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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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