Is Progressive Capitalism an Answer to America's Problems?
Wednesday 4 December 2019
We all have the sense that our economy tilts toward big business, but a few corporations have come to dominate entire sectors, contributing to skyrocketing inequality and slow growth. Too many have made their wealth through exploitation of others rather than through wealth creation. Professor Joseph Stiglitz (Columbia University) will argue that we need to exploit the benefits of markets while taming their excesses, making sure that markets work for people and not the other way around.
Russian hackers, trolls and #DemocracyRIP
Thursday 27 February 2020
In this lecture, Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson (University of Pennsylvania) brings together what is known about the impact of the Russian interventions in the 2016 US presidential election, outlines the contours of the #DemocracyRIP Russian plans to undercut the presidency of Hillary Clinton, and ask what’s next and what can we do about it.
Policing as a Public Good
Thursday 12 March 2020
In this lecture, Professor Tracey Meares (Yale Law School) will discuss the historical context of the abolition of slavery in the United States, locating it in the broader context of Reconstruction, and will offer an idea of policing as a public good that is central to a conception of citizenship.
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In Conversation with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Monday 15th April 2019
The US Centre hosted US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in an evening of conversation on US politics. The discussion ranged over a wide variety of topics including Brexit, the Democratic Party and trade relations with China.
Planning New York
Tuesday 5 November 2019
New York City’s Planning Department undertakes to make the city a better place to live, to maintain what works and improve what doesn’t. How does it face today’s most pressing challenges? Marisa Lago, Chair of the New York City Planning Commission, reflected on the challenges of delivering change in under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.
Can America Still Have a Successful Foreign Policy?
Monday 21 October 2019
Donald Trump took office pledging to “make America great again,” but his actions as president have done nothing to make Americans or the world either safer or more prosperous. Professor Stephen M. Walt (Harvard University) discussed what a more realistic and successful foreign policy might look like, and what needs to change in order to implement it.
Donald Trump and the Roots of Republican Extremism in the US
Monday 14 October 2019
Professor Theda Skocpol (Harvard University) explained how sets of organizations expressing two separate currents of right wing extremism – billionaire ultra-free-market fundamentalism and popularly rooted ethno-nationalist resentment – have worked in tandem to remake the Republican Party.
How Millennial Economics Will Shake Up US Politics Wednesday 9 October 2019
Joseph C. Sternberg (Wall Street Journal) presented an overview of Millennial economics in America and of how the Great Recession particularly affected Millennials in ways that continue to resonate even as economic conditions have improved.
Book Launch: "I Made Mistakes" - Robert McNamara and Vietnam
Monday 7 October 2019
Although Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara is remembered as the architect of the Vietnam War, Dr. Aurélie Basha (University of Kent) drew on new sources to reveal a man who resisted the war more than most.
The Dangers of Brexit for the Special Relationship
Wednesday 20 March 2019
In this lecture US Senator Chris Murphy discussed the history and future of the transatlantic relationship, in light of the UK's likely coming exit from the European Union at the end of March 2019.
Wednesday 14 November 2018
Classic conspiracy theories, whether plausible or farfetched, tries to explain things, to make sense of the world. The new conspiracism, by contrast, is conspiracy without the theory. Having shed theory and explanation, it can seem like free-floating fabulation. Facilitated by a revolution in communications technology, empowered by the election of a conspiracist to the White House in 2016, it is not a marginal phenomenon on the fringe of politics—and it threatens to delegitimate democratic institutions.
Making Sense of the US Midterms
Wednesday 7 November 2018
The US Centre hosted an evening of conversation as we discuss the midterm election results and what they mean for Donald Trump's presidency and the US.
A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism
Monday 22 October 2018
Jeffrey Sachs, a world-renowned professor of economics, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist whose monthly newspaper columns appear in more than 100 countries, comes to the US Centre for a conversation about his new book 'A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism'.
Janesville: an American story
Tuesday 2 October 2018
What really happens to workers, families and a community when good jobs go away? Amy Goldstein discussed the story of one small, proud city in the American heartland that lost the United States’ oldest operating General Motors assembly plant two days before Christmas in the midst of the Great Recession – and the lessons it offers about economic pain and resilience.
Conspiracy Theories in the Age of Trump
Wednesday 25 July 2018
Professor Joe Uscinski discussed the idea that conspiracy theories follow a strategic logic: they are tools used by the powerless to attack and defend against the powerful.
Texas, Trump and the Future of America
Tuesday 15 May 2018
Lawrence Wright, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, screenwriter, playwright and a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine talked about the most controversial state in America and what it tells us about Donald Trump and the future of the US.
Rethinking the Origins of the Drug War in Mexico
23 February 2018
This public lecture re-evaluated the history of the drug war in Mexico by bringing together two eminent historians to examine the crucial developments of Mexican drug policy and its discourse on drugs over the past 100 years.
Militarisation and the "War on Crime"
7 November 2017
The deployment of armies, navies, military assets and militarised approaches can send a powerful message, but have produced mixed results. This debate, co hosted between the LSE US Centre's International Drug Policy Unit and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime discussed four different areas of criminality – wildlife crime, piracy, human smuggling and drug trafficking – to see how effective a militarised response can really be, and what might be lost as collateral damage.
Webinar for LSE staff and students on Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
31 October 2017
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research is the largest archive of public opinion survey data in existence. It’s also available for LSE students and staff to use in their research. Together with the LSE Library, the US Centre co-hosted a webinar on the Roper Center’s collection of public opinion data and how LSE staff and students can use it.
The First 100 Days: Taking Stock of the Trump Presidency
26 April 2017
The US Centre hosted a roundtable debate about the 45th US President’s first 100 days in office. A panel of academics and journalists discussed the new administration’s priorities and the international implications of the current US political landscape.
Anxiety, Fear, and National Identity: Anti-Immigration Politics and the Rise of Latino Power in the US
14 March 2017
Neil Foley explored how the surge in immigration since the 1970s has led to increasing levels of xenophobia resulting in anti-immigrant politics and policies, including militarization of the border, state laws curtailing rights of undocumented immigrants, mass detention and deportation, the building of a 700-mile border fence in 2006, and Donald Trump’s recent promise to build a wall along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico.
Coffee with Professor Charles Kupchan
7 March 2017
The LSE US Centre and the LSESU Grimshaw Club held a career development workshop for students where Professor Charles Kupchan discussed his experiences and answered questions on entering the field of International Relations.
Congress to Campus - President Trump and the Republican Congress: Prospects under the new Administration
6 March 2017
The new US Administration has elements that are perhaps unique in American history, and Republicans are in the rare position of controlling both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government. The Democrats have much to consider as they re-group both inside the Beltway and around the nation. Former Members of the US House of Representatives from both the Republican and Democratic Parties discussed their thoughts on the altered political landscape of the US and its implications abroad.
The Fractured American Republic and the Possibilities for Political Renewal
21 February 2017
As part of the 2017 LSE Literary Festival, Yuval Levin discussed his new book, The Fractured Republic. Levin's talk covered how US politics are failing 21st-century Americans as both parties are blind to how America has changed over the past half century and why the dysfunctions of the nation's fragmented national life will need to be answered by the strengths of its decentralized, diverse, dynamic character.
The Yanks Are Coming! LSE in the American Century
17 November 2016
LSE has helped shaped the United States and Americans have helped define the LSE since its foundation in 1895. Professor Mick Cox explains what has been a very “special relationship”.
Fed Power: How Finance Wins
16 November 2016
Larry Jacobs and Desmond King discussed their new book, Fed Power: How Finance Wins, which traces the Fed's historic development during the 19th century to its current position as the most important institution in the American economy, possessing unparalleled capacity and autonomy to intervene in private markets.
What's Next? Analysing the 2016 US Presidential Election
9 November 2016
A lively evening of discussion with media and academic experts on US politics reviewing the unprecedented results of the 2016 US presidential election, as well as insights into what we can expect from the incoming Donald Trump administration.
What Ever Happened to the Party of the People?
11 October 2016
Financial inequality is one of the biggest political issues of our time: from the Wall Street bailouts to the rise of the One Percent, who between them control forty-percent of the US wealth. So where are the Democrats - the notional 'party of the people' in all of this?
Why Washington Won’t Work
5 October 2016
Marc Hetherington examined why Americans today viscerally dislike and distrust the party opposite the one they identify with more than at any point in the last 100 years, and how these negative feelings are central to understanding the political dysfunction and gridlock that has gripped the U.S. for the past decade.
Race, Reform and the New Retrenchment: the perils of post-racialism after Obama
11 May 2016
Heightening tensions in the US over police killings of black people have undermined confidence that the election of Barack Obama signaled a new era on race relations in the US. Through a Critical Race Theory prism, Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw discussed Black Lives Matter and Say Her Name as challenges to contemporary jurisprudence on race, and assessed the new openings presented by current events.
The Evening After the Night Before: analysing Super Tuesday
2 March 2016
On the 1st of March millions of American voters in 12 states went to the polls in the 2016 US presidential election's 'Super Tuesday’ primary. The US Centre held a lively evening of discussion and debate on the Super Tuesday results with six experts on US politics.
Who will be the next US President?
24 February 2016
Professor Lawrence Jacobs, Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and Director of the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, evaluated the most polarizing and anti-establishment candidates in modern US politics, speculated on who will win the nomination and why, and what this might mean for the 2016 presidential election.
The Future of Work
25 January 2016
Anne-Marie Slaughter, president and CEO of New America, and former Director of Policy Planning at the US State Department under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, visited LSE and discussed the need to transform gender roles for men as much as women and to reinvent the workplace.
Lessons for the Euro from America's Past
19 January 2016
Drawing on early America’s struggle to develop a single currency, Professor Jeffry Frieden discussed the implications for the European Union’s efforts today to provide monetary and financial stability.
A Conversation with Ben Bernanke
28 October 2015
The LSE US Centre, together with the Economics Department, hosted the Former Chair of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke. Bernanke discussed his new book, The Courage to Act: A Memoir of a Crisis and its Aftermath, and his time as chair of the US Federal Reserve.
Past Research Seminars
In 2015 and 2016 the US Centre held a series of Brown Bags and Dialogues with key speakers.
The Rise of the Rural One Percent
17 March 2016
Speaker: Joseph Baines
In rural America, recent high and volatile agricultural prices have seen the average commercial farm ascend into the top income percentile of US households.
Joseph Baines is a Fellow in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.
Religion and the Delegated State in America
15 March 2016
Speaker: Margaret Weir
Non-profit organizations have become key arms of the American welfare state. Yet accounts of the rise of the third sector have little to say about the South and the Southwest, areas of the country where population and poverty have grown the most over the past two decades. Historical legacies of race, religion, and immigration gave rise to diverse organizational ecologies for assisting the poor in different parts of the country, resulting in two distinct forms of delegated state in America: a civic-public model in the North and Midwest and a religious-private model in the South and Southwest. These regional differences mean that organized resources for resisting neoliberalism vary systematically in different parts of the country.
Margaret Weir is Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University.
The American Democratic Deficit
24 February 2016
Speaker: Lawrence Jacobs
American presidents often claim to speak for the "people" but new research based on White House archives demonstrates that presidents largely respond to the affluent and well-organized.
Lawrence R. Jacobs is the Walter F. and Joan Mondale Chair for Political Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Governance in the Hubert H. Humphrey School and the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota.
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and the Decline of the Eastern Establishment
2 February 2016
Speaker: Luke Nichter
Senator, statesman, presidential advisor, and presidential candidate by popular demand, Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and his national political career that stretched from the 1930s to the 1970s have up to now escaped biographical treatment.
Luke A. Nichter is an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University - Central Texas. He tweets at @lukenic.
Currency Politics, Political Economy and the Gold Standard
19 January 2016
Speaker: Jeffry Frieden
For much of the late nineteenth century the United States was a hotbed of exchange rate controversy, but by 1896 the election of William McKinley, the pro-gold candidate, signalled the triumph of the Gold Standard and paved the way for dollar hegemony. What can the experiences of the 1890s tell us about today's currency politics?
Jeffry Frieden is Professor of Government at Harvard University, specializing in the politics of international monetary and financial relations.
The Debate on the Iran Deal: Learned and Unlearned Lessons from History
10 November 2015
Speaker: Joseph F Pilat
The debate over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was agreed between Iran and the P5+1 in July 2015, raises fundamental issues about noncompliance, international monitoring and verification and nuclear latency that have been in the forefront of concerns about nonproliferation over the last 25 years. In this session, Joseph F. Pilat discussed lessons learned and unlearned from Iraq, North Korea, South Africa and Libya, and how they shaped the negotiation and content of the agreement and the prospects for the JPCOA’s success, in what will be one of the most important foreign policy legacies of the Obama administration.
Joseph F. Pilat is a Program Manager in the National Security Office of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where he co-directs the Nonproliferation Forum.