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Racism and International Politics Series

COVID-19 and the response to the killing of George Floyd has exposed the degree to which long-standing racism and racial inequality are as deeply rooted as ever. The School and its institutions are taking a lead in addressing the challenge. Drawing on scholarship and networks across the world, LSE IDEAS is also planning to examine in depth the impact of racism on international relations. We will run a series of 6 webinars in the academic year 2020/2021 to discuss topics focused on different manifestations of racism and efforts to combat it such as racism against minorities in the Global South and ongoing anti-Roma sentiment in Europe. 

Events and Podcasts

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The EU and The Romani
Thursday 5 November, 5.30-7.00pm

Is the EU failing to tackle discrimination and hate speech directed towards its Roma population? MEP Romeo Franz and LSE's Jennifer Jackson-Preece discuss.

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Foreign African Nationals and Xenophobia in South Africa
Wednesday 27 January, 4.00-5.30pm

Dr Chris Nshimbi is joined by other African scholars to discuss their experiences of xenophobia in South Africa. Chaired by Professor Chris Alden

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Professor Chris Alden teaches International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is Director of LSE IDEAS. He is a Research Associate with South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), and has held fellowships at Cambridge University, Institute of Social Science, University of Tokyo; Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto; Ecole Normale Superieure (Cachan), Paris; CERI, Paris; and University of Pretoria.

Christopher Coker is Director of LSE IDEAS, LSE's foreign policy think tank. He was Professor of International Relations at LSE, retiring in 2019. He is a former twice serving member of the Council of the Royal United Services Institute, a former NATO Fellow and a regular lecturer at Defence Colleges in the UK, US. Rome, Singapore, and Tokyo. He has been a Visiting Fellow at the National Institute for Defence Studies In Tokyo, and the Norwegian and Swedish Defence Colleges. 

Sarah Coolican is the Project and Research Associate for this programme. She has a BA in Politics and Eastern European Studies from UCL, and an MSc in International Relations from LSE. Her research interests include modern Russian society and politics and the post-Soviet space.


We will also be commissioning a series of Strategic Updates on these and other issues during the academic year, as well as working with like-minded institutions in the School to promote greater diversification of the student body, in particular to encourage greater involvement at the postgraduate level of students from sub-Saharan Africa.

Building collaborative partnerships with our think tank counterparts across the world is an important step towards developing truly global perspectives on a host of transnational challenges including racism. LSE IDEAS will continue to strengthen its existing partnerships from India to Mozambique through further exchanges, joint events and collective research projects.