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LSE IDEAS is LSE's foreign policy think tank.

We connect academic knowledge of diplomacy and strategy with the people who use it through our projects, publications, events, and executive education.

Brexit What Happens Next

Brexit: What Happens Next?

The British withdrawal from the EU would be a process not an event. This Strategic Update by Tim Oliver sets out the nine overlapping series of negotiations to expect and the positions the 27 remaining EU countries, gathered from a network of researchers across the continent. Read online / Download pdf

 
Yu Jie

What does China think about the UK's EU referendum? 

China Foresight'Yu Jie has given insight into the Chinese perspective on the UK EU referendum. She told BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight that in addition to the economic cost, a 'Brexit' would be a political risk to President Xi Jinping. Read more on the BBC News website or in Yu Jie's LSE BrexitVote Blog on why China is an unexpectedly strong supporter of the Remain camp.

 
Wu Jianmin
Everyone at LSE IDEAS was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Wu Jianmin. Ambassador Wu was a LSE IDEAS Associate and a popular guest lecturer at public events and with students. Wu Jianmin was former Chinese Ambassador to France and the UN in Geneva, whose wealth of knowledge and experience made him a key voice in Chinese diplomatic debates. We offer our condolences to his friends and family.
 
The Role of Think Tanks and Technical Experts In Foreign and Security Policy

Chatham House podcast with Michael Cox & John Mearsheimer

Listen to the podcast of Can the US Overcome its Failed Middle East Policies? chaired by IDEAS Director Michael Cox with John Mearsheimer at Chatham House. 

 
London

Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy

Leaders increasingly recognise the importance of strategic thinking in diplomacy, defence, and international business. This unique 1 year course for mid-career professionals will give you the skills to develop successful strategies and move into leadership roles while continuing to work in demanding positions. Applications for 2016-17 year still open.

 
John Kay

Watch: Decision Making in an Age of Radical Uncertainty

In this Global Strategies @ LSE lecture, economist John Kay discusses to what extent is business strategy is similar to military or political strategies. John Kay is one of Britain's leading economists, whose career has spanned the academic world, business and public affairs. Watch the lecture now.

 

IDEAS hosts innovative research projects on diplomacy, foreign policy and the issues that transcended regional boundaries. 

All IDEAS projects are multidisciplinary and engage regularly with policy-makers and practitioners.

WLSC-Focus

China Foresight

Analysing Chinese strategy and foreign policy from the inside out by understanding the domestic policy making process in China and engaging with the ongoing debates among Chinese academics and senior policy-makers. 

 
Cold War Studies Project

Cold War Studies Project

The Cold War Studies Project (CWSP) maintains LSE IDEAS as the leading centre in Europe for advanced study and research on the Cold War. Home to the Cold War History Journal and several international partnerships, CWSP focuses on the new history of the Cold War, the global Cold War, and the continuing modern day impact of the Cold War.

 
Dahrendorf Forum

Dahrendorf Forum

A joint project between LSE and German partners the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and Stiftung Mercator leading the debate on Europe’s external relations and honouring the legacy of former LSE Director Ralf Dahrendorf. Supported by the Stiftung Mercator Foundation.

 
LSE Diplomacy Commission

LSE Diplomacy Commission

A forum for informed, private and strategic discussion on the future of British diplomacy. An experienced group of Commissioners held private hearings with expert witnesses, to produce the Investing for Influence report on the UK's place in the world. Supported by a LSE HEIF 5 award.

 
LSE IDEAS

Global Strategies @ LSE

Connecting academics with Whitehall and beyond. The aim of the project is to provide sound practical advice on how strategy can be made more effective, bringing together a wide range of academics from LSE with senior practitioners past and present from the UK & overseas.

 
International Drug Policy Project

International Drug Policy Project

A cross-regional research project setting the agenda in debates on the international drug control system through the acclaimed Governing the Global Drug Wars report and Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy. Supported by Open Society Foundations and the British Council. 

 
Power Shifts

Power Shifts

Power Shifts investigates claims that across the world power is moving: particularly from the US to China, from West to East, and from states to non-state actors. Through multidisciplinary collaborations the project seeks to understand how power may transition from one actor to another. 

 

IDEAS hosts a wide variety of events including public lectures, policy planning workshops, and international conferences.  

Upcoming Events

Cold War Summer School

European Summer School on Cold War History 2016
8-10 September 2016, University of Vienna, Austria

A collaboration between 10 European academic institutions, the Summer School is a unique conference specifically for PhD students and early career researchers to discuss the effects of the Cold War in the fields of politics, culture, and diplomacy, to name only a few.

 

Most Recent Events 

John Kay

Decision Making in an Age of Radical Uncertainty

In this Global Strategies @ LSE lecture, economist John Kay discusses to what extent is business strategy is similar to military or political strategies. John Kay is one of Britain's leading economists, whose career has spanned the academic world, business and public affairs. His interests focus on the relationships between economics and business.

 
Dahrendorf Symposium

Dahrendorf Symposium 2016: Europe and the World - Global Insecurity & Power Shifts, Berlin

The Dahrendorf Symposium is a high-profile event debating Europe’s future foreign policy, attended by around 300 European policy-makers and foreign policy experts. Watch videos, read blogs, and catch up with Twitter from the event now.

 
The key to success of the Sustainable Development Goals?

The key to success of the Sustainable Development Goals?

This event with UN advocates Paul Polman (CEO of Unilever) and Alaa Murabit explored how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be achieved -including the crucial roles of local leadership and institutions, global businesses, and young people around the world. 

 
Gaining Freedoms

Gaining Freedoms: Claiming Space in Istanbul and Berlin

How does the space of a city influence democracy? In this Dahrendorf Forum lecture, Berna Turam explores how urban sites create new and creative politics, particularly in Turkey where they challenge the binary view of Islamist-secularist conflict in both exceptional moments like the Gezi protests and everyday living.

 
Changing Waters: Towards a new EU Asia Strategy

Changing Waters: Towards a New EU Asia Strategy

The EU-Asia relationship has changed. At this event, contributors to Changing Waters spoke about the future of EU-Asia relations from building a new development relationship, expanding the EU's role in Asian security, and Chinese perspectives on the EU.

 

Featured Podcasts 

Snyder

Black Earth: the Holocaust as History and Warning

Timothy Snyder spoke at an IDEAS event chaired by fellow Philippe Roman Chair Anne Applebaum. He explained the role that the destruction of states played in the Holocaust and argued that we must try to understand the causes of violence to learn the lessons of history.

 
Lukyanov

Russia and the EU: back to realism?

At this Dahrendorf Forum lecture, leading Moscow analyst and Editor-in-Chief of Russia in Global Affairs Fyodor Lukyanov argued that it's time to redefine the Europe - Russia relationship based on a pragmatic understanding of respective interests and capabilities.

 
Professor Marie Pierre Rey

Tsar Alexander I and the European Order, Ideas, & Practices

This Paulsen Project lecture by Prof Marie-Pierre Rey explored the personality, reign, and ideas of Tsar Alexander I. Professor Rey explored the Tsar's ideas of European balance of power and peace through Christian union and how they have shaped the modern international order.

 
IDEAS analysis helps to explain global foreign policy and identify issues of strategic and diplomatic importance. 
Latest Analysis:
Brexit What Happens Next

Brexit: What Happens Next?

The British withdrawal from the EU would be a process not an event. This Strategic Update by Tim Oliver sets out the nine overlapping series of negotiations to expect and the positions the 27 remaining EU countries, gathered from a network of researchers across the continent. Read online / Download pdf

 
European Union in the World 2025

European Union in the World 2025 – Scenarios for EU relations

What will European Union foreign policy look like in 2025?This Dahrendorf Analysis outlines some possible future scenarios - created by the Dahrendorf Forum foresight project, which explored likely trajectories, new trends, and 'unknown unknowns' in EU relations with its neighbours and the world.

 
Next Generation Viewpoints on Transatlantic Relations

New Challenges, New Voices: Next Generation Viewpoints on Transatlantic Relations

This report offers views on the future of transatlantic relations from scholars who are at the start of their careers, with European and US perspectives on what the future holds in defence, economics, values, and relations with emerging powers.

 
Featured Analysis: 
A European Union without the United Kingdom

A EU without the UK: The Geopolitics of a British Exit from the EU

The EU, the rest of Europe, allies around the world, and the UK itself need to prepare for the wider international implications of potential exit from the EU. This Strategic Update examines how likely a Brexit is and explores what it could mean for the EU, European integration, and Europe’s economics and security. Download pdf / Read online

 
After the Drug Wars

After the Drug Wars

Read the report from the LSE Expert Group on the Economics of Drug Policy providing the evidence base for reform to governments around the world, setting out a framework for the future of international drug policy based on the Sustainable Development Goals.

 
China's Geoeconomic Strategy

China's Geoeconomic Strategy

This report which provides a systematic assessment of the economic bases of China’s foreign policy and the challenges the country faces as it makes the transition from rising power to superpower. LSE IDEAS' work on China continues with the China Foresight Project.

 

IDEAS People News

The latest expert comment  in the international press
and news of conferences and meetings from IDEAS People:

Yu Jie

 

China Foresight's Yu Jie has given insight into the Chinese perspective on the UK EU referendum. Speaking to US National Public Radio, she said the Chinese leadership "obviously consider the UK as being a gateway to Europe for years and years." 

 

She told BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight that in addition to the economic cost, a 'Brexit' would be a political risk to President Xi Jinping. Read more on the BBC News website or in Yu Jie's LSE BrexitVote Blog on why China is an unexpectedly strong supporter of the Remain camp.

 
IDEAS Visiting Fellow Effie G. H. Pedaliu contributed to the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs report Greece and the EU: Lessons from a Long-lasting Crisis
The Brexit Vote: Domestic Debate and Global Implications

The Brexit Vote: Domestic Debate and Global Implications

IDEAS Director Michael Cox, China Foresight's Yu Jie, and Dahrendorf Forum fellow Tim Oliver took part in this debate hosted by the IAI, Italy's leading think tank, in Rome with diplomats on the potential imapct of the UK leaving the EU. 

 
Yale
John Collins and Alexander Soderholm of the International Drug Policy Project (IDPP) took part in a debate at Yale Law School on Does Ending the Global War on Drugs Violate International Law? The IDPP team are in New York for the United General Assembly Special Session on drugs (UNGASS). 
 
Panama Perils: How the Panama Papers Could Make David Cameron Resign. IDEAS Associate Andrew Hammond writes in Foreign Affairs on the UK scandal caused by the international leak.

IDEAS People are taking part in LSE Summer Schools 2016.

IDEAS Director Michael Cox and Executive Programme Convener of the Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy Luca Tardelli will teach Power Shifts: the Decline of the West, The Rise of the BRICS and World Order in a New Asian Century  at the LSE Summer School in London.

Professor Cox and Dr Yu Jie are among the faculty at the LSE-PKU Summer School in Beijing.

Dr John Collins teaches on Drugs, Illicit Markets & Public Health at the LSE-UCT July School in Cape Town, South Africa.

"The path to drug peace becomes clearer if we look to the SDGs as the way to address the root causes of many socioeconomic problems, one of which is problematic drug use" - Geographical magazine spoke to International Drug Policy Project Coordinator John Collins about new ideas in drugs war.
IDEAS Visiting Fellow Effie Pedaliu  has published a new article in The International History Review on Human Rights and International Security: The International Community and the Greek Dictators.
Effie
On 27-28 February 2016 IDEAS Visiting Fellow Effie Pedaliu gave a paper to the international symposium ‘Coup d’etat judgements in the World and Turkey’ at Istanbul University, Turkey’s oldest University.
The conference was organised by the Turkish Jurists' Association, the Turkish Justice Academy, the Constitutional Jurists' Association, the Istanbul Center of International Law, and the International Jurist Union.
 
IDEAS Associate Andrew Hammond wrote for Foreign Affairs on Breaking Europe: How Likely is Brexit?
ChinaMedH
China Foresight's Yu Jie attended the China in the Mediterranean conference in Turin, hosted by the Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI) and the Torino World Affairs Institute (TWAI). Watch the video (1:55) of her thoughts on investment by Chinese State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) in the region. 
 
The LSE IDEAS Strategic Update on A European Union without the UK was quoted in the New York Times report on the start of the campaign.
 
Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy
Philippe Roman Chair
Changing Waters
Michael Cox