival are free to attend and open to all. E-tickets will be available to book online after 10am on Tuesday 3 February via LSE E Shop.
IR Staff - recent activities
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 https://www.facebook.com/JHUBIPR or https://twitter.com/JHU_BIPR 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.
Millennium: Journal of International Studies
Annual conference 17-19 October 2014
Quo Vadis IR: Method, Methodology and Innovation
Speakers include Patrick Thaddeus Jackson, Andrew Bennett and Kimberly Hutchings.
This conference takes place at the LSE and discounts for students and day attendees are available.
More information 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 is co-hosting the US Foreign Policy Conference at LSE on September 17-19. Please click here for the detailed programme.
Across 3 days, the conference will bring together scholars of US foreign policy from the UK, Europe, the United States and Canada, along with policymakers and postgraduate students – over 100 participants in all.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Global Perspectives’. It reflects the fact that the impact of US foreign policy is felt everywhere and at every level. Deep histories animate American engagements almost everywhere. The United States dominates the settlements of the global economy and defines the terms of international development. It is the state looked to in times of international crisis, and to lead in addressing global challenges. Yet the power and purpose behind US decision-making is the subject of perpetual debate. Critical approaches contrast American values with US actions. And America’s polarised domestic politics betray a profound ambivalence to its international role.
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.
The Dominique Jacquin-Berdal Travel Grant for 2014 has been awarded to Maddalena Procopio for her research in Kenyan State-Society's negotiations vis-a-vis China.
You can read more about this year's award on the IR blog here.
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 email@example.com 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.
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
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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).
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.
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..
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
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.