The best way to undermine the Islamic State is through state-building, aid, and public economy, says a research paper from LSE’s Department of International Development. Originally posted on Middle East Eye. Dynamic state-building and practical aid, not bombing, would be the most effective ways of combating IS in Syria, two research papers by the London School of Economics have said. […]
This personal reflection on the economic occupation of the West Bank was originally written by Robert Wade in December 2013. An abridged version later appeared as ‘Organised Hypocrisy on a Monumental Scale’ in the London Review of Books. Israel is one of the great success stories of economic development. If it can be classed as “non-western”, it joins a very […]
The Department is delighted to announce that it will host three public lectures by African nationals as part of its autumn events programme. More details are available below. Is Africa Rising? On October 12, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, will reflect on her own life and experiences growing up in Uganda. She will discuss the true nature of […]
Mary Kaldor was recently interviewed for ‘Strife’, a dual-format publication from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. Current KCL Master’s student Melanie Daugherty asked the questions. [Originally published here.] What shaped your perspective of the world? There were two important things in my background that shaped my intellectual trajectory. One, my mother was very active in the peace […]
Prior to World Refugee Day on June 20th, anthropologist and author of BBC award-winning “Illegality, Inc.”, Dr Ruben Andersson, examined how localised migration control efforts have ignored the globalisation of irregular migration routes. (Originally published in IRIN Global.) The warning was restrained, as was to be expected from a European border police chief, yet it was a warning nonetheless. Amid […]
Throughout the next week, we’re going to share some new introductory videos for the four MSc courses. Today, we start with Development Studies. Are you a past or present MSc Development Studies student? Have you enjoyed the course? Would you recommend it to interested students? Let us know by leaving a comment below!
Tim Allen, the Head of Department and Professor of Development Anthropology, becomes the latest subject of the ‘Gearty Grillings’, a series of weekly video debates from LSE’s Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) in which Conor Gearty (Director of the IPA and Professor of Human Rights Law) subjects academics to a five-minute grilling about their research. See Professor Allen discuss his controversial […]
Catherine Boone, Professor of Comparative Politics and African Political Economy, was interviewed by The Washington Post about her latest book, Property and Political Order in Africa: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics.
Read the full interview here.
Political scientists Stephan Haggard and Robert Kaufman will present their research on “Distributive Conflict and the Transition to Democratic Rule” this Monday, Sept. 29, from 15:00-17:00 in the Graham Wallace room. Stephan Haggard (UCSD) and Robert Kaufman (Rutgers): “Distributive Conflict and the Transition to Democratic Rule”
Why are land rights a growing source of tension in Africa? Professor Catherine Boone explains the complexities and discusses her latest book, Property and Political Order: land rights and the structure of politics in Africa, with Syerramia Willoughby. Syerramia Willoughby: Why are land rights in Africa so important? Catherine Boone: One reason is that in most African countries, between 50 […]