Apr 16 2014

Tomila Lankina: What Putin gets about soft power

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Dr Tomila Lankina

Dr Tomila Lankina

Tomila Lankina, associate professor in International Relations, and PhD student Kinga Niemczyk, co-wrote a guest blogpost for the Washington Post political blogs forum ‘The Monkey Cage’ on 15 April 2014 in which they talk about Russia’s hard and soft power.

You can read it here.

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Apr 1 2014

Tarak Barkawi: The Globalisation of the Hollywood War Film

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Tarak Barkawi

Tarak Barkawi

For a long time, people in other countries had to watch American war films. Now they are making their own. Recently, Russia and Germany have produced dueling filmic visions of their great contest in World War II.

Paid for with about $30 million in state money, Stalingrad (dir. Feder Bondarchuk) grossed around $50 million within weeks of hitting Russian screens in October, 2013. Earlier that year, Our Mothers, Our Fathers was shown as a three part miniseries on German and Austrian television. On its final night 7.6 million Germans, 24 per cent of all viewers, watched it. Continue reading

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Mar 11 2014

Tomila Lankina: Why Crimea Might Be Worse Off Under Russian Rule

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Dr Tomila Lankina

Dr Tomila Lankina

Tomila Lankina, associate professor in International Relations, wrote a guest blogpost for the Washington Post political blogs forum ‘The Monkey Cage’ on 9 March 2014 in which she talks about why Crimea might be worse off under Russian rule.

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Dec 17 2013

Tomila Lankina: interview on the Ukrainian situation

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Dr Tomila Lankina

Dr Tomila Lankina

Tomila Lankina, associate professor in International Relations, recently gave an interview on the Ukrainian situation to CNBC in which she says that by leaving for a scheduled trip to China, the Ukrainian president is signalling he feels secure.

You can view the interview here:

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000223320

 

 

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Dec 11 2013

Cumberland Lodge Conference 2013

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Conference participants in front of Cumberland Lodge, November 2013

Conference participants in front of Cumberland Lodge, November 2013

This year at the Cumberland Lodge Conference, students from the Department of International Relations (IR) were joined by scholars from different departments of LSE and abroad in exploring the various historical approaches to the study of IR. This year’s group consisted of predominantly MSc IR students, with less than a dozen MSc IPE and MPhil/PhD students. However, this had not prevented the students from having a good time and engaging in intellectual discussions, as the weekend conference has always promised to provide. Continue reading

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Nov 28 2013

Katerina Dalacoura: Iran’s Diplomacy shows a recognition of its decline

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Dr Katerina Dalacoura

Dr Katerina Dalacoura

Dr Katerina Dalacoura, Associate Professor in the International Relations Department, recently published an article in the Financial Times (21 October 2013) looking at Iran’s recent change in foreign policy.

Iran’s Diplomacy shows a recognition of its decline

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Nov 19 2013

Sandy Brian Hager: Treasury ownership marks wealth divide

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Dr Sandy Hager, Fellow in International Political Economy in the International Relations Department, recently contributed to an article in the Financial Times (14 November 2013) looking at US public debt which discusses his PhD research at length.

Treasury ownership marks wealth divide

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Nov 19 2013

2012-13 MSc Dissertation Prizewinners announced

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The International Relations Department is pleased to be able to announce the MSc dissertation prizewinners for the 2012-13 session: Continue reading

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Oct 22 2013

The Dominique Jacquin-Berdal Travel Grant awarded for 2013

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Dr Dominique Jacquin-Berdal 1966-2006

Dr Dominique Jacquin-Berdal 1966-2006

The Dominique Jacquin-Berdal Travel Grant was established by the International Relations Department at the LSE in memory of Dr Dominique Jacquin-Berdal who was a lecturer in the Department from 1999 until her death in 2006.  She taught on nationalism and Africa as well as in the field of international relations theory.  Her most well-known publication is Nationalism and Ethnicity in the Horn of Africa published in 2002.  Her colleague James Mayall wrote an obituary in The Guardian, plus a longer piece in the IR Department journal Millennium.

The annual grant of £2,500 is intended to support travel and living costs for IR Department students’ research in the fields of Africa, ethnicity and nationalism.  The 2013 grant holder is Viviane Dittrich and she gives her reactions, plus details of her project, below. Continue reading

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Oct 10 2013

Peter Trubowitz: US shutdown has a hefty international price tag

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Professor Peter Trubowitz

Professor Peter Trubowitz

Professor Peter Trubowitz recently published an article in The Conversation about the US shutdown and its international implications.

US shutdown has a hefty international price tag

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