Usually open to all, with no ticket or reservation required, and free of charge, unless specified otherwise

The Centre hosts or sponsors a range of events, including public lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences. Through these events, the Centre provides a scholarly forum for debate and dialogue between academics, practitioners from the public, private and non-governmental sectors and engaged members of the public. 

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Past events




The Hedley Bull Lectures 2019

The Centre for International Studies at LSE is proud to announce a new annual lecture series: The Hedley Bull Lectures.

In 2019 these three lectures took place on 18th, 20th and 22nd November and were given by Professor Stathis Kalyvas, the Gladstone Professor of Government in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford on The Present, Past and Future of Civil War.

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Arguing about immigration

When: Monday 21 October 2019
Where: Sheik Zayed Theatre, NAB, LSE
Speaker: Professor Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University

One of the world's most eminent international theorists delivered a public lecture entitled 'Arguing about Immigration'.

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Book launch: Balancing Power without Weapons

When: Thursday 10 October 2019
Speakers: Dr Ashley Thomas Lenihan, Andrew Rozanov, Bilal Hafeez
Chair: Julius Sen

This event discussesd when and why states block foreign direct investments on the basis of national security, launching Dr Lenihan’s new book on the subject, Balancing Power without Weapons: State Intervention into Cross-Border Mergers and Acquisitions. The panel discussed the implications for policy, theory, and business.

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Permanent Majorities and Minorities: Decolonisation, Extreme Violence, and the Nation State

When: 20 June 2019, 6.00-8.00pm
Where: Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
Speaker: Mahmood Mamdani, Columbia University




Law's Wars: Whither the Rule of Law? 

When: Friday, 3rd May 2019, 4.00-6.00pm
Where: TW1.G01 (PAN G.01)
Speaker: Professor Richard L. Abel, UCLA School of Law




The Secret State: How Secrecy Undermines Democracy and Makes Us Less Safe

When: 29 April 2019, 4.00-6.00pm
Where: NAB.2.04, New Academic Building, LSE
Speaker: Professor Oona A Hathaway, Yale Law School




NATO at 70: A Retrospective

When: 10 April 2019, 5.00-7.00pm
Where: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Jamie Shea, former Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO
Adrian Kendry, former Senior Defence Economist and Adviser to the Secretary General, NATO
Charlotte Wagnsson, Professor of Political Science, Swedish Defence University
Moderators: Jens Meierhenrich, Tomila Lankina, LSE

Three leading experts debated one of the most controversial international organisations of our time.



Humane: The New Face of War

When: 8 January 2019, 4.00-6.00pm
Where: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE
Speaker: Professor Samuel Moyn, Yale University






Confronting Global Challenges 2017-2067

We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the LSE Centre for International Studies and the launch of the LSE International Studies Book Series, a joint venture between the CIS and Cambridge University Press. To mark the occasion, the Centre hosted an eminent panel of past and present CIS fellows and faculty to debate the global challenges likely to be faced in the next 50 years.  Speakers included Dr Kirsten Ainley, Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Professor Barry Buzan, Professor Tomila Lankina, Professor Lutfey Siddiqi and Professor Julian Go.

Friday 8 December 2017, 18.15-20.00, Hong Kong Theatre, LSE

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The Interplay of Markets and Politics

The Systemic Risk Centre and CIS hosted a dialogue with Dr Axel A. Weber, Group Chairman UBS & Former President of the Bundesbank, moderated by Lutfey Siddiqi, Visiting Professor-in-Practice, LSE.

6 September 2017, 12.00 - 13.00, LSE

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Digital Society

Seminar three in the current Series on International and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Evidence-based Policy, hosted by the Academy of Social Sciences, CIS Visiting Professor Linda Hantrais and Visiting Fellow Ashley Lenihan.

This seminar explored how innovation can result from cooperation between researchers and policymakers, with contributors focussing particularly on developments in web science, online technologies, e-governance, e-health and children’s rights.

Convenors: Linda Hantrais FAcSS, International Advisory Group, LSE CIS; Ashley Lenihan, AcSS Senior Policy Adviser, LSE CIS.

18 May 2017, 1.15 - 5.00pm, Academy of Social Sciences, 33 Finsbury Square, London

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Intergenerational Relations in the Context of Changing Family and Household Structures

Seminar two in the current Series on International and Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives on Evidence-based Policy, organised by the Academy’s International Advisory Group, looked at intergenerational relations in the context of changing family and household structures.

This half-day seminar in the new series on evidence-based policy took the form of ‘conversations’ between researchers and policy advisers/users, followed by group discussions. The seminar served as a forum at which participants from different national and disciplinary perspectives discuss and develop ideas for projects and articles in themed issues of journals.

Convenors: Fran Bennett FAcSS, Oxford Institute of Social Policy, University of Oxford; Linda Hantrais FAcSS, LSE Centre for International Studies

22 March 2017, 1.15 - 5.00pm, New Academic Building, Room 2.04

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Omission Accomplished: The Iraq Invasion in American and Japanese Security Narratives

In this public lecture, current CIS Senior Visiting Fellow Marie Thorsten examined the significance of the Iraq invasion in Japanese and American domestic and bilateral security narratives at the start of the new Trump administration.

18 January 2017, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Tower One, Room G.01

Supported by the LSE Department of International Relations.

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Pathways to Sustainability in a Changing Environment

This half-day seminar in the new series on evidence-based policy took the form of ‘conversations’ between researchers and policy advisers/users, followed by group discussions.

The seminar served as a forum at which participants from different national and disciplinary perspectives discuss and develop ideas for projects and articles in themed issues of journals.

Convenors: Dr. Ruth Kattumuri FAcSS, Co-Director of the LSE India Observatory (lead); Professor Linda Hantrais FAcSS, and Dr. Ashley Thomas Lenihan (LSE CIS)

17 January 2017, 1.15 - 5.00pm, Academy of Social Sciences, 33 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1PL

Supported by the CIS and Academy of Social Sciences.

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A Conversation with Esteban Bullrich

Esteban José Bullrich is an Argentine politician. He was Minister of Education of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires from 2010 until 2015. In December 2015 he became Argentina's Minister of Education under Mauricio Macri's administration.

9 December 2016, 4.30 - 5.30pm

Supported by the LSE Centre for International Studies and LSE SU Emerging Markets Forum.

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Beyond Tolerance: Citizenship, Diversity, Constructive Conflict

On the backdrop of migration-related tensions, pockets of radicalisation and the debate around Brexit, we invite you to a celebration of the proactive pursuit of diversity and the virtues of constructive conflict.

Friday 25 November 2016, 9.00am - 2.00pm, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

Supported by the LSE CIS and LSE Institute of Global Affairs.

Suggested hashtag for this event: #LSEBeyondTolerance

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Religion, Migration and Human Security: A Post-Secular Perspective?

In this public lecture, current CIS Fellow Giorgio Shani will rethink “security” along “post-secular” lines by taking into account the continued importance of culture, religion and identity to human security.

20 October 2016, 6.30 - 8.00pm, Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Supported by the LSE Department of International Relations.

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International Criminal Justice on/ and Film

This one a half day workshop will look at the role of film in the scholarship and practice of international criminal justice.

12-13 September 2016, LSE

Supported by the CIS, LSE Department of International Relations and the LSE Department of Law.

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Visual International Politics: Theories, Methods and Institutions

13-14 June 2016, LSE

Organised by the Visual International Politics Group. Supported by the CIS and LSE Department of International Relations.

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The Sky is High and the Emperor is Far Away

In this seminar Jeppe Mulich, from LSE's International History Department presented a paper examining the number of anomalous political spaces in the nineteenth century in order to construct an analytical framework for thinking about inter-polity or inter-imperial zones that encompass institutions and practices of governance most often thought of as being the sole domain of the state.

7 March 2016, 12:00-13:30, LSE

Supported by the History and Theory Group.


Social Fields and Social Spaces: Explaining the Colonial State

This talk will be given by George Steinmetz, leading historical sociologist and theorist of colonialism and German colonialism.

3 March 2016, 17:00-18:30, LSE  (details to be announced)

Supported by the History and Theory Group.


Writing Exceptions to the Law of War: Civilization, Criminals and Unprivileged Belligerents in Military Manuals

Dr. Josef Ansorge presented this talk. 

14 January 2016, 12:30-14:00, 32L B.07

Sponsored by the History and Theory Group.


China and Responsible Protection

5 December 2014, 6.30-8.00pm 
Lecture Theatre TW1.G.01, Tower 1, LSE 

Dr. Ruan Zongze is Vice-President of the China Institute of International Studies, editor-in-chief of the CIIS journal China International Studies and member of the UNDP Human Development Report Advisory Panel. He is an expert in China-US Relations, and will speak on the special responsibilities that Great Powers incur in the international system. This event is being run in collaboration with the LSE Department of International Relations.

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Taming the Imperial Imagination: Colonial Knowledge and Anglo-Afghan Relations, 1808-1878

A conversation between Martin Bayly, Toby Dodge & Nivi Marchanda on Bayly’s new book, organised by the CIS History and Theory Group.

3 December 2014, 12.30-14.00, LSE 


Transforming the United Nations System

Professor Joseph Schwartzberg spoke at this Centre for International Studies event. Global problems require global solutions. However, the United Nations, as presently constituted, is incapable of addressing many global problems effectively.

17 November 2014, 18.30-20.00 CLM6.02, Clement House, LSE

Chair: Professor Mary Kaldor

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The Uses and Abuses of History in International Relations

A conversation between Robert Keohane and Iver Neumann organised by the CIS History and Theory Group

29 October 2014, 9.00-11.00, LSE 


2014 US Foreign Policy Conference

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Global Perspectives’, reflecting the widespread impact of US foreign policy. The United States dominates the settlements of the global economy and defines the terms of international development. It is the state looked to in times of international crisis, and to lead in addressing global challenges. Yet the power and purpose behind US decision-making is the subject of perpetual debate. Critical approaches contrast American values with US actions. And America’s polarised domestic politics betray a profound ambivalence to its international role.

17 – 19 September 2014, LSE 

Organised by Dr Nicholas Kitchen (IDEAS LSE).


Global Social Governance Seminar: Developing international social science research and impacting the policy process

28 July – 3 August 2014, British Council and LSE 

World Social Science Fellows Programme seminar for talented early career social scientists. A collaboration between the International Social Science Council, the CIS and the UK Academy of Social Sciences. 
Organiser: Professor Linda Hantrais (LSE CIS)

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CIS Dialogue: Syria and International Justice

30 June 2014

Speakers: Dr. Leslie Vinjamuri (SOAS); Professor Jason Ralph (Leeds); Mark Kersten (LSE); Dr. Dov Jacobs (Grotius Centre); Professor Kevin Jon Heller (SOAS).
Chair: Dr Kirsten Ainley (LSE CIS)

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History, Theory and the Study of World Politics

16 June 2014, LSE 

From where do historians acquire the grid of concepts that organize their investigations? And from what histories and encounters do theorists develop those concepts? What is to be gained for historical and social science inquiry from greater reflexivity about the answers to these questions? A CIS History and Theory Group workshop investigating history and theory in the study of world politics, and also world politics and its histories as a site for the development of theoretical approaches across the social sciences.

Organisers: Dr. Tarak BarkawiDr. George LawsonDr. James Morrison 

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Comparative Workshop on Mass Protests

13-14 June 2014, LSE

Speakers: Professor Mark Beissinger (Princeton), Dr. David Patel (Cornell), Elizabeth Plantan (Cornell), Professor Joshua Tucker (NYU) and Dr. Ola Onuch (Oxford).

Organiser: Dr. Tomila Lankina (LSE)

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Social Science Evidence and the Policy Process: International Insights seminars

October 2013 - April 2014. Alliance for Useful Evidence, Europe House, British Library and Department for Education, London

The International Advisory Group of the UK Academy of Social Sciences organised a series of five half-day seminars under the overarching title of ‘Social Science Evidence and the Policy Process: International Insights’. These seminars were based on the research outcomes of the CIS Training for Social Research project.

Convenor: Professor Linda Hantrais (LSE CIS)

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The Euro Crisis: Towards a Fiscal and Political Union?

30 November 2012. European Commission London office, Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU

Speakers including: Jakob Funk Kirkegaard (Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics); Clemens Fuest (Oxford University); Heribert Dieter (German Institute for International and Security Affairs, Berlin); Gabriel Glöckler (European Central Bank).

Organisers: CIS Fellow John Ryan and Miguel Otero-Iglesias (ESSCA School of Management, Paris), in association with the European Commission.

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