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The IGA publishes its December 2020 newsletter (18 December 2020).

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Visiting Professor in Practice Gibril Faal publishes two papers for the IGA (December 2020).

Civil Society Input to EU-AFRICA Cooperation on Migration: The Case of The Gambia

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Roundtable Background Paper: Leveraging New Technologies to Empower Migrants

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2020 edition of the first blended Group of Nations Global Briefing Report 'Joint G20 Summit Saudi Arabia 2020 and G7 Summit' is published (19 November 2020).

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Sir Vince Cable publishes new book 'China: Engage! Avoid the New Cold World War' with Bite-Sized Books.

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Blue Paper "Ocean Finance: Financing the Transition to a Sustainable Ocean Economy" is launched by Ocean Panel with contribution from IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele (22 October 2020).

Read the paper here

Read more about Ocean Panel here

Digital City of Refuge

LSE Department of Media and Communications launches Digital City of Refuge: a collection of visual stories mapping the city of refuge as experienced and imagined by its actors in Athens, Berlin and London (28 October 2020).

Find more details and registration here.



IGA Visiting Fellow Peter Pomerantsev wins the 2020 Gordon Burn prize with his study on fake news & disinformation wars "This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality" (15 October 2020).

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IGA Working Paper "Transparent Monetary Policy: A History of Inflation Targeting in New Zealand" is published by Cameron Haworth, Asya Kostanyan and Douglas Laxton.

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Find more working papers here.


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Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi is appointed as interim director of IGA (September 2020).





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LSE Maryam Forum student leaders offer insights into 'What makes a good leader?' with Nik Gowing (10 September 2020).

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IGA Programme Director Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi is featured in Project Syndicate's She Writes, a monthly newsletter featuring women whose ideas deserve wider attention (7 September 2020).

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The IGA publishes its September 2020 newsletter (4 September 2020).

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Professor Erik Berglof is appointed as the first Chief Economist at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia (3 September 2020). 

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Professor Erik Berglof and others publish preprint with The Lancet on "COVID-19 Futures: A Framework for Exploring Medium and Long-Term Impacts" (3 September 2020).

Read the preliminary research here.



Professor Erik Berglof discusses the wide-ranging consequences of COVID-19 for national economies and global relations for the Wellcome Trust (27 August 2020).

Read the Q&A here.


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IGA Programme Director Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi writes on the quiet revolution in monetary policies occurring for emerging market economies during COVID-19 for Project Syndicate (18 August 2020).

Read the article here.


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Professor Erik Berglof co-authors with Ban Ki-moon, Gordon Brown, Helen Clark, Graça Machel and Mary Robinson a letter to call for urgent action to address the global education emergency triggered by COVID-19 (17 August 2020).

Read the letter here.


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IGA Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum discusses the 'seductive lure' of authoritarianism, drawing on her new book "Twilight of Democracy", for the New York Times (31 July 2020).

Listen to the podcast here.

Find the book here.

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IGA Senior Policy Fellow Valeria Gontareva and Yevhen Stepaniuk publish "Mission Possible: The True Story of Ukraine's Comprehensive Banking Reform and Practical Manual for Other Nations" (24 July 2020).

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Read the PDF here.

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IGA Programme Director Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi speaks at Oxford University on the Political Economy Impact of COVID-19 on Central and Southern Europe (9 July 2020).

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The LSE Maryam Forum launch is covered by Caixin Media (3-8 July 2020).

See the report on Gordon Brown here.

See the report on Zhu Min here.

Watch Erik Berglof speak on cooperation in the time of COVID-19 here.

Watch Gordon Brown speak on debt relief for developing countries here.

Watch Zhu Min speak on artificial intelligence technologies for controlling the epidemic here


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LSE IGA publishes its latest Global Policy Lab publication "Defeating COVID-19: The pandemic that struck the world" (2 July 2020).

Read the publication here.




IGA Programme Director Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi and Visiting Professor in Practice Marek Belka publish a blog piece exploring how COVID-19 will affect the politics of Central-Eastern Europe (15 June 2020).

Read the blog here.


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Greek newspaper Kathimerini interviews Visiting Senior Fellow Anthony Bartzokas on crisis response, five years of the EBRD in Greece, international best practice and scenarios for investment recovery (9 June 2020).

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The IGA publishes its June 2020 newsletter (5 June 2020).

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"The researchers have learned from the crisis - but not the decision makers" writes Professor Erik Berglof for Dagens Nyheter (1 June 2020).

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What the G20 Should Do Now

Gordon Brown and Professor Erik Berglof write about the G20's necessary steps for further action in the face of COVID-19 and the world's marginalised people (1 June 2020).

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IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele participates in three virtual ocean webinars and dialogues.

See the Ultramarine Ocean Action summit here (30 May 2020).

See Closing the gap: financing the transition towards an inclusive blue economy here (10 June 2020).

See Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility here (11 June 2020).



Professor Erik Berglof talks to CGTN about the impacts of pandemic, populism and protectionism on globalisation (27 May 2020).

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Peter Pomerantsev is featured in the New York Times opinion piece 'What Would Happen if Twitter Banned Trump?' (27 May 2020).

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‘Europe again will find its way,’ Professor Erik Berglof tells Kathimerini in interview about structural forces at play in the global pandemic (26 May 2020).

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Sir Vince Cable discusses the importance of highlighting the success stories of development for the ODI blog (18 May 2020).

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Professor Erik Berglof writes for El Pais on the future of global value chains in world following on from COVID-19 (2 May 2020).

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Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele writes on the benefits of a healthy ocean for a more sustainable post-crisis world in China Dialogue Ocean (4 May 2020).

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Professor in practice Sir Vince Cable discusses the potential implications of the COVID-19 during a webinar entitled "The Economy After Corona: Recovery or Intensive Care" at St Mary's University (30 April 2020).

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LSE Arena publishes its Spring 2020 newsletter (29 April 2020).

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World Economic Forum publishes 9 ways to strengthen the global economic response to COVID-19 by Khalid Abdulla-Janahi and Professor Erik Berglof (24 April 2020).

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Professor Erik Berglof, IGA Director, speaks to CNBC Africa about global leaders' call to action on COVID-19 pandemic (22 April 2020).

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International Science Council speaks to Professor Erik Berglof about the feasibility of advancing climate initiatives during COVID-19 (21 April 2020).

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In Epsiode 1 of CoronaNomics, Joseph Stiglitz and Vince Cable talk to Ben Chu about the Deliberate Recession, and the impact of COVID-19 on the economy (15 April 2020).

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IGA’s Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi and Mario Blejer published an article entitled Is the World’s Reserve Currency In Trouble? in The International Economy (15 April 2020).

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Sir Vince Cable discusses measures taken to tacle the outbreak of COVID-19 in Europe vs. developing nations (7 April 2020).

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LSE Power Breakfast Series discusses longterm consequences of COVID-19 with Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist EBRD & John van Reenen (6 April 2020).

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Project Syndicate publishes A Letter to G20 Governments by IGA Director Erik Berglof, Gordon Brown and Jeremy Farrar. Signed by world leaders, leading economists and health experts (6 April 2020).

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Arena's Peter Pomerantsev features in New York Times opinion piece on misinformation and propaganda surrounding COVID-19 (3 April 2020).

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20 leading economists and global health experts, including Professor Erik Berglof, send letter to G20 leaders on COVID-19 pandemic ahead of the G20 Summit (26 March 2020).

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LSE Power Breakfast Series presents Managing Crisis in the Eurozone: what the past tells us about the present with Olli Rehn, Governor Bank of Finland & Vince Cable (25 March 2020).

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IMF Deputy Managing Director Tao Zhang delivers keynote address on central bank digital currency at LSE IGA conference "China's Trade and Financial Globalisation" on 28th February (19 March 2020).

Read the speech here.



Riccardo Crescenzi, Arnaud Dyèvre and Frank Neffke publish Innovation catalysts: How multinationals reshape the global geography of innovation for the IGA WP series (19 March 2020).

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Professor Erik Berglof, IGA Director, published an article on A Pandemic Strategy as Global as COVID-19 in Project Syndicate (19 March 2020).

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Chinese Social Sciences Net interviews Professor Erik Berglof about China's experience of the epidemic and future prevention (18 March 2020).

Article Multi-national scholars suggest drawing lessons from China's experience in anti-epidemic in Chinese.

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Professor Erik Berglof, IGA Director, was interviewed on the economic impact of COVID-19 for DR channel's 21 SØNDAG (15 March 2020).

Watch the interview (from minute 17.50)



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Gibril Faal, IGA Professor in Practice, gave evidence to the House of Lords International Relations and Defence Committee (IRDC) on Wednesday 11 March 2020.

The 45-minute long single witness inquiry session was on 'Development cooperation between the UK and Sub Saharan Africa'. The questions focussed on aspects of Prof. Faal's expertise in the field, covering topics such as: the Global Compact on Migration; remittances as sustainable development finance; diaspora finance and the proposed AU African Diaspora Investment Fund; diaspora engagement in development and investment policy and practice; the January 2020 UK-Africa Investment Summit, and efforts to increase UK-SSA trade.

Prof. Faal was questioned by the committee chair Baroness Anelay of St John, Lord Hannay, Baroness Blackstone, Lord Alton and Baroness Smith of Newham. 

View the recorded proceeding (from minute 11.42 onwards)


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Should we be afraid of the rise of China?

Former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, current special envoy of the French government to China, shared his views on China and a future Eurasia during a public event with Shirley Yu, IGA Visiting Senior Fellow. Chaired by Erik Berglof (9 March 2020).

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View interview with Jean-Pierre Raffarin on CGTN



LSE IGA convened a Brainstorming Breakfast  on COVID19 and Finance, with introductions by Jeremy Ferrar, CEO of Wellcome Trust and IMF Deputy Managing Director Tao Zhang; chaired by IGA Director Erik Berglof (28 February 2020).



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Beyond Brexit: the future of Italy and Europe in the global economy

Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy and President of the European Commission, shared his views on the roots and the future of Europe. Discussant: Angelo Martelli, Chair: Erik Berglof (18 February 2020).

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Caixin Weekly publishes column entitled Prevention and control of the epidemic requires global coordination by Professor Erik Berglof, IGA Director, (17 February 2020). 

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Professor Erik Berglof is interviewed by Yicai Global about China's potential to ease the imapct of COVID-19 (6 Febraury 2020).

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Professor Erik Berglof writes for Project Syndicate on the decline of global value chains (2 January 2020).

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Bilal Malaeb, Michalis Drouvelis, Jackline Wahba and Michael Vlassopoulos publish 'Cooperation in a Fragmented Society: Experimental Evidence on Syrian Refugees and Natives in Lebanon' (December 2019).

Read the paper here.

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Anne Applebaum, co-director of Arena, published an article on The False Romance of Russia in The Atlantic (12 December).

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Valeria Gontareva, IGA Senior Policy Fellow and former Governor of the National Bank, was voted as one of Financial Times readers’ inspiring women of 2019 (5 December).

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LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesRecreating Shared Prosperity in an Age of Discontent. Professor Joseph I Stiglitz and Professor Tim Besley led a discussion moderated by Moderated by LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof (5 December).

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Our Video-book on Financial Resilience and Systemic Risk is now live. Scroll through short interviews with lead academic and policy experts on three main dimensions of financial resilience: post-crisis regulatory reform, global financial system resilience and central banking and institutional resilience.

The video-book draws on a conference that was co-organised by LSE’s Institute of Global AffairsFinancial Markets Group Research Centre and the Systemic Risk Centre, sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation earlier this year.

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From "Green" to Blue Finance", December's issue of the LSE Global Policy Lab has been published. For this issue we partnered with LSE's Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment to bring together academics, researchers and advocates of reform (29 November).

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Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow at the IGA was a guest on the WAMC's Morning Edition show to discuss his book, "This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality" (26 November).

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Professor Erik Berglof, IGA Director, published an article on European development finance in the Daily Maverick (26 November).

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Professor Erik Berglof, IGA Director, published an article on Europe Needs Its Own Development Bank in Project Syndicate (22 November).

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Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow at the IGA, published an article on transparency online in The Big Issue (20 November).

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Shirley Yu, IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, discusses the economic characteristics of Hong Kong on the BBC News (19 November).

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IGA Programme Director Piroska Nagy Mohacsi presents on “The Problem of Big Business” at the Central European University, Budapest on (7 November).

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Peter Pomerantsev author of This is Not Propaganda – Adventures in the War Against Reality was joined by Joanna Kavenna, author of new tech-dystopian novel Zed, and Dr Martin Moore of Kings College London, author of Democracy Hacked: How Technology is Destabilising Global Politics to discuss new propaganda. Chaired by Sophia Gaston (5 November).

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The 3rd joint LSE-Tsinghua University workshop supported by the ESRC and the NSFC on Liberalisation and Financial Resilience in a Global Context took place on 5 November in Beijing.

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LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglöf and Bilal Malaeb hosted an event at LSE to discuss and analyse the latest protests in Lebanon (1 November).

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Bilal Malaeb, Researcher at the IGA, was interviewed by Al Jazeera, discussing recent developments in Lebanon with Naim Salem  Professor of international affairs at Notre Dame University Lebanon and Omar Nashabe, Political analyst and former advisor at the Ministry of Interior in Lebanon (30 October).

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Maha Hosain Aziz, IGA Visiting Fellow, was invited to share ideas from her 2019 book Future World Order with educators, analysts and others at the Global Trends ESPAS conference at the European Parliament. (13-15 October).

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Shirley Yu was interviewed by BBC on China's emerging market's economy (1 October).

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LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglöf was interviewed by Chinese Social Sciences Net on 'Sharing Chinese wisdom with the World'. The article featured Professor Mitter (23 September).

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What Citizens of the World Can Learn from Nationalism

British-Iraqi development expert Hassan Damluji discussed The Responsible Globalist, a manifesto for building an inclusive global nation at LSE (16 September).

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Keyu Jin, LSE Associate Professor of Economics, discussed stablising the Chinese economy on CNBC Europe (16 September).

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Shirley Yu, IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, was interviewed by BBC Business live on China's Economy and industrial output growth (16 September).

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LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesArgentina's Latest Crisis. Is this time different? Mario I Blejer, Visiting Professor in the Institute of Global Affairs at LSE and Andrés Velasco, Dean of the School of Public Policy at the LSE led a discussion at LSE's Shaw Library (12 September).

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Maha Hosain Aziz, IGA Visiting Fellow, shared ideas from her new book Future World Order at London's Big Tent Ideas Festival on the Death of Democracy panel with former Home Secretary Charles Clarke, MP Damian Collins, entrepreneur Julia Hobsbawm OBE and veteran journalist Matthew D’Ancona.

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The Global Briefing Report for the G7 Summit has been published. This issue's Global Policy Lab section is titled Bringing Inequality Back on the Agenda. It is a collaboration between LSE and Sciences Po, along with other G7 universities, addressing the global challenge of growing inequalities within countries (23 August).

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Professor Erik Berglof, IGA Director, published article on Planetary Thinking in Project Syndicate (21 August).

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Shirley Yu, IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, discusses China's position on Hong Kong with BBC's Outisde Source (14 August)

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Shirley Yu, IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, published article on Donald Trump’s WTO move is a feeble answer to the China challenge in the South China Morning Post (8 August).

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Peter Pomerantsev, IGA Senior Fellow and co-director of Arena, published article in The Atlantic: The Counteroffensive Against Conspiracy Theories Has Begun (7 August).

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Maha Hosain Aziz was interviewed in India's Hardnews Foreign Policy by journalist Sanjay Kapoor about her new book, Future World Order

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Shirley Yu, IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, published article on China is using trade war with US to defeat liberal thinkers in the Financial Times (24 July).

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The Financial Times' article The bank that holds the key to Ukraine's future features Valeria Gontareva, IGA Senior Policy Fellow, on PrivatBank restructuring and oligarchs in Ukraine (17 July).

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Shirley Yu,  IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, was interviewed on BBC News on the G20 summit and the US-China trade deal.  (28 June).

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Agnés Belaisch, IGA Senior Visiting Fellow, publishes new Research Paper under the Rockefeller Project. Can social investment be for profit? An analysis of the principles of impact finance (30 June).

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Evgeny Yakovlev, IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, discussed his latest paper: Short-Run and Long-Run Effects of Sizable Child Subsidy: Evidence from Russia (27 June).

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IGA hosted a seminar with Mr Carlo Monticelli, Council of Europe Development Bank. Mr Monticelli discussed his recent book Reforming Global Economic Governance: An Unsettled Order (Economics in the Real World) based on a long career as one of his country’s most senior representatives in international fora (20 June).


Professor Ruben Andersson was in dialogue with Professor Myria Georgiou to discuss his latest book No Go World: how fear is redrawing our maps and infecting our politicsThe event was chaired by Professor Erik Berglof (10 June).

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PLP event with Valeria Gontareva, IGA Senior Policy Fellow and former Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) on How to do a Comprehensive Banking ReformLSE Director Minouche Shafik chaired the event and Professor Erik Berglof delivered the opening remarks (6 June).

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Maha Hosain Aziz, spoke at Cyfy Africa where she discussed her new book Future World Order  with journalists, academics, tech leaders, UN officials and former policymakers, at the second annual Cyfy Africa conference on tech, innovation and society (7-9 June).

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LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesChina in the AI World. Long Chen, Louhan Academy, and Christopher Pissarides,  Regius Professor of Economics at LSE, led a discussion on the interplay between digital technology and economic growth. Moderated by LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof and Meghnad Desai, House of Lords (27 February).


Dr Mario I Blejer, LSE IGA Visiting Professor, contributes to TIE’s symposium on reforming the Federal Reserve in the Winter 2019 issue of The International Economy (3 April).

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LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglöf publishes "Financial Prey for the Populists" article in Project Syndicate (2 April).

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High-level policy dialogue on The Financial Safety Net: Fit for Purpose? The seminar brought together a small number of senior policymakers, recognised experts and key participants from industry and civil society (2 April).

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LSE IGA's Director and Programme Director, Professor Erik Berglof and Piroska Nagy Mohacsi respectively, participated in panels during this year's Vienna Initiative Anniversary Conference (27 March).


Global China: LSE Institute of Global Affairs and the School of Public Policy hosted a meeting with the delegation of the Central Party School of China and the British Council (20 March).


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The Global Policy Lab section in the Global Briefing Report issue of the B20 Summit was distributed during last week's B20 Business Summit in Tokyo. The insert features an overview of the Report of the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance: Making the Global Financial System Work for All (14-15 March).

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LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesNew framework for saving democracies: the Third Pillar. Raghuram Rajan, University of Chicago, and Nava Ashraf,  Professor of Economics at LSE, led a discussion with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating (27 February).

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LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesShifting grounds: globalisation, robotics and the upheaval of networks. Richard Baldwin, The Graduate Institute (Geneva), and Riccardo Crescenzi,  Professor of Economic Geography at LSE, led a discussion with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating (27 February).

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Professor Richard Baldwin,  The Graduate Institute (Geneva), discussed his latest book The Globotics Upheaval: Globalization, Robotics, and the Future of Work at an LSE public event chaired by Piroska Nagy Mohacsi, LSE IGA's Programme Director (26 February).

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LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesBelieve it or not: financial instability and economic risk. Andrei Shleifer, John L. Loeb Professor of Economics at Harvard University, and Charles Goodhart, Professor of Finance at LSE, led a discussion with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating (26 February).

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The Financial Resilience and Sistemic Risk Conference took place at LSE. Co-hosted by theInstitute of Global Affairs, the Financial Markets Groups and the Systemic Risk Centre (30-31 January). 

Conference summary, presentations and podcasts

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Valeria Gontareva's, LSE IGA Senior Policy Fellow and Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine (NBU) in 2014-2017, accomplishments featured in Central Banking article. The article, Transparency: National Bank of Ukrainepraises the strong progress of the NBU in improving its transparency during a highly challenging operating environment.

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LSE IGA Programme Director, Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi publishes "The Fatal Flaw of Central Europe's Illiberal Democracies" article in Project Syndicate (30 January).

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LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglof, is interviewed by LSE's The Continent on the need for new multelateralism (13 January).

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LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglöf publishes "Learning from China" article in Project Syndicate (24 December).

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Manjula Luthria, head of the World Bank’s Community of Practice on Migration, gave a talk on the Bank’s approach to global migration (19 November).

View Manjula Luthria's presentation here.

Dr Rania Al Mashat

Her Excellency Dr Rania Al Mashat, Minister of Tourism of the Arab Republic of Egypt spoke at the LSE on making tourism an anchor industry for development, with Professor Erik Berglof and Professor Sir Tim Besley (7 November).

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The Report of the G20 Eminent Persons Group on Global Financial Governance: Making the Global Financial System Work for All has been published (October 2018).

Professor Erik Berglöf, Director, LSE IGA, was a member of the Secretariat of the Eminent Persons Group.

3 of the 16 members of the Eminent Persons Group are part of the LSE community:

  • Andrés Velasco, Dean of the School of Public Policy, LSE

  • Marek Belka, Professor in Practice, LSE IGA

  • Lord Nicholas Stern, IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, LSE

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LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglöf publishes "The Evolution of Globalization" article in Project Syndicate (21 September).

High level scientific conference

Torsten Thiele, LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, participated in the Scientific Conference From COP21 towards the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) on 10-11 September in Paris, hosted by UNESCO. The conference summary can be accessed here .

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LSE IGA participated in RBWC and Hamburg Institute of International Economics' Dialogue of Continents Forum 2018: Drifts or Connectivity? on 3-5 September in Paris. Mario I Blejer contributing to panel on emerging market policies, Erik Berglof on inclusive growth, Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi on trade wars and Ousmene Mandeng on central bank digitalisation.

Torsten Thiele

Torsten Thiele, LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, co-authored the new IUCN deep-sea report titled "Deep seabed mining : a rising environmental challenge". It aims to stimulate interest in the deep ocean and the discussions surrounding its potential development, with a specific focus on the risks surrounding plans for deep-sea mining.

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Ousmène Jacques Mandeng, LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, spoke at the Fourth World Finance Forum in Beijing on 30 June, co-organised by Center for BRICS and Global Governance and Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee (click here for details).

Read Ousmène's comments: Is the dollar still international enough?

Gibril Faal, The Banker interview

Gibril Faal, LSE IGA Visiting Professor in Practice, was the keynote speech on 'The real impact of de-risking' at the 25th SWIFT African Regional Conference held in Kegali, Rwanda (22 June).

He was also interviewed by James King, The Banker Magazine, about the impact of de-risking on Africa and the need for a different approach to the development of AML/CFT frameworks. Watch the interview here.

Eurotragedy news

LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesEuroTragedy: a drama in nine acts (and counting). Ashoka Mody, Princeton University, and Francesco Caselli, LSE, led a discussion with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating (19 May).

View Ashoka Mody's presentation here.

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LSE IGA Arena hosted part II of its Democracy Doubleheader series on "Is this the new normal? Reintegrating Europe," with Ivan Krastev, Centre for Liberal Strategies - Sofia, Sergei Guriev, EBRD and Anne Applebaum, LSE IGA Arena (13 June).

Video available here.

Podcast available here

Mounk news

LSE IGA Arena hosted part I of its Democracy Doubleheader series on "Is this the new normal? Recreating the public sphere," with Yascha Mounk, Harvard Centre for European Studies, Sophie Gaston, and LSE IGA Arena's Anne Applebaum and Peter Pomerantsev (6 June).

Podcast available here


Dr Mario I Blejer, LSE IGA Visiting Professor, who co-chairs the B20 Task Force on "Financing Infrastructure", made a presentation at a meeting of the B20 Plenary of Task Forces in Paris on May 21-22-2018, hosted by the OECD. For more information click here.


The Ortygia Business School Center for Migration, LSE IGA, and the Alliance of Leading Universities on
Migration (ALUM) held its 3rd Annual Siracusa - ALUM Research Conference on
Migration, supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union on May 21-23 2018 in Siracusa, Italy. 

This year’s conference focused on human mobility and migrants’ contribution to society, and was dedicated to the memory of Peter Sutherland.

Gibril news

LSE IGA co-hosted Overprincipled and underperforming: The Global Compact for Migration and the challenge to multilateralism with LSE Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. LSE IGA Director Erik Berglof chaired the discussion, which featured a presentation by LSE IGA Professor in Practice Professor Gibril Faal (17 May).

Read Professor Faal's paper: Overprincipled and Underperforming.

Click here  for podcast.

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LSE IGA Power Breakfast SeriesRussia: Stagnation or reform?. Oksana AntonenkoLSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, and Sergei Guriev, Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, led a discussion with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating (17 May).

Blue Fianance

LSE IGA visiting Fellow, Torsten Thiele, explains why better insurance is vital to protecting our ocean on his latest article in  Chinadialogue Ocean (9 May).

WaPo home

LSE IGA Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum publishes "The fake news Russians hear at home," The Washington Post (4 May).

Dambisa news

LSE IGA co-hosted "Edge of Chaos: why democracy is failing to deliver economic growth and how to fix it" with LSE Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. LSE IGA Director Erik Berglof chaired the discussion, which was centred around Dambisa Moyo's new book (3 May).

Listen to the podcast 

MIT home

LSE IGA, together with LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) organised a
workshop and a public event on "Mind the Middle Income Trap!", focussing on the political economy/social
aspects of middle income transition and the risks of reversals. Click here for further details (26 April).

BBC Radio 4

LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko discusses "Russian Expulsions" with Edward Lucas, Timothy Phillips and Sir Tony Brenton, BBC Radio 4 Long View (25 April).


LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko takes part in three part #LSEThinks series (23 April):

What are the US trying to achieve with new sanctions on Russia?

Are we in a new Cold War?

What are the prospects for UK-Russia relations?


LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko discusses Putin's system of power on BBC Newsnight (watch from 13:30).


"China's best option to contribute toward upholding international order is through deep engagement with the rest of the world community," says LSE IGA Director, Erik Berglof, in China Daily (11 April).


LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko gave a talk on the Russian elections today at Chatham House (21 March). Find out more.

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Newly appointed LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, Maha Aziz, speaks about tech's impact on global risk at the UN's General Assembly Hall, NYC (March 2018).


LSE IGA supports LSE student union events, co-hosting LSE SU North Korea Forum: Before He Presses the Button, March 24. LSE SU Korea Future Forum, LSE SU China Development Society and LSE SU Japan Society co-organized the conference, with IGA Programme Director Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi moderating the Economy panel and IGA Director Erik Berglof conducting the closing speech.


Maha Hosain Aziz

LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, Maha Aziz, publishes blog on “What’s Next for Islamist Terrorism Globally?” (March 22).


LSE IGA organised, along with LACC and RBWC and Banco Hipotecario a high level policy conference on the margins of the G20 meetings in Buenos Aires on March 20. The subject was “Innovations in Global Financial Governance & the Role of Emerging Economies”, bringing together academics, policy makers and business leaders.

The IGA team included Erik Berglof, Gareth Jones, Mario I. Blejer, and Ousmène Mandeng.

Click here to view the conference summary.


LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko discusses UN Security Council meeting over former spy poisoning on BBC World News, (March 14).

Watch the video

MIT PB news

LSE IGA Power Breakfast Series: Mind the Middle Income Trap. Riccardo Crescenzi, Professor of Economic Geography at the LSE, and Sergei Guriev, Chief Economist of
the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, led a discussion on the Middle Income Trap and its position as the dominant paradigm in many emerging economies, with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating, on March 14th.

View the slides


LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko publishes Putin suspende en economía in Esglobal (March 14).

Piroska EMF

LSE IGA supports LSE student union events, the latest taking place on 9-10 March by LSE SU Emerging Markets, where IGA Programme Director Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi gave a presentation.

Download the slides 


LSE IGA Director, Erik Berglof, is interviewed by Eastday (China) in "Technology key to new stage of reform" article (5 March).


LSE IGA Professor in Practic  Anne Applebaum, publishes "In Europe, political parties would rather stay out of power" in the Washington Post (2 March).

Putin op-ed news

LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko publishes op-ed in Politico- "Putin's worst enemy: Putin. He'll win reelection but that's when the real political battle begins" (28 February).

REddy news

LSE IGA Power Breakfast Series: Politics and central banking- reflections by YV Reddy. Dr. Yaga Venugopal Reddy, the 21st Governor of the Reserve Bank of India from 2003 to 2008, and previous Executive Director for India at the IMF, led a discussion based on his recently published memoir, "Advice & Dissent: My Life in Public Service." LSE Professor of Economics, Maitreesh Ghatak, accompanied Dr Reddy as co-speaker, with LSE IGA's Director Erik Berglof moderating (28 February).

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IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko spoke at the Oslo Energy Forum on 16 February on the impact of current geo-politics on the prospects of a successful transition to a low- carbon economy and how the on-going energy transition shapes geopolitics.

Andras news

LSE IGA hosted a panel with Hungary's Momentum party leader, András Fekete-Győr, on "Seizing the Momentum: Fighting Populism in Europe." LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, Oksana Antonenko chaired the panel discussion, which was led by LSE IGA Professor in Practice, Anne Applebaum.

Watch the video


Anne Applebaum, LSE IGA Professor in Practice and Director of Arena, speaks to BBC Newsnight about Robert Mueller's indictments (16 February).

Watch the video (from 1:15)

Piroska Oxford

Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, LSE IGA Programme Director, presented at the seminar by the Political Economy of Financial Markets (PEFM) at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford on post-crisis regulation, titled "Elephants in the Post-Crisis Regulatory Room(12 February ).

Click here for the slides

Watch the video


Anne Applebaum, LSE IGA Professor in Practice, publishes "In Britain, the specter of anti-Semitism returns" in The Washington Post (9 February).

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LSE IGA, LSE Enterprise and OMFIF hosted Yves Mersch, member of the European Central Bank’s executive board. He presented Virtual or virtueless? The evolution of money in the digital age, a lecture on central banks and digital currencies, as well as the development of private cryptocurrencies and potential applications of distributed ledger technology (8 February).

Read his speech here.

View the lecture

Arena news




The Times' Edward Lucas reports on upheaval in the media caused by the internet and threats to democracy, following Anne Applebaum and Peter Pomerantsev's LSE IGA Arena launch (7 February).

Read the article 

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Anne Applebaum, LSE IGA Professor in Practice, introduced LSE Arena, an initiative which analyses the root causes of distorted information, polarisation and hate speech and creates the counter response.

Professor Applebaum chaired this event which brought together parliamentarians, technologists and journalists to explain the multi-faceted threat disinformation poses to democracy and outlined Arena’s strategy for building a practical response. The panel discussed the role of policy-makers, tech companies and activists in combatting disinformation in the twenty-first century as well as outline LSE Arena’s role in this debate.

The panel was comprised of:

  • Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow at the LSE IGA, an author and TV producer. He specialises on propaganda and media development.

  • Liam Byrne MP, British Labour Party politician who has been Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hodge Hill since 2004. He is the Shadow Digital Minister. Before entering politics, Liam was a Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Business School and a technology entrepreneur.

  • Baroness Shields (Joanna Shields), OBE, British-American technology industry veteran who served as a UK Minister for Internet Safety and Security and Under-Secretary of State from 2015-2017. In 2016, Baroness Shields was appointed the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Internet Safety.

Listen to the podcast

China Development Forum

The LSESU China Development Society and the Institute of Global Affairs hosted the 10th annual China Development Forum on Saturday, 3 February. Under the theme of ‘China’s Perspectives Redefined’ this sold out all-day student-led conference attracted 20 world-renowned speakers from across the globe to consider and debate, before an audience of 460, the challenges facing China today. Speakers included: Gordon Orr, Isabel Hilton, Keyu Jin, Martin Jacques, Xialon Fu, Robert Litwak, Xiheng Jiang and Erik Berglof.

Read the full conference programme

Stockholm Mattis

LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglof, gave a lecture on global financial governance in Stockholm (31 January).

Ning PB News

LSE IGA Power Breakfast Series: China’s guaranteed bubble and its global implications. Professor Ning Zhu, Deputy Dean and Professor of Finance at the Tsinghua School of Finance, led a discussion on China’s current economic practices and the profound dangers they pose, moderated by LSE IGA Director Erik Berglof (30 January).

Download the presentation

Funes news

LSE IGA co-hosted a discussion with the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre and the Embassy of the Argentine Republic on "How can the private sector help reform global governance?", led by Dr Funes de Rioja, B20 Chair under G20 Presidency of Argentina. With commentary from LSE IGA Visiting Professor Dr Mario Blejer and closing remarks from LSE Professor Gareth Jones (29 January).

Download the presentation

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LSE IGA’s team had a good showing in Davos’ World Economic Forum this year. IGA Director Erik Berglof, Visiting LSE IGA Professors Mario Blejer and Brad Blitz, and Programme Director Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi presented and participated at various  events. See more on Twitter at @NagyMohacsi and @ErikBerglof.

Oksana Antonenko

Oksana Antonenko, LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, publishes "US-Russia-Turkey Dynamics in Syria After ‘Olive Branch’: One Door Closes Another Opens" in Russia Matters (26 January).

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LSE IGA hosted a discussion on the “The Outlook for the Banking Union: Completion or Redesign?" led by Nicolas Veron, Senior Fellow at Bruegel in Brussels, and Shahin Vallee, Soros Foundation. On the photo from left Richard Portes, Erik Berglof, Nicholas Veron, Arnaud Mares and Shahin Vallee (22 January).


LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglöf, spoke with China Daily on President Xi Jinping’s historic 2017 speech at the World Economic Forum, Davos (23 January) .

Read the article

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Tilman Altenburg and Anna Pegels of the German Development Institute presented at an IGA breakfast seminar on their paper, "Green Industrial Policy: Concept, Policies, Country Experiences". They say, “green industrial policy is the first industrial revolution with a deadline" (19 January).

Read the report 


Anne Applebaum, LSE IGA Professor in Practice and Director of Arena, publishes "The America Europe needs right now is missing" in The Washington Post (11 January).

Oksana Brown Bag

LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, Oksana Antonenko, led a Brown Bag Seminar centred around "Russian Presidential Elections: Continuity and Change" (17 January ). 

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Peter P New Statesman

IGA Arena's Peter Pomerantsev publishes "How terrorists and provocateurs are using social media against western democracies" in The New Statesman (14 January).

Peter P Mirage of Populism

IGA Arena's Peter Pomerantsev recently publishes "The Seven Ages of Revolution" (11 January 2018) and "The Mirage of Populism" in The American Interest (22 December).

Duncan Clark Alibaba News

LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, Duncan Clark, publishes "China is shaping the future of global tech," in the Financial Times (12 January).


IGA Arena's Peter Pomerantsev has been interviewed by El Pais “Los Gobiernos deben tomarse muy en serio la desinformación”. Read the article in Spanish here (1 January).


News 2017


LSE IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglöf publishes "The Evolution of the Refugee Crisis" article in Project Syndicate (27 December).


Jawad Iqbal, LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow, publishes article, "If Pakistan doesn’t protect Christians we should cut aid" in The Times (27 December).

Erik Berglof and Chong En Bai

LSE IGA, Tsinghua University and CF40 co-organised a workshop on Liberalisation and Financial Resilience in a Global Context [view workshop agenda]. LSE speakers included Professor Keyu Jin, Economics, Professor Erik Berglof, Economics and IGA, and Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, IGA. 

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Brad Blitz

Brad Blitz, LSE IGA Visiting Professor, has been appointed as Director of the British Academy’s programme on Tackling Slavery, Human Trafficking and Child Labour in Modern Business


Blue Planet Champions

LSE IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele's organisation, Global Ocean Trust, contributes to open letter to UK goverment. It calls to action all Blue Planet Champions, following Season II's finale, published in The Daily Telegraph, December 11. Torsten also comments on "need for an ambitious ocean-science patronage" at One Planet Summit (12 December).


Make Germany Great Again

Report - “Make Germany Great Again”

New LSE Arena and ISD report examines Kremlin and other influences on the German elections.

Read the report

Charles Goodhart and Manoj Pradhan

LSE IGA PowerBreakfast SeriesThe Great Reversal - Demographics driving global trends, Professor Charles Goodhart, LSE and Manoj Pradhan, Talking Heads Macro, led a discussion moderated by Lord Desai. The conversation was centered around their BIS paper: "Demographics will reverse three multi-decade globaltrends" (7 December).


Duncan Clark Channel News Asia

Duncan Clark, LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, was interviewed on Singapore’s Channel News Asia earlier this week about the 4th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China.



IGA Arena's Peter Pomerantsev publishes article, "Russia, misinformation and social networks," in El Pais (December 4th) and features in The Economist article, "How the Russia investigation looks from Moscow" (30 November).


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LSE IGA organised a public panel on "Politics and Political Opposition in Russia," with participation by Vladimir Kara-Murza, Professor Richard Sakwa, Professor Tomila Lankina and Vladimir Ashurkov, chaired by LSE IGA Visiting Fellow, Oksana Antonenko. It was followed by the screening of Vladimir Kara-Murza's documentary film, "Nemtsov."

Listen to podcast

Elod Takats News

Dr Elod Takats of the BIS presented at the IGA MacroForum event on the effectiveness of macroprudential policy over cross-border lending, with comments by Christina Segal-Knowles, Bank of England.

Read the presentation and paper.


Peter Pomarantsev, LSE IGA Senior Fellow, features in New York Times article, "We’re All Part of Trump’s Show," which addresses  President Trump and President Putin's media manipulation tactics.


Populism & Time Inconsistency

"Populism and Time Inconsistency", article by Mario Blejer, LSE IGA Visiting Professor in Practice, and Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, LSE IGA Programme Director is published in ProMarketThe blog of the Stigler Center at the University of ChicagoBooth School of Business.

Read the article

Gibril Faal

Gibril Faal, LSE IGA Visiting Professor in Practice, has contributed to the UN Secretary-General's Report on Refugees and Migrants, with “Overprincipled and Underperforming, Why we need a practice-based Global Compact on Migration.”

Read the document


Mario Blejer, LSE IGA Visiting Professor, and Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, LSE IGA Programme Director, have published in CEPR Vox an article on how populist leaders exploit democracies’ ‘time inconsistency’ problem; and they propose counter-measures.

Read the article


Anne Applebaum, LSE IGA Professor in Practice and Director of Arena, discusses the best way to deal with Russian twitter trolls on Newsnight, 14 November (watch from 7:24).

Watch the video

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Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, LSE IGA Programme Director, participated in a conference on financial sector reforms hosted by the Bank of Albania (9 November).

Download presentation

Alumn event 2017 flyer

The 4th Conference of the Alliance of Leading Universities on Migration (ALUM) –Universities Responding to the Refugee Crisis, hosted by the AUB Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, was featured in Lebanon’s An-Nahar newspaper article.


Red Famine US Cover

LSE IGA Professor in Practice and Director of Arena, Anne Applebaum’s latest book, 'Red Famine: Stalin's war on Ukraine', has been widely publicized.

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Harvard Gazette

Antonovych prize:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine 

Book Reviews:
The New York Times
The Washington Post 

New York Public Library
University of Toronto

Torsten Thiele

LSE Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele delivers a keynote this week in Brussels on "Achieving Impact from Marine Research”, before heading to the UNFCCC COP23 in Bonn.

He will be making the case for investment into ocean solutions to climate challenges. His speech at the Ocean Action Day 11 November is entitled: Innovative finance for ocean and climate.


Peter Pomerantsev, Visiting Senior Fellow at the LSE IGA, discussed Russian misinformation on social media on the Newsnight segment of 31 October (watch at minute 22).

Watch the video


Listen to Stalin and the Ukraine Famine - Anne Applebaum from Dan Snow's HISTORY HIT in Podcasts.

DelCastillo lecture

Dr Graciana del Castillo, Senior Fellow at the Ralph Bunche Institute and member of the Council on Foreign Relations gave a public lecture at LSE, co-hosted by the Institute of Global Affairs, the Latin America and Caribbean Centre and the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. Dr del Castillo discussed her new book Obstacles to Peacebuilding which focuses on “economic transition” and “the political economy” of peace, which is a much-neglected aspect of peacebuilding (25 October).

Listen to podcast

Watch the video.

McGregor lecture

Richard McGregor, award-winning journalist and author reporting on the top-level politics and economies of east Asia, gave an LSE IGA Public lecture on his new book 'China, Japan and the fate of U.S. Power in the Pacific Century’ (19 October).

Listen to podcast.


Professor Erik Berglof, LSE Economics and Director of the Institute for Global Affairs, spoke with China Daily on the occasion of China's Communist Party's Congress, you will find this in the following articles:

Analysts agree that vision puts China on right track

Experts, officials highlight report's contributions

IGA IMF World Bank

LSE IGA co-organised with Deutsche Bank and RBWC an illustrious panel of current and former central bankers and academics during the IMF-World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington DC 11-15 October. The panel discussed the key risks emerging economies face as the US Federal Reserve is tightening its monetary policy. The LSE IGA team also engaged in various discussions and Professor Erik Berglof participated in the new G20 Eminent Persons Group (EPG) deliberations.

Wow event 2017

LSE IGA hosted the third meeting under the Beneficial Ownership Project, Who Owns What (WOW) on October 5th, with participation from the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), leading NGOs and academics.


LSE Arena have worked together with the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to monitor online influence in the German elections. Our research has been published extensively in German media. Read here a selection.


Professor Erik Berglof, LSE Economics and Director of the Institute for Global Affairs, spoke at the recent 'The Economist' EuroFinance conference in Barcelona on Eurozone's challenges.

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Anne Applebaum, Professor in Practice at LSE IGA and Director of Arena, gave an LSE Public lecture on her new book 'Red Famine: Stalin's war on Ukraine'. It chronicles Stalin’s systemic extermination of Ukraine’s peasantry and intellectuals  during the 1932/33 famine, aimed to undermine nationalism and statehood of that country.

Listen to the podcast

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The Inter-American Development Bank and the London School of Economics Announce their Partnership

The Inter-American Development Bank Group (IDB Group) and the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC) announced their partnership agreement through a memorandum of understanding to promote programs and projects that foster cooperation between them given their common focus on and work in Latin American and Caribbean region (4 October).

Sachs and Stern

LSE PowerBreakfast Series: Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs, University of Columbia and Professor Lord Nicholas Stern, LSE led a discussion on 3 October on Fit for Purpose? Reforming Global Financial Governance.

Nasser Yassin

Professor Nasser Yassin, from the American University of Beirut (AUB) gave a presentation at the LSE IGA on 28 September about AUB’s research and policy engagement activities under the AUB4Refugees initiative.

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Dr Jeromin Zettelmeyer, Senior Fellow at Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), LSE IGA Senior Visiting Fellow and former Director General at the Ministry of Economy and Energy in Germany gave a luncheon presentation at the LSE IGA MacroForum on September 28 titled After the 2017 elections: towards a Franco-German Grand Bargain on Euro area reform.

Uri Shani at LSE

The Institute of Global Affairs and the Grantham Research Institute hosted a joint seminar on 20 September with a talk by Professor Uri Shani of Hebrew University and former head of the Israeli water authority on the subject  From Water Wars to Cooperation in the Middle East.


Jawad Iqbal, visiting fellow at IGA, has published an article on China in today's The Times.

Torsten at DOSI

LSE Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele contributed to the report: Partnering for a Sustainable Ocean: the Role of Regional Ocean Governance in Implementing SDG14.

He also spoke at the recent Deep Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) meeting in Woods Hole (see picture).


Jawad Iqbal, visiting fellow at IGA, has published in the Financial Times the op-ed piece  'India and Pakistan are still paying for a botched partition'.

North Korea event poster

Podcasts are now available from all the panels from the student-led conference "North Korea: Beyond the Headlines" supported by the IGA back in March. The event brought together leading scholars, politicians, journalists and NGOs from around the world and students from across the United Kingdom. Read a summary of the themes. An e-book with the conference proceedings will be published in the autumn. In the meantime, you can listen to our panels below:

Welcome and Objectives

Panel 1& 2- ‘North Korea in a global and regional geopolitical context’ and ‘Economic changes- marketization and reforms’

Panel 3- ‘How to engage with North Korea and its people?’  

Panel 4- ‘Korean unification- prospects and challenges’ and key takeaways & closing remarks

Mapping refugee integration

War and violence drive 80% of people fleeing to Europe by sea, not economics 

The vast majority of people arriving in Europe by sea are fleeing persecution, war and famine, while less than a fifth are economic migrants suggests a new report published by LSE IGA Visiting Professors Brad Blitz and Eleonore Kofman. For the full report click here: Mapping Refugee Reception in the Mediterranean.


LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Jawad Iqbal in the FT on the need to rethink the way we tackle the growing challenges of prison radicalisation.


LSE IGA Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum on CNN on Donald Trump’s speech in Warsaw and his emphasis of the importance of protecting western values from oppression.


LSE IGA Director Erik Berglof's recent piece in the  Project Syndicate examines how emerging markets can be saved from Trumpian populism.


IGA Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum talks to the Washington Post about the real story in the Netherlands being the implosion of the centre-left. Read the article.


LSE IGA, along with its constituent centre LACC, the Institute for New Economic thinking (INET) and Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) organised a major Thought Leaders Event on Fractures in Globalisation & Implications for Emerging Economies  on June 19 in Mexico City during the 18th World Congress of the International Economic Association (IEA). The event received large media coverage; you can find the media report.


Mario Blejer, Visiting Professor at LSE IGA, contributed to the Spring volume of the International Economy, along with 40 renowned experts, on the topic Has the World Been Fitted with a Debt Straightjacket? Read the publication.


LSE IGA's collaboration with MigrationMatters and their first ever course: 'Six Impossible Ideas (After Brexit)' has won the Special Multimedia Award at last week's Migration Media Award 2017 ceremony in Malta. 


LSE IGA met with a delegation of members of the Budgetary Committee of Germany’s Parliament (Bundestag) for the second time on 12 June, to discuss Brexit related issues following the recent UK election. The LSE team included Director Professor Erik Berglof, Simon Hix, Jawad Iqbal, Daniel Sturm and Torsten Thiele. 


LSE IGA hosted a joint event on 23 May in London with the International Transport Forum at the OECD, which, in collaboration with the UK National Infrastructure Commission (NIC), recently published a report on Strategic Infrastructure Planning: International Best Practice. There were presentations by the OECD, Oxford University, LSE, EBRD and Meridiam. The report was introduced by Philip Graham, the CEO of the NIC. Read the report.


LSE IGA hosted renowned political economist Tarek Osman on 22 May to present his new book Islamism, the political form of Islam: what it means and why we may witness a pluralisation of Islam in the Middle East as millineals are exposed to social media and new technology.


Dr Marten Blix of the Research Institute of Industrial Economics delivered a lecture to the LSE Migration Working Group on migration and digitalisation, and its implications for fiscal policy and challenges to the welfare state, drawing on his recent book Digitalization, Immigration and the Welfare State. A summary by Dr Blix will be available shortly.


LSE IGA marked the launch of its Global Policy Lab (G-POL)  on 16 May with a economics star-studded event, featuring Professor Raghuram RajanLord Adair TurnerLord Nicholas SternProfessor Philippe AghionProfessor Sergei GurievAssistant Professor Keyu Jin, Visiting Professor Mario Blejer, Michael Sohlman and Duncan Clark. Professor Erik Berglof, 

Read more about LSE IGA’s Global Policy Lab. 

Check the full event programme and photos.


LSE IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Jawad Iqbal in The Times on how marriage laws are letting down vulnerable Muslim women not only in India, but also here in Britain.


Mario Blejer, Visiting Professor at LSE IGA, chaired a Roundtable event on the Internalisation of the Reminbi, organised by the Bank of China (Hong Kong) in Mexico City on 10 May. 


LSE IGA hosted a PowerBreakfast on the Pathology of Presidential Power on 9 May, with presentations by David Leblang and Bill Antholis from the University of Virginia’s Miller Center and LSE US Centre’s Professor Peter Trubowitz. The discussion was moderated by Lord Desai.


The Italian G7 Sherpa invited the Alliance of Lead Universities on Migration (ALUM) to provide a non-paper with research-informed specific policy recommendations for the G7 Sherpas’ attention ahead of the G7 Taormina Summit on 26-27 May 2017. Read some preliminary findings.


The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) supported a student-led all-day conference titled "North Korea: Beyond the Headlines" on 18 March. The event brought together leading scholars, politicians, journalists and NGOs from around the world and students from across the United Kingdom. Read a summary of the themes. An e-book with the conference proceedings will be published by August 2017.


LSE IGA hosted a delegation of members of the Budgetary Committee of Germany’s Parliament (Bundestag) on 2 May, to discuss Brexit and outlook for the UK economy. The team included Director Professor Erik Berglof, Piroska Nagy Mohacsi, Simon Hix, Jawad Iqbal, Iain Begg and Daniel Sturm. A key point was Germany’s overriding interest to avoid the breakup of the EU.


IGA Professor in Practice Anne Applebaum speaks to BBC World at the Intelligence Squared Debate about how Donald Trump has not kept any of the legislative promises that he made for his first 100 days.

Watch the video


IGA Director Erik Berglof in the Washington Post on how important the US has been for international institutions like the IMF and the World Bank and how that same influence may now be used by the Trump administration to undermine them.


IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele participated in the Third Preparatory Committee for a new UN marine biodiversity agreement. He also spoke on the topic of innovative finance at a workshop on marine genetic resources.


Dr Jeromin Zettelmeyer, senior research fellow of the Peterson Institute and senior visiting fellow at IGA, presented his new paper on the sustainability of Greece’s debt.

Read the paper


IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Oksana Antonenko  commented on the attack on St Petersburg underground on BBC newsnight.


The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) hosted a group of prominent business leaders from China on 27 March. Professor Erik Berglöf (Director, LSE IGA) led the discussion that included Sir Vince Cable, IGA Professor in Practice, Piroska Nagy Mohácsi, IGA Programme Director, as well as Dr Yu Jie from LSE IDEAS. The main subject was the impact of Brexit, including potential opportunities for China.


“Is Donald Trump a postmodern president?” In this opinion piece as part of Newsnight, journalist, writer and IGA Visiting Senior Fellow Peter Pomerantsev argues that President Trump and President Putin share a disdain for facts. 


LSE IGA's PowerLunch Back to the Drawing Board for Europe's Future hosted on 21 March Professor Tommaso Nannicini of Bocconi University and former State Secretary in Italian PM Renzi's government, with comments by Professor Luis Garicano of the Department of Economics and Marco Buti


Erik Berglof gave an interview to the China Daily on the increasing role of China in the global financial system. Read the article

News 2016


University of Mannheim organised the 2nd conference of the Alliance of Lead Universities on Migration (ALUM) on 2-4 November.

ALUM brings together the best academic minds on migration who are committed working together and inform and support evidence based-policy action. Twelve universities are members across Europe and it is now extended to the Middle East with the American University of Beirut (AUB) joining ALUM. Watch the video.


Dr Hans Blix, Sweden's former Minister of Foreign Affairs and UN weapon inspector, and author of a number of books on international law spoke at IGA's PowerBreakfast series on a 8 December on NATO, Russia and the New World Disorder. Comments were provided by LSE's Dr Tarak Barkawi author of Globalisation and War,  and the debate was chaired by Lord Desai. The PowerBreakfast is a series that brings together lead academics, policy makers, business leaders and media representatives. 


IGA's Milken Fellows Prof Helen Rey and Dr Dominik Hangartner participated in a policy panels on capital flows and migration, respectively, at the Milken Institute's London Summit on 6 December. The Milken Institute is an external partner of IGA. 


IGA continues engagement with G20 process at the 2017 German Presidency hosted two major events on the margins of the G20 meetings in Berlin last week. At a conference on ‘Towards a more resilient global economy’, organised by the German Federal Ministry of Finance, IGA Director Professor Erik Berglof gave a presentation on tax policy in a globalised economy. 


The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) and LSE Centre for International Studies held a joint event on Friday November 25th Beyond Tolerance: Citizenship, Diversity & Constructive Conflict lead by some fantastic speakers whom delivered fascinating insights highlighting the role of education, enterprise, entertainment, politics and academia in peace-building and social cohesion.


Richard Baldwin, Director of the Centre for Economic Policy Research, delivered a talk to a full house on Thursday 24th November drawing on his book ‘The Great Convergence: information technology and the new globalisation’Download/listen to the audio.


With much talk focusing on the likely outcomes of Trump’s protectionist economic policies, the security of America’s fundamental institutions has gone largely undiscussed. As LSE IGA's Programme Director Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi argues, however, this is where our greatest attention must go; and warns that in the context of a populist victory this presidential election, Americans must be cautious and vigilant in defending their political institutions. Read the blog entry.


At the UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakesh, IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele spoke up for integrating ocean action into the climate finance agenda, including deep sea science and blue finance. Read a summary of these ocean climate efforts.


As part of the INET Transformation Commission chaired by Nobel Laureates Michael Spence and Joseph Stiglitz, IGA hosted the 2nd Workshop on “Avoiding the Middle Income Trap” on 16-17 November.  Workshop participants brainstormed over a number of background papers (see Professor Aghion during presentation) and case studies on individual countries that have recently transitioned from middle to high income status. 


The IGA hosted a joint lecture with CEPR on November 17th celebrating the launch of the eBook, Refugees and Economic Migrants: facts, policies and challenges. Panellists focused on some of the key yet less researched aspects of migration policy: the politically sensitive social-cultural dimension of public perception on migration and the role of the media. Download/Listen to the audio.


IGA PowerBreakfast series held a debate onThe Fall of Technocracy on November 8, inspired by Sebastian Mallaby's new bibliography of former US Federal Reserve Governor Alan Greenspan The Man Who Knew. The PowerBreakfast is a series brings together lead academics, policy makers, business leaders and media representatives. 


Global implications of Trump’s fiscal stimulus

LSE IGA Visiting Fellow Guillermo Felices reflects on the broader implications of this protectionist stance, and argues that an international backlash could undermine the sustainability of this economic position. He also notes that though the anti-establishment sentiment seen in the UK and US may reappear in European elections this coming year, their capacity to pursue a similarly radical policy shift is limited.  Read the blog entry.


Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable, Professor in Practice for the IGA Global Finance Initiative,spoke at the LSE Growth Commission's panel event "What Next for UK Growth" alongside Alistair Darling, Stephanie Flanders and George Osborne at the LSE on 2 November 2016.Watch the video.


Mario Blejer, Visiting Professor at LSE IGA, gave an upbeat assessment of Argentina's recent local currency bond issuance and the early record of the Macri administration in an interview in the magazine Euromoney. Read more about it.


Roger Nord, the Deputy Director of the IMF’s African Department gave a talk titled Is Africa Still Rising?  at a joint LSE IGA-Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa event on 8 November, drawing a full house. Download/Listen to audio.


This Autumn, 2nd-4th November, the IGA team is attending the Alliance of Leading University on Migration (ALUM) Workshop on Bringing Together Research and Practice hosted by the University of Mannheim. The workshop strives to offer a format appealing to both migration researchers and practitioners, and to build on the success of ALUM's research conference in Siracusa in April 2016. Read more about it.


Caroline Freund, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and former chief economist for the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank delivered a lecture to a full house on October 25, drawing from her book, Rich People Poor Countries: The Rise of Emerging-Market Tycoons and Their Mega Firms. The lecture was chaired by Professor Erik Berglof, Director of the Institute of Global Affairs. 

Listen to the audio.

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Dr Nina Hall delivered a lecture to a large audience on 24 October, drawing on her book, Displacement, Development, and Climate Change: International Organizations Moving Beyond their Mandates.  The discussant was Dr Robert Falkner, Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE; the lecture was chaired by Professor Erik Berglof, Director of the Institute of Global Affairs and himself a former high ranking international civil servant. Listen to the audio.


Everyone have a listen! Ahead of tonight’s public lecture examining the book "Rich People, Poor Countries: The Rise of Emerging Market Tycoons and Their Mega Firms" written by Caroline Freund, former Chief Economist of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank. Matt Cox from Share Radio spoke to Professor Erik Berglof, Director of the Institute of Global Affairs and Chair of the event, to find out about the effects of the mega rich living in developing countries.

Listen to the audio.


LSE’s Centre for Women, Peace and Security has announced a formal partnership with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, Dr Dubravka Šimonovic, to help support delivery of her mandate. Dr Šimonovic has also been appointed as a Visiting Professor in Practice at LSE. 


Professor Julie Lindahl delivered a thought- provoking and moving lecture on 13 October drawing on her book ‘In Search of Truth in the Long Shadows of Nationalism’.

Listen to the audio.


This week the European Parliament Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas discussed global ocean biodiversity governance. IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele spoke as one of the Participating Experts. The European Union is playing a leading role in the development of a new United Nations High Seas Biodiversity Agreement presently under discussion in New York.


LSE IGA Panel brings in the research angle at the IMF-World Bank meeting

At the recent gatherings of the worlds' senior policy makers and bankers in Washington DC, an IGA financial policy panel provided an oasis for deeper reflection on some of today's pressing policy issues. IGA Director, Professor Erik Berglof, introduced the Rethinking Global Finance project, the framework for much of our research in this area. Read more about it.


The European Union hosted its first Blue Economy Science and Business Forum in Hamburg. It was opened by the mayor of Hamburg (in the photo). IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele spoke on the 2nd Panel: From Lab to Market - how scientific discoveries lead to industrial success. The EU Blue Economy provides over 5 million jobs and approximately 4% of Europe’s Gross Domestic Product. New technologies, including underwater engineering and DNA sequencing offer possibilities to increase this contribution.


Last week the IUCN World Parks Congress adopted important motions and the Hawai'i Commitments, key to address in particular the challenges to global biodiversity loss, with an emphasis on better ocean protection. LSE IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele spoke on several panels, discussing the environmental regime of the international ocean seafloor and identifying potential financing mechanisms for ocean conservation.

At the congress an authoritative report on ocean warming was released; it can be found here.


Germany and Brexit

The LSE IGA Power Breakfast series hosted a top-notch panel of experts on September 7 on major dilemmas following the Brexit vote, looking in particular at the German perspective. Dr Jeromin Zettelmeyer, outgoing Director General for Economic Policy at the German Ministry of Economy and Energy; Sir Vince Cable, former UK Business Secretary and Visiting Professor at LSE IGA; and LSE’s EU politics expert, Professor Simon Hix discussed the key concerns on both sides and the political obstacles to the various possible outcomes. The Power Breakfasts are a series of private seminars sponsored by Royal Mail that bring together world-leading thinkers and policymakers.







Resilience Research: IGA-Rockefeller Funding Call - Second Round

The IGA invites colleagues from across LSE to participate in the second round of calls under its ‘Research and Impact Seed Fund’. 

This round is again supported by the Rockefeller Foundation. Up to £1.5m is available under the broad theme of ‘Resilience’. 

Internal call – Open to LSE applicants only 


LSE partners with NAFIN to establish new visiting fellow programme in the Latin America and Caribbean Centre

The new LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC), in association with the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, has appointed Emilio Garmendia, pictured, as the first NAFIN Visiting Fellow. Starting in September 2016 (Michaelmas term), Emilio will conduct research into financial instruments and mechanisms for green financing. More information here


Torsten Thiele on Credible High Seas Governance

LSE IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele spoke at the International Marine Conservation Congress in St.John’s, Newfoundland this week. He was also part of an expert workshop identifying issues in preparation of the next round of discussions later this month at the United Nations for a new High Seas Biodiversity Agreement. To find out more, visit here


Is Cuba reforming since President Obama's visit?

Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, Programme Director and researcher at LSE IGA, participated in an international conference in Miami, which aimed to assess reform progress in Cuba against the backdrop of the historic visits of the Pope and President Obama, the 7th Party Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (CPC) in April right after Obama’s visit, as well as a massive external shock from crisis-ridden Venezuela’s decision to cut cheap energy supplies to Cuba, on which it desperately depends. The conference was organised by the Washington-based Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy (ASCE), with participation by mainly US universities well as some 20 academics and journalists from Cuba itself. More information here.


LSE in Brussels

On 13 July 2016, LSE hosted Migration: maintaining hospitality at the European Parliament in Brussels. The event was part of the LSE IGA Migration Initiative, on which Peter Sutherland is a Professor of Practice.  A group of 50 senior Commission officials, MEPs, NGO activists as well as experts and politicians from across Europe talked about how to ensure that European citizens remained hospitable to immigrants. More information here.  


Who Owns What (WOW)?

The Institute of Global Affairs (IGA) and NGO Global Witness hosted a brainstorming seminar on Who Owns What (WOW)?-  Improving Corporate Governance through the UK Beneficial Ownership Data Release Project. The project leverages the UK Government’s historic announcement to publish a new central public register on who owns and controls companies in the UK. More information here


IGA Visiting Fellow Torsten Thiele has been participating in the The International Seabed Authority (ISA)'s annual meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, as Observer on behalf of IUCN, the world’s largest environmental network. Torsten moderated an information session for all delegates, "Environmental Aspects of the ISA Exploitation Regulations", provided by the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition earlier this week to ensure that these critical environmental concerns and legal obligations are fully taken into account. More information here


Agnieszka Wysokińska, visiting fellow at IGA LSE, gave a seminar on the "Role of Institutions and Culture in the Long - Term Development. Exploiting a Natural Experiment of History". In her research she shows that partition of Poland in the 19th century between three neighboring powers -Prussian, Russian and Austro-Hungary - have long term consequences for economic development of those lands. After 100 years from unification of these lands, Prussian partition is 10-20 % richer than Russian and Austro-Hungarian. The effects are causal and the channel of persistence in development suggests institutional rather than cultural explanation. The latter is  based on additional evidence provided by random shock to culture from Stalin's forced migration movements to Western and Northern Territories in Poland. To find out more, visit here


Torsten Thiele, visiting fellow at the LSE IGA, delivered a talk on blue finance on 7 June, 2016. He outlined the conceptual background to blue finance, addressing practical issues and suggesting specific approaches. More information about it here


LSE IGA hosted a seminar where Paul Herbert and Reiner Martin of the European Central Bank presented the new Financial Stability Review. Paul argued that while systemic risks in the Eurozone were broadly contained, important issues remained and the risk of "japanisation" was there. More information about it here


Torsten Thiele, Visiting Fellow at LSE IGA, was identified as one of seven ocean leaders in the French magazine Les Echos for his work in promoting financing to address global ocean challenges. The article describes his efforts to develop "Blue Finance" solutions to better protect marine ecosystems. 

Elina Ribakova

In the blog post Time to Worry about Illiquidity, visiting fellow Elina Ribakova argues that at a time when central banks have injected unprecedented amounts of money, worrying about illiquidity may appear odd. However, if poorly understood and unaddressed, illiquidity could be the foundation of the next financial crisis.


Last week IGA Director Erik Berglof together with Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi and Torsten Thiele participated in a international gathering hosted by the Aurora Borealis Foundation in Svalbard. Read more about it here


Resilience Research: IGA-Rockefeller Seed Funding Call

The Institute of Global affairs (IGA) invites colleagues from across the LSE community to participate in the first round of calls under its ‘Research and Impact Seed Fund’

IGA in the news


Erik Berglof: Terrorised Tunisia

The Jordan Times, 2nd January 2017

The recent terror attack on Berlin’s Christmas market — which killed 12 and injured more than 50 — cast a pall over this year’s holiday celebrations across Europe...


Visiting Senior Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs, Duncan Clark, has been shortlisted for the FT and McKinsey ‘Business Book of the Year Award 2016’ for ‘Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built’. An engrossing, insider’s account of how a teacher built one of the world’s most valuable companies - rivalling Walmart & Amazon - and forever reshaped the global economy. A former Beijing-based investment banker, Duncan uses the rise of Ma and the creation of China’s biggest e-commerce company to tell the story of entrepreneurship in China. The book is a must-read for anyone hoping to navigate China’s new economy.


IGA director Professor Erik Berglof has been appointed to the World Economic Forum Global Future Councils - a new WEF community set up to provide insight and vision to tackle some of the world’s most critical global, regional and industry challenges and help prepare governments, businesses and communities for the arrival of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  Professor Berglof is a member of The Future of Financial and Monetary Systems. The Global Future Councils’ first meeting will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 13-14 November 2016. He also serves on the Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum’s Balancing Financial Stability, Innovation, and Economic Growth initiative.


Mario I. Blejer, an Argentine economist and former Central Bank governor and Visiting Professor at the Institute of Global Affairs, speaks to the FT on the new Argentine government's success in ending an agonising legal dispute with US hedge funds. He is confident that foreign investment is coming Argentina’s way after a drought of more than a decade.


Dictators rest easier as EU self-implodes, but Ukraine offers hope

Irish Examiner, 6th July 2016

Ukraine’s belief it was forging closer ties with the West was shaken by Brexit, but it remains a vital ally on the frontier between democracy and autocracy writes Erik Berglof, Director of IGA.


ERIK BERGLOF: EBRD cannot bank on stability – Transition is reversible

Emerging Markets, 10th May 2016

...Berglof is Professor and Director of the Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics and was chief ...


Indian central bank governor says helicopter money no panacea

Reuters Online, 11th May 2016

...produce economically the desired effect," he said during a lecture at the London School of Economics. "I am throwing the...


Raghuram Rajan floats 'traffic signal' like control on central bankers

Yahoo! India, 10th May 2016

...also be subject to the same rules," he said. Delivering a lecture at the London School of Economics, the former chief...


Unconventional policy tool? Rajan has doubts, 10th May 2016

...rates and ultra-low or negative inflation. Delivering a lecture at the London School of Economics, Rajan said it needed...


Zombie firms slow down global productivity: Rajan

Times of India - Online, 10th May 2016

...also due to protection provided to oligopolistic firms. Speaking at the London School of Economics (LSE) on Tuesday, the...