Directors' Diary

The latest from LSE IDEAS Directors Michael Cox and Christopher Coker.

Interesting times demand we keep our analytical heads - and if the several dark clouds up in the sky have a silver lining of sorts it is that there has never been more need as there is now for what serious 'experts' have to say about this turbulent place we call planet Earth.

IDEAS Director Professor Michael Cox

2018-2019 Academic Year

  •  December 4: Mick spoke at Aberystwyth University for the 2018-19 Centenary Speakers Series; the lecture is entitled, E.H. Carr, Nationalism and the Crisis of the 20th Century'.
  • December 3: Christopher spoke at the Maritime Organisation, Oslo, on world order.
  • December: Mick published The Post Cold War World: Turbulence and Change in World Politics Since the Fall, published by Routledge. 
  • November 27-29: Christopher spoke at the Royal Danish Defence College on the future of war.
  • November 19: Christopher gave a lecture entitled 'Why War?' at Cluj University.
  • November 13: Mick spoke at the LSE Student Union China Development Society 'Bridging Mind Symposiums' on China-US Trade War.
  • November 12: Christopher gave a lecture on cultural dialogue at the NATO Defence College.
  • November 8-9: Mick spoke twice at the Global Think Tank Summit, Brussels.
  • October 30: Christopher spoke at the Kuala Lumpur Conference on the Belt and Road Initiative.
  • October 27: Mick spoke at a symposium on populism, media and discourses hosted by the LSE Media and Communications Department
  • October 20-21: Christopher spoke at the Brussels Deep Horizons conference on European Security.
  • October 1: Mick spoke at the Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, London on Beyond Globalisation - is there a crisis of the western liberal order?
  • September 29 - October 1: Christopher spoke at the Russia and Europe workshop at the University of Budapest.
  • September 29: Mick spoke at the Guanghua School of Management, LSE on The US, Trump & China and Russia and China.
  • September 24-26: Christopher spoke at a conference on historical analogies at the University of Copenhagen.
  • September 23: Christopher spoke at a seminar on War at St Hugh's College, Oxford.
  • September 13: Mick spoke at the Royal College of Defence Studies, London on The Nature of Power and Influence in the Global System.

2017-2018 Academic Year

  • June 2-3: Mick spoke at From the Western-Centric to a Post-Western World: In Search of an Emerging Global Order in the 21st Century International Conference in Taipei.
  • May 2018: Mick wrote: Northern Ireland: The War that came in from the Cold re-published in Irish Studies in International Affairs journal's special issue on 'Reflections on the Northern Ireland Conflict and Peace Process'.
  • May 2018: Mick published: Third edition of US Foreign Policy, co-edited with Doug Stokes, published by Oxford University Press. 
  • 18 April: Mick gave a public lecture on The World Economy at the Universidad Atonio de Nebrija in Madrid.
  • 9 April: Mick chaired IDEAS public event with Lina Yueh, The Great Economists: how their ideas can help us today.
  • 28 March: LSE-Sciences Po roundtable in Paris on Can Brexit only mean Exit?
  • 27 March: How do Russia tensions compare to Soviet era? Quoted in this BBC News story.
  • 27 March: Spoke at LSE IDEAS-Open University event Nuclear Diplomacy in the Second Cold War and LSE European Institute event The Future of Europe After Brexit. 
  • 14-16 March: Attended European Think Tank Summit in Berlin, gave opening talk on Populism: what it means and what can be done about it?
  • 23rd February: Speaking on William Beveridge and LSE at the LSE Festival: Beveridge 2.0 event A Beveridge Plan for an Unruly School?
  • 26th January: Speaking on Challenges in Higher Education: Lessons from the United Kingdom at the House of Lords for a briefing to the Association of Mexican Vice-Chancellors, with Lord Meghnad Desai and the British Council.
  • 24th January: Giving public lecture at the University of Kent of Keynes, Carr and the inter-war Crisis:1919-1939
  • 8th December: Speaking on Confronting Global Challenges 2017-2067 panel, hosted by the Centre for International Studies to mark their 50th anniversary.
  • 24th November: Speaking at LSE International Relations Department Cumberland Lodge conference Populism in the 21st Century: Causes and Consequences on The Making of International Relations at the LSE: Olympians, The English School, British Decline, Mad Money, Clausewitz, Cold War, and a Lot More Besides.
  • 23rd November: Speaking on Everything has changed?  Trump and the crisis of Liberal Order, a panel discussion hosted by the Centre for International Policy Studies at City University London.
  • 8th November: In conversation with Dr George Lawson on global power and security in 2017 and beyond, as part of the LSE100 course.
  • 25th October: Speaking on From Keynes to Carr: The Twenty Years’ Crisis Revisited at the LSE-Sciences Po Seminar in Contemporary International History.
  • 23rd September: Keynote speaker at H.G. Wells and G. B. Shaw: Socialism and the Irrational event to be held at LSE by The H.G. Wells Society and the Shaw Society
  • 15th September: TRIUM Global Executive MBAInternational Politics in An Age of Uncertainty
  • 14th September: Speaking at the Royal College of Defence Studies on The Nature of Power in the International System
  • 1st September: The World Today: How Bad Is It? keynote speech at the LSE Alumni Leadership Forum

2016-2017 Academic Year

  • 15 August: Speaking on The Transatlantic Relationship in the Age of Brexit and Trump at LSE China conference in Beijing, the annual conference held by LSE in China.
  • 11 August: Interviewed in World Finance magazine on the history of the Rockefeller family. 
  • 26 July: Appeared in a German TV documentary on the history of the LSE. Watch on the Arte website.
  • 18 July: 2017's Summer School lecture by Professor Cox is entitled Farewell to Globalization: Farewell to the Liberal World Order? The Populist Revolt from Brexit to Trump and Beyond. Listen on the LSE Soundcloud page.
  • 29 June: Authored article on Europe – Still between the Superpowers in the Dahrendorf Forum Special Issue of Global Policy journal.
  • 16-18 June: Gave keynote address at the conference 'The Colonels' Dictatorship: Domestic and International Dimension, 1967-1974' that took place in Athens, speaking on The Crisis of the Cold War: Greece and the 1960s revisited.
  • 15 June: Gave keynote speech at Economic policy for smart, inclusive and sustainable growth conference in Belgrade, alongside Professor Leszeck Balcerowicz of the Warsaw School of Economics and architect of  the Polish economic reforms.
  • 8 June: Spoke at LSE's Election Night event, on the panel discussing Foreign Policy & Defence with IDEAS' Yu Jie and LSE's Brian Klass.
  • 31 May: Spoke at Retreat from Globalisation? Brexit, Trump and the New Populism conference in Dublin, held by the International Affairs Standing Committee of the Royal Irish Academy.
  • 2 May: Spoke at Whither Europe? Historical Perspectives on 2017 held by LSE's European Institute alongside Professor Mike Savage of the LSE International Inequalities Institute and Abby Innes. Listen to the podcast.
  • 24 April: Spoke at Chatham House in the Are We Entering a Post-West International Order? debate, arguing against the motion that we're entering a post-Western period alongside Professor Trine Flockhart and against Dr George Lawson and Anthony Dworkin. Listen to the podcast.
  • 2 April: Co-wrote piece with Attlee biographer John Bew write for the LSE History blog on how the former PM and LSE lecturer's achievements have often been overlooked.



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