Democracy

Burundi: What Can Actually Be Done?

There are few tangible solutions to Burundi’s crisis in sight. But LSE International Development PhD candidate Benjamin Chemouni explores some positive actions regional and international actors can take.

The violence in Burundi is evolving and getting worse.

Challenges to President Pierre Nkurunziza’s rule are becoming professionalised, as demonstrated by the attacks on two military camps in Bujumbura last December. Godfroid Nyombare – Nkurunziza’s former […]

Book Launch: Is Decentralization Good for Development?

This Wednesday (2 December) we’re launching a new book “Is Decentralization Good for Development?” at the LSE (6:30pm, Hong Kong Theatre). This is a public panel discussion so all interested are warmly invited to join!

Ahead of this the book’s author Professor Jean-Paul Faguet gives us a preview of the argument put forward in the book.

Over the past few weeks, many people have […]

November 30th, 2015|Events, Featured|0 Comments|

Colombia After the Conflict? – Jean-Paul Faguet

Colombia is not a “typical” Latin American country. It diverges from common views of the region in ways that are interesting and important. It has a deep democratic vocation, lacking the coups and dictatorships common elsewhere. Its one military coup was peaceful and initially enjoyed broad support from the political establishment.

(Originally published in The Cipher Brief.)

Colombia has an enviable […]

  • Magna Carta Tour in Beijing. Photo credit: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, via Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/foreignoffice/22135150805/). License: CC BY 2.0
    Permalink Gallery

    Why the fear of the Magna Carta in Beijing? Mayling Birney speaks to BBC Newshour

Why the fear of the Magna Carta in Beijing? Mayling Birney speaks to BBC Newshour

The Magna Carta exhibit in Beijing was suddenly moved from Renmin University to the British Ambassador’s residence, where few will get to see it. On yesterday’s BBC Newshour, Dr Mayling Birney spoke with James Coomarasamy about why Chinese leaders and Renmin University are so wary of the Magna Carta. JC: The Magna Carta is on a world tour this year […]

  • Israeli West Bank Barrier. Photo Credit: Montecruz Foto, via Flickr [https://www.flickr.com/photos/libertinus/8236191472/] License: CC BY-SA 2.0
    Permalink Gallery

    And when Abbas goes? PhD graduate Alaa Tartir assesses the next step for Palestine

And when Abbas goes? PhD graduate Alaa Tartir assesses the next step for Palestine

The Palestinian National Council (PNC) is expected to meet this month in its first session since 2009 to accept the resignation of Mahmoud Abbas as chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), along with more than half the Executive Committee’s 18 members. The PNC does of course have the option of rejecting some or all of the resignations, and in […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Rajapaksa defeat marks end to civil war in Sri Lanka. Interview with Rajesh Venugopal

Rajapaksa defeat marks end to civil war in Sri Lanka. Interview with Rajesh Venugopal

On Tuesday 18 August, former Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa conceded defeat in his bid to become Prime Minister. To LSE’s Dr Rajesh Venugopal, who specialises in ethnic conflict and South Asia, this defeat marks a definitive end to the nation’s civil war. The following interview with Nikhil Lakshman (originally published on Rediff.com) discusses Rajapaksa’s future in Sri Lankan politics, […]

  • Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam International (Photo Credit: Oxfam)
    Permalink Gallery

    Star-studded line-up of African nationals for autumn programme

Star-studded line-up of African nationals for autumn programme

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 […]

July 28th, 2015|Events, Featured|0 Comments|

Momentous times for democracy in Europe – Mary Kaldor

Below is Mary Kaldor’s speech at the 2015 IBEI graduation ceremony on 22 June 2015, as published this week in openDemocracy. We are living through momentous times when both ideas – democracy and Europe – are at stake. I want to argue that the future of Europe and the future of democracy are inextricably linked and that this matters not […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Owen Barder – Financing for development: Where the treasure is buried

Owen Barder – Financing for development: Where the treasure is buried

Originally posted on Views from the Center, and then Owen’s personal blog. Nancy Birdsall has given us her five wishes for the Financing for Development conference in July — and I agree with them all. I would say this even if she were not my boss. But all of her wishes are about how we can generate more and better financing […]

  • Permalink Gallery

    Joseph Hanlon: Elections losers often cry fraud. Can we use data to check?

Joseph Hanlon: Elections losers often cry fraud. Can we use data to check?

Our new open-access website contains detailed results of all Mozambique elections since 1999 – right down to local level in most cases. This promises to be a valuable resource for anyone interested in issues of fraud and democracy, explains visiting Senior Fellow, Joseph Hanlon. In the 1941 film Citizen Kane, newspaper owner Charles Foster Kane is standing for governor. Between […]