Aug 27 2014

The Dominique Jacquin-Berdal Travel Grant awarded for 2014

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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 2014 grant holder is Maddalena Procopio and she gives her reactions, plus details of her project, below. Continue reading

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Aug 7 2014

Global South Doctoral Fieldwork Research Award 2014-15

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The Global South Doctoral Fieldwork Research Award has been established this year in the Department of International Relations at the LSE and is funded by an alumnus of the IR Department as part of a donation funding research on the Global South.

The annual grant of £2,500 is open to 2nd, 3rd and 4th year MPhil/PhD students in the Department of International Relations.  It is intended to support the costs of doing field research in the Global South linked to the student’s doctoral dissertation; and to encourage the student to develop a publishable product based on the fieldwork.

The first recipient of the Global South Doctoral Fieldwork Research Award is Tina Blohm.  She gives her reactions, plus details of her project, below.

Tina Blohm

Tina Blohm

Tina Blohm

I am extremely grateful to receive the Global South Doctoral Fieldwork Research Award 2014-15. Traveling to Afghanistan, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of how various actors on the ground understand their mission and how they define the notion of ‘national ownership’. This award is an immense encouragement to undertake that research.’

Thesis Title: Light Interventionism and National Ownership – The Role of UN Political Missions in Active Conflict

Tina’s research project analyses the role of UN special political missions in active conflict by examining their practices to promote national ownership. Political missions operate through civilian staff. In on-going conflicts such as in Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia or Libya, they need to carefully define their role, most importantly vis-a-vis the host government and other international actors.  The research questions whether an emphasis on national ownership is key to negotiating and shaping their position, and how national ownership is interpreted, enacted and perceived.

In 2011, Tina served as a Special Assistant at the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). From 2008 to 2010, she headed the office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), a German political foundation, in Kabul.

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Jun 24 2014

Pippa Malmgren (MSc International Relations 1986, PhD 1991)

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Pippa MalmgrenThis month, Pippa Malmgren has spoken to Chris Kendrick at LSE for a piece in the alumni magazine LSE Connect.  Pippa received an MSc International Relations 1986 and a PhD in 1991 from the IR Department.  She has an illustrious career as a political economist.  She served as financial market advisor to the President in the White House and on the National Economic Council from 2001-2002. She was a member of the President’s Working Group on Financial Markets and the Working Group on Corporate Governance. She dealt with Enron, Sarbanes Oxley as well the  Anti-Money Laundering provisions of the Patriot Act and had responsibility for terrorism risks to the economy on the NEC after 9/11.

Read the interview here.

Pippa’s website

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Jun 24 2014

Alexander Stubb to become Finnish Prime Minister

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Alexander Stubb

Alexander Stubb

Alexander Stubb, who has a PhD from the Department of International Relations, has become the new leader of the centre-right National Coalition Party, and is set to become the new Finnish Prime Minister this week.  His supervisor, Sir William Wallace, has written a few words:

“Alex was a very well-organised and focused research student.  He had already worked in Brussels, in the Finnish Permanent Representation to the European Union, and arrived at the LSE with a number of useful papers on EU policy-making, as well as valuable experience of working ‘on the inside’.  Before then he had studied in California, on a golf scholarship.  Alex was, and remains, a sports fanatic; his father was coach for the Finnish ice-hockey team, and Alex himself considered becoming a professional golfer before switching to political science.  He completed his PhD in under three years, in spite of losing a draft chapter when a burglar took his computer while he was watching golf on TV.

Since then he has published academic studies of EU policy-making, while also writing extensively and regularly for the press.  He worked in the European Commission as well as in the Finnish foreign service before being elected to the European Parliament in 2004 – thus becoming one of the few people to have worked in all three of main Brussels institutions. He also managed to teach as a visiting professor at the College of Europe – where he had been a student, and where he had met his wife Suzanne, a talented British lawyer.  Alex is an Anglophile, an internationally-minded conservative, and at the same time a highly articulate critic of the British approach to European cooperation, as he spelt out in a recent speech at the LSE.”

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May 22 2014

Featured Alumni: Dr Eric Helleiner (MSc Politics of the World Economy (1987), PhD International Relations (1991))

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Eric Helleiner
MSc Politics of the World Economy (1987), PhD International Relations (1991)

Dr Helleiner is currently Professor and Faculty of Arts Chair in International Political Economy, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo and Balsillie School of International Affairs. Webpage. Continue reading

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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.

You can read it here.

 

 

 

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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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