Jun 29 2017

Benjamin Ho: Report on his Global South Doctoral Fieldwork Research Award 2016

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Benjamin Ho
Fieldwork interviews at the China Foreign Affairs University

Thanks to the Global South Doctoral Fieldwork Research Award from the International Relations Department at the LSE, as part of my PhD study into the topic of Chinese exceptionalism, I had the opportunity to spend about a month at the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing between May-June 2017 to conduct interviews with scholars of Chinese international relations.  Continue reading

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May 31 2017

Ilaria Carrozza: Report on her Global South Doctoral Fieldwork Research Award 2016

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Ilaria Carrozza
Fieldwork interviews at the diplomatic heart of Africa

Thanks to the Global South Doctoral Fieldwork Research Award from the International Relations Department at the LSE, I visited Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, earlier this year to conduct fieldwork interviews for my PhD. Continue reading

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May 30 2017

Christopher Murray: Report on his Global South Doctoral Fieldwork Research Award 2016

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Christopher Murray
One week in Accra: Doing archival research in the anti-colonial ‘beacon of hope’

Ghana is marking 60 years of independence from the British Empire this year. This was a fact that I had strangely not considered before arriving in the country’s capital – Accra — to carry out archival research during the first week of May (funded by the Global South Doctoral Fieldwork Research Award in the International Relations Department at LSE).

Public Records and Archive Department, Accra, Ghana

Public Records and Archive Department, Accra, Ghana

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May 18 2017

International Relations and European Foreign Policy Unit Symposium: Symposium in Honour of Professor Christopher Hill

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Professor Christopher Hill

Professor Christopher Hill

On 12 May 2017, the International Relations Department hosted a symposium in honour of Professor Christopher Hill, a former member of the Department. The symposium brought together dozens of Professor Hill’s former students and colleagues, as well as current members and students in the department, to show their appreciation of his numerous contributions to the study of international relations and foreign policy analysis. Continue reading

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Apr 26 2017

Foundation and History of the International Relations Department

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The 75th Anniversary Year of the IR Department was launched on 26 November 2002 with a special lecture by the then Montague Burton Professor of International Relations, Christopher Hill. You can read the text of Professor Hill’s 75th Anniversary Lecture What is to be done? Foreign Policy as a site for political action, published in International Affairs, March 2003, Vol 79, No 2. Continue reading

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Jan 11 2017

Implications of Brexit for the UK, the EU and the international system: a summary of the 2016 lecture series

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submitted by Karen E. Smith, Professor of International Relations

brexit-referendum-uk-1468255044bixDuring Michaelmas Term 2016, Professor Karen E Smith of the International Relations Department organised a series of ten lectures on ‘Brexit: the implications for the UK, the EU and the international system’ which were open to all students at the LSE. Colleagues from the IR department, the European Institute, the Government Department and IDEAS gave lectures in the series. The arguments presented are summarised here by each of the lecturers. Continue reading

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Dec 7 2016

Cumberland Lodge Conference 2016

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For the LSE International Relations community, the last weekend of November is usually marked with a special event organised by the IR Department; the Cumberland Lodge Conference. It is a moment in which IR students from all levels of study—Undergraduate, Masters, and MPhil/PhD— along with IR Department faculty gather to engage in intellectual discussion in an informal setting. Held in a remarkable former royal residence within the scenic Windsor Great Park between 25-27 November 2016, the forum focused upon whether or not we are living through a revolution. Continue reading

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Nov 29 2016

2015-16 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 2015-16 session: Continue reading

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Oct 27 2016

Find Policy: Quick Access to Research from Leading Think Tanks set up by IRD alumn

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Think tanks offer a valuable addition to academic research. Between the day-to-day commentary of journalism and the year-on-year of academic publication, think tanks provide topical in-depth analysis on essential policy issues. Across the US and Europe, there are easily 50 or more top institutions that provide great analysis, by recognized scholars. In Latin America, Africa and Asia, too, local think tanks have much to contribute.

But how to access their work? Going from website to website? Subscribing to feeds or newsletters? Plunging into the vastness of a general Google search? Opening up a dozen tabs? Continue reading

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Sep 20 2016

Remittances and Walls by Covadonga Meseguer

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In one of the many boutades that candidate Donald Trump has provided us with during his campaign, he proposed to force Mexico to pay $5–$10bn for the construction of the border wall as a condition for the flow of remittances (the money that emigrants send back to their families) to continue. Not only is the proposal ridiculous (remittances, being private earnings, are not a particularly easy flow of money to intercept) but it would also be unwise for multiple reasons.

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