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Global Politics After Iraq

Robin Cook MP, Professor David Held, LSE, Will Hutton, Work Foundation, and Professor Mary Kaldor, LSE, will debate Global Politics After Iraq at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Tuesday 27 April.

The debate marks the launch of David Held's new book Global Covenant: the social democratic alternative to the Washington Consensus, published by Polity in April 2004.

The publication examines the failures of international politics in the aftermath of September 11 and the war against Iraq. David Held argues that there were and are alternatives to the way the western coalitions responded to the profound challenges of mass terrorism and political violence - alternatives which can better address the roots of these challenges and deliver political and social justice.

The aim of Global Covenant is to focus on feasible and effective policy choices leading to a progressive transformation of global affairs. Against the ideologues who are wholly in favour or hostile to globalisation, this book shows how globalisation can be better regulated to deliver human development, equitable economic change, democracy and justice.

  • Robin Cook MP held a range of shadow cabinet posts before entering government as UK foreign secretary in 1997. He was leader of the House of Commons from 2001 to March 2003, when he resigned from the Cabinet over military action against Iraq.
  • David Held is Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science at LSE
  • Will Hutton is chief executive of the Work Foundation
  • Professor Mary Kaldor is director of the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at LSE.

Global Politics After Iraq is on Tuesday 27 April at 5.30pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton St, London WC2A. The event is free and open to all but a ticket is required.


  • Members of the public: All tickets available online have now been allocated. If you have not been successful in requesting a ticket then you have two options on the day:
    Returns Queue: There will be a returns queue in operation for the Old Theatre. Entry is not guaranteed to this event via the returns queue.
    Video Link Venue: There will also be a live video link to the New Theatre, East Building. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry to this venue will be on a first come, first serve basis. Doors to this venue will open at 5pm.
  • LSE students: Tickets for LSE students will be available from the SU reception from Monday 26 April from 10am.
  • Members of the press: to request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.Winterstein@lse.ac.uk Tickets will be allocated from Monday 19 April.

For information on Global Covenant, or to request a review copy, contact Charles Watson, Polity, on tel: 01865 382 245, fax: 01865 381245, Email: charles.watson@oxon.blackwellpublishing.com|


Global Covenant: the social democratic alternative to the Washington consensus; (Polity, April 2004).

229 x 152 mm 216 pages
Paperback 0-7456-3353-6 £12.99
Hardback 0-7456-3352-8 £45.00

For more information on the publication, click here|

19 April 2004