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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.

Will the 21st Century be Asian?

Changing Waters: Towards a new EU Asia Strategy

The EU-Asia relationship has changed, from development assistance to cooperation – and possibly competition. This report explores an overhaul of the EU's 2001 Asia Strategy, more important than ever in the context of Asian economic growth and the US 'pivot'. Read the report.

 
Gaining Freedoms

Gaining Freedoms: Claiming Space in Istanbul and Berlin
Wednesday 4 May 2016, 6.30-8:00pm, LSE IDEAS

How does the space of a city influence democracy? 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.

 
After the Drug Wars

Watch: After the Drug Wars Policy Planning Workshop Video

The war on drugs is over. How do we build a drugs peace? 

In this short film, members of our expert group and policymakers from across the world discuss how to build a new framework for global drug policy. The workshop was held to launch After the Drug Wars, endorsed by 5 Nobel Prize winners and President Santos of Colombia.

 
Events

Listen: The Limits of Strategy lecture

Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies at King's College London and author of Strategy: A History, defines modern strategy and its limits - and compares Obama and Putin - in this lecture, part of our Global Strategies @ LSE project.  

 
LUISS

'The British referendum and the future of Europe' event in Rome

IDEAS Director Michael Cox speaks on the foreign policy and security implications of the British EU debate at this LUISS event in Rome, alongside the Italian PM's EU adviser and academics from Yale, IMT, the EE Institute for Security Studies, and the Sorbonne. 

 
LSE IDEAS

Apply Now: Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellowship

LSE IDEAS Mladena and Dianko Sotirov Visiting Fellows study Bulgaria and the Balkan region, working to understand its recent history, international affairs, the challenges it faces today and the prospects of tomorrow. Applications for this paid fellowship are open now until May 8 2016 - find out more here.

 

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

Cold War Studies Project

Continuing the work of IDEAS as the leading centre in Europe for advanced study and research into the key aspects of the Cold War, their historical origins and their contemporary repercussions. CWSP is home to the journal Cold War History and a range of international partnerships.

 
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

Gaining Freedoms

Gaining Freedoms: Claiming Space in Istanbul and Berlin
Wednesday 4 May 2016, 6.30-8:00pm, LSE IDEAS

How does the space of a city influence democracy? 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.

 
The key to success of the Sustainable Development Goals?

The key to success of the Sustainable Development Goals?
Thursday 19 May 2016, 6.30-8:00pm, LSE IDEAS

This event with members of the global SDG Advocacy Group will introduce the audience to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from a global perspective, with an emphasis on how young leaders can impact these goals in their own personal and professional capacities.

 
Dahrendorf Forum

Dahrendorf Symposium 2016: Europe and the World - Global Insecurity & Power Shifts 25-27 May 2016, Berlin

This symposium will discuss the recent global challenges to Europe’s foreign policy and the EU's foreign policy options for 2025, with contributions from Dahrendorf Forum working groups. By invitation only.

 
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. Apply Now.

 

Most Recent Events 

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.

 
The Role of Think Tanks and Technical Experts In Foreign and Security Policy

The Role of Think Tanks and Technical Experts In Foreign and Security Policy

This conference in Rome was a joint event between Italy's preeminent think-tank Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI), LSE IDEAS, the LUISS School of Government, and Centre de la Méditerranée Moderne et Contemporaine in Nice (in cooperation with Institut Francais and Knorad Adenauer Stiftung), held as part of IAI's 50th anniversary celebrations.

 
Europe and the Return of Geopolitics

Europe & the Return of Geopolitics

In this Dahrendorf Forum lecture, Ambassador Pierre Vimont, first executive secretary-general of the European External Action Service, asked whether the EU - designed to prevent geopolitics - can meet the challenge of their return in the Ukraine crisis. Listen to the Podcast

 

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:
Changing Waters: Towards a new EU Asia Strategy

Changing Waters: Towards a new EU Asia Strategy

The EU-Asia relationship has changed, from development assistance to cooperation – and possibly competition. This report explores an overhaul of the EU's 2001 Asia Strategy, more important than ever in the context of Asian economic growth and the US 'pivot'.

 
Avoiding a New 'Cold War': The Future of EU-Russia Relations in the Context of the Ukraine Crisis

Avoiding a New 'Cold War': The Future of EU-Russia Relations

The feeling that we are experiencing the emergence of a New ‘Cold War’ is increasingly creeping into European and Russian discourse. This report provides a series of clear policy recommendations on how to move from a deeply confrontational mind-set to a more cooperative one.

 
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

 
Featured Analysis: 
After the Drug Wars

After the Drug Wars

As the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs (UNGASS) takes place, 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.

 
Investing for Influence

Investing for Influence: LSE Diplomacy Commission Report

What should be the purpose of British foreign policy? With the Foreign Office and diplomatic service under budgetary pressure, this report from the LSE Diplomacy Commission argues the UK should reassess its international role from first principles. 

 
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:

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.
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In the Sunday Times (£), Philippe Roman Chair Ian Morris looks at the history of the UK's relationship with Europe and argues that 'Brexit' would be disaster, while former Philippe Roman Chair Niall Ferguson says that if Britain left the EU now, it would be forced to later re-join.  
 
 
Executive MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy
Philippe Roman Chair
July School
Michael Cox