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LSE launches new centre for the study of the Cold War

Professor John Mearsheimer, R Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and co-director of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago, will speak on Why the Bush Doctrine Crashed and Burned in Iraq on Tuesday 12 October at LSE.

This lecture marks the first in a series of lectures to mark the launch of LSE's new Cold War Studies Centre. The first of its kind in Europe, the Centre aims to bring together scholars from around the world in an ambitious project that will not only study the many aspects of a conflict that lasted 40 years and shaped all our lives, but also explore the several ways in which the rise and fall of what one observer termed the 'Great Contest' continues to shape our modern world. 

The central purpose of this exciting new lecture series will be to examine the complex relationship between the most important event of the second half of the 20th century - the Cold War - and the defining conflict of the new Millennium: the war on terror.

Professor Cox said: 'We live in an age where the present is increasingly hostage to the past. There is agreement that central issues such as the foreign policy of the last remaining superpower, terrorism, state failure, and weapons of mass destruction have their origins in the international history of the late 20th century, but few attempts have been made thus far in studying these connections in their full historical and spatial context.

'Without making further gains in grasping the international significance of the Cold War, and especially the way it ended and the legacy it left behind, we stand less prepared for the choices we need to make today. LSE's new Cold War Studies Centre aims to make its own contribution to this debate, one we hope that adds a very specific European dimension to a debate that has so far been largely American in character.'

The series continues with:

  • Wednesday 20 October. Dr Anatol Lieven, senior associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC, on America Right or Wrong? American Nationalism from the War on Communism to the War on Terror. Click here for more information. 
  • Thursday 11 November. Professor Fred Halliday, LSE, on Rethinking the Origins of September 11: the end of history and the collapse of the Soviet empire. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday 17 November. Richard Ned Lebow, James O Freedman Presidential Professor of Government, Dartmouth College, on World Orders in Chaos: from the end of the cold war to the war on terror. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday 8 December. G John Ikenberry, Peter F Krogh Professor of Geopolitics and Global Justice, Georgetown University, on From Containment to Pre-emption: American grand strategies revisited. Click here for more information. 

The Cold War Studies Centre is directed by Professor Michael Cox of the Department of International Relations and Professor Odd Arne Westad of the Department of International History.

Why the Bush Doctrine Crashed and Burned in Iraq is on Tuesday 12 October at 1.15pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required.


To reserve a press seat for this event or for more information on the Centre, please contact:

  • Dr Svetozar Rajak, Centre for the Study of the Cold War, on 020 7852 3626 or email cwsc@lse.ac.uk
  • Or Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060, email: j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk 

29 September 2004