May 18 2017

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

Leave a comment
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

Posted by: Posted on by Blog editor Tagged with:

Apr 26 2017

Foundation and History of the International Relations Department

Leave a comment

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

Posted by: Posted on by Blog editor

Jan 11 2017

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

Leave a comment

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

Posted by: Posted on by Blog editor Tagged with: , ,

Dec 7 2016

Cumberland Lodge Conference 2016

Leave a comment

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

Posted by: Posted on by Blog editor Tagged with:

Nov 29 2016

2015-16 MSc Dissertation Prizewinners announced

Leave a comment

The International Relations Department is pleased to be able to announce the MSc dissertation prizewinners for the 2015-16 session: Continue reading

Posted by: Posted on by Blog editor Tagged with:

Oct 27 2016

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

Leave a comment

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

Posted by: Posted on by Blog editor Tagged with: ,

Sep 20 2016

Remittances and Walls by Covadonga Meseguer

Leave a comment

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.

Continue reading

Posted by: Posted on by Blog editor Tagged with: , ,

Sep 15 2016

Research Student Destinations: Elisabetta Brighi, Lecturer, PhD 2005

Leave a comment

Dr Elisabetta Brighi

Dr Elisabetta Brighi

Dr Elisabetta Brighi

Lecturer in International Relations, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster (permanent post)

Thesis Title: Foreign Policy and the International/Domestic Nexus: The Case of Italy (2005)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher Hill

Dr. Brighi’s current research interests lie at the intersection of International Security and International Political Theory. She has published, most recently, the co-edited volume The Sacred and the Political (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016). She has also written extensively on Italian foreign policy, including the monograph Foreign Policy, Domestic Politics and International Relations: The Case of Italy (Routledge, 2013).

Posted by: Posted on by Blog editor Tagged with: , , ,

Sep 15 2016

Research Student Destinations: Reuben Yik-Pern Wong, Professor, PhD 2003

Leave a comment

Reuben Yik-Pern Wong

Reuben Yik-Pern Wong

Reuben Yik-Pern Wong

Associate Professor and Jean Monnet Chair, NUS Political Science Dept
Director of Studies, College of Alice & Peter Tan

Thesis Title: Europeanization and French policy in East Asia, 1988-2002 (2003)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher Hill

Reuben Wong is Director of Studies at the College of Alice and Peter Tan (CAPT). He also holds the Jean Monnet Chair (European Integration & Foreign Policy) and is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the National University of Singapore (NUS). A former diplomat, he was First Secretary in the Singapore Embassy in Paris (1995 -1998).

Returning to academia, he earned an M.Phil in European Politics at Oxford, and a PhD in International Relations at the LSE. Reuben’s publications have focused on EU and French foreign policy. They include The Europeanization of French Foreign Policy: France and the EU in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), National and European Foreign Policies​ (co-edited with Christopher Hill, Routledge, 2011), and journal articles in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Politique Européenne, Asia Europe Journal, the Journal of Contemporary China Studies, and EU External Affairs Review. He has held visiting positions at Cambridge University, the LSE, the Stimson Center (Washington, DC), and the East Asian Institute (Singapore).

His current research interests include the EU’s relations with ASEAN and China, ASEAN regionalism, and the politics of disability rights. A Fulbright scholar (2009), he serves on the Council of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), the EU Centre Singapore, and is Senior Research Affiliate in the EU-China programme of the College of Europe in Bruges. He speaks French, Chinese and some Spanish.  He consults and does media interviews on EU foreign policy, international relations, and Singapore politics. He raises four children to help arrest Singapore’s declining total fertility rate.

http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/polwongr/
https://www.linkedin.com/in/reuben-wong-0b737b/ms

Posted by: Posted on by Blog editor Tagged with: , , ,

Sep 15 2016

Research Student Destinations: Chad Peterson, Policy Planning, PhD 2007

Leave a comment

Chad Peterson

Member, Policy Planning Staff, Office of the U.S. Secretary of State (2016-2018)

Thesis Title: German diplomacy in east central Europe: Foreign relations with the Czech Republic and Poland 1990-1998 (2007)

Supervisor: Professor Christopher Hill

“Chad Peterson’s research compared and contrasted German foreign policy towards Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic) and Poland between 1990 and 1998 and argued that Germany’s foreign policy towards both states was guided by three crucial components; political reconciliation, economic, and security interests.”

Posted by: Posted on by Blog editor Tagged with: , , ,