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Podcasts 2022

from the Department of International Relations

Catch up with this year's events

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LSE Festival 2022
The Future of the United Nations

Saturday 18 June 2022 60 minutes

Hosted by LSE Festival: How Do We Get to a Post-COVID World?

Speakers:

Martin Binder is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Reading and a member of their UN and Global Order Programme. 

Devika Hovell is Associate Professor in Public International Law at LSE. Her current research includes an investigation of the UN Security Council’s authority and decision-making.

Mathias Koenig-Archibugi is Associate Professor of Global Politics in the Department of Government and Department of International Relations at LSE. His research interests focus on the governance of global issues, especially in the area of health and labour rights, and on the possibility of democratising global politics.

Chair:

Karen E Smith, Professor of International Relations at LSE.

Is the United Nations still able to perform its intended role as forum for global deliberation, negotiation, and policymaking? Multilateralism seems in crisis precisely when it is needed most. Challenges are multifaceted and originate from established, emerging and declining powers.

In his address to the UN Security Council in April 2022, President Zelenskyy of Ukraine said: “It is now clear that the goals set in San Francisco in 1945 during the creation of a global international security organisation have not been achieved. And it is impossible to achieve them without reforms. Therefore, we must do everything in our power to pass on to the next generations an effective UN with the ability to respond preventively to security challenges and thus guarantee peace.”

What reforms could revitalise the UN and what are the prospects of them being enacted? 

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This event was part of the LSE Festival: How Do We Get to a Post-COVID World? running from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 June 2022.


 

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British foreign policy: are times a-changing?

Tuesday 22 March 2022 90 mins
Online public event

Speakers:

Kate Ferguson is Co-Executive Director at Protection Approaches. She is Chair of Policy at the European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect and she is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia. Her book, Architectures of Violence: The Command Structures of Modern Mass Atrocities, was published in 2020. 

Ben Tonra, Full Professor of International Relations at the UCD School of Politics and International Relations. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Azure Security Forum and Member of the Royal Irish Academy.

Richard G Whitman, Professor of Politics and International Relations and a member of the Global Europe Centre at the University of Kent.

Chair:

Federica Bicchi, Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE.

What role is the UK embracing in its foreign policy? The invasion of Ukraine seems to have brought not only a new geopolitical environment, but also a re-evaluation of UK foreign policy priorities post-Brexit. What does this mean for the prospect of ‘Global Britain’? Is a British foreign policy outside the EU better able to set its own path or is it even more exposed to the vagaries of international politics? To what extent does the emerging security architecture in Europe suit British priorities? And are relations between the UK and the Republic of Ireland finally out of their recent rocky patch?

Watch the roundtable organised by the #NEWDIP project, the LSE Department of International Relations, and the European Foreign Policy Unit.

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The Estate Origins of Democracy in Russia: from imperial bourgeoisie to post-communist middle class

Wednesday 16 March 2022 90 mins
Online public event

Hosted by the Department of International Relations, International Inequalities Institute and Department of International History

Speaker:

Tomila Lankina, Professor of International Relations in LSE’s Department of International Relations.

Chair:

Vladislav Zubok is Professor in the Department of International History, LSE. His most recent book is Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union published with Yale University Press.

This event saw Tomila Lankina discuss her new book on the long shadow of inequalities and why it matters for democracy in Russia. The Estate Origins of Democracy in Russia: From Imperial Bourgeoisie to Post-Communist Middle Class challenges the notion that the Soviet Union destroyed the social structure of the past and built a new, Soviet, society, with a new party and nomenklatura elite.

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Great Powers, Climate Change and Global Environmental Responsibilities

Thursday 03 March 2022 90 mins
Online public event

Hosted by the Department of International Relations and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Speakers:

Alina Averchenkova, Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE.

Barry Buzan, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at LSE (formerly Montague Burton Professor); a Senior Fellow at LSE IDEAS.

Kathryn Hochstetler, Professor of International Development and Head of the Department of International Development at LSE.

Miriam Prys-Hansen, Lead Research Fellow and Head of Research Programme 4: Global Orders and Foreign Policies at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA).

Stacy Vandeveer, Professor of Global Governance and Human Security and Chair of the Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance in the John C. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Robert Falkner, Associate Professor of International Relations at LSE. He serves as the Research Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE.

In this event, which launched the new book on Great Powers, Climate Change and Global Environmental Responsibilities, the panelists discussed how international power inequality intersects with the global ecological crisis, and what special role great powers could and should play in the international fight against global warming.

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How Can Evidence-Based Policing Advance Police Reform Overseas?

Thursday 27 January 2022 (90 mins)
Online public event

Speakers:

Rachel Kleinfeld, Senior Fellow in the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Lawrence Sherman, Wolfson Professor of Criminology Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Cambridge Centre on Evidence-Based Policing.

Ziyanda Stuurman, Policy Manager at the Abdul Latiff Jameel-Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL Africa) based at the University of Cape Town.

Chair:

Liam O'Shea, David Davies of Llandinam Research Fellow in the Department of International Relations

This inter-disciplinary event brings together criminologists and political scientists from the Global South and North to answer what actually works to improve policing not only in the West but also in non-Western contexts.

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