Dec 13 2017

Honourable Mention for undergraduate in prestigious essay competition

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Ji Yun 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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Dec 6 2017

2016-17 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 2016-17 session: Continue reading

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Dec 5 2017

Cumberland Lodge Conference 2017

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“Populism in the 21st Century: Causes and Consequences”

For students and faculty of the London School of Economics International Relations Department, the last weekend of November is typically marked with a much-anticipated event: the annual Cumberland Lodge Conference. The conference is a special weekend during which IR faculty, guests and Undergraduate, Masters, and MPhil/PhD students gather to engage intellectually in an informal setting. Held in a remarkable former royal residence within the scenic Windsor Great Park, the 2017 conference, held between 24-26 November, centered on the timely theme of populism in the 21st century. Continue reading

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Nov 14 2017

Professor Susan Strange: A Tribute from Frances Pinter

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Professor Susan Strange

There are four books of Susan’s that are still in print. They’ve been reprinted countless times, and two now have new introductions, written for them as recently as 2015. I had the great honour and pleasure of publishing three of the four. I could see then that they were hugely important contributions to the field and they did not disappoint.  Continue reading

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Oct 17 2017

Benjamin Ho: Report on his Patrick Gillam Fieldwork Research Award 2017

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Benjamin Ho

As part of my PhD study, I had the opportunity to spend three weeks in Hanoi, Vietnam between 13 September and 4 October 2017 to conduct interviews with Vietnamese scholars and policy makers to obtain their insights and views on Vietnam-China relations. This was made possible through the Patrick Gillam Scholarship fund for fieldwork funding. Among the interviewees I spoke to include personnel from the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence, the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam, the Institute of Defence and International Relations, the Vietnam Institute for Development Strategy as well as the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences. I also had the opportunity to speak with various NGO groups as well as Vietnam-based journalists thus further enriching my understanding of Sino-Vietnam relations. Continue reading

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Oct 17 2017

Professor Susan Strange 1923 – 1998: A Tribute

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Professor Susan Strange (1923-1998)

Susan Strange (1923-1998) was arguably Britain’s most influential scholar of world politics in the last quarter of the twentieth century.  Today, she is widely recognized for having put the field of International Political Economy (IPE) on the map in the UK. Continue reading

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Sep 19 2017

Research Student Destinations: Cora (Corina) Lacatus, Fellow, PhD 2017

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Dr Cora (Corina) Lacatus

Dr Cora (Corina) Lacatus

Career Development Fellow (US Equivalent: Visiting Assistant Professor) 1 June 2017

Thesis Title: The design of national human rights institutions: global patterns of institutional diffusion and strength (2017)

Supervisor: Dr Ulrich Sedelmeier

Cora is a Career Development Fellow at University of Edinburgh and has a double affiliation with the Institute of International Cultural Relations (IICR) and the Politics and International Relations (PIR) Department. She is currently working on a book that investigates institutional strength in the case of national human rights institutions. She is contributing to the development of a new eMSc programme at IICR and also designs core courses on research methods and methodology; the politics of human rights; and different aspects of culture that are relevant for the study of international politics.

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Sep 12 2017

The Dominique Jacquin-Berdal Travel Grant awarded for 2017

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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 2017 grant holder is Ilari Aula and he gives his reactions, plus details of his project, below. Continue reading

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Aug 8 2017

Ben Eastman: Report on his visit to the US Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference 2017

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Ben Eastman
US Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference 2017

As a third year IR and history undergraduate student, I had the opportunity to go to the US NAFAC in Annapolis, Maryland in April 2017. A three day conference, the theme was “A new era of great power competition?” with reference in particular to the response of the United States to rising powers both today and in the near future. With a variety of speakers and delegates, the conference had a truly global outlook and facilitated the exchange of numerous interesting ideas. Continue reading

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Aug 3 2017

2013-14 MSc IPE Dissertation Prizewinner announced

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The International Relations Department is pleased to be able to announce the Susan Strange International Political Economy dissertation prizewinner for the 2013-14 session: Continue reading

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