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IDEAS is proud to bring together leading scholars and practitioners of foreign policy and diplomacy from around the world.

In IDEAS we certainly hope we have something worthwhile to offer a global public hungry for analysis rather than soundbites, open debate rather than cheap posturing.

IDEAS Director Professor Michael Cox



Chris Alden

Professor Chris Alden is Director of LSE IDEAS.


Professor Christopher Coker is  Director of LSE IDEAS.


Dr Emilia Knight is the Centre Manager of LSE IDEAS.


Professional Services Staff

Stuart Austin

Stuart Austin is Associate to the Engelsberg Chair, currently Michael Burleigh (2019/20).

Sarah Coolican

Sarah Coolican is a Project and Research Associate at LSE IDEAS.


Indira Endaya is the Publications Designer at LSE IDEAS.


Mireia Franch is the Finance Administrator in LSE IDEAS.

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Jessica Keating is the Communications Officer at LSE IDEAS.
Telephone: 020 7955 6101


Marta Kozielska is a Projects & Research Associate at LSE IDEAS.


Margherita Parodi is Programme and Research Associate at LSE IDEAS.

Dave Sutton

Dave Sutton is the Events Coordinator at LSE IDEAS.


Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy

Aaron McKeil

Dr. Aaron McKeil is a Course Tutor on the Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy programme at LSE IDEAS.


Gosia Brown is on maternity leave. Please direct all enquiries to Julia Ryng. She is Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy Programme Manager.


Central and South-East Europe Programme

Megan Palmer

Megan Palmer is Programme Manager for the Central and South-East Europe Programme.

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Vlad Zigarov is Programme Associate for the Central and South-East Europe Programme.

Cosmin Marian

Cosmin Marian is co-ordinator of the Central and South-East Europe Programme Desk at Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Madalina Mocan

Mădălina Mocan is the Central and South-East Europe Programme Desk Manager at Babeş-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.


China Foresight

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Gidon Gautel is the China Foresight Project Coordinator.

Rob Whittle

Robert Whittle is a Project Assistant at China Foresight.


Cold War Studies Project


Dr Roham Alvandi is Director of the Cold War Studies Project. He is an Associate Professor of International History at LSE and an expert on Iran’s foreign relations.

Luc Brunet

Dr Luc-André Brunet is Deputy Director of the Cold War Studies Project, Co-Director of the Peace and Security Project, and a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS.

Molly Avery

Molly Avery is a Managing Editor of the journal Cold War History and PhD candidate in the Department of International History at LSE.

Eline van Ommen

Eline van Ommen is a Managing Editor of the journal Cold War History and PhD candidate in the Department of International History at LSE.


Dahrendorf Forum


Inga Runarsdottir is a Research Associate for the Dahrendorf Forum.


Global South Unit


Professor Chris Alden is Co-Director of the Global South Unit and Professor in International Relations at LSE.


Dr Alvaro Mendez is Co-Director of the Global South Unit and Senior Research Fellow at LSE.


Global Strategies


Hugh Sandeman is Project Head of Global Strategies and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS.


LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission

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Professor Linda Yueh is Chair of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS.

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Gidon Gautel is Project Manager of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission.

Stephen Paduano

Stephen Paduano is the Executive Director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission.

Alisa Wadsworth

Alisa Wadsworth is a Research Intern for the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission.

Rob Whittle

Robert Whittle is a Project Assistant for the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission. 


Nations and Nationalism Journal

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Seeta Persaud is Managing Editor of the Journal Nations and Nationalism.


Peace and Security

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Dr Luc-André Brunet is Co-Director of the Peace and Security Project, Acting Director of the Cold War Studies Project and a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS.


Dr Eirini Karamouzi is Co-Director of the Peace and Security Project and a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS.


Professors Without Borders

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Tessy Antony de Nassau is Co-Founder of Professors Without Borders and Director of Logistics.

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Dr Caroline Varin is Co-Founder of Professors Without Borders and Programs Director.

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Majeks Walker is Co-Founder of Professors Without Borders and Director of Operations.


United Nations at LSE


Senior Associates



Dr. Alvaro Mendez is the Co-Director of the Global South Unit at LSE IDEAS and the Department of International Relations at LSE. He is an expert in foreign policy analysis, international development, US foreign policy, Chinese foreign policy and the foreign policy of Latin American states.



IDEAS Associates are experts in fields related to our projects and provide external assistance for our work.

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Dr Mohammed Abdel-Haq is a Professor in Banking and a Director of the Centre for Islamic Finance at the University of Bolton. He is also Executive Director of the Centre for Opposition Studies. Mohammed also has a wealth of practical experience from a long career in banking in major financial institutions. He was a Member of the UK Government Task Force for Islamic Finance. Mohammed is the co-author of a book on Islamic finance and has written articles on various issues related to public life.

Adam Austerfield

Adam Austerfield is a Partner at the Future Lab Berlin, an innovation advisory group with a global project portfolio across investment, environmental, mobility and educational sectors.  He is also the National Vice-President of the British Chambers of Commerce in Spain, one of two Non-Executive Directors of the British Embassy in Spain and a Board Member of the International Policy Group (iPg), a public affairs group, and President of the LSE Alumni in Spain. Previously, Adam was the Director of Global Market Development at LSE Enterprise.


Rosa Balfour is a Senior Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and a member of the Steering Committee of WIIS-Brussels (Women In International Security). Prior to joining GMF, Rosa was a Director at the European Policy Centre (EPC), an independent think tank based in Brussels, where she headed the Europe in the World programme.

Professor Iain Begg

Iain Begg is a Professorial Research Fellow at the LSE European Institute. His main research work is on the political economy of European integration and EU economic governance. He has directed and participated in a series of research projects on different facets of EU policy and his current projects include studies on the governance of EU economic and social policy, the EU's Europe 2020 strategy, evaluation of EU cohesion policy and reform of the EU budget.

Linda Benrais

Linda Benräis is Adjunct Professor of Comparative Law and Mediation at ESSEC Business School and Director of ESSEC's IRENÉ programmes "Governance and Conflict Resolution". She coordinates international and European programmes related to governance, human rights, and international mediation. She has 18 years of experience as an EU legal consultant and trainer in international legal cooperation, legal and judicial reforms, international mediation and other ADR in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and South-East Asia.


Mats Berdal is Professor of Security and Development in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, where he is also the Programme Director for the MA in Conflict, Security and Development and Director of the Conflict, Security and Development Research Programme (CSDRG). He joined Department of War Studies, King’s College London in 2003, having previously been Director of Studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London from 2000 to 2003.

Sumantra Bose

Sumantra Bose is a Professor of International and Comparative Politics at LSE. Bose is the author of seven books - of which the latest, Secular States, Religious Politics: India, Turkey, and the Future of Secularism - has been published worldwide by Cambridge University Press in 2018. He holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University.

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John Breuilly is Emeritus Professor of Nationalism and Ethnicity at LSE. His academic interests are in interdisciplinary study of nationalism and the history of modern Europe, especially that of Germany. He was until recently President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), and is one of the editors of ASEN’s journal Nation and Nationalism (N&N).


Arjun Chawla is a Research Associate at The Risk Advisory Group's Asia practice in Hong Kong. Previously, he worked with the South Asia Programme at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, and Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, in Mumbai. He co-authored a chapter in 'Democracy Under Threat' published by Oxford University Press India in 2017. Currently, he writes on geopolitics and geo-economics with a focus on South Asia. He holds a master's degree with distinction in international relations from The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Javier Carbonell is the Coordinator of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN) and the editor of LSE Eurocrisis Blog. He is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Edinburgh and he completed an MSc in International Relations at the LSE. He is also a member of the Global Populist Parties Dataset (LSE Systemic Risk Centre) and the New Nationalism Project (University of Toronto) research groups.

Brian Davey

Brian Davey is a senior project consultant in the field of international education and development, specialised in strategic marketing and international student recruitment in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Current projects involve design, development and marketing of custom programmes for several European and American universities. Brian has a Bachelor degree from the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley and an MBA from the European University.

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Guy de Jonquières is a Senior Fellow at European Centre for International Political Economy. He was previously working as a special correspondent and as an intern at The Financial Times and as international business editor and world trade editor. In 2001, Guy de Jonquières received the BP/European University Institute prize for essay on transatlantic economic relations, and in 2007 he was awarded as the opinion writer of the year by the Society of Publishers in Asia.

Charles Dunst

Charles Dunst is an Associate of LSE IDEAS and a journalist who has written for The New York Times, The AtlanticThe Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and BBC News, among other outlets. He was previously based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and has reported from that country, Vietnam, and Myanmar. He writes about Southeast Asian politics and geopolitics, U.S. foreign policy, and LGBTQ issues. He holds a bachelor’s with honours from Hamilton College and is pursuing a master’s in International Relations at The London School of Economics and Political Science.


Jonathan Fenby has written eighteen books, eight of them on China, most recently 'Will China Dominate the 21st Century?'. He is a founding partner and China Director of the emerging markets research service, Trusted Sources serving global financial institutions and companies.

Valentina Finckenstein

Valentina Finckenstein is a Program Manager and Research Associate at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon. Her work focuses mainly on MENA security and geopolitics, resources and EU-MENA relations. Previously, she was a research associate for LSE IDEAS and worked for the Vice-President of the European Parliament Alexander Lambsdorff. She holds an MSc in International Relations from LSE.

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Jennifer Gaskell (née Welch) is an experienced researcher, facilitator and peacebuilding practitioner with expertise in international institutions, the Syrian, Burundi and Eastern African contexts and field experience in Cyprus, Burundi and the Somali region. She has over 13 years’ professional experience in communications and multi-stakeholder change processes across a range of sectors. She is the co-founder of Build Up, a social enterprise working to amplify citizen participation in peacebuilding through technology, arts and research.


Andrew Hammond was a Government Special Adviser when the UK last held the Presidency of the EU. He has since worked for consultancy firms advising or organisations in the public, private, and third sectors on strategy and performance, including navigating complex political and economic landscapes that impact operations, reputation, policy and investments.



Tanya Harmer is Associate Professor at LSE's Department of International History. Dr Harmer obtained her BA at the University of Leeds before moving to LSE to obtain a MA and PhD in International History for which she was awarded an AHRC scholarship. She has held visiting teaching positions at Columbia University in New York (2012-13) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2010, 2013).


Julia Himmrich is an expert on European foreign and security policy, particularly in regards to EU post-conflict policy in the Western Balkans and the foreign policy dimension of migration. She has held research positions in think tanks, including as Dahrendorf Post-Doctoral Fellow at LSE IDEAS, and taught at LSE and King’s College London. She holds a PhD from the LSE International Relations Department. Her areas of expertise are: politics of independence and secession, the Western Balkans (Kosovo-Serbia conflict), German foreign policy, EU foreign and defence policy, and international migration policy.

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John Hutchinson is Visiting Senior Fellow in the Government department.  He is currently Vice-President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism and Co-Editor-in Chief of Nations and Nationalism. He has authored and edited eleven books in the field of nationalism, most recently Nationalism and War, published by Oxford University Press in 2017. His current project is the ‘Herderian explosion' that explores the contours the contemporary resurgence of religio-political movements outside the West in resistance to secular nationalism.

Valur Ingimundarson

Valur Ingimundarson is Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Iceland. His current research focuses on the return of geopolitics in the North and the resurgence of nationalism and populism in Europe.

Michael Innes

Michael Innes is a Senior Teaching Fellow at the Department of Politics, SOAS. His research  focuses broadly on Cold War and international history, with special interests in East and Southeast Asia, international security, comparative institutions and the geopolitics of information. Michael's first book, Streets Without Joy: A Political History of Sanctuary and War, 1959-2009 (2020), is an investigation of wartime sanctuary discourses in American foreign policy. 

Eric Kaufmann

Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London. His work focuses on majority ethnicity and national populism in the West. He is a Vice-President of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism (ASEN), and one of the editors of ASEN’s journal Nation and Nationalism (N&N).

Ashley Lenihan

Ashley T. Lenihan is a visiting fellow at LSE’s Centre for International Studies, the Head of Policy & Engagement at the British Academy of Management, and a Senior Policy Advisor at the Academy of Social Sciences, leading its Brexit response. Her current research focuses on the relationship between national security and foreign investment, and she is the author of ‘Balancing Power without Weapons: State Intervention into Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions.’ Dr Lenihan was previously an investment-banking analyst at DLJ/Credit Suisse First Boston. She obtained her PhD in Government and Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

George Magnus

George Magnus is Research Associate at the China Centre, Oxford University, and at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. George was the Chief Economist, and then Senior Economic Adviser at UBS Investment Bank from 1995-2016. He had previously worked as the Chief Economist at SG Warburg (1987-1995), and before that at Laurie Milbank/Chase Securities, Bank of America and Lloyds Bank. George’s book Red Flags: why Xi’s China is in Jeopardy was published in 2018 by Yale University Press.

Slobodan Markovich

Slobodan G. Markovich is a Full Professor and Head of the Centre for British Studies at the University of Belgrade. His current research focuses on the application of the theory of the unconscious to the analysis of contemporary political relations and on writing on the history of European pessimism. He obtained his BA in History at the University of Belgrade, MPhil in Historical Studies at the University of Cambridge, and PhD in Political Anthropology at the University of Belgrade.


Benjamin Martill is a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh. He was previously a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Dahrendorf Forum, a joint initiative between LSE and the Hertie School in Berlin.

Janne Haaland Matlary

Janne Haaland Matlary is a Professor of International Politics at the University of Oslo, specialising in energy policy, security policy, strategy, and political risk. She served as State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway from 1997 to 2000. 

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Cristian Nitoiu is an expert on EU and Russian foreign policy, EU-Russia relations, Eastern Europe, international relations, the European public sphere or international political communication. He is currently a Lecturer in Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University London. He has held research positions at Aston University, Trinity College Dublin and the College of Europe (Natolin campus, ENP Chair).


Tim Oliver focuses his research on transatlantic relations, European geopolitics, British-European relations, British government and politics, and the UK’s foreign, security and defence policies. He was awarded a PhD in International Relations from LSE. Tim is Senior Lecturer for the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance at Loughborough University. He has also taught at LSE, UCL and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

Stephen Paduano

Stephen Paduano is the Executive Director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission and an associate at LSE IDEAS. He received a B.A. with Honours from Stanford University and an MSc with Distinction from the London School of Economics, where he was awarded the Fred Halliday Prize. He is currently pursuing a PhD at LSE on U.S. and Chinese foreign and economic policy in sub-Saharan Africa, for which he was also awarded the Michael Leifer Scholarship. He has written about these issues—British and African current events—for The Atlantic, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, and NPR, and he has done TV and radio appearances for CNN, Sky News, and others.

Jacob Parakilas

Jacob Parakilas is an author, consultant and analyst working on US foreign policy and international security. His current research focuses on the effectiveness of US security assistance to fragile states and how such assistance fits into wider American security strategies. He is an advisor to the Simulation Centre at Chatham House. He was Deputy Head of the US programme at Chatham House from 2014 to 2019. 

Julia Pulido

Julia Pulido is Full Professor of International Relations and Security at the European University of Madrid (UEM). She is Director of the ‘International Security, Public Policies and Global Governance’ Research Group at UEM. She is a member of the Salamanca University Observatory on Transnational Organized Crime and the Elcano Royal Institute Working Group on Illicit Traffic and Criminal Networks. Her research interests include strategic intelligence, organized crime, insurgencies and international security. She is lieutenant reservist in the Spanish Army.

James Rogers

James Rogers is Assistant Professor in War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and a Visiting Research Fellow at Stanford University (2019/2020). He is a member of the Centre for War Studies and the Danish Institute of Advanced Study. His research focuses on drone warfare, contemporary security policy, and the history of warfare. James has previously been a Visiting Fellow of the Department of International Security Studies, Yale University, The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy, Yale University, the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, and Associate Lecturer in International Politics at the University of York.

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Stefano Ruzza is Assistant Professor of 'Conflict, Security and Statebuilding' at the University of Turin. He is also a co-founder of T.wai - Torino World Affairs Institute, with responsibility over the “Violence and Security” research program. His research interests focus on conflict transformation (with a focus on Myanmar and Uganda), non-state armed actors in international relations and on private military and security companies. He lectures regularly in advanced educational programs of the Italian Army, is responsible for the Italian translation of the world-renown SIPRI Yearbook Summary, and directs the summer school 'Engaging Conflict'.

Julius Sen

Julius Sen is Senior Programme Adviser at LSE IDEAS. Julius designed and delivered executive education programmes for private sector companies and for senior civil servants from the UK, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Hong Kong, Libya, Thailand and Spain within LSE Enterprise. He also taught courses at Birkbeck College on the WTO and on the political economy of developing countries. A member of the Indian Administrative Service for almost 30 years, Julius is now part of the International Trade Policy Unit in the department of International Relations.

Zhand Shakibi is a Visiting Professor in Russian Studies at the University of Tehran. His research focuses on modern Iranian history. He was previously at LSE as a Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Department of Government.

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Antonio Varsori is Professor of History of International Relations at the Department of Law, Political Science and International Studies at the University of Padua. He is member of the committee for the publication of the Italian Diplomatic Documents at the Italian Foreign Ministry. He is the chairman of the Liaison Committee of Historians of Contemporary Europe at the European Commission and a member of the Academic Council of the European Space Agency History Project. He has been member and chairman of the NATO Science for Peace and Security Advisory Panel on Human and Societal Dynamics. He has written numerous monographs, articles, edited volumes and book chapters on International Relations and Italian and European history. 


Vuk Vuksanovic is currently a PhD researcher in International Relations at LSE. He formerly worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and as a political risk consultant in Belgrade. He writes widely on modern foreign and security policy issues, and is on Twitter @v_vuksanovic.

Michael John Williams

Michael John Williams is Director of the International Relations Programme at New York University and Editor-in-Chief of the journal International Politics. His research at IDEAS focuses on the strategic role of Britain post-Brexit and the relationship between the UK and the US. He was previously Head of the Transatlantic Security Program at RUSI and Reader in International Relations at the University of London. Educated at the universities of Delaware, Hamburg, Bayreuth, Bath, Berlin, and Moscow, he earned his doctorate at The London School of Economics and Political Science.

Geoffrey Yu

Geoffrey Yu was formerly Chief Investment Office for UBS Wealth Management UK. He led a team dedicated to asset allocation and investment recommendations for UBS clients based in the UK and beyond. Previously, Geoffrey spent a decade as a currency strategist with UBS in London and Zurich. As an established analyst and commentator on foreign exchange markets and developments in China, he is widely quoted in the financial press and regularly serves as a guest host on Bloomberg Television and CNBC. Brought up in the UK and China, Geoffrey holds a double BA from Carleton College in the USA and an MSc in Finance from LSE.


Dr Yu Jie (Cherry) is Senior Research Fellow on China in the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House. She speaks and writes frequently at major media outlets such as BBC and Financial Times, and regularly briefs senior policy practitioners from the G7 member governments, the UK Cabinet Office and the Silk Road Fund in Beijing, as well as major FTSE 100 corporates. Yu Jie has testified at the UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee and International Trade Committee. She was previously Head of China Foresight at LSE IDEAS. Prior to LSE, she was a management consultant, specializing in Chinese state-owned enterprises investments in Europe and Chinese market entry strategies for European conglomerates at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. Dr Yu has been recognized as a 'Leading Woman' of the London School of Economics for her contribution in teaching and engaging the debates on China’s foreign affairs.

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Vlad Zigarov is Programme Associate for the Central and South-East Europe Programme. He holds an MSc in International History from LSE and an MA from the School of Slavonic and East European Studies at UCL. He previously studied Philosophy, History and International Affairs at the University of Bucharest and worked in a number of state and private organisations in Romania and the UK.


Senior Fellows

IDEAS Senior Fellows are internationally renowned academics who have worked with LSE IDEAS. Our Senior Fellows include holders of the Engelsberg Chair in History and International Affairs and the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs.


Anne Applebaum held the Philippe Roman Chair for the 2012/13 academic year. She is a Washington Post columnist and a Pulitzer-Prize winning historian. She is also Professor of Practice at LSE's Institute of Global Affairs where she runs Arena, a program on disinformation and 21st century propaganda.


Michael Burleigh held the Engelsberg Chair for 2019/20. He is a leading historian who focuses primarily on Nazi Germany. He is the author of The Third Reich: a new history, which won the 2001 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction; Moral CombatBlood and Rage; and Earthly Powers. His most recent book is The Best of Times, the Worst of Times. He has also won a British Film Institute Award for Archival Achievement and a New York Film and Television Festival Award Bronze Medal.

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Barry Buzan is a Professor Emeritus at the Department for International Relations at LSE. Professor Buzan is also honorary professor at Copenhagen and Jilin Universities.

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Matthew Connelly was the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2014-2015 academic year. He is a Professor in the Department of History at Columbia University. He works in international and global history.


Michael Cox is Founding Director of LSE IDEAS. He was appointed to a Chair at the LSE in 2002. He helped establish the Cold War Studies Centre at LSE in 2004 with Arne Westad, and later they were both Founding Directors of LSE IDEAS in 2008. Professor Cox has lectured to universities world-wide as well as to several government bodies and many private companies. He is currently visiting professor at the Catholic University in Milan. He is the author, editor and co-editor of over 30 books, including most recently a collection of his essays The Post-Cold War World, as well as new editions of J M Keynes’s, The Economic Consequences of the Peace and E H Carr’s Nationalism and After. He is now working on  a new history of LSE entitled, The “School”: LSE and the Shaping of the Modern World.

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Niall Ferguson was the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2010-2011 academic year. Professor Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.


Ramachandra Guha held the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2011-2012 academic year. Dr Guha is a historian and biographer and has taught at the universities of Yale and Stanford.

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Chen Jian held the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2008-09 academic year. Professor Jian is the Hu Shih Professor of History and China-US Relations emeritus at Cornell University. His specialties include modern Chinese history, history of Chinese-American relations, and Cold War international history.

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Paul Kennedy was the inaugural holder of the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2007-08 academic year. Professor Kennedy is one of the world's most well-known international historians, whose books include The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers  (1987) and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century (1993).


Gilles Kepel held the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2009-10 academic year. Professor Kepel is best known for his books on the Middle East and North Africa, and for his work on Islamism, including Islamism in Europe.

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Dominic Lieven is a research professor at Cambridge University and his work focuses on Russian history. He was previously Head of the International History Department at LSE.

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Margot Light is Emeritus Professor of International Relations at The London School of Economics and Political Science and Director of the Human Rights Programme in the Commonwealth of Independent States.

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Ian Morris held the Philippe Roman Chair during the 2015-16 academic year. He is the Jean and Rebecca Willard Professor in Classics and Professor in History in the Department of Classics at Stanford University.

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Danny Quah was a Professor in the Department of Economics at LSE and in his later years at the School, he was also Director of LSE's Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre. He is currently Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics and Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the University of Singapore.

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Svetozar Rajak is an Associate Professor at the LSE Department of International History. He was previously Academic Director at LSE IDEAS, Head of the Southern Europe International Affairs Programme and Head of the Balkan Initiative. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Cold War History.

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Timothy Snyder held the Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs for the 2013-14 academic year. Professor Snyder is currently Richard C. Levin Professor of History at Yale University and specialises in the political history of central and eastern Europe as well as the Holocaust.

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Arne Westad was a Founding Director of LSE IDEAS. He is the Engelsberg Chair for the 2020/21 academic year. Professor Westad lectures widely on China's foreign affairs, on Western interventions in Africa and Asia, and on foreign policy strategy.


Visiting Professors


Helmut K. Anheier is Professor of Sociology at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. He was President of the Hertie School from 2009 to 2018. His research centres on indicator systems, social innovation, culture, philanthropy, and organisational studies. Anheier is the principal academic lead of the Hertie School's annual Governance Report (Oxford University Press). He also holds a Chair of Sociology at Heidelberg University and serves as Academic Director of the Centre for Social Investment.

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Gordon Barrass, CMG is a Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS, where he specialises on strategy, assessments and perceptions. After more than 20 years in the British Diplomatic Service he served as Chief of the Assessments Staff in the Cabinet Office. He then spent nearly a decade helping PwC expand its business in China’s rapidly growing financial services sector.

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Paul Cornish has held senior/professorial appointments in UK research institutes and universities: Chatham House; the UK Defence Academy; the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s College London; the RAND Corporation (Europe); and the Universities of Cambridge, Bath and Exeter. His work covers international security, national strategy, cyber security, arms control, the ethics of armed force, and civil-military relations. He has published widely on national strategy, international security, cyber security and cyber governance. His most recent book is 2020: World of War and he is editor of the Oxford Handbook of Cyber Security.


Dr John Hughes, CBE is Professor in Practice at LSE IDEAS and Head Practitioner on the Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy course. John was a British career diplomat for 35 years serving mainly in the Americas, together with secondments to the Cabinet Office, BAE Systems, and Shell. His final postings were as Ambassador to Venezuela and then to Argentina and Paraguay. In retirement he has been Chair of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, Chair of Canning House, a Robin Humphreys Research Fellow at the School of Advanced Study, London University, and a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE. He is a member of the LSE IDEAS Advisory Board and is Chair of the British Argentine Chamber of Commerce.

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Elena Korosteleva is Professor of International Politics and Jean Monnet Chair in European Politics, at the School of Politics and IR, University of Kent. She launched an interdisciplinary and cross-campus Global Europe Centre at Kent in 2013, and is currently leading a prestigious, 1st generation Global Challenges research COMPASS project (ES/P010849/1, £4mln, 2017-21), the only such award in the field of Politics and IR in the UK. The project explores new approaches to ‘governance’ with a focus on resilience as self-governance, peoplehood and capacity-building as the building blocks for changing domestic and regional orders, in a wider Eurasia. Elena’s other research interests encompass EU Foreign Policy, Global Security Strategy, and cooperative orders in a wider Eurasia. Elena is the author of nine monographs and over 50 articles.

Inderjeet Parmar

Inderjeet Parmar is a Professor in International Politics at City, University of London. He is the PI and Co-Director, Think Tanks, Global Knowledge and World Orders,1919-2019 network. Inderjeet is also Co-Director of the Centre for International Policy Studies, City, University of London. His research interests include the liberal international order, US foreign policy, and think tanks. 


Lutfey Siddiqi is an Adjunct Professor at National University of Singapore and a Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE IDEAS. Previously Global Head of Emerging Markets for Foreign Exchange, Rates & Credit at UBS Investment bank and Managing Director at Barclays bank. World Economic Forum: Young Global Leader (2012), Global Futures Council (2014-2018). Advisory boards: LSE Systemic Risk Centre, Centre for Governance (Singapore); CFA Future of Finance, Bretton Woods Committee.

Linda Yueh

Professor Linda Yueh is Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS and Chair of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission. She also serves on the Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance at LSE. She is Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford and Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School. She was Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University. Professor Yueh is the Editor of the Routledge Series on Economic Growth and Development and the author of numerous books, including China’s Growth: The Making of an Economic Superpower and The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today.


Visiting Senior Fellows


General Sir Richard Barrons served as Commander Joint Forces Command, one of the six ‘Chiefs of Staff” leading the UK Armed Forces until April 2016. His military career includes leadership from Captain to General on military operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

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Sir Robert Cooper is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He was educated at Oxford and joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1970. Since then he has worked at various British Embassies abroad and since mid-2002 he has been working on behalf of the EU.

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Tom McKane is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS and a Senior Associate Fellow of the Royal United Services Institute. Tom spent more than 36 years as a civil servant, mainly in the UK Ministry of Defence, including substantial spells on defence policy and planning. In his last six years in the Ministry of Defence Tom was, successively, Director General for Strategy and Director General for Security Policy.

Julian Miller

Julian Miller is a Visiting Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS. Julian Miller was appointed Deputy National Security Adviser in July 2010 and has worked in the Cabinet Office since September 2009. He joined the Civil Service in 1980. He has spent most of his career in the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

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Gideon Rachman is the chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times, where he authors a weekly column on foreign affairs and feature articles. Before joining the Financial Times in 2006, he was a senior editor and correspondent for The Economist and BBC World Service presenter. He has worked as a foreign correspondent in Washington, Brussels, and Bangkok, and is the author of Zero-Sum World and Easternization  which was launched at the LSE in 2017. 

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Priscilla Roberts is associate professor in the Faculty of Business of City University of Macau. She is the author or editor of numerous books on diplomatic and international history, including Bonds Across Borders: Women, China, and International Relations in the Modern World (2007), Hong Kong in the Cold War (2016), and (with Odd Arne Westad) China, Hong Kong, and the Long 1970s: Global Perspectives (2017).


Hugh Sandeman was an international banker for 30 years based in New York, Tokyo, London, and Frankfurt, and for the past decade has focused on India. He was previously Tokyo correspondent, international business editor and New York correspondent of The Economist.

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Jamie Shea has occupied a number of positions at NATO; Spokesman during the Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts, Director of Information and Press, Director of Policy Planning in the Private office of the Secretary General, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Emerging Security Challenges. While at IDEAS, Dr Shea will contribute to research on global security and the Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy.


Dr Tan Sri Munir Majid is a Honorary Fellow at LSE. Dr Majid was formerly Executive Chairman of the Malaysian Securities Commission, Chairman of Malaysia Airlines, and Group Editor of the New Straits Times (NST).


Dr Leslie Vinjamuri is Head of the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House, and Dean of the Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, Chatham House. She was Director of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice and a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in International Relations at SOAS, University of London. Leslie was also Chair of the International Relations Speaker Series at SOAS. Her research areas include transatlantic relations, US foreign policy, the politics of international intervention, human rights and justice, and UN Security Council Diplomacy.


Visiting Fellows

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Dr Christina Bache is a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS. She is Chair of the UN Global Compact, Principles for Responsible Management Education, Working Group on Business for Peace and is Co-Chair of the International Crisis Group's Ambassador Council. She is currently conducting research on the impact of the private sector on peace in the Middle East and North Africa region for a book project with Palgrave Macmillan.


Dr Luc-André Brunet

Dr Luc-André Brunet is the Acting Director of the Cold War Studies Project, Co-Director of the Peace and Security Project, and a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS.


Dr Eirini Karamouzi is a Senior Lecturer in Contemporary History at the University of Sheffield and Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS. She is the author of Greece, the EEC and the Cold War, 1974-1979The Second Enlargement and co-editor of the volume Balkans in the Cold War. She is co-director of the Cultures of the Cold War network, Editor in Cold War History Journal and Book Review Editor in Journal of Contemporary history. She works on the history of European integration, Modern Greece and currently runs as PI a Max Batley peace studies funded project on peace movements in Southern Europe during the Euromissile crisis. She tweets @EiriniKaramouzi.

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Nicholas Kitchen is Co-Director of the Centre for International Intervention and Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Surrey. He teaches on IDEAS’ Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy. Nick was previously Executive Director of the LSE Diplomacy Commission. His research interests lie in the relationship between power, ideas, and strategy in international relations, with a particular focus on the role of the United States. 


Effie G. H. Pedaliu is a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS and has held posts at LSE, KCL and UWE. She is the author of Britain, Italy and the Origins of the Cold War and co-editor of Britain in Global Affairs, Volume II, From Churchill to Blair. The main themes of her work include American and British Cold War policy and strategy, European and Mediterranean security politics, and Human Rights in Southern Europe.


John Ryan is a Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS. He was a fellow at St Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge, London School of Economics and Political Science Centre for International Studies and the European Integration section of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin, Germany. John is working as a senior partner as a Brexit adviser for EU, Gulf and Asian clients.

Bugra Susler

Dr Buğra Süsler is a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at LSE IDEAS. His research focuses on Turkey, the EU and the Middle East. He holds a PhD in International Relations and an MSc in Politics and Government in the EU from the LSE as well as a BSc in Politics from the University of Bristol. He has taught courses on Foreign Policy Analysis, EU politics, and emerging powers at the LSE and the University of Cape Town. He currently teaches a course on International Institutions and lectures on Turkish foreign policy at the LSE. His first book, Turkey, the EU and the Middle East: Foreign Policy Cooperation and the Arab Uprisings will be published as a part of Routledge Studies in Foreign Policy Analysis. 

If you're interested in joining LSE IDEAS as a Visiting Fellow, find out how to apply here.

Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellow

LSE IDEAS is pleased to host the Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellowship thanks to the generous endowment by Mrs Mladena Sotirov. Sotirov fellows study Bulgaria and the Balkan region, working to to understand its recent history, international affairs, the challenges it faces today and the prospects of tomorrow.

2019 Sotirov Fellow

Bogdan Zawadewicz is a PhD candidate in Political Science at Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany. In his doctoral work he investigates the role of symbolic political cleavages in shaping separatists' strategies in Bosnia & Hercegovina and Ukraine. He has worked as a research associate at Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) in Regensburg, Germany where he was a member of the research group "Frozen and Unfrozen Conflicts". He holds a Master's Degree in Political Science (University of Warsaw, Institute of Political Science). His research interests include the Balkans, Post-Soviet Space, separatism, conflict studies, field theory (Pierre Bourdieu), world-systems analysis. 



2018 Sotirov Fellow

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Asya Metodieva is a PhD Candidate at Central European University (CEU), Budapest. Her research is on foreign fighter mobilization in post-violent societies with a focus on the Western Balkans. Her dissertation investigates the construction of martial social identity within different fighter mobilization streams from the region contributing to two ongoing conflicts: Syria and Eastern Ukraine. Asya has been a teaching assistant for the Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism and Public Management classes at School of Public Policy, CEU. She holds MA in International Public Policy from CEU and MA in International Relations and Security Studies from Sofia University 'St. Kliment Ohridski'. Previously, Asya worked as a journalist for the Bulgarian National Television (BNT).


2017 Sotirov Fellow

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Roumiana Preshlenova is Associate Professor at the Institute of Balkan Studies and Centre of Thracology, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia. She is also lecturer in Southeast European Studies, Faculty of History of Sofia University 'St. Kliment Ohridski'.


Visiting Research Students

If you're interested in joining LSE IDEAS as a Visiting Research Student, find out how to apply here.




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