Diplomatic History

Conflict and Identity in Europe since the 18th Century

The Department of International History research cluster ‘Conflict and Identity in Europe since the Eighteenth Century’ met on Thursday 23 November to discuss The Internationalists: And Their Plan to Outlaw War (London and New York: Allen Lane, 2017), a new book by Oona A. Hathaway and Scott Shapiro, both of whom are scholars of international law at Yale University. […]

December 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Japanese Immigration and the Dark Prehistory of Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban

In this piece, Dr Cees Heere explores the historical precedents of Donald Trump’s recent travel ban. 

Author’s note: I wrote this article in an effort to make sense of the ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States, announced on 27 January 2017. The revised order introduced on 6 March remedies some of the original’s more obvious […]

March 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|1 Comment|

Diplomatic Relations After The Iran Nuclear Deal

With the US Congress just a week away from voting on the Iran nuclear deal – a historic deal that has already improved relations between Iran and the West – LSE Associate Professor of International History, Dr Roham Alvandi, spoke to BBC News about UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond’s visit to Iran.  The Foreign Secretary was in Iran to re-open Britain’s embassy, which […]

September 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments|

Economic Sanctions: Past & Future

In this post for LSE International History, Borja Guijarro-Usobiaga discusses the past, present and future of sanctions. The article analyses the evolution and effectiveness of sanctions as a deterrence and punishment mechanism. Mr Guijarro-Usobiaga argues that sanctions have come a long-way since the 1990s and do constitute an effective means through which to enforce international norms. They do not, […]

April 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|2 Comments|

The Legitimacy of Russia’s Actions in Ukraine

In this post for LSE International History, Björn Alexander Düben analyses the recent outbreak of conflict in Ukraine. Dr Düben examines Russia’s military campaign in Ukraine and its annexation of Ukrainian territory, and argues that Russia’s claims to parts of Ukraine and its annexation of territory in the country has little basis in history and the parameters of international law.


When Russia’s President Vladimir […]

March 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|1 Comment|