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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Oct 7 2015

News from the European Foreign Policy Unit

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European Foreign Policy UnitThe European Foreign Policy Unit (EFPU) is one of several research units based in the International Relations Department. It links seven full-time members of staff, and acts as a focus for research and teaching on issues relating to European foreign policy. EFPU members are currently researching and writing on topics such as the EU’s policies towards the Mediterranean region and south-eastern Europe; EU-UN relations; European diplomacy; and EU trade policy. EFPU publishes working papers, and has organised conferences on European foreign policy.

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Oct 6 2015

Professor Peter Trubowitz launches new United States Centre

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LSE_US_Centre_logoPeter Trubowitz, Professor of International Relations, is the Director of a new United States Centre at LSE, formally launching in late October. A part of the Institute of Global Affairs, the US Centre will serve as a hub for global expertise, analysis, and commentary on America, as well as means to promote innovative research on the international and domestic sides of American political life. Continue reading

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Sep 22 2015

Introducing Dr Janina Dill

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Dr Janina Dill joined the LSE International Relations Department as Assistant Professor in September 2015.  She introduces herself here: Continue reading

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Sep 17 2015

Introducing Dr Julia Gray

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Dr Julia Gray joined the LSE International Relations Department as Assistant Professor in September 2015.  She introduces herself here: Continue reading

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Jul 16 2015

The Dominique Jacquin-Berdal Travel Grant awarded for 2015

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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 2015 grant holder is Ilaria Carrozza and she gives her reactions, plus details of her project, below. Continue reading

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Jun 17 2015

New book from IR Department alumnus Sean McFate

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The Modern Mercenary coverTHE MODERN MERCENARY: Private Armies and What They Mean for World Order

by Sean McFate
(PhD International Relations 2011)

Published: Oxford University Press; January 2, 2015
ISBN: 9780199360109; 272 pages; $29.95

This book is based on doctoral work that Sean McFate completed in the Department of International Relations under Professor Christopher Coker. Continue reading

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