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Public lecture podcasts and videos: 2009


Broke: voices from the edge
Recorded on: 10 December 2009
Speaker(s): Various Speakers
Throughout his long life Professor Peter Townsend - a great friend of the Centre, advocate of human rights, and...
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The Financial Crisis: How Europe can save the world
Recorded on: 9 December 2009
Speaker(s): George Soros; Guy Verhofstadt
This public discussion marks the publication of Guy Verhofstadt's latest book The Financial Crisis: How Europe can Save...
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The End of Lawyers?
Recorded on: 8 December 2009
Speaker(s): Richard Susskind
Public figures who were once lawyers or law students will speak about how, if at all, their experience of studying,...
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Cyprus: The Settlement Process
Recorded on: 7 December 2009
Speaker(s): Mehmet Ali Talat
Mehmet Ali Talat is the Turkish Cypriot Leader. Mehmet Ali Talat was born in Kyrenia on July 6, 1952. Completing his...
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Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn't Buy Presents for Christmas
Recorded on: 3 December 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Joel Waldfogel
Christmas is a time of seasonal cheer, family get-togethers, holiday parties, and-gift giving. BUT - How many of us get...
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Happiness around the World: the paradox of happy peasants and miserable millionaires
Recorded on: 3 December 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Carol Graham
The determinants of happiness are remarkably similar around the world, in countries as different as Afghanistan, the...
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Social Theories of Risk and Economic Life
Recorded on: 3 December 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Nigel Dodd
In this lunchtime series of lectures, a selection of LSE's academics from across the spectrum of the social sciences...
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Can Europe Pay its People?: policy options for a continent in transition
Recorded on: 2 December 2009
Speaker(s): David Willetts
Demographic change, migration and the fiscal crisis threaten a perfect storm. What are the indicators telling us about...
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The Future of Global Capitalism, Convergence or Divergence Across the World
Recorded on: 2 December 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cox; Martin Jacques; Professor Robert Wade
This event brings together Martin Jacques, Professor Michael Cox, and Professor Robert Wade to debate the changing...
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How China Tackles Climate Change in its Wider Development Agenda
Recorded on: 2 December 2009
Speaker(s): Madam Fu Ying
What is China doing to combat climate change? What challenges are China confronted with in addressing climate change?...
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Belonging, Diaspora and Community
Recorded on: 1 December 2009
Speaker(s): Amitav Ghosh
Amitav Ghosh is one of India's most acclaimed authors and cultural commentators. His novels include 'The Glass Palace',...
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Deciding our Future in Copenhagen: will the world rise to the challenge of climate change?
Recorded on: 1 December 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Stern
Nick Stern is IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at LSE and chairman of LSE's new Grantham Research...
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The Value of Nothing
Recorded on: 1 December 2009
Speaker(s): Raj Patel
"Nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing." Credit has crunched, debt has turned toxic,...
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After the Economic Crisis in South East Europe: Back to Business as Usual?
Recorded on: 1 December 2009
Speaker(s): Vladimir Gligorov; Laza Kekic; Peter Sanfey
Vladimir Gligorov is Senior Economist at the Vienna Institute of International Economic Studies. Laza Kekic is Regional...
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The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work
Recorded on: 26 November 2009
Speaker(s): Alain de Botton
This talk will raise a host of questions about the meaning and purpose of work - in particular investigating the...
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Creating the Organisms that Evolution Forgot: an 'any questions?' debate on synthetic biology
Recorded on: 26 November 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Phillip Campbell; Professor Paul Freemont; Professor Richard Kitney; Professor Nikolas Rose; Hugh Whittall; Dr James Wilsdon
Bioengineers are trying to create synthetic organisms that do not occur naturally. Is this an amazing scientific feat...
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Social Science Perspectives on Risk Regulation
Recorded on: 26 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Bridget Hutter
In this lunchtime series of lectures, a selection of LSE's academics from across the spectrum of the social sciences...
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Managing Risk and Behaviour in Financial Markets
Recorded on: 25 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Julia Black; Professor Charles Goodhart; Professor Michael Power; Dr Paul Woolley
The consequences of banks' risk taking behaviour will be felt by the public finances of many countries for at least...
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Sociology and the Financial Crisis: which crisis, and which sociology?
Recorded on: 25 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Michel Wieviorka
Sociologists have published very little on the present economic crisis. But sociology is not lacking in ways and means...
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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: The Double Death of Neoliberalism and the Idea of Communism
Recorded on: 25 November 2009
Speaker(s): Slavoj Zizek
Slavoj Zizek argues that the neoliberalism died twice: first as a political doctrine in the tragedy of the attacks of...
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The Silverstone Panel on Digital Natives: A Lost Tribe?
Recorded on: 24 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor David Buckingham; Ranjana Das; Dr Chris Davies; Professor Sonia Livingstone; Dr Rebecca Willet
Enabling media literacy for 'digital natives' - a contradiction in terms? - Professor Sonia Livingstone, Department of...
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Jihad: the trail of Political Islam
Recorded on: 24 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Gilles Kepel
Political Islam has emerged as one of the great ideologies of the modern world. How did this occur? Will it inevitably...
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Arbitration's Fluid Universe
Recorded on: 24 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Jan Paulsson
The rise of international arbitration for commercial and investment related disputes has spurred the emergence of a new...
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Climb the Green Ladder: how sustainability can make you and your company more successful
Recorded on: 23 November 2009
Speaker(s): Ed Gillespie; Jo Confino
What strategies can individuals within organisations use to make their organisation more successful and sustainable? Ed...
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How Markets Fail: The Problem of Rational Irrationality
Recorded on: 23 November 2009
Speaker(s): John Cassidy
What caused the recent global financial crisis? Some analysts blame greed, others stupidity, yet others myopia. The...
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Can we eliminate nuclear weapons?
Recorded on: 20 November 2009
Speaker(s): Ambassador Richard Burt; Kate Hudson; Professor Mary Kaldor; HM Queen Noor
Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall is the time finally right to achieve the elimination of nuclear weapons?...
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In Conversation with Amartya Sen
Recorded on: 20 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Amartya Sen; Professor Richard Sennett
Nobel Prize winner Professor Amartya Sen will discuss his latest book The Idea of Justice with LSE's Professor Richard...
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A Lecture by Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway
Recorded on: 20 November 2009
Speaker(s): Jens Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg's Second Government was appointed on 17 October 2005. It is a majority government representing the...
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The Road to Copenhagen: a global deal on climate change
Recorded on: 19 November 2009
Speaker(s): Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband is Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. He was previously Minister for the Cabinet Office and...
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Risk Sharing and the Employment Relationship
Recorded on: 19 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor David Marsden
In this lunchtime series of lectures, a selection of LSE's academics from across the spectrum of the social sciences...
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Are Europeans Heading Toward the Same Economy?
Recorded on: 18 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Yann Algan
Can Europe's variety of economic systems be explained by differences in culture and values? And can such differences...
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What Next? Surviving the 21st Century
Recorded on: 18 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor David Held; Lord Patten
The list of challenges facing the world is proliferating rapidly from climate change to nuclear proliferation and...
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The Future of Christianity
Recorded on: 18 November 2009
Speaker(s): Diarmaid MacCulloch
Barack Obama came to office determined to change America's relations with the Arab and Islamic worlds. The Arab world...
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Obama and the Arabs: the historical context
Recorded on: 17 November 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Eugene Rogan
Barack Obama came to office determined to change America's relations with the Arab and Islamic worlds. The Arab world...
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Cities, Design and Climate Change
Recorded on: 17 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Saskia Sassen; Professor Richard Sennett
With cities contributing upwards of 75 per cent of global carbon emissions, urban design is increasingly important when...
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Digital Britain
Recorded on: 17 November 2009
Speaker(s): Jeremy Hunt MP; Peter Bazalgette; Professor Robin Mansell; Sacha Deshmukh
Jeremy Hunt MP is the Shadow Communications Minister. Peter Bazalgette is a media entrepreneur. Robin Mansell is a...
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Bodies
Recorded on: 16 November 2009
Speaker(s): Susie Orbach
In the past decades the pressure to perfect and redesign our bodies has been unprecedented. Susie Orbach discusses how...
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People Power and the End of the Cold War
Recorded on: 12 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Sir Adam Roberts
Was the end of the Cold War a victory for power politics, or for people power? Twenty years after the opening of the...
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Research for a World in Transition
Recorded on: 12 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Detlof von Winterfeldt
This presentation provides an overview of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis' (IIASA)...
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The Future of Greek Banks: a regional strategy
Recorded on: 12 November 2009
Speaker(s): Takis Arapoglou
How has the banking crisis affected South East Europe? What are the prospects there for foreign banks? What are the...
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Should management be a social science or a design science?
Recorded on: 12 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Barzelay
In this lunchtime series of lectures, a selection of LSE's academics from across the spectrum of the social sciences...
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Them and Us: how capitalism without fairness is capitalism without a future
Recorded on: 11 November 2009
Speaker(s): Will Hutton
Will Hutton is executive vice chair of the Work Foundation taking up this position in mid 2008 having served as chief...
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Rules of Evidence
Recorded on: 10 November 2009
Speaker(s): Hilary Mantel
Public figures who were once lawyers or law students will speak about how, if at all, their experience of studying,...
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The First Legacy Games: the physical and socio-economic transformation of East London
Recorded on: 10 November 2009
Speaker(s): Andrew Altman; Councillor Paul Brickell; Professor Ricky Burdett; Roger Taylor
This event explores the planning and physical development of the Olympic Park after the 2012 games as well as the wider...
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The Reform of the International Financial System: a proposal with the lessons from the crisis
Recorded on: 10 November 2009
Speaker(s): José María Aznar
A crisis that has impoverished the world has shown the need for an enhanced rules-based framework for the international...
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Learning How to Cite Judith Butler
Recorded on: 9 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Robyn Wiegman
This lecture explores the production of critical value and competency in contemporary feminist theory. Robyn Wiegman is...
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Superfreakonomics
Recorded on: 9 November 2009
Speaker(s): Stephen J Dubner; Professor Steven D Levitt
Freakonomics was a worldwide sensation, selling 4 million copies in 35 languages. Now, four years in the making,...
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Sexuality and Empire 150 Years On: the Delhi High Court and Macaulay's sodomy offence
Recorded on: 6 November 2009
Speaker(s): Michael Kirby
In 2009, the Delhi High Court in India upheld a challenge to the constitutional validity of s377 of the Indian Penal...
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Fiction and Reality: writing novels in a world weirder than anything you could make up
Recorded on: 5 November 2009
Speaker(s): Daniel Johnson; Lionel Shriver
Lionel Shriver in conversation with Daniel Johnson. Daniel Johnson is editor of Standpoint. Lionel Shriver is a...
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The Long and the Short of It
Recorded on: 5 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor John Kay
It is time for the public to take control of the financial system from the people who have paid themselves so much...
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China in the Global Economic Crisis
Recorded on: 5 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Danny Quah
Through the stress test of this global economic crisis, it is China's performance that has continued to drive the...
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Too Big to Fail
Recorded on: 5 November 2009
Speaker(s): Andrew Ross Sorkin
Andrew Ross Sorkin will take the audience behind the financial crisis and inside various secret meetings and...
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Thinking about Evidence and Risk
Recorded on: 5 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor John Worrall
In this lunchtime series of lectures, a selection of LSE's academics from across the spectrum of the social sciences...
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A Discussion with Janet Napolitano, US Homeland Security Secretary
Recorded on: 4 November 2009
Speaker(s): Janet Napolitano
Janet Napolitano is the third Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security. Prior to becoming Secretary,...
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India and the US in the age of global warming
Recorded on: 3 November 2009
Speaker(s): Edward Luce
Edward Luce will explore the shared challenges and opportunities facing India and the USA in an age of globalisation....
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The Roller-coaster Reputation of John Maynard Keynes
Recorded on: 3 November 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Peter Clarke
Keynes is simultaneously the twentieth century's most influential and itsmost controversial economist. Why has his...
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Torture and Accountability: where does President Obama go from here?
Recorded on: 3 November 2009
Speaker(s): Karen Greenberg; Professor Philippe Sands
Karen Greenberg and Philippe Sands discuss the issues facing the Obama Administration as it grapples with the...
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20 Years After the Collapse of the Iron Curtain: have our dreams come true?
Recorded on: 2 November 2009
Speaker(s): Jan Krzysztof Bielecki; Jn Carnogursk; Vclav Havel; Gza Jeszenszky; Markus Meckel
Key political leaders from Central Europe will assess whether the hopes and expectations generated by the Iron...
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Human Rights in the 21st Century
Recorded on: 29 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Noam Chomsky
Leading thinker Professor Noam Chomsky considers the state and future of human rights. Noam Chomsky is professor of...
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Can the Accession Magic Work Again?: the limits to the EU's transformative power in South-Eastern Europe
Recorded on: 28 October 2009
Speaker(s): Heather Grabbe
The prospect of EU membership during post-communist transition worked wonders in many countries. What is different...
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The way forward: building a sustainable recovery and driving growth
Recorded on: 28 October 2009
Speaker(s): Xavier Rolet
The last 18 months have seen unprecedented shocks to the financial system which have had significant implications for...
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The Politics of Media and Cultural Policy
Recorded on: 28 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Philip Schlesinger
Media and cultural policies are shaped by the few with access to political power. What role can academics play in...
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The International economy, and the process of the citizen's revolution in Ecuador
Recorded on: 27 October 2009
Speaker(s): President Rafael Correa Delgado
Rafael Vicente Correa Delgado is the current President of the Republic of Ecuador after being re-elected for a second...
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Building the Centre-right in Europe: impressions from a lifetime's experience
Recorded on: 27 October 2009
Speaker(s): Wilfried Martens
Centre-right parties dominate at national and European levels. To what do they owe their success - even during this...
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How to Control and Change Individual Behaviour: the world as installation
Recorded on: 26 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Saadi Lahlou
Changing individual behavior is a major stake for policies and management, but humans think and act as social beings...
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The Situation in the Middle East: the view from Israel
Recorded on: 26 October 2009
Speaker(s): Daniel Ayalon
Daniel Ayalon is the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel. He was born in Israel in 1955. He completed his army...
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The Red Flag: Communism and the Making of the Modern World
Recorded on: 22 October 2009
Speaker(s): Dr David Priestland
Communism was one of the most powerful political and intellectual movements of the modern world, and its collapse in...
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Stuff White People Like - How to find social success with the urban-dwelling middle classes
Recorded on: 22 October 2009
Speaker(s): Christian Lander
When Christian Lander started a blog as a joke he never imagined that his inside joke would turn into a New York Times...
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A Year after the Collapse of Lehmans: where does global capitalism go now?
Recorded on: 22 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Andrew Gamble; Will Hutton; Professor Danny Quah
The collapse of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008 set off the most acute crisis in the history of capitalism since...
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Risk, Behaviour and Applications to Health Policy
Recorded on: 22 October 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Joan Costa-i-Font; Dr Caroline Rudisill
In this lunchtime series of lectures, a selection of LSE's academics from across the spectrum of the social sciences...
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The Crisis of Global Capitalism: ten years on
Recorded on: 21 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor John Gray
The financial upheavals of the past two years have occurred against the background of a decade of crisis in global...
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Revolution 1989: what exactly happened?
Recorded on: 21 October 2009
Speaker(s): Victor Sebestyen
How did the mighty Soviet empire collapse so quickly, so completely - and so peacefully? Victor Sebestyen is an author...
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Predictioneer: How to predict the future with game-theory
Recorded on: 21 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita
Hailed as 'the new Nostradamus', Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has been shaking the world of political science to its...
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Why I Grew to Love America and You Should Too
Recorded on: 20 October 2009
Speaker(s): Justin Webb
Justin Webb will discuss America politics in the context of British media reporting, particularly in the Bush period...
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UN Ideas that Changed the World
Recorded on: 20 October 2009
Speaker(s): Louis Emmerij; Sir Richard Jolly
UN ideas have more influence and impact than is generally realized, on economic and social development and environment...
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What is Europe? Where is Europe?
Recorded on: 19 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Wallace
Article 233 of the Treaty of Rome declared that 'any European state may apply to join the European Economic Community'....
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Beijing Inside Out: Caochangdi
Recorded on: 19 October 2009
Speaker(s): Robert Mangurian; Mary-Ann Ray
The speakers examine the problems and possibilities of one of many dynamic new urban villages redefining the city of...
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The Future of Banking and Financial Regulation
Recorded on: 19 October 2009
Speaker(s): Eric Chaney; Professor Charles Goodhart
What is the future of banking and financial regulation following the global financial crisis? Eric Chaney is chief...
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The Government of Uncertainty: how to follow the politics of oil
Recorded on: 15 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Tim Mitchell
This lecture explores the politics of oil and how we can seek to understand it, at a time when uncertainty is...
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The Cocaine Wars: The Mess We're in and How to Get Out of it
Recorded on: 15 October 2009
Speaker(s): Tom Feiling
Tom Feiling analyses the thinking behind drug prohibition and how and why the strategies embarked on to date have...
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The Defence of the Realm
Recorded on: 15 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Christopher Andrew
For the first time, the British Security Service to mark the centenary of its foundation has opened its archives to an...
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China - EU Relations in a Changing New World
Recorded on: 15 October 2009
Speaker(s): Ambassador Ma Zhengang
The world today is undergoing tremendous development, changes and adjustments. The international community is facing...
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Islam: what I believe
Recorded on: 14 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Tariq Ramadan
Tariq Ramadan's latest book, What I Believe, lays out the basic ideas he stands for in clear and accessible prose. He...
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Cities and the Environment
Recorded on: 14 October 2009
Speaker(s): Peter Head
By changing patterns of urban behaviour, cities can meet the challenges of climate change. How can advanced...
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Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: the future of the Middle East
Recorded on: 13 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Gilles Kepel
9/11 set off a major conflict between the United States and Al Qaeda. How and why did the Bush administration define...
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China and Financial Reform
Recorded on: 13 October 2009
Speaker(s): Howard Davies
Howard Davies sits on the International advisory councils of the China banking and securities regulatory commissions....
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Optimal Financial Structure and Economic Development
Recorded on: 12 October 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Justin Yifu Lin
The Optimal Financial Structure of a specific stage of development in an economy is determined by the structures of...
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Justice and the Moral Limits of Markets
Recorded on: 12 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Michael J. Sandel
The financial crisis raises hard questions about justice, ethics, and the role of markets. In this lecture, Michael...
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Building windmills not walls - Hungary's approach in the economic storm
Recorded on: 9 October 2009
Speaker(s): Gordon Bajnai
Gordon Bajnai has been the Prime Minister of Hungary since 14 April 2009. Prior to this between 2008-2009 he was a...
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Terrorism: How to Respond
Recorded on: 8 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Richard English
Drawing on a wide range of case studies, Richard English argues that we have as yet failed to understand terrorism...
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The Tsar Liberates Europe? Russia against Napoleon, 1807-1814
Recorded on: 8 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Dominic Lieven
In 1812-14 Alexander I defeated Napoleon's invasion of Russia and then created and led a European alliance all the way...
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The current state of the economy
Recorded on: 8 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Edward C. Prescott
The recent collapse of financial markets plunged economies around the world into recession. The series of events...
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Keynes and the Crisis of Capitalism
Recorded on: 7 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Skidelsky
Robert Skidelsky is Emeritus Professor of Political Economy at the University of Warwick. His three-volume biography of...
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How to be Humanitarian? UN Intervention in Post-Conflict Societies
Recorded on: 7 October 2009
Speaker(s): Lise Grande
This lecture will examine the challenges of humanitarian intervention in post-conflict societies, focusing specifically...
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The Strange Friendship of Pauli and Jung: when physics met psychology
Recorded on: 7 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Arthur I Miller
At a key time in his scientific development, Pauli was undergoing analysis by Jung. What can we learn about Pauli and...
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Bringing the Penal State Back In
Recorded on: 6 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Loïc Wacquant
We need to bring the penal state back to the centre of the sociology of social inequality, public policy, and...
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The Consolations of Economics
Recorded on: 6 October 2009
Speaker(s): Tim Harford
For six years, Tim Harford has been answering readers' personal problems in the pages of The Financial Times, using the...
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The Global Emerging Market and its role in a time of crisis
Recorded on: 5 October 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Vladimir Kvint
The global emerging market, which did not exist 25 years ago, now has an input of about 50% into the world economy and...
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An Alternative to Statecraft: should diplomacy adapt to a new world environment?
Recorded on: 1 October 2009
Speaker(s): His Excellency Georg Boomgaarden; Dr Mary Martin; Her Excellency Pilar Saborio
The European Union is designing a new external action service as part of the changes to foreign policy proposed under...
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Climate Change: Are We Heading for a New Cold War?
Recorded on: 1 October 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Graciela Chichilnisky
There is an historic standoff between China and the US on the issue of global warming. Neither wants to limit emissions...
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Militarism and Underdevelopment
Recorded on: 30 September 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Amina Mama
This lecture will explore what a feminist perspective on militarism offers the theorisation of development and...
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Climate Change: India policies and perspectives
Recorded on: 30 September 2009
Speaker(s): RK Pachauri
India is the world's fifth largest emitter of CO2, after China, the USA, the EU and Russia. But in relative terms,...
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Developing Rural Areas
Recorded on: 24 September 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Esther Duflo
What are the constraints that prevent rural societies in developing countries from raising their standards of living?...
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Green Growth
Recorded on: 24 September 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Stern
Over the next few years, we have a real chance to set a path towards a low-carbon future. It is the only realistic...
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The Political Economy of Development
Recorded on: 23 September 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Tim Besley
It is widely recognised that the interplay of political and economic forces has a major bearing on the path of...
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Natural Resource Management
Recorded on: 22 September 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Collier
The natural assets of the poorest countries constitute the biggest single opportunity for transformative development....
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Turkey's Economy and the Global Economic Crisis
Recorded on: 17 September 2009
Speaker(s): Ali Babacan
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy Ali Babacan will discuss the impact of the global economic...
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Looking Beyond the Crisis: Challenges and Opportunities for Africa
Recorded on: 15 September 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is Managing Director of the World Bank. From June to August 2006, she was Minister of Foreign...
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The Ayatollah Begs to Differ - the path to an Islamic Democracy
Recorded on: 14 September 2009
Speaker(s): Hooman Majd
A brief summary of how Iran's political system works, examples of what is most misunderstood about Iran, its leadership...
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Progressive state reformers v ideological state retrenchers: framing the electoral choice between Labour and Conservative
Recorded on: 14 September 2009
Speaker(s): Lord Mandelson
With less than a year to go before the next general election there is an urgent need for progressive policy debate and...
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'Responding to the Global Crisis' and 'Climate Change Mitigation and Development' - Launch Lecture of UNCTAD Trade and Development Report
Recorded on: 1 September 2009
Speaker(s): Heiner Flassbeck, Radhika Desai, Dr Robert Falkner
Heiner Flassbeck presents The Trade and Development Report 2009, subtitled "Responding to the Global Crisis and Climate...
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Barack Obama and the World: Saviour or Lame Duck
Recorded on: 3 August 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Mick Cox
November 4th 2008 marked one of the great political moments in American history when the first black man was elected to...
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The Spectre at the Feast: Capitalist Crisis and the Politics of Recession
Recorded on: 30 July 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Andrew Gamble
Professor Andrew Gamble made his early reputation writing on British decline, the theory of Marxism and the rise and...
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In Search of Islam's Civilization
Recorded on: 28 July 2009
Speaker(s): Ali A. Allawi
The increasing religiosity of Muslim societies and the spectacular rise of political Islam have served to mask the...
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The Idea of Justice
Recorded on: 27 July 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen explores the ways in which, and the degree to which, justice is a matter of reason, and of different kinds...
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Human Security in an Age of Turbulence
Recorded on: 20 July 2009
Speaker(s): Mary Kaldor
Mary Kaldor is a prolific author who has written widely on a range of key issues over the years ranging from the...
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Housing Markets and the Global Financial Crisis
Recorded on: 13 July 2009
Speaker(s): Dr André Broome, Professor Herman Schwartz, Professor Leonard Seabrooke, Professor Mat Watson
Residential property is the single largest asset in people's everyday lives and its associated mortgage debt...
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The Museum of the 21st Century
Recorded on: 7 July 2009
Speaker(s): Neil MacGregor, Nicholas Serota
In this 60th anniversary year of publishers Thames & Hudson, Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, and...
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LSE Director's Dialogue with Stephen Green
Recorded on: 2 July 2009
Speaker(s): Howard Davies, Stephen Green
As the world's financial order is in a state of flux, how do we align our desire to improve material human wealth, and...
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The Post-American World and the Rise of the Rest
Recorded on: 30 June 2009
Speaker(s): Fareed Zakaria
In this lecture, Fareed Zakaria will expound on the The Post-American World; a world in which the United States no...
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Is America in Decline?
Recorded on: 29 June 2009
Speaker(s): Walter Russell Mead
The rise of China and the global economic crisis have led many observers to speculate about whether the decline of...
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Darwin and Philosophy
Recorded on: 25 June 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Tim Lewens, Professor David Papineau
The speakers will discuss the importance of Darwin's thinking to central philosophical issues, including creationism,...
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Surviving the global economic crisis - perspectives from Africa and Asia
Recorded on: 18 June 2009
Speaker(s): Ernest Aryeetey, Surjit Bhalla; Richard Portes; Yu Yongding
A meeting that will present perspectives on the global crisis from leading figures in the field of growth and...
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Capitalism 3.0
Recorded on: 16 June 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Dani Rodrik
Capitalism needs to be reinvented for a new century in which the forces of economic globalization are much more...
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The Lebanese Elections and Middle Eastern Democracy
Recorded on: 11 June 2009
Speaker(s): Hussain Abdul Hussain
From military intervention in Iraq, to supporting an uprising in Lebanon, forcing elections in the Palestinian...
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The Return of Depression Economics Part 3: The night they reread Minsky
Recorded on: 10 June 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Krugman
The global economic crisis has shaken a lot of what we thought we knew about economics. Over three consecutive...
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The Return of Depression Economics Part 2: The eschatology of lost decades
Recorded on: 9 June 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Krugman
The global economic crisis has shaken a lot of what we thought we knew about economics. Over three consecutive...
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The Return of Depression Economics Part 1: The sum of all fears
Recorded on: 8 June 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Krugman
The global economic crisis has shaken a lot of what we thought we knew about economics. Over three consecutive...
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'Enjoy Poverty'
Recorded on: 4 June 2009
Speaker(s): Renzo Martens
Renzo Martens will present a special screening of his film Episode III, (88 minutes). Episode III – 'Enjoy Poverty'...
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A Conversation between Bill Gates Sr. and Howard Davies
Recorded on: 4 June 2009
Speaker(s): Bill Gates Sr., Howard Davies
Bill Gates Sr., is a prominent lawyer, civil activist, and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is the...
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The Future of Picturing the World: filming and imaging in a global era
Recorded on: 3 June 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, Max Houghton; Renzo Martens; Dr Julian Stallabrass
Faced with 'compassion fatigue', how is the practice of filmmakers and photojournalists changing and what are the...
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Religion and the Market: are they in conflict?
Recorded on: 1 June 2009
Speaker(s): John Micklethwait, Professor John Gray
The global revival of religion has been predominantly fuelled by the creation of a religious free market defined by...
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The Fog of Games: Legacy, Land Grabs and Liberty. Reporting the London Olympics
Recorded on: 28 May 2009
Speaker(s): Mark Saunders, Martin Slavin
The Olympics are brief and transitory television events that disguise and justify mega projects of vast urban...
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Picturing Poverty: London past and present
Recorded on: 27 May 2009
Speaker(s): Sue Donnelly, Mishka Henner; Professor Gillian Rose; Dr Mike Seaborne
From Charles Booth's 19th century maps and early photographs of East End tenements, to rich-poor divides in Hackney,...
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All That Life Can Afford
Recorded on: 26 May 2009
Speaker(s): Mishka Henner
What does poverty in London look like? And can photography expose the often hidden mechanisms that keep the rich...
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The Winning Side of an Image
Recorded on: 21 May 2009
Speaker(s): Adam Broomberg, Oliver Chanarin
Documentary photography is problematic. Without a witness, a victim is alone and de-humanised. We also know that...
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The Failure of both Multiculturalism and Assimilation, and the New Path of Omniculturalism
Recorded on: 21 May 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Fathali M Moghaddam
The two traditional policies for managing cultural diversity, multiculturalism and assimilation, are based on incorrect...
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Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy, and Why it Matters for Global Capitalism
Recorded on: 20 May 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Robert J. Shiller
The global financial crisis has made it painfully clear that powerful psychological forces are imperiling the wealth of...
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Opening up 'Illiberal' Regimes: do media and communications matter?
Recorded on: 19 May 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Mary Kaldor, Dr Ziba Mir-Hosseini, Rita Payne, Dr Maung Zarni
Even in closed authoritarian systems, or 'illiberal' regimes, spaces exist for civil society activity, debate, and...
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Bulls or Bears in the China Shop? Global Crises, Global Linkages and Asian Manufacturing
Recorded on: 18 May 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Andrew Bernard
This annual Sir Patrick Gillam Lecture examines the impact of the global economic downturn on East Asia and the...
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A World without Particles or Forces
Recorded on: 14 May 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Richard Healey
Physicists talk about 'elementary particles'. But do particles exist? The Newtonian world depended on forces between...
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How did HIV/AIDS affect rural communities in Africa? The answer to the question
Recorded on: 14 May 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Stefan Dercon, Dr Janet Seeley
The HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is almost 30 years old yet a number of the worst-case scenarios on the impact of AIDS...
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Consolidating Kosovo's European Future: tracing next steps
Recorded on: 13 May 2009
Speaker(s): Peter Feith
A look at Kosovo's achievements and challenges over the past year, highlighting the current state of play and the...
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Declining Hegemon? The United States and the World of Crisis
Recorded on: 13 May 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cox, Professor Danny Quah
How will the world economic crisis impact the United States? Are we now witnessing the end of the American era? Michael...
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Urban Nomads
Recorded on: 11 May 2009
Speaker(s): Sharron Lovell
China is a country in superlative transition. Media attention focuses primarily on the economic miracle and burgeoning...
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The Global Financial Crisis Revisited
Recorded on: 11 May 2009
Speaker(s): Will Hutton, Martin Wolf
Journalists Will Hutton and Martin Wolf discuss the global financial crisis. What are its dimensions? Have governments...
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A Billion People Decide their Future - a panel discussion on Indian Elections
Recorded on: 8 May 2009
Speaker(s): Lord Professor Meghand Desai, Dr Sharmila Bose
The fifteenth General Election in India, the world's largest democracy, with currently 714 million registered voters,...
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Documentary Photography: the long term project
Recorded on: 7 May 2009
Speaker(s): Jessica Dimmock
Jessica Dimmock outlines the issues and obstacles relating to documentary photography, and the value of the long term...
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Human Rights after Darwin: is a general theory of human rights now possible?
Recorded on: 7 May 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Conor Gearty
Conor Gearty speculates about the ongoing search for truth in human rights and reflects on his seven years as director...
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Voodoo Histories: from the Protocols to 9-11
Recorded on: 7 May 2009
Speaker(s): David Aaronovitch
Why are people attracted to conspiracy theories and why are those theories are so damaging? David Aaronovitch is an...
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The Tycoon and the Tough: towards a comparative anthropology of urban marginality
Recorded on: 7 May 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Joshua Barker
Anthropologists often use key figures, such as the street tough, the child witch, and the flbneur, as a means to...
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The Saudi-U.S. Relationship; Past Developments and Future Prospects
Recorded on: 7 May 2009
Speaker(s): Prince Turki Al-Faisal
The Saudi-U.S relationship has always faced challenges that constantly test its strength. However, recent events in the...
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Controversies in the Economics of Climate Change
Recorded on: 6 May 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Geoffrey Heal
The Stern Review stirred up the controversy surrounding the economics of climate change. This lecture will review these...
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The role of the West in Rwanda's Genocide
Recorded on: 6 May 2009
Speaker(s): Linda Melvern
Linda Melvern is an investigative journalist and author. A world expert on the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, she was a...
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How the 'Poor' Become 'Poor' - Debating Global Civil Society and Constructions of Poverty
Recorded on: 6 May 2009
Speaker(s): Professor David Campbell, Teresa Hanley; Dr Ruth Kattumuri; Dr Sally Stares
This diverse panel explores global civil society approaches to the social problem of poverty. The ways in which poverty...
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Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: can Europe be the same with different people in it?
Recorded on: 5 May 2009
Speaker(s): Christopher Caldwell
After a half-century of mass immigration, has Europe overestimated the need for immigrant labour and underestimated the...
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Rising Asia in the World Crisis
Recorded on: 5 May 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Athar Hussain, Professor Chen Jian; Professor Danny Quah
Asia's rise has brought about profound changes to the international system and the current world crisis presents the...
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Do Tax Havens Cause Poverty?
Recorded on: 30 April 2009
Speaker(s): John Christensen, Felicity Lawrence; Nick Mathiason; Dr Attiya Waris
Defenders of tax havens argue they provide vital financial services for international trade, and that most comply with...
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Gray's Anatomy: Thoughts on Politics, Religion and the Meaning of life
Recorded on: 30 April 2009
Speaker(s): Professor John Gray
The world has entered a period of crisis and upheaval in which the ideologies of the past give little guidance. How did...
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Fool's Gold
Recorded on: 30 April 2009
Speaker(s): Gillian Tett
Gillian Tett takes us inside the shadowy world of complex finance and derivatives and explains how the business of...
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Wars, Guns and Votes: democracy in dangerous places
Recorded on: 29 April 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Paul Collier
Award-winning author Paul Collier investigates the violence and poverty in the countries at the bottom of the world...
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Friedrich Engels: the man who made Marxism
Recorded on: 29 April 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Tristram Hunt
With capitalism in crisis, the shadow of Karl Marx is looming large. But what about the co-author of The Communist...
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The State between Migration and Sojourning: the China difference
Recorded on: 28 April 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Wang Gungwu
At the end of the 19th century, the Qing court described all Chinese living overseas as sojourners. Under the Republic,...
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The Fall of the Berlin Wall: twenty years on
Recorded on: 28 April 2009
Speaker(s): Nick Cohen
In the 20 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, socialism has been in hibernation - yet Britain has lived through...
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Future Directions in the Law Regulating Weaponry in Armed Conflict
Recorded on: 28 April 2009
Speaker(s): Group Captain Bill Boothby
A discussion on future directions in the law regulating weaponry in armed conflict to mark the release of Bill...
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Progressive Governance: Greece and the New International Order
Recorded on: 27 April 2009
Speaker(s): George Papandreou
George A. Papandreou is president of the Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) and president of Socialist...
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Architecture as Investment: New Forms of Social Equity
Recorded on: 27 April 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Alejandro Aravena, Professor Ricky Burdett
The challenge to provide affordable housing is a global issue. At a time when market forces are eclipsing...
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Imagining a Humanist Europe
Recorded on: 27 April 2009
Speaker(s): Francois Bayrou
Frangois Bayrou will address the theme of humanism. He will outline how he believes that Europe needs a new set of...
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Imagining India: ideas for the new century
Recorded on: 22 April 2009
Speaker(s): Nandan Nilekani
Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani, who has been a key player in India's growth story, argues that the country's future...
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A Blueprint for a Safer Planet
Recorded on: 21 April 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Stern of Brentford
Nicholas Stern presents an outline of his new book, A Blueprint for a Safer Planet, which describes how to manage...
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A Lecture by President Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev
Recorded on: 2 April 2009
Speaker(s): President Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev
Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev was elected President of the Russian Federation in March 2008. In November 2005 he was...
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Changing Values for a Just and Sustainable World
Recorded on: 1 April 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Peter Singer
We live in a world of great affluence as well as extreme poverty, and in which the rich nations play a disproportionate...
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The G20 Summit and the World Crisis
Recorded on: 1 April 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Jeffrey D Sachs
The G20 Summit is the world's key venue for addressing the current global crisis. Yet there are profound questions...
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Indonesia: Global Reach, Regional Role
Recorded on: 31 March 2009
Speaker(s): President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
General TNI (Ret) Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono was born in Pacitan on 9 September 1949. Having graduated from the...
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What can the G20 do? The Case for Special Drawing Rights
Recorded on: 31 March 2009
Speaker(s): George Soros
On the eve of the G20 summit, George Soros will argue that authorising an increase in SDRs is the most significant step...
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In Praise of Weak Incentives
Recorded on: 26 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor John Roberts
The current financial crisis was largely caused by strong, misaligned incentives for bankers, resulting in calls for...
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Nudge: improving decisions about health, wealth and happiness
Recorded on: 23 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Richard Thaler
Standard economic analyses rely on an unrealistic model of human behaviour in which economic agents are hyperrational...
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Majority Judgement: a completely new voting system. Part Three - Majority Judgement Compared with Other Voting Systems
Recorded on: 20 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Michel Balinski
Balinski argues that, although the new Majority Judgement voting system is not perfect, Approval Voting fails in theory...
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Social Justice and Sustainability: arguments from political theory
Recorded on: 19 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Simon Caney, Professor Paul Kelly; Baroness Onora O'Neill
Three distinguished political philosophers examine and discuss how theories of social justice and sustainability can be...
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Majority Judgement: a completely new voting system. Part Two - The Principal Properties of Majority Judgement
Recorded on: 19 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Rida Laraki
Laraki argues that the new Majority Judgement voting system is superior because it best ranks candidates according to...
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Eastern DRC: what should the international community be doing?
Recorded on: 18 March 2009
Speaker(s): David Leonard, General Olusegun Obasanjo; Professor James Putzel; Clare Short
With its most recent press release the Crisis States Research Centre (LSE) prompted fierce debate on the international...
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Majority Judgement: a completely new voting system. Part One - Majority Judgement vs the Traditional View
Recorded on: 18 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Michel Balinski
Balinski presents an introduction to Majority Judgement, a new voting model that proposes a solution to many of the...
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Howard Davies in Conversation with Lord Goldsmith QC
Recorded on: 17 March 2009
Speaker(s): Lord Goldsmith QC, Howard Davies
The separation of powers idea is at the heart of all legal democracies. Yet within those democracies there will often...
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Extraordinary Times Demand Extraordinary Actions
Recorded on: 13 March 2009
Speaker(s): Wayne Swan
Wayne Swan was sworn in as Australian Treasurer on 3 December 2007. He has been Member for the Brisbane seat of Lilley...
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Flexible Employment, Stable Society?
Recorded on: 12 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Wolfgang Streeck
How does the de-regulation of employment relate to the evolution of other social structures, in particular the family?...
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Hecklers to Power? The Waning Tools of Liberal Rights and Challenges to Feminist Activism in South Asia
Recorded on: 11 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Ratna Kapur
rofessor Kapur examines the specific challenges that have faced feminist activism in South Asia, and discusses how it...
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Thinking Like a Social Scientist: a lecture by Professor Gilat Levy
Recorded on: 11 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Gilat Levy
In this lunchtime series lectures, a selection of LSE's academics from across the spectrum of the social sciences...
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Will the Rich Man's Crisis Crush the Emerging Economies?
Recorded on: 10 March 2009
Speaker(s): Thomas Mirow
The crisis originated in the main western financial centres, but emerging markets will pay the price. How steep a...
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China in International Society: can 'peaceful rise' succeed?
Recorded on: 10 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Barry Buzan
China has moved closer to international society on regional and global levels. The tide of history will probably favour...
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Europe's Growth and Decline
Recorded on: 9 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Vytautas Landsbergis
Professor Vytautas Landsbergis will in his lecture be giving his perspective on the today's pressing events in the...
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An EU 'Fit for Purpose' in the Global Age
Recorded on: 9 March 2009
Speaker(s): David Miliband, Frans Timmermans; Professor Loukas Tsoukalis; Sir Stephen Wall
An interdisciplinary, cross-party investigation of policy options for the EU post-2009, involving 50 experts from all...
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Can the EU make a difference in the Middle East?
Recorded on: 5 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Jean-Pierre Filiu
European forces make up most of the international force in south Lebanon. The EU is the main donor to the Palestinian...
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Unjust Rewards: Exposing Greed and Inequality in Britain Today
Recorded on: 5 March 2009
Speaker(s): Polly Toynbee, David Walker
The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. City workers earn millions. Manual workers earn less than...
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The Future of Banking in a Global Economy
Recorded on: 5 March 2009
Speaker(s): Vikram Pandit
Today's financial and economic wreckage will provide the foundations for a system on which a stronger future will be...
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Britain and the Palestine Mandate
Recorded on: 4 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Norman Rose
A review of British policies in Palestine in particular and the Middle East in general with special emphasis on the...
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What should the next G20 meeting do?
Recorded on: 3 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cox, Will Hutton; Professor Danny Quah
The upcoming meeting of the G20 in London in early April 2009 is crucial for the development of policies to stabilise...
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Constitutional Continuity: The Role of Lord Chancellor in a Modern Democracy
Recorded on: 3 March 2009
Speaker(s): Jack Straw
Jack Straw was appointed as lord chancellor and secretary of state for Justice on 28 June 2007. He has previously...
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LSE Literary Weekend - New Audiences
Recorded on: 1 March 2009
Speaker(s): Nandita Ghose, A.F Harrold, Andre Mangeot; Ife Piancu
This event is aimed at encouraging anyone who has never been to a poetry event before to come and see the amazing and...
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LSE Literary Weekend - I Shall Die by Inches: Contemporary Approaches to Death and Dying
Recorded on: 1 March 2009
Speaker(s): Will Self
"All but death" wrote Emily Dickinson "can be adjusted", and yet, the cold fact that bodies must eventually die only...
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LSE Literary Weekend - Religious Defamation
Recorded on: 1 March 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Conor Gearty, Ivan Hare; Kenan Malik
A year after the repeal of blasphemy from English law, religious defamation laws are tightening their grip on the...
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LSE Literary Weekend - Dreams of Rivers and Seas
Recorded on: 1 March 2009
Speaker(s): Dr. Laura Bear, David Lan; Tim Parks
A reading from Tim Parks' latest novel Dreams of Rivers and Seas followed by a discussion on the anthropological...
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LSE Literary Weekend - Poetry and Choices
Recorded on: 28 February 2009
Speaker(s): Jane Duran, John Mole; Robert Minhinnick; Jo Shapcott
A high profile poetry event reflecting on the choices that we all make in our lives, whether social, economic, moral or...
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LSE Literary Weekend - Roundtable on Migrant Literature
Recorded on: 28 February 2009
Speaker(s): Kapka Kassabova, Mustafa Kör, Naema Tahir
The migrant intellectual, writes Edward Said, has 'double perspective'. He or she is in a constant dialogue with his or...
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LSE Literary Weekend - The Financial Crisis, Climate Change and Energy
Recorded on: 28 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Lord Anthony Giddens
Political action and intervention, on local, national and international levels, is going to have a decisive effect on...
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LSE Literary Weekend - Political Satire
Recorded on: 28 February 2009
Speaker(s): Alistair Beaton, Martin Rowson
Alistair Beaton is Britain's leading writer of political satire. Martin Rowson is an award-winning political cartoonist...
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LSE Literary Weekend - Hackney, That Rose-Red Empire
Recorded on: 28 February 2009
Speaker(s): Iain Sinclair, Jerry White; Patrick Wright
Iain Sinclair is a writer, poet and film-maker and widely regarded as one of London's greatest chroniclers. Jerry White...
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LSE Literary Weekend - Ben Okri 'showcase'
Recorded on: 28 February 2009
Speaker(s): Ben Okri
Poet in the City and LSE are honoured to be holding a special showcase event with the world famous poet and writer Ben...
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LSE Literary Weekend - Designing Spaces for Thought
Recorded on: 28 February 2009
Speaker(s): Antony Gormley, Professor Richard Sennett; Neven Sidor
By exploring the experiential and social impacts of creating spaces for public engagement, contemplation and education...
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LSE Literary Weekend - In Conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist
Recorded on: 28 February 2009
Speaker(s): Hans Ulrich Obrist, Adrian Searle
Hans Ulrich Obrist was born in Zurich in May 1968. He joined the Serpentine Gallery as Co-director of Exhibitions and...
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LSE Literary Weekend - The Founders' Tradition: literature as social commentary
Recorded on: 27 February 2009
Speaker(s): Mohsin Hamid, David Hare; Boyd Tonkin
This event marks the launch of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Weekend, the LSE's first ever Literary Festival,...
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LSE Literary Weekend - ReaLITy: creative responses to social realities
Recorded on: 27 February 2009
Speaker(s): Morris Gleitzman, Elizabeth Laird; Anthony McGowan; Patrick Ness; Meg Rosoff
The culmination of a creative-writing competition for London state schools, this panel discussion looks at how authors...
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The Story of the Euro: past, present and future
Recorded on: 26 February 2009
Speaker(s): Karl Otto Pöhl
How has the euro performed over its first ten years, and how will it cope with the strains caused by the current...
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Many Voices: understanding the debate about preventing violent extremism
Recorded on: 25 February 2009
Speaker(s): Hazel Blears MP
The tragic events of 7/7 illustrated the threat to our society posed by violent extremism. Preventing it is one of the...
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Asia and Russia in the Age of Globalisation: the impact for Europe's future
Recorded on: 24 February 2009
Speaker(s): Joschka Fischer
Joschka Fischer was Germany's foreign minister and vice-chancellor from 1998 to 2005.
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Democracy in America: Jefferson, Tocqueville, and Lincoln
Recorded on: 24 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Peter Onuf
Professor Onuf explores the development of the elusive and controversial ideal of democracy from Thomas Jefferson's...
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Who Owns Fairtrade? A debate on who benefits, influences and controls Fairtrade
Recorded on: 24 February 2009
Speaker(s): Pauline Tiffen, Rajah Banerjee; Kate Sebag; Katie Stafford; Dyborn Chinonga
The idea of fair trade has become increasingly popular amongst consumers and some producers. But who does fair-trade...
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Why Did Nobody Tell Us? Reporting the Global Crash of 2008
Recorded on: 23 February 2009
Speaker(s): Alex Brummer, Vince Cable MP; Evan Davis; Gillian Tett; Professor Willem Buiter
This event will discuss the reporting leading up to the global credit crash of 2008. Alex Brummer has been City Editor...
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The Islamic Republic of Iran After 30 Years
Recorded on: 23 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Fred Halliday
Thirty years after the fall of the Shah of Iran and the advent of Ayatollah Khomeini to power, the Iranian revolution...
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The Albanian Nun Who was not Considered 'European' Enough: Why did Mother Teresa leave the Loreto Order?
Recorded on: 20 February 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Gezim Alpion
Having identified some of the reasons which made Sister Teresa leave the Loreto Order in 1948, Alpion approaches this...
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IHL and International Human Rights Law in Non-International Armed Conflicts
Recorded on: 19 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Marco Sassòli
Professor Sassoli will explore the relationship between International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law during...
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Individual and Corporate Social Responsibility
Recorded on: 19 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Jean Tirole
This is the third annual Coase-Phillips lecture, hosted jointly by Economica and the Department of Economics. Jean...
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Lessons from the credit crisis
Recorded on: 19 February 2009
Speaker(s): Sir John Gieve
The past 18 months have been a tumultuous time for the financial sector and the global economy more generally. In this...
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Kosovo's Independence: One Year On
Recorded on: 18 February 2009
Speaker(s): Ambassador Muhamet Hamiti
Dr Muhamet Hamiti is the current and the first ambassador of the Republic of Kosova to the UK. Born in Podujeva in...
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Can International Law Change the World?
Recorded on: 18 February 2009
Speaker(s): Judge Sir Christopher Greenwood
While each system of national law seeks to regulate affairs within only one society, international law concerns the...
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Thinking Like a Social Scientist: public economics and pub economics
Recorded on: 18 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Nicholas Barr
In this lunchtime series lectures, a selection of LSE's academics from across the spectrum of the social sciences...
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Fighting the Banana Wars
Recorded on: 17 February 2009
Speaker(s): Harriet Lamb, Adam Brett; Dr Teddy Brett
Only 14 years ago you couldn't buy a Fairtrade product in Britain. Today almost £500m worth of goods bearing the...
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The Global Economic Crisis - Meeting the Challenge
Recorded on: 17 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Tim Besley, Professor Francesco Caselli; Professor Chris; Professor Danny Quah
A panel discussion on the current global economic crisis: its origins, transmission, and possible impact and...
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"Russian Railways" as the locomotive of the Russian Economy"
Recorded on: 17 February 2009
Speaker(s): Vladimir Yakunin
Vladimir I. Yakunin, president of "Russian Railways" will deliver a speech covering three main topics in the context of...
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Democracy in Kuwait and its effect on the Gulf
Recorded on: 16 February 2009
Speaker(s): Abdullah Bishara
Significant political reform processes are underway in all six member-states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). In...
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European Democracy and the Language Question
Recorded on: 12 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Philippe Van Parijs
Is democracy sustainable in a multilingual polity? Or should appropriate institutions make democracy compatible with...
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Reforming Pensions in Europe: four policies in search of a politician
Recorded on: 11 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Nicholas Barr, Lord Turner of Ecchinswell
How can European countries reform pensions so that they keep pensioners and taxpayers happy, follow workers who move...
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A Good Childhood: searching for values in a competitive age
Recorded on: 11 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Judy Dunn, Professor Lord Richard Layard
(We apologise for the poor audio quality, this was because of technical problem with the audio-visual system) Is...
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Afghanistan and Iraq: good war, bad war?
Recorded on: 11 February 2009
Speaker(s): Lakhdar Brahimi
Lakhdar Brahimi, with an extensive career in peace-building, reflects on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with Mary...
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Keeping Score: new approaches to the standard of living
Recorded on: 10 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Richard H Steckel
Measuring social performance is an important task in the social sciences, and the complexity of the problem has given...
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Obama and the Empire of Liberty
Recorded on: 5 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor David Reynolds
A new president. A new era? David Reynolds will introduce the Obama presidency against the backdrop of America's epic,...
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Celebrities and Aid: new humanitarians or just another fad?
Recorded on: 5 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor John Street, Kris Torgeson; Ann McFerran
Why do charities use celebrities to speak out on humanitarian action? Who do celebrities represent? Are they genuinely...
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Why 2009 is a crucial year for Europe
Recorded on: 5 February 2009
Speaker(s): Bruno Le Maire
Bruno Le Maire is the French minister of state for European affairs, prior to this he was principal private secretary...
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After the Good Life, the Impasse: human resources, time out, and the precarious present
Recorded on: 4 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Lauren Berlant
This lecture draws on two films of Laurent Cantet - Human Resources (1999) and Time Out (2001) - to engage the new...
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Here Comes Everybody: how change happens when people come together
Recorded on: 3 February 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Clay Shirky
Clay Shirky, one of the new culture's wisest observers, steer us through the online social explosion and ask what...
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Is Global Democracy Possible?
Recorded on: 28 January 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Daniele Archibugi, Professor Michael Cox; George Monbiot
This panel will explore whether or not the concepts and practices of democracy can be extended beyond borders to...
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The Shifting Distribution of World Economic Activity: China and global imbalance
Recorded on: 27 January 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Danny Quah
China has, single-handedly, brought more people out of poverty than the rest of the world combined, and faster than...
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Liberal Fascism: the uses and abuses of the F-word
Recorded on: 27 January 2009
Speaker(s): Jonah Goldberg
For nearly a century the political left has controlled the commanding heights of intellectual discourse by asserting,...
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The Great Transformation: how China changed in the long 1970s
Recorded on: 22 January 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Chen Jian
Professor Chen offers a historian's overview of China's 1970s transformation and the beginning of global systemic...
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Georgia: has Europe let Russia off the hook?
Recorded on: 21 January 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Sabine Freizer, Professor Salome Zourabichvili
Sabine Freizer is Europe programme director of the International Crisis Group. Salome Zourabichvili is associate...
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The Incompatibility of Science and Religion
Recorded on: 21 January 2009
Speaker(s): Professor John Worrall
Richard Dawkins and others claim that science and religion are incompatible. Others argue that on a more sophisticated...
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Designing Policies for Growth - 21 January 2009
Recorded on: 21 January 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Philippe Aghion
In Wednesday's lecture Professor Aghion will focus on the relationship between market reforms and trust. Philippe...
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Designing Policies for Growth - 20 January 2009
Recorded on: 20 January 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Philippe Aghion
In Tuesday's lecture Professor Aghion will discuss how policies inducing directed technical change can be designed to...
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World War Two: behind closed doors
Recorded on: 20 January 2009
Speaker(s): Laurence Rees
Laurence Rees will be discussing his book and BBC series World War Two: behind closed doors. He will re-examine the...
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Designing Policies for Growth - 19 January 2009
Recorded on: 19 January 2009
Speaker(s): Professor Philippe Aghion
In Monday's lecture Professor Aghion will lay down the framework to think about growth policy design. Philippe Aghion...
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Policy Responses to the Financial Crisis
Recorded on: 13 January 2009
Speaker(s): Dr Ben S. Bernanke
Ben S. Bernanke was sworn in on February 1, 2006, as Chairman and a member of the Board of Governors of the Federal...
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