US Foreign Policy Conference 17-19 September 2014
The International Relations Department, together with IDEAS, co-hosted the US Foreign Policy Conference at LSE on September 17-19 2014. Please click here for the detailed programme.
Across 3 days, the conference brought together scholars of US foreign policy from the UK, Europe, the United States and Canada, along with policymakers and postgraduate students – over 100 participants in all.
The theme of the conference was ‘Global Perspectives’. It reflects the fact that the impact of US foreign policy is felt everywhere and at every level. Deep histories animate American engagements almost everywhere. The United States dominates the settlements of the global economy and defines the terms of international development. It is the state looked to in times of international crisis, and to lead in addressing global challenges. Yet the power and purpose behind US decision-making is the subject of perpetual debate. Critical approaches contrast American values with US actions. And America’s polarised domestic politics betray a profound ambivalence to its international role.
In this short video, speakers from the Conference share their perspective on the changing shape of power in the international system, and the implications for US foreign policy: