Conflict

  • U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagles over northern Iraq (Photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch, via Gonzalo Alonso: https://www.flickr.com/photos/134160831@N07/18393179544/)
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    Avoid bombs – agriculture, education and good wages needed to defeat Islamic State

Avoid bombs – agriculture, education and good wages needed to defeat Islamic State

The best way to undermine the Islamic State is through state-building, aid, and public economy, says a research paper from LSE’s Department of International Development. Originally posted on Middle East Eye. Dynamic state-building and practical aid, not bombing, would be the most effective ways of combating IS in Syria, two research papers by the London School of Economics have said. […]

  • Flag on the Wall, Israel. Photo Credit: Jack Zallum, via Flickr [https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaiban/7771323676/] License: CC BY-NC 2.0
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    Living where you don’t make the rules: Development in Palestine – one of the world’s last colonies

Living where you don’t make the rules: Development in Palestine – one of the world’s last colonies

This personal reflection on the economic occupation of the West Bank was originally written by Robert Wade in December 2013. An abridged version later appeared as ‘Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale’ in the London Review of Books. Israel is one of the great success stories of economic development. If it can be classed as “non-western”, it joins a very […]

  • Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International (Photo Credit: Oxfam)
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    Star-studded line-up of African nationals for autumn programme

Star-studded line-up of African nationals for autumn programme

The Department is delighted to announce that it will host three public lectures by African nationals as part of its autumn events programme. More details are available below. Is Africa Rising? On October 12, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, will reflect on her own life and experiences growing up in Uganda. She will discuss the true nature of […]

July 28th, 2015|Events, Featured|0 Comments|
  • Professor Mary Kaldor (Subterranean Politics Capture 2)
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    Strife Blog Interview: A window into the life and mind of Mary Kaldor

Strife Blog Interview: A window into the life and mind of Mary Kaldor

Mary Kaldor was recently interviewed for ‘Strife’, a dual-format publication from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Current KCL Master’s student Melanie Daugherty asked the questions. [Originally published here.] What shaped your perspective of the world? There were two important things in my background that shaped my intellectual trajectory. One, my mother was very active in the peace […]

Why border controls are now a global game

Prior to World Refugee Day on June 20th, anthropologist and author of BBC award-winning “Illegality, Inc.”, Dr Ruben Andersson, examined how localised migration control efforts have ignored the globalisation of irregular migration routes. (Originally published in IRIN Global.) The warning was restrained, as was to be expected from a European border police chief, yet it was a warning nonetheless. Amid […]

Introducing the MSc Development Studies – James Putzel

Throughout the next week, we’re going to share some new introductory videos for the four MSc courses. Today, we start with Development Studies. Are you a past or present MSc Development Studies student? Have you enjoyed the course? Would you recommend it to interested students? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Tim Allen faces Gearty Grilling on fieldwork in Africa

Tim Allen, the Head of Department and Professor of Development Anthropology, becomes the latest subject of the ‘Gearty Grillings’, a series of weekly video debates from LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) in which Conor Gearty (Director of the IPA and Professor of Human Rights Law) subjects academics to a five-minute grilling about their research. See Professor Allen discuss his controversial […]

Professor Catherine Boone interview: Land rights and conflict in Africa

Catherine Boone, Professor of Comparative Politics and African Political Economy, was interviewed by The Washington Post about her latest book, Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics.

Read the full interview here.

October 1st, 2014|Publications|0 Comments|

Event: Haggard and Kaufman, “Distributive Conflict and the Transition to Democratic Rule”

Political scientists Stephan Haggard and Robert Kaufman will present their research on “Distributive Conflict and the Transition to Democratic Rule” this Monday, Sept. 29, from 15:00-17:00 in the Graham Wallace room. Stephan Haggard (UCSD) and Robert Kaufman (Rutgers): “Distributive Conflict and the Transition to Democratic Rule”

September 26th, 2014|Events|0 Comments|

Land of conflict

Why are land rights a growing source of tension in Africa? Professor Catherine Boone explains the complexities and discusses her latest book, Property and Political Order: land rights and the structure of politics in Africa, with Syerramia Willoughby. Syerramia Willoughby: Why are land rights in Africa so important? Catherine Boone: One reason is that in most African countries, between 50 […]

January 20th, 2014|Publications|0 Comments|