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The Ideas of 1989

Public Lecture series

This lecture series aims to reassess the global political significance of the 1989 revolutions.

During the 1980's there was a ferment of new ideas which arose not from established circles but from new social movements of this period and the communication between them. The rebirth of civil society, concepts like anti-politics or détente from below, the links that were made between peace and human rights all contributed to a new discourse that has had an important impact both on thinking and on foreign policy during the 1990's.

20thOctober 1999
Dr Mary Kaldor, Programme Director, CsGG, LSE
Bringing Peace and Human Rights Together
Chair: Professor Fred Halliday, LSE

27th October 1999
Adam Michnik, Editor, Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
The Rebirth of Civil Society
Chair: Lord Dahrendorf

3rd November 1999
Alexi Pankin, Media Monitoring service Director, Moscow
Soviet 'New Thinking'
Chair: Professor Margot Light, LSE

11th November 1999
Timothy Garton Ash, St Anthony's College, Oxford
Neal Ascherson, The Observer
Mick Cox, University of Wales
Dr Barbara Einhorn, University of Sussex
Round Table Debate on the Global Significance of 1989
Chair: Professor Lord Desai, LSE

On 13th January 2000, a final panel on the Influence of the Ideas of 1989 on Foreign Policy will take place with Robin Cook, George Papendreou and Jan Kavan

All lectures will take place in the Old Theatre, LSE from 6pm. Receptions will follow each lecture and will be held in the Senior Common Room.

During 1998 and 1999, The Centre for the Study of Global Governance received two generous grants from the Macarthur Foundation and the Rockefellor Foundation to set up a new programme on Global Civil Society to compliment and further develop the Centre's activities. This series is one of a number of new projects that the Centre is now able to pursue.


Notes to editors The Centre continues:

  • To Enquire into the origins and nature of urgent problems facing the globe, be they poverty, population growth, environmental degradation, lack of human rights, migration of human populations, insufficient economic development or emergency relief, which are amenable to global, i.e., multinational co-operative, solutions and to advance successful solution with a view;
  • To Inform by way of Public Lectures, seminars and discussion papers, the interest public, so as to encourage a debate and dialogue about the problems and their positive solutions, so as
  • To Influence agencies and organisations engaged in seeking and implementing solutions to these urgent problems.

For further information about the Centre and its work, please write to;
Ms Joanne Hay
The Centre for the Study of Global Governance
The London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street
email: j.hay@lse.ac.uk|

12 October 1999