May 24 2016

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May 24 2016

Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge event 2016

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The team on the final day after the competition. From left to right: Michelle Ryan, Ketevan Papashvili, Thomas Boley, Peter Yates, Andre Nakazawa (coach)

The team on the final day after the competition. From left to right: Michelle Ryan, Ketevan Papashvili, Thomas Boley, Peter Yates, Andre Nakazawa (coach)

The LSE sent a team of four students and a coach to the Geneva Centre for Security Policy to compete in the Cyber 9/12 Student Challenge hosted at the centre in conjunction with the Atlantic Council.  The competition involved students acting as external consultants to a team of European policy makers.  A security brief concerning a cyber DDOS attack on a Serbian energy company was the prompt for a written and an oral response outlining policy alternatives to counter the threat posed by the hackers. Continue reading

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May 10 2016

Do Britons and other Europeans disagree on policy issues? The answer might surprise you.

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This article originally appeared in the LSE BrexitVote blogread the original here.

thomas halemathias koenig-archibugiEurosceptics in the UK and elsewhere often argue that the EU subverts democracy by forcing countries with different values and economic systems to follow the same rules. The Vote Leave Campaign, for instance, laments that “Politicians have surrendered the UK’s power to veto laws we disagree with, so if the EU decides to introduce a law that will be bad for Britain there is nothing we can do to stop it.”

But is it true that Britons and other Europeans want different things? Does European integration cause people in Britain, and possibly other member states, to be systematically outvoted on the policies they care most about, and thus find themselves relegated to a position of “permanent minorities”? Research by Thomas Hale and Mathias Koenig-Archibugi provides some surprising answers to this question. Continue reading

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May 10 2016

Dr Katerina Dalacoura workshops on Contemporary Turkish Discourses on Culture in IR

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Dr Katerina Dalacoura

Dr Katerina Dalacoura

In the context of her British Academy project on ‘Alternative Universalisms? Contemporary Turkish Discourses on Culture in International Relations’, Dr Katerina Dalacoura co-organised two workshops, one in Ankara, Turkey, and the other in Washington DC. Both were funded by the International Relations Department of LSE. Continue reading

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Apr 20 2016

Dr James Strong talks to LSE alumni groups in US

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Dr James Strong

Dr James Strong

Dr James Strong of the International Relations Department gave two talks at LSE Alumni events in April 2016 in Chicago and Washington DC on “The death of greatness? Britain’s role in the 21st century world order”.

Dr James Strong writes: Continue reading

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Mar 15 2016

Workshop: Brexit and EU foreign policy: the view from other member states

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European Foreign Policy UnitOn 9 March 2016, the Department of International Relations and European Foreign Policy Unit at the London School of Economics organized a workshop on ‘Brexit and EU Foreign Policy: The View from Other EU Member States’. The workshop formed part of a broader debate which is now in a full swing at LSE, as the referendum on Brexit in June 23 approaches.

Karen E. Smith from LSE, who moderated the panel, asked the panelists two questions: first, what impact could Brexit have on EU foreign policy; second, what impact could Brexit have on the national foreign policies of other member states? Continue reading

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Dec 9 2015

Cumberland Lodge Conference 2015

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Cumberland Lodge

Cumberland Lodge

On the weekend of November 21/22, the IR Department once again went on its annual weekend retreat in the magnificent setting of Cumberland Lodge, set against the regal backdrop of Windsor Great Park. This year’s conference was devoted the topic of violence in the international affairs of the 21st century, examining the broad thematic question of ‘New Actors, New Weapons, New Norms?’ A good 80 students, faculty and staff departed LSE by coach on Friday afternoon. Continue reading

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Nov 19 2015

2014-15 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 2014-15 session: Continue reading

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Nov 10 2015

Alumnus Book review: Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration from the Middle East to Europe

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Citizenship in TransitionAs Europe is struggling with an unprecedented wave of refugees, especially from the Middle East, Citizenship in Transition: New Perspectives on Transnational Migration from the Middle East to Europe is a timely book. The implications of this migration for the concept of citizenship are the main motif holding the different contributions together.

The volume is edited by Annemarie Profanter and Francis Owtram (LSE IR PhD 1999) and is divided into three sections addressing this topic from different perspectives.

The full book review by Dr Christian Lekon (LSE IR PhD 2001) can be read on the LSE Middle East Centre blog here.

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Oct 7 2015

European Foreign Policy Unit engaged in debate on Brexit

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European Foreign Policy UnitThe current debates in the UK about the future of its relationship with the European Union are heating up, with pressure groups being formed to press the case for a yes or a no vote in the referendum on British membership in the EU, due in 2016 or 2017. The European Foreign Policy Unit is contributing to the debate by providing expertise on the EU’s foreign policy system, the position of the UK within that system, and the costs and benefits of cooperation on foreign policy issues within the EU.

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