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Innovative new course at LSE puts strategy back at the heart of public life

The London School of Economics and Political Science is launching a unique new course to help future leaders rediscover the lost art of strategy. 

It comes at a time when leading politicians have warned of an absence of strategic thinking. In October, The Public Administration Select Committee issued a report entitled Who Does UK National Strategy? which concluded: 'We have lost the culture of strategy making'. 

LSE's new course on Strategy in the Age of Global Risk is for the select few. Only 15 high-flyers— dealing  with international and military affairs, global business and finance —will  be accepted. 

world puzzleThe course takes a fresh look at the threats and risks that could arise in the years ahead, new techniques for providing more robust assessments of them and, above all, at the various strategies and the techniques that can be used to address them. The course includes some innovative and challenging strategic exercises. 

Many of LSE's leading experts will teach the programme—the  Director Howard Davies, plus professors Gordon Barrass, Christopher Coker, Michael Cox, Saul Estrin, Margot Light and Danny Quah. 

Senior former diplomats and  government advisors will also be lending their insight and expertise to the course, including Tony Blair's former chief of staff Jonathan Powell, Sir David Manning, who served as Britain's ambassador to the US, NATO and Israel; and Sir Richard Mottram, who was the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Defence and Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.  

Strategy has been carefully tailored to take account of the fact that participants can spare little time away from their high pressure jobs. It has, therefore, been distilled into four intensive one-week study sessions, 20 evening seminars, two policy weekend discussions and institutional visits spread across one academic year. Participants will not be taught in a conventional way, but will be coached and have plenty of opportunities to discuss issues with practitioners who have faced tough decisions. 

Howard Davies, the Director of LSE,  said: 'This course is the first of its kind because it looks firmly to the future, is grounded in a deep understanding of political, economic and military issues, and based on shrewd insights into how the art of thinking strategically can be revitalised.' 

'With so many highly experienced diplomatic and political figures joining the academic team to lead discussion and analysis, it's certain that the course will be as compelling as it will be demanding.' 

The course begins in September 2011 and applications are now being received. For more information about 'Strategy in the Age of Global Risks: An Executive MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy'  see the online brochure at http://lse.ac.uk/ideas. The cost of the course is £22, 912. Before making a formal application, candidates should contact Dr Sue Onslow s.onslow@lse.ac.uk or on +44 (0)20 7852 3796.