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IDEAS Events

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

Upcoming Events

Please join us at the following events. Public events are always busy and attendees should arrive early to avoid disappointment.  

Changing Waters: Towards a New EU Asia Strategy

Changing Waters: Towards a New EU Asia Strategy
Thursday 28 April 2016, 6.30-8:00pm, LSE IDEAS

Launch of LSE IDEAS Special Report Changing Waters
This event 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'. Can the EU act as a neutral arbiter in this volatile region?

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, 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 

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, 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.

UK-China: Stocks, Shakespeare, and Satellites

UK-China: Stocks, Shakespeare, and Satellites

British Ambassador to China Barbara Woodward on the 'Golden Era' of UK-China relations, the importance of public diplomacy, and building a strategic partnership.


Featured Podcasts


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.


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. 


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For any enquires about IDEAS events, you can contact the events team here

Prof Niall Ferguson
LSE IDEAS Annual Report