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A lecture by Mirek Topolánek, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic

Recorded on: 18 December 2008

Speaker(s): Mirek Topolánek

Mirek Topolanek has been Prime Minister of the Czech Republic since September 2006. He has been chairman of the Civic...

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Managing Risk: A Global Imperative

Recorded on: 12 December 2008

Speaker(s): Michael Chertoff

Given the threats posed by terrorism and natural disasters, the issue of how to handle risk remains an essential one...

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The Impact of the Global Economic Downturn on the World's Poorest Countries and The Launch of the International Growth Centre

Recorded on: 10 December 2008

Speaker(s): Douglas Alexander, Professor Robin Burgess; Professor Paul Collier; Gobind Nankani

The UK's Secretary of State for International Development, Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, will speak on the impact of the...

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Fiscal responsibility and the recession

Recorded on: 9 December 2008

Speaker(s): David Cameron MP

In December 2005 David Cameron was elected leader of the Conservative Party. Prior to this he held the position of...

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Ancient Adversaries, Modern Friends: Hellenic-Irnaian Relations Down The Ages

Recorded on: 4 December 2008

Speaker(s): Baroness Haleh Afshar, Professor Dominic Lieven; Sam Moorhead; Nigel Spivey; Professor Norman Stone

Unfortunately due to a technical fault the last fifteen minutes of this event are missing from the recording

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Human Rights Day Event: The Right of Rights 1948-2008

Recorded on: 4 December 2008

Speaker(s): Shami Chakrabarti, Jonathan Cooper; Professor Conor Gearty; Baroness Helena Kennedy QC; Professor Francesca Klug; Professor Peter Townsend

To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, this fun yet challenging event will ask...

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In Conversation with Cherie Blair

Recorded on: 3 December 2008

Speaker(s): Cherie Blair, Howard Davies

Cherie Blair is a noted barrister and QC, specialising in human rights law. She is married to Tony Blair, the former...

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The role of banks in a globalised economy: balancing innovation and stability

Recorded on: 3 December 2008

Speaker(s): Alessandro Profumo

Banks are called upon to play a primary role, in cooperation with policymakers and regulators, in the quest for better...

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China After the Olympics

Recorded on: 2 December 2008

Speaker(s): Jonathan Fenby, Professor Athar Hussain; Martin Jacques; Professor Chen Jian

Whether we think sport and politics should or should not be mixed, it is clear that in the case of the Beijing Olympics...

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Global Shocks, Global Solutions: Meeting 21st Century Challenges

Recorded on: 1 December 2008

Speaker(s): Dr Ian Goldin

Dr Ian Goldin is the first Director of The James Martin 21st Century School at Oxford University taking up his position...

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What's Wrong with the EU Budget?

Recorded on: 27 November 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Iain Begg, Zaki Cooper; Dalia Grybauskaite

With the formal review of the EU budget under way, a panel of policymakers, experts and other stakeholders ask: what...

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The Age of Mobility: Can we make migration work for all?

Recorded on: 26 November 2008

Speaker(s): Peter Sutherland

Peter Sutherland is the United Nations special representative for migration. He is the chairman of Goldman Sachs...

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Forensic Anthropology: the reconstruction of the truth in the fight against impunity

Recorded on: 26 November 2008

Speaker(s): Silvana Turner

Applying forensic anthropology and related sciences, and working closely with victims and their relatives, the...

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The Subprime Crisis

Recorded on: 26 November 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Robert J. Shiller

Bubbles in the stock market and the housing market are the cause of a financial crisis that is wreaking havoc around...

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Ross Cranston, QC in Conversation with Lord Mackay of Clashfern

Recorded on: 25 November 2008

Speaker(s): Lord Mackay, Ross Cranston

The separation of powers idea is at the heart of all legal democracies. Yet within those democracies there will often...

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The Independent Kosovo: Partner for Peace and Stability in the Region

Recorded on: 21 November 2008

Speaker(s): President of Kosovo, Dr Fatmir Sejdiu

Fatmir Sejdiu is President of Kosovo, a position he has held since February 2006. Dr. Sejdiu is a professor at the...

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Who says World Politics is boring? International Relations after Georgia and the Financial Crisis

Recorded on: 20 November 2008

Speaker(s): Alexander Stubb

Alexander Stubb, Finland's Foreign Minister and current chairman of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in...

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Ireland and Britain - old narratives and new

Recorded on: 19 November 2008

Speaker(s): Mary McAleese

On 11th November, 1997, Mary McAleese was inaugurated as the eighth President of Ireland and was re-elected in 2004....

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The Politics of Mobility

Recorded on: 18 November 2008

Speaker(s): Peter Hendy

Sprawl versus dense? Public transport versus private car? This debate will outline how London's transport strategy...

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Revisiting Marx: is Marxism still relevant?

Recorded on: 18 November 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Lord Meghnad Desai, Professor David Harvey; Professor Leo Panitch

This event brings together leading social and political thinkers to debate the contemporary meaning and relevance of...

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Europe in the Global Economy

Recorded on: 13 November 2008

Speaker(s): Professor George Alogoskoufis

This lecture will address the impact of globalisation and the recent worldwide economic turmoil on Europe and in...

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Our Urban Future: the death of distance and the rise of cities

Recorded on: 13 November 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Edward Glaeser

Improvements in transportation and communication technologies have led some to predict the death of distance, and with...

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Desiring Walls

Recorded on: 12 November 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Wendy Brown

In this lecture, Professor Wendy Brown will draw on discourse analysis, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory to examine...

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The Prospect of Democratisation in Afghanistan

Recorded on: 12 November 2008

Speaker(s): Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta

Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta is Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, a position he has held since May 2006. Foreign...

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Human Rights in United Nations Action: Norms, Institutions and Leadership

Recorded on: 12 November 2008

Speaker(s): Navanethem Pillay

Navanethem Pillay is UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, she took up office on 1 September 2008. Ms. Pillay, a South...

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Did religion make a difference? The American elections and beyond

Recorded on: 11 November 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Peter Berger, John Micklethwait

This event will reflect on the American presidential election, drawing on expert insights into the place of religion in...

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Navigating Global Economic and Financial Change

Recorded on: 11 November 2008

Speaker(s): Mohamed A El-Erian

The global economy is experiencing a number of consequential transformations that impact long-standing economic and...

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Kosovo's Independence and the Balkans: regional implications and challenges

Recorded on: 11 November 2008

Speaker(s): Jelena Bjelica, Anna Di Lellio; Enver Hoxhaj; Tim Judah

Uncertainty over the status of Kosovo had undermined stability in the Balkans since the early 1990s. The panel of...

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Torturing Democracy Through the American Wars on Crime and Terrorism?

Recorded on: 10 November 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Randall Coyne

Professor Coyne examines the cost to civil liberties and freedom of America's wars-without-end: the war on terrorism...

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Where Now For the United States After the Election?

Recorded on: 7 November 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Michael Cox, Jessica Mathews; Bob Singh

The 2008 race for the White House has been the most exciting in recent American history. But will it make much...

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Black Panther, the revolutionary art of Emory Douglas

Recorded on: 6 November 2008

Speaker(s): Emory Douglas

Emory Douglas, ex Minister of Culture for the Black Panther party, will speak about the history behind the art of the...

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The Economics of the Recession

Recorded on: 31 October 2008

Speaker(s): George Osborne MP

In a major and wide ranging speech George Osborne will ask why Britain's economy was not better prepared for the...

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Central Banking and the Credit Crunch

Recorded on: 30 October 2008

Speaker(s): Howard Davies

Howard Davies is working on a book about the future of central banking to be published in 2009 by Princeton University...

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An Appeal to Reason: a cool look at global warming

Recorded on: 29 October 2008

Speaker(s): Lord Lawson, Dr Simon Dietz

Lord Lawson argues the case for a fully formed view of global warming, and against hysterical environmentalism. He...

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In Sickness and In Power

Recorded on: 27 October 2008

Speaker(s): Lord Owen

The course of world history has been critically shaped by the physical and mental illnesses of heads of state,...

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Women's Status, Men's States

Recorded on: 22 October 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Catharine Mackinnon

Analyzing the nature of the international in gendered terms, Professor MacKinnon provides a perspective on developments...

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Running Cities: London in contextd

Recorded on: 21 October 2008

Speaker(s): Sir Simon Milton, Professor Ricky Burdett; Deyan Sudjic

What is the new administration's vision for London? Speakers discuss how to design and manage the powerhouses of the...

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Disparity and Diversity in the Contemporary City: social order revisited

Recorded on: 21 October 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Robert Sampson, Professor Paul Gilroy

A look at classic urban themes as they are manifested in the contemporary city, focusing on social reproduction of...

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Gut Feelings: short cuts to better decision making

Recorded on: 20 October 2008

Speaker(s): Dr Gerd Gigerenzer

We think of intelligence as a deliberate, conscious activity guided by the laws of logic. Yet much of our mental life...

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The Global Financial Crisis: Will Hutton and Martin Wolf in conversation with Professor David Held

Recorded on: 20 October 2008

Speaker(s): Will Hutton, Martin Wolf

Will Hutton is chief executive of the Work Foundation. Prior to this, he spent four years as editor-in-chief of The...

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Inhuman and Degrading Treatment: the words themselves

Recorded on: 16 October 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Jeremy Waldron

Many human rights charters contain prohibitions on inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners and detainees. Terms...

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European Security Architecture - A Paradigm Shift?

Recorded on: 16 October 2008

Speaker(s): Toomas Hendrik Ilves

Toomas Hendrik Ilves has served as President of Estonia since 2006. Prior to this he was a member of the European...

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China and Financial Reform

Recorded on: 15 October 2008

Speaker(s): Howard Davies

Howard Davies sits on the International advisory councils of the China banking and securities regulatory commissions....

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Towards a new response to climate change - perspectives from Australia

Recorded on: 15 October 2008

Speaker(s): Penny Wong

With its ratification of the Kyoto Protocol in December 2007 and commitment to introduce an emissions trading scheme -...

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Thinking Like a Social Scientist: a lecture by Professor Kimberly Hutchings

Recorded on: 15 October 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Kimberly Hutchings

In this lunchtime series lectures, a selection of LSE's academics from across the spectrum of the social sciences...

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Economic Agendas in a Global Context: reflections on the role of Korea

Recorded on: 14 October 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Ha-Joon Chang, Cambridge University

The global economy is going through a turbulent time and it is time for a fundamental re-design of the global economic...

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Hot, Flat and Crowded

Recorded on: 14 October 2008

Speaker(s): Thomas L Friedman

Thomas L Friedman takes a fresh and provocative look at two of our biggest challenges - the global environmental crisis...

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Japan's Grand Strategy

Recorded on: 13 October 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Richard Samuels

As the Soviet Union disappeared so did the most serious threat to Japanese security. But it was not long before four...

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The Challenge of Climate Change

Recorded on: 13 October 2008

Speaker(s): Sir David King

Without a new deal between rich and poor countries, climate change will continue to accelerate. How can this be...

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The China Challenge as Myth and Reality

Recorded on: 8 October 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Chen Jian

Few countries have experienced changes as dramatic as did China in the past century - and the past quarter century in...

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The International Criminal Court ten years on: An appraisal

Recorded on: 7 October 2008

Speaker(s): Luis Moreno-Ocampo

The Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was adopted in Rome on 17 July 1998 by 120 States. The first...

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A Global Deal for Climate Change

Recorded on: 6 October 2008

Speaker(s): Dr Nikolaus von Bomhard, Professor Ian Diamond; Jeremy Grantham; Professor Lord Stern of Brentford

To inaugurate the LSE's new Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Lord Stern of Brentford,...

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The Two Faces of Asia: bridging the gap between high growth economies and the poor

Recorded on: 2 October 2008

Speaker(s): Rajat M. Nag

Despite impressive growth over the past few decades, the Asia Pacific region is still home to two-thirds of the world's...

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Negotiating a new international response to Climate Change: the prospects for COP-15 in Copenhagen 2009

Recorded on: 1 October 2008

Speaker(s): Connie Hedegaard, Heiner Flassbeck; Hilary Benn MP

Climate change is one of the most complex global challenges the world currently faces. Unless dealt with, climate...

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Commodity Prices, Capital Flows and the Financing of Investment

Recorded on: 2 September 2008

Speaker(s): Supachai Panitchpakdi, Heiner Flassbeck; Professor Robert Wade

The report, which is under embargo until 4 September 2008, highlights the implications of commodity price volatility...

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Zimbabwe: Beyond the Endgame

Recorded on: 17 July 2008

Speaker(s): Dr Martin Rupiya, Patrick Smith; Knox Chitiyo; Gugulethu Moyo

As talks between Mr Mugabe and both factions of the Movement for Democratic Change open in South Africa, the crisis in...

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The Post American World

Recorded on: 30 June 2008

Speaker(s): Fareed Zakaria

Global power is shifting, and wealth and power are bubbling up in unexpected places. Fareed Zakaria considers not so...

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Skills, Rights and Resources in the East Asian Path to Development

Recorded on: 18 June 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Kenneth Pomeranz

This lecture traces evolving relationships among skills, bargaining power, and East Asian economic development. Kenneth...

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The War for Wealth: The true story of globalization and how Western society can survive

Recorded on: 10 June 2008

Speaker(s): Gabor Steingart

Globalization is the defining force of our lifetime, but most politicians have not understood the complexity of the...

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A Critical Defense of Secularism

Recorded on: 10 June 2008

Speaker(s): Cécile Laborde

The global revival of religion has raised fundamental questions about its role in politics and its claim that it serves...

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Financial Market Stability

Recorded on: 6 June 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Axel A Weber

In light of the current tensions in financial markets Professor Axel Weber will look at financial market stability from...

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Secularism and Shared Values

Recorded on: 3 June 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Richard Norman

The global revival of religion has raised fundamental questions about its role in politics and its claim that it serves...

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Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-First Century

Recorded on: 3 June 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Philip Bobbitt

The threat of terrorism is now part of the landscape of daily lives all over the world, yet we have hardly begun to...

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What is Wrong with Secularism of all Sorts? Priority for Democracy

Recorded on: 29 May 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Veit Bader

The lecture presents a contextualised criticism of first and second order myths of secularisms and of the conflation of...

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Does Faith Matter for Human Morality?

Recorded on: 27 May 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Mona Siddiqui

The global revival of religion has raised fundamental questions about its role in politics and its claim that it serves...

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Why Civilisations Can't Climb Hills: a political history of statelessness in Southeast Asia

Recorded on: 22 May 2008

Speaker(s): Professor James Scott

Professor Scott argues that the hill peoples of mainland Southeast Asia are fugitive, runaway populations, practising...

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Fixing Failed States

Recorded on: 22 May 2008

Speaker(s): Dr Ashraf Ghani, Clare Lockhart

Authors Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart challenge existing concepts of state systems and offer new ways of fostering...

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Is there a European Foreign Policy?

Recorded on: 21 May 2008

Speaker(s): Lord Patten

Lord Patten served as a minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major from 1983 to 1992, holding the...

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Finance in East Asia: from crisis to integration - challenges of second generation reforms

Recorded on: 21 May 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Andrew Sheng

The lecture will look at structural changes in the financial landscape in East Asia, and issues being faced by...

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The New Paradigm for Financial Markets: The Credit Crisis of 2008 and What It Means

Recorded on: 21 May 2008

Speaker(s): George Soros and Howard Davies

In the midst of the worst financial upheaval since the Great Depression, George Soros explores the origins of the...

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EU Competitiveness: Are we on the right track?

Recorded on: 19 May 2008

Speaker(s): Alexandr Vondra

In January 2007, Alexandr Vondra was appointed the Czech Republic4s Deputy Prime Minister for European affairs. He is...

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Ontario's Place in the 21st Century

Recorded on: 19 May 2008

Speaker(s): Dalton McGuinty

He led his party to a second-consecutive majority government in October 2007 and is Ontario7s 24th Premier. He was...

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AIDS: exceptionalism revisited

Recorded on: 14 May 2008

Speaker(s): Dr Peter Piot

Dr Piot will review the response to AIDS, now and over the longer term, and examine its relationship with other key...

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Is the Middle East Europe's Business?

Recorded on: 13 May 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Ghassan Salame

The Middle East is a region where the United States plays a crucial role. But what about Europe? To what extent should...

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McMafia: Crime without frontiers

Recorded on: 12 May 2008

Speaker(s): Misha Glenny

International journalist Misha Glenny talks about his investigation into the world of organised crime. He reveals how...

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The Powers to Lead

Recorded on: 8 May 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Joseph S Nye

Leadership is always necessary in any endeavour, applying equally to politics, business, society, and culture. Whilst...

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Towards the French Presidency of the EU: a lecture by Jean-Pierre Jouyet

Recorded on: 8 May 2008

Speaker(s): Jean-Pierre Jouyet

Jean-Pierre Jouyet is French minister of state for European affairs.

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Two Challenges to Democratic Cititzenship:is the EU the solution or part of the problem?

Recorded on: 7 May 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Sidney Tarrow

This lecture will consider questions about European identity and new problems of citizenship raised by the formation of...

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Outsiders Inside and Insiders Outside: linking transnational and domestic public action

Recorded on: 7 May 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Sidney Tarrow

Does globalisation and the idea of a global civil society provide an adequate framework for understanding contemporary...

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Green Peace: Energy, Europe and the Global Order

Recorded on: 7 May 2008

Speaker(s): Rt Hon David Miliband

David Miliband was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs in June 2007.

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Telling the Story of a Peace Movement: 50 years of CND campaigning

Recorded on: 6 May 2008

Speaker(s): Aled Fisher, Kate Hudson; Bruce Kent; Walter Wolfgang

To mark CND turning 50 in 2008, the organisation is collaborating with LSE Archives on a touring exhibition, archives...

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Multiculturalism and Secularism

Recorded on: 6 May 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Tariq Modood

Can multicultural inclusivity extend to religious minorities? Can it do so without conflicting with secularism? Tariq...

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Common Wealth: economics for a crowded planet

Recorded on: 2 May 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Jeffrey D Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs argues the need a new economic paradigmQglobal, inclusive, cooperative, environmentally aware, and...

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Global Financial Regulation: The Essential Guide

Recorded on: 1 May 2008

Speaker(s): Howard Davies, David Green, John McFall, Sir Steve Robson, Gillian Tett

As international financial markets have become more complex, so has the regulatory system which oversees them. The...

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Religious Faith and Human Rights

Recorded on: 1 May 2008

Speaker(s): Dr Rowan Williams

The idea of human rights is often traced back to the characteristically religious insight that every individual is...

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A World Economic Order Based on Cultural Comparative Advantage

Recorded on: 1 May 2008

Speaker(s): Professor John Hooker

Professor Hooker will argue that the world is evolving towards a new economic equilibrium based on cultural comparative...

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The Single Monetary Policy and the Analytics of OCAs: what has the Euro area experience taught us?

Recorded on: 30 April 2008

Speaker(s): Nicholas C Garganas

The introduction of the euro posed unique challenges for monetary policy. Some observers took the view that a single...

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The New Politics of Identity

Recorded on: 29 April 2008

Speaker(s): David Goodhart, Professor John Keane, Professor Lord Bhikhu Parekh

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Meeting the new humanitarian challenges of the 21st century

Recorded on: 28 April 2008

Speaker(s): Sir John Holmes, Professor James Putzel

Emergency relief efforts face multiple challenges in the next five years: preserving 'humanitarian space' and staying...

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Informalisation and Global Political Economy: the elephant in the room

Recorded on: 28 April 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Spike Peterson

This lecture considers how tremendous growth of licit and illicit informal sector activities tends to exacerbate...

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The Bin Ladens

Recorded on: 24 April 2008

Speaker(s): Steve Coll

Steve Coll's new book 'The Bin Ladens: The Story of a Family and its Fortune' charts the rise of a family, and the...

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A lecture by Kevin Rudd, Prime Minister of Australia

Recorded on: 7 April 2008

Speaker(s): The Honourable Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister of Australia

The Australian Prime Minister, Mr Rudd, was elected to office in November last year and moved quickly to ratify the...

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Free and Fair: An Agenda for Democratic Transformation in Latin America

Recorded on: 4 April 2008

Speaker(s): President Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet, was born on September 29, 1951. She is a trained paediatrician and public health specialist who also...

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The Credit Crunch and the U.S. Economy

Recorded on: 27 March 2008

Speaker(s): Steven Rattner

Beginning with the subprime meltdown last summer, U.S. markets and the economy have been thrown into turmoil. Liquidity...

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Defining the scope of responsibilities: the Great Lakes region

Recorded on: 18 March 2008

Speaker(s): Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Dr Chaloka Beyani; Dr Susan Breau

The return and reintegration of refugees and IDPs is one of the most pressing challenges faced by the international...

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Behavioural Economics: Common Mistakes in Daily Decisions

Recorded on: 17 March 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Dan Ariely

Why do smart people make irrational decisions every day? Why do we repeatedly make the same mistakes when we make our...

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Thinking Like a Social Scientist: a lecture by Professor John Sidel

Recorded on: 13 March 2008

Speaker(s): Professor John Sidel

In this new series of lunchtime lectures, nine of LSE's most senior academics explain the latest thinking on how social...

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A Counter-narrative: Islam and the first Europe

Recorded on: 12 March 2008

Speaker(s): Professor David Levering Lewis

Professor Lewis will argue that the 732CE Battle of Poitiers and the 778CE debacle at Roncevaux are pivotal moments in...

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Radical Regimes and Islamist Ideology in the 21st Century

Recorded on: 12 March 2008

Speaker(s): Senator Rick Santorum

The LSESU Tocqueville Society presents a public lecture by former United States Senator Rick Santorum on the challenges...

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A Debate about the Definition of 'Britishness'

Recorded on: 11 March 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Sir Bernard Crick, Professor Anne Phillips

As the composition of British society transforms with immigration and transnational identities, ideas about the notion...

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What have the Romans ever done for us? - Global Europe from a Dutch perspective

Recorded on: 5 March 2008

Speaker(s): Frans Timmermans

Frans Timmermans will address issues of the changing political economy and the role the European Union can play in...

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The Pivot of the 20th Century

Recorded on: 4 March 2008

Speaker(s): Professor David Kennedy

Winston Churchill said in 1945 that 'the United States stands at this moment at the summit of the world'. Yet just five...

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Modern Erotics and the Quest for Intimacy

Recorded on: 4 March 2008

Speaker(s): Darian Leader, Professor Henrietta Moore; Professor Susie Orbach; Professor Renata Salecl

The demand that sexual relations should be at the basis both of self-understanding and self-realisation often puts our...

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The West in a New World: what future for transatlantic relations?

Recorded on: 3 March 2008

Speaker(s): Pierre Hassner

The world has changed dramatically since the end of the Cold War, but the transatlantic relationship has yet to be...

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Beyond the Banality of Evil

Recorded on: 28 February 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Steve Reicher

This lecture critically addresses Hannah Arendt's hypothesis on the banality of evil arguing that those who commit...

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Climate Change, Energy and the Way Ahead

Recorded on: 27 February 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Lord Nicholas Stern

The world must reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 50 per cent by 2050 with rich country cuts of at least 80 per cent....

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Distant Suffering in the Media

Recorded on: 27 February 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Lilie Chouliaraki

Professor Lilie Chouliaraki will talk about suffering in the media, addressing the question of how far images and...

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The Nuts and Bolts of Empire

Recorded on: 26 February 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Paul Kennedy

All great empires have required a sophisticated logistical system, and a secure communications system to sustain...

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The New Swedish Model: A Reform Agenda for Growth and the Environment

Recorded on: 26 February 2008

Speaker(s): Fredrik Reinfeldt

Fredrik Reinfeldt is Prime Minister of Sweden, a position he has held since being elected in 2006. He has been leader...

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Bringing Transatlantic Security into the 21st Century

Recorded on: 25 February 2008

Speaker(s): Ambassador Victoria Nuland

Bringing the transatlantic relationship into the 21st Century requires a stronger NATO, a stronger European Union and a...

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The Ideas that are Changing Politics

Recorded on: 20 February 2008

Speaker(s): David Willetts MP, David Cameron MP

There has been an extraordinary surge in the study of behaviour from evolutionary biologists, neurologists and game...

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The Shrivelling of European Citizenship

Recorded on: 19 February 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Damian Chalmers

The institution of EU citizenship is increasingly challenged yet the heterogeneity and intensity of membership rights...

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Stelios on Brands, Serial Entrepreneurship, the Environment and Giving Something Back!

Recorded on: 19 February 2008

Speaker(s): Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Stelios Haji-Ioannou, LSE alumnus, is founder of the easyGroup companies and has given £2 million to LSE for the...

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Creating a World Without Poverty: how social business can transform our lives

Recorded on: 15 February 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Muhammad Yunus

Professor Yunus will outline his vision for a new business model that combines the power of free markets with the quest...

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The Russian Elections

Recorded on: 12 February 2008

Speaker(s): Stephen Dalziel, Professor Richard Sakwa

After two terms in office, President Putin is constitutionally bound to step down in March 2008, but how stable will...

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Beauty and the Beast - Numbers and Public Policy

Recorded on: 11 February 2008

Speaker(s): Andrew Dilnot, Michael Blastland

Numbers have become the all-powerful language of public argument, but too often, that power is abused and the numbers...

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Advancements in Contemporary Islamic Finance: from practice to scholarship

Recorded on: 7 February 2008

Speaker(s): Usman Ahmed, Shaykh Nizam Yaquby

This event reflects on the current developments and initiatives in Islamic finance and explains how this faith based...

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The UK and the EU: what has changed over 35 years?

Recorded on: 7 February 2008

Speaker(s): Lord Brittan of Spennithorne

After 35 years Britain still seems to be struggling with its relationship with the EU. as a former Cabinet Minister,...

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Thinking Like a Social Scientist: a lecture by Professor Stuart Corbridge

Recorded on: 7 February 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Stuart Corbridge

In this new series of lunchtime lectures, nine of LSE's most senior academics explain the latest thinking on how social...

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The Logic of Life

Recorded on: 6 February 2008

Speaker(s): Tim Harford

From teenage sex to the scourge of racism, Tim Harford explains why economics can provide the answers other disciplines...

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The Politics of Aids Exceptionalism

Recorded on: 6 February 2008

Speaker(s): Alex de Waal

This lecture asks if the global AIDS response has been good for human rights but bad for disease control? Alex de Waal...

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Measuring American Power in Today's Fractured World

Recorded on: 5 February 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Paul Kennedy

The United States today is undoubtedly the 'number one' power in world affairs, but it also faces the challenges that...

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An Open Economy - the Progressive Response to Global Change

Recorded on: 4 February 2008

Speaker(s): John Hutton MP

Britain has long realised the best way to progress is to look outward rather than retreat inwards. In previous...

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Another European Tradition: traceability of the social and the vindication of Gabriel Tarde

Recorded on: 4 February 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Bruno Latour

A rival of Durkheim, Gabriel Tarde was right to argue that the subject matter of sociology is not society but...

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Iraq: The Way Out

Recorded on: 31 January 2008

Speaker(s): Jonathan Steele

Jonathan Steele will argue that the occupation has failed, not because of a lack of pre-war planning, but because of a...

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Thinking Like a Social Scientist: a lecture by Professor Saul Estrin

Recorded on: 31 January 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Saul Estrin

In this new series of lunchtime lectures, nine of LSE's most senior academics explain the latest thinking on how social...

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The McCanns and the Media

Recorded on: 30 January 2008

Speaker(s): Clarence Mitchell, Justine McGuiness; Kelvin MacKenzie; Roy Greenslade; Roger Graef

The McCanns were the biggest media story of 2007. This event goes behind the headlines to ask why it became a media...

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Sleeping Beauty: Awakening the American Dream

Recorded on: 30 January 2008

Speaker(s): Lord Maurice Saatchi

Americans today may be perplexed and confused about the way America is perceived in the world. They may feel like Josef...

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International Relations in a Post-Hegemonic Age

Recorded on: 30 January 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Fred Halliday

The academic study of International Relations has, since since its emergence after World War I, sought to combine the...

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The Global Company of 2020- what does the future hold?

Recorded on: 28 January 2008

Speaker(s): Dominic Casserley

Dominic Casserley will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing global companies in 2020. Will they be similar...

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Somalia: legal and humanitarian challenges

Recorded on: 28 January 2008

Speaker(s): Guillermo Bettocchi

Guillermo Bettocchi is the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Somalia....

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New Industrial Centres and the Rise of the Justice and Development Party to Power in Turkey

Recorded on: 28 January 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Sevket Pamuk

The lecture will discuss the rise of export oriented industrial centres across Turkey in recent decades, how they have...

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Children's Media: More Harm than Good?

Recorded on: 24 January 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Sonia Livingstone

Public policy is scrutinising potential media harms, given rapid expansion of the internet, fears over 'toxic'...

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Thinking Like a Social Scientist: a lecture by Professor Danny Quah

Recorded on: 24 January 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Danny Quah

In this new series of lunchtime lectures, nine of LSE's most senior academics explain the latest thinking on how social...

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Cyprus Enters the 'Euro-zone': challenges and implications

Recorded on: 23 January 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Christopher Pissarides, Michalis Sarris

In January 2008, Cyprus will adopt the euro currency. This discussion will focus on the implications of entry for...

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General Reflections

Recorded on: 23 January 2008

Speaker(s): General Sir Mike Jackson

A look at where today's strategic circumstances are and the position of the UK, and a look to the future. General Sir...

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The Last Resistance

Recorded on: 22 January 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Henrietta Moore, Professor Stephen Frosh

Jacqueline Rose's book The Last Resistance explores the power of writing to create and transform our political lives...

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Russia and Europe: new neighbours defining a new neighbourhood

Recorded on: 22 January 2008

Speaker(s): Jean Lemierre

Russia, Ukraine and the other countries of the former Soviet Union now share a common border with the European Union...

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Thinking Like a Social Scientist: a lecture by Professor Ron Anderson

Recorded on: 17 January 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Ron Anderson

In this new series of lunchtime lectures, nine of LSE's most senior academics explain the latest thinking on how social...

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Six World Conflicts In Search Of Solutions

Recorded on: 16 January 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Johan Galtung

Johan Galtung, widely regarded as the father of peace and conflict studies, is a prominent and successful conflict...

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The Significance of Reconstruction after the Civil War in American history

Recorded on: 15 January 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Eric Foner

Reconstruction after the Civil War is the least-known era in the American past. Professor Foner explains why an...

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The Global State of Influenza Pandemic Preparedness

Recorded on: 10 January 2008

Speaker(s): Dr David Nabarro

Dr Nabarro will review the impact of past epidemics on humanity and society and will explore current efforts to respond...

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Oil, War and Geopolitics: the struggle over what remains

Recorded on: 9 January 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Michael Klare

Professor Klare will look at how both old and new industrial powers are girding up for a global struggle over the...

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The EU at 27 - taking on a global role

Recorded on: 9 January 2008

Speaker(s): Jim Murphy MP

The Minister for Europe will consider how an enlarged EU can address global challenges and how the Reform Treaty will...

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Russia's Policy Towards Europe: aggressive retrenchment?

Recorded on: 8 January 2008

Speaker(s): Marie Mendras

Russia has recovered its self-confidence under Vladimir Putin. But instead of becoming more comfortable with Europe,...

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Social Science and the Middle East: myths, pitfalls and opportunities

Recorded on: 7 January 2008

Speaker(s): Professor Fred Halliday

No area of the globe so challenges the contemporary social scientist or the ordinary citizen as do the twenty-five...

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