Podcasts 2023

from the Department of International Relations

Catch up with this year's events


Legitimation as Political Practice: crafting everyday authority in Tanzania

Legitimacy has long been perceived through a Westernised lens as a fixed, binary state. Drawing on her new book, Legitimation as Political Practice: Crafting Everyday Authority in Tanzania, Kathy Dodworth explores everyday legitimation practices in coastal Tanzania, specifically how non-government organisations craft their authority to act, working with, against and through the state.


Kathy Dodworth is a Research Fellow at the Centre of Africa Studies at the University of Edinburgh, examining voluntary labour in Kenya. Her latest book is a result of her doctoral research in Politics and International Relations at the University of Edinburgh in 2018, which won the School of Social and Political Science Outstanding Thesis Award.


Milli Lake is Associate Professor of International Security in LSE's Department of International Relations. She co-directs the Women's Rights After War project and also co-convenes the Advancing Research on Conflict consortium.

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Read the blog post by Kathy Dodworth and Christian Hotz Judging a book through its cover: Exploring legitmation through art



Anti-globalism and the Future of the Liberal World Order

Tuesday 9 May 2023 90 minutes

Listen to this event about Peter Trubowitz’s and Brian Burgoon’s new book, Geopolitics and Democracy. In this book the authors provide a new explanation of why the liberal international order has buckled under the pressures of anti-globalist political forces. 


Brian Burgoon, Professor of International and Comparative Political Economy in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Centre for European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the politics of economic globalisation, immigration, inequality, and welfare and labor-market policy. 

Michael Cox, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at LSE. He was a Founding Director of LSE IDEAS and currently sits on the steering committee of the Ralph Miliband Programme. 

Sara Hobolt, the Sutherland Chair in European Institutions and Professor in the Department of Government at LSE. She is the Chair of the European Election Studies, an EU-wide project studying voters, parties, candidates and the media in European Parliamentary elections.

Peter Trubowitz, Professor of International Relations and Director of the Phelan US Centre at LSE and Associate Fellow at Chatham House. His research largely focuses on issues of international security and US foreign policy. 

Leslie Vinjamuri, Director, US and the Americas Programme; Dean, Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, Chatham House


Jeffrey Chwieroth, Professor of International Political Economy in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science. At LSE he is also a research associate of the Systemic Risk Centre. He also currently serves as Head of Department.

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Book launch: The Holocaust: an unfinished history

Tuesday 28 March 2023 90 minutes

Speaker: Dan Stone is Professor of Modern History and Director of the Holocaust Research Institute (Royal Holloway, University of London), and was on the advisory panel for the Imperial War Museum’s new Holocaust Galleries. He has authored and edited numerous books, including Histories of the Holocaust and The Liberation of the Camps.

Chair: Jens Meierhenrich is Professor in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). 

Listen back to the launch of Dan Stone's latest book The Holocaust: An Unfinished History. The author is in conversation with Professor Jens Meierhenrich.

The Holocaust is much-discussed, much-memorialised and much-portrayed. But major aspects of its history have been overlooked and misunderstood. Spanning not just the Holocaust itself but also the decades since, Dan Stone's sweeping history deepens our understanding of what the Holocaust actually was and its ongoing repercussions across the world today.

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Book launch: Support the Troops: Military obligation, gender and the making of political community


Katharine M Millar is Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of International Relations at LSE. 

Kimberly Hutchings is a Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London. 

Maria Rashid is an LSE Fellow in the Department of Gender Studies at LSE.

Chris Rossdale is a Lecturer in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies at Bristol University. 


Milli Lake is Associate Professor of International Security in the Department of International Relations at LSE.

Listen to the launch of Katharine M Millar’s new book, Support the Troops: Military obligation, gender and the making of political community. Dr Millar discusses her book and its themes with a panel of experts.

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Foreign Policy in the Digital Age: what to expect

Hosted by the Department of International Relations and the European Foreign Policy Unit (EFPU)

Wednesday 8 March 2023 90 mins


Corneliu Bjola is an Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies at the University of Oxford.

Sarah Bressan is a research fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin, where she contributes to the institute’s work on peace and security

Nicola Minasi is Director of the Crisis Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy. 


Federica Bicchi is Associate Professor in the International Relations of Europe in the Department of International Relations at LSE. She is also the Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit of LSE. 

Listen back to a conversation between a practitioner, a think tanker and an academic who help us understand the future (and the present) of digital foreign policy.

Is the increasing use of digital technologies in foreign policy fundamentally altering the way in which foreign policy is made and implemented? How are digital technologies contributing to reshape geopolitics? To what extent do digital technologies enhance international cooperation? Can they support multilateralism, or do they create new digital divides and even a new form of colonialism? 

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Doing IR Differently: Pluriversal Relationality

Co-hosted with BISA

Monday 20 February 2023
Online event 90 mins


Dr Tamara Trownsell, Independent Scholar, USA

Professor Navnita Chadha Behera, Professor, University of Delhi

Professor Giorgio Shani, Visiting Professor, Department of International Relations, LSE


Dr Martin CowardUniversity of Manchester

Relationality is embedded in our daily lives. How we relate to one another conditions how we see ourselves and how we are seen. This virtual Public Lecture, based on the current Review of International Studies Special Issue (Volume 48 - Special Issue 5 - December 2022) on Pluriversal Relationality, addresses two challenges. First, what happens if we conceive relationality in a manner that ontologically begins by assuming interconnection as prior to the existence of entities. Second, it seeks to pluralise the sources of relational thinking in International Relations (IR) by showcasing how different cosmological traditions in the Americas, Asia and Australia view relationality. 

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2022/23 Martin Wight memorial lecture

The Russia-Ukraine War: A Challenge to International Order?

Thursday 16 February 2023 90 minutes

Professor Roy Allison, Professor of Russian and Eurasian International Relations, and Director of the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre at Oxford University

Dr Federica Bicchi, Associate Professor of International Relations, LSE, and Director of the European Foreign Policy Unit, LSE.

Russia and Western states have long clashed over the nature of international society and the desirability of a liberal rule-based international order. Does Putin really believe Russia occupies some common civilisational and territorial space with Ukraine, justifying the subjugation of Ukraine to return ‘historic Russian regions’? Or is this cynical cover for strategic ends aimed at the mobilisation of domestic support? With no end to the war in sight, what remains of the post-Cold war territorial settlement in Europe and is an eventual negotiated settlement of the war conceivable under the current Russian leadership?

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Find out more about the Martin Wight Memorial Lectures.