Jul 19 2018

BSc IR Prizewinners 2017-18 announced

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The International Relations Department is delighted to announce the following BSc IR prizewinners this year:

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Jun 28 2018

The Islamic State in Retreat – Post-workshop Executive Summary

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A workshop took place at the London School of Economics on 31 May 2018, funded by the David Davies of Llandinam Fellowship

Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul three-and-a-half years after it fell to the Islamic State

Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul three-and-a-half years after it fell to the Islamic State

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Apr 18 2018

What is Eurocentrism?: Locating a suitable definition for qualitative research on the possible Eurocentric bias in IR

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by Naomi Potter
Naomi is a third year undergraduate student in BSc Politics and International Relations

Shortly after completing our first year at LSE, a group of undergraduate students, including myself, set about to take the concepts and tools we had gained from our studies to investigate why the reading lists we had been given on our International Relations courses were constructed the way they were. Specifically, we wanted to identify whether there was a possible Eurocentric bias embedded within them. In embarking on our project the first essential question which we faced was: what is Eurocentrism? Or, perhaps more accurately, what definition of Eurocentrism is most relevant to our specific study of International Relations courses? Our project codes for content to identify the frequency in which Western examples and terms come up in the readings of LSE’s IR100 course. It was important for us to locate a definition ahead of formulating our code book of words which can be deemed Eurocentric in order to ensure continuity throughout the study. Continue reading

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Apr 17 2018

Yi Jun Mock: Report on his visit to the US Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference 2018

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US Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference 2018

Ji Yun Mock

From the 10th to the 12th of April 2018, I had the distinct pleasure of representing the Department of International Relations at the 58th United States Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC). Since its establishment in 1961, NAFAC has brought 150 civilian and military delegates from the United States and around the world to the United States Naval Academy (USNA) in Annapolis to discuss key international issues.

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Apr 17 2018

Professor Tomila Lankina – Research Briefing Q&A

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Professor Tomila Lankina

Professor Tomila Lankina

This month LSE Research Briefing puts some questions to Tomila Lankina, Professor of International Relations, whose recent research seeks to understand the dynamics of citizen protest as a potential challenge to authoritarian rulers.

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Mar 20 2018

Contesting Coloniality In International Relations’ Reading Lists

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by Deborah Haffner

This post is part of the IR Department’s roundtable on ‘Diversifying IR: Gender, Race, and Class‘ on Wednesday 21 March 2018.
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In the ongoing debate about decolonising of curricula (at SOAS and Cambridge for example), both the LSE and the discipline of International Relations (IR) have remained rather silent, and even resistant. Indeed, the root of the word ‘discipline’ and the originally religious notion of ‘canon’ already say a lot about power in academia, and reading lists certainly need to be seen as an expression of this. At the LSE, some students have raised their voices to denounce reading lists that privilege and give authority to certain arguments that universalise white Western experiences and viewpoints, in courses that call themselves “international”. While the pervasive gender bias in the LSE IR Department’s reading lists has recently been analysed and documented, this text extends this investigation by considering gaps in diversity and what that means for IR. Feminist de- and postcolonial theory enables students of IR to see the colonial not only in the past, but as constituent part of ‘modernity’. Hence, facing coloniality and challenging the “european paradigm of rational knowledge” on IR reading lists becomes a necessity. Continue reading

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Mar 8 2018

International Women’s Day: Celebrating the most influential women in the field of IR

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This International Women’s Day, the Department of International Relations would like to take the opportunity to celebrate some (but by no means all) of the most inspirational and influential women in the field of IR: Continue reading

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Jan 30 2018

Centre for International Studies: 50th Anniversary Roundtable Event

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Centre for International Studies (CIS) celebrated its 50th anniversary on 8th December 2017, with a Roundtable event in which academics and practitioners with connections to the Centre debated  the challenges that the world will face over the next 50 years. Continue reading

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Jan 25 2018

Kuan (Marco) Long Lam

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kuan Long Lam, Undergraduate student in the Department of International Relations. Kuan Long (also known as Marco) was in the third year of his undergraduate studies. He will be sorely missed by family, friends and staff here in the International Relations Department. Continue reading

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Dec 13 2017

Honourable Mention for undergraduate in prestigious essay competition

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Yi Jun Mock

We are delighted to announce that 2nd Year BSc Politics and International Relations undergraduate Yi Jun Mock received an Honourable Mention in the prestigious 2017 Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy X Foreign Affairs Magazine Undergraduate Essay Competition.  Full results are published here.

Out of nearly 300 submissions he was selected as 1 of 2 Honourable Mentions.

The essay is entitled Does populism pose a threat to the international order? Why or why not, and what can be done about it?” and it is published in full below: Continue reading

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