Peter 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.
Professor Trubowitz said: “The Centre is a fantastic intellectual opportunity to recast the way we study the United States. This is a country that is central to addressing many pressing issues of global importance, from systemic risk in international markets and climate change, to health and inequality, to peace and security. Yet too often, debates in the United States over foreign and domestic policy take place in an international vacuum, and, as the Politics and International Studies subpanel of the REF pointed out in their report, there is a shortage of international analysis of the United States.”
“The US Centre is premised on the idea that in an increasingly globalised world economy, the international and domestic sides of American political life can no longer be studied in isolation. So we want to encourage international perspectives on American policy, and show how other advanced, industrialised democracies are responding to the very same challenges the US faces, and understand how their responses might shape the context and possibilities for US action.”
The Centre will operate three research streams, dealing with Geopolitics and Foreign Policy, Globalisation and the Economy, and Democracy and Governance. Professor Trubowitz is joined in the Centre by Nick Kitchen, who gained his doctorate from the IR Department in 2009, and Professor Emeritus Mick Cox, who serves on the Centre’s steering Committee. A number of IR faculty are also associated with the new Centre, including: