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- PhD candidate Asha Herten-Crabb, together with Dr Clare Wenham, has published a paper on women’s experiences in the UK during the first two waves of COVID. Read “I Was Facilitating Everybody Else’s Life. And Mine Had Just Ground to a Halt”: The COVID-19 Pandemic and its Impact on Women in the United Kingdom in Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society.
- PhD candidate Enrike van Wingerden has published an article which provides a modest critique of positionality, theorising how we come to know things through our bodies and how knowledge is therefore always partly beyond our control. Read Unmastering Research: Positionality and Intercorporeal Vulnerability in International Studies in International Political Sociology.
- PhD candidate Samuel Dixon has published an essay which asks why IR historians have overlooked the late twentieth century and makes a case for the period's relevancy. Read Why studying the late twentieth century is crucial for understanding IR today on the BISA website.
- Dimitrios Stroikos has published an article on Sino-Greek relations which argues that while China has achieved some limited political gains, the relationship remains mainly economics-driven while Greece strengthens strategic ties with traditional allies. Read ‘Head of the Dragon’ or ‘Trojan Horse’?: Reassessing China–Greece Relations in Journal of Contemporary China.
- A new article by Elisa Gambino explores various spheres of African state agency in China-Africa engagement & how these shape infrastructure projects with Chinese participation. Read Infrastructure and the Politics of African State Agency: Shaping the Belt and Road Initiative in East Africa in Chinese Political Science Review.
Congratulations to Robert Falkner whose book Environmentalism and Global International Society (CUP) has been shortlisted for the British International Studies Association Susan Strange Best Book Award 2022.
The Susan Strange Best Book Prize is awarded for an outstanding book published in any field of International Studies. The aim of the Prize is to honour the work of Susan Strange and to recognise outstanding current work being conducted in the discipline.
The winner will be announced at the BISA annual conference in June.
- Congratulations to Theresa Squatrito, who received a BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant for her project on ‘Mobilizing Ethnic Nationalism: De-Legitimating International Criminal Tribunals’.
- Milli Lake has authored an article which interrogates logics of police capacity building in conflict, and asks how and why reform efforts frequently fail to curb the unrest they seek to disrupt. Read Policing Insecurity in American Political Science Review
- Who are the global powers in the environmental field? What part should they play in the fight against climate change? Are they living up to their responsibilities? Robert Falkner addressed these questions in an article in LSE's online research magazine Research for the World. Read What is the role of great powers in the international politics of climate change?
- Anna Getmansky co-authored an op-ed with Eugene Finkel (Johns Hopkins University) which urges Israel to assist Ukraine in protection against ballistic weapons and artillery. Read Iron Dome and Beyond: Israel Can, and Must, Save Lives in Ukraine in Haaretz.
- In a post on the China Dialogues Blog, Michael Cox argues that China faces several choices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but that a rupture in the China-Russia friendship is still unlikely. Read Putin's War - China's Choices.
- Toby Dodge contributed to an article on an Iranian attack on an Iraqi city. Read Iran strike on Iraq signals defiance to US allies in region - officials, experts say
- Vuk Vuksanovic spoke to the Financial Times about Serbia's approach to western sanctions on Russia. Read Serbia under pressure to choose EU as Ukraine war raises stakes for Vucic.
- Luca Tardelli spoke to SBS News about the process of joining NATO in a piece on Ukraine, Russia, and NATO.
- Michael Cox spoke to talkRADIO on China-Russia relations.
- Fawaz Gerges spoke to BBC Radio 5 Live about international recruitment for the Russian army and its implications.
- Tomila Lankina contributed to a BBC News article on Western sanctions on Russia, and also spoke to BBC News live on potential further financial sanctions on Russia. She also spoke to BBC Radio 4 about the suppression of anti-war protestors in Russia.
She also contributed to an ABC News article on consequences for Vladimir Putin. She suggests that we may be seeing the beginning of the end of Putin's leadership. Read Is Vladimir Putin in trouble in Ukraine? The scenarios for Russia's leader faced with a surprising fight.
She also authored an article on LSE British Politics and Policy blog on the social origins of Putin’s war and repression, which explores how deep and century-long societal divisions are reflected in the machinery of state repression. Read The Social Origins of Putin's War.
- Nikhil Kalyanpur spoke to The i about Are sanctions hurting Russia? How crackdown over Ukraine is hammering Putin, from the rouble to oil and gas.
He also spoke to Sky News about the comparative US and UK sanctions of individuals as a bargaining tool, and about the potential for a global food crisis resulting from the invasion of Ukraine and subsequent sanctions.
Read Ukraine war: Russia has become the world's most sanctioned country - but is the UK doing its bit? on Sky News.
Read Ukraine war: Are we on the brink of a global food security crisis? on Sky News.
- Peter Trubowitz discussed the Russian invasion of Ukraine and western sanctions in an interview with Bloomberg News. He also joined the Bloomberg Surveillance Podcast to speak on Putin's miscalculations in invading Ukraine. Listen to the episode.
- DINAM Fellow Liam O'Shea has had a blog piece published in International Affairs blog. Read 'What does Russia offer Ukraine and its neighbours?'.
- Chris Alden and PhD candidate Lukas Fiala have published an article on the China Africa Project website about the role of small states in China's overseas military bases. Read How ‘Small State Opportunism’ Shapes China’s Pursuit of Overseas Military Bases.
- In a podcast for Bloomberg News, Peter Trubowitz says Putin has helped give NATO a new purpose. Listen to Bloomberg Surveillance (23 mins).
- PhD candidate Asha Herten-Crabb recently authored a post for the International Affairs Blog which argues a Truth-Telling Commission on Colonialism could foreground the harms of British imperialism and lay groundwork to redress them. Read Britain needs a Truth-Telling Commission on Colonialism.
- A report on our recent event How Can Evidence-Based Policing Advance Police Reform Overseas? chaired by Liam O'Shea is available on the Department of International Relations Blog. This event explored whether evidence-based policing can advance police reform overseas.
- Milli Lake and PhD student Makena Micheni co-authored an article which shows how institutionalised incentives and obligations within Kenya's National Police Service reinforce corrupt practices on the part of street-level agents. Read The godfather provides: Enduring corruption and organizational hierarchy in theKenyan police service in Governance.
Milli Lake also gave the keynote talk at the Qualitative Research Symposium 2022.
- Fawaz Gerges recently appeared on Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN International to discuss a US raid that resulted in the death of an ISIS leader. Watch the segment here.
He has also written an article in Foreign Policy on The Islamic State Has Become a Resilient Insurgency.
- Ben Cormier published an article which argued left-leaning governments of middle-income countries may be more likely to prioritise markets in foreign borrowings to avoid official creditor conditions that negatively affect working classes. Read Partisan External Borrowing in Middle-Income Countries in the British Journal of Political Science.
- A 20-minute 'shortcast' of our November public lecture 'Environmentalism and Global International Society' including Robert Falkner and Barry Buzan is now available on the LSE Player.
- Ranjit Lall has published an article in the American Journal of Political Science which shows that access to information policies can improve the performance of foreign aid projects. Read When Does Transparency Improve Institutional Performance?
- Congratulations to Sinja Graf whose book The Humanity of Universal Crime (Oxford University Press, 2021) has won ISA's International Ethics Book Award 2022. The book analyses the elemental idea that an act injures all of humanity in the history of international thought in the context of Europe’s (post-)imperial politics.
- Fawaz Gerges recently contributed to an article on drone strikes on the UAE by Iran-backed Yemeni fighters. Read Deadly Drone Strikes on UAE Raise Gulf Tensions, Roil Oil Market.
Professor Gerges also spoke to CNN on the Biden administration and US-Middle East relations. Watch his interview here (from 8 minutes until end).
- Congratulations to Robert Falkner on the publication of his new book Great Powers, Climate Change, and Global Environmental Responsibilities, edited by Robert Falkner and Barry Buzan.
- Toby Dodge was cited in an article on the formation of government in Iraq. Read Iraqi cleric's push to sideline Iran-backed factions risks clash.
- Ben Cormier recently published an article which questions the assumed link between transparent public debt practices and democracy in developing countries. Read Democracy, public debt transparency, and sovereign creditworthiness in Governance.
- Tomila Lankina's latest book The Estate Origins of Democracy in Russia: From Imperial Bourgeoisie to Post-Communist Middle Class is discussed in Republic magazine and also features in LSE Research for the World.
- Chris Hughes argues in a new article on the Chatham House website that the risks of resorting to force over Taiwan would be incalculable for Xi Jinping. Read 'Will Taiwan tensions explode?'.
- Steve Woolcock is part of a pan-EU research consortium which has produced a study for the European Parliament on Trade Aspects of the EU-Mercosur Association Agreement.
- Katharine M Millar has co-edited a Special Issue of Security Dialogue on Neglected encounters: Militarism, race and the politics of coloniality.
- Sinja Graf has recently published an article on Carl Schmitt's engagement with Hannah Arendt, specifically Schmitt's reading of Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem. Read 'Carl Schmitt Reads Hannah Arendt's Eichmann in Jerusalem: Archival Perspectives on Convergences and Divergences' in American Journal of Political Science.
- Sinja Graf and Nikhil Kalyanpur both gave short interviews on our Department of International Relations Blog. Read their interviews to get to know our two new Assistant Professors a little bit better.
- Fawaz Gerges recently gave an interview with CNN in which he discussed the new regional order. Watch this interview (LSE log-in required).
He also contributed to History Today's 'Books of the Year 2021' list, recommending Andrew Bacevich’s After the Apocalypse: America’s Role in a World Transformed and Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.
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