How Not to Keep Bees [Audio]
Speaker(s): Bill Turnbull | Bill Turnbull's light-hearted introduction to the world of beekeeping highlights the ups and rather more frequent downs of his ten years attempting to produce honey and keep his colonies alive. Definitely not a masterclass on the art of apiculture; more a survival guide for beginners and the casual bystander. BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull first joined the BBC in 1986, where he has remained as an investigative journalist and presenter ever since. He is a keen b
Europe: Where is the Passion? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Hans-Gert Pöttering | These are troubled times for Europe. Where is the EU headed? Will its economy revive? Has the European Parliament found its role? Crucially: can the European 'project' be brought back to life? Hans-Gert Pöttering is former president of the European parliament. Dr Sara Hagemann is from the European Institute at LSE.
Democracy and Dissent [Audio]
Speaker(s): Frank Vibert | Editor's note: Unfortunately the first few minutes of the lecture are missing from the podcast. A recent report by the IMF on why it failed to spot the 2008 international financial crisis identified what is known as 'cognitive failure' – failures in the way in which information is assessed and analysed. This is highlighted in Frank Vibert's new book, Democracy and Dissent, on international rule making. Frank Vibert is a senior visiting fellow at LSE Global Governance
Pakistan: A Hard Country [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Anatol Lieven | In this talk on the subject of his new book, Pakistan: A Hard Country, Professor Anatol Lieven will analyse the Pakistani state and political system, and explain how those factors which give the state its surprising resilience in the face of revolution also hold it back in terms of economic and social development. Professor Anatol Lieven is chair of international relations and terrorism studies at King's College London, and a senior fellow of the New Americ
Next-generation Leadership and Management [Audio]
Speaker(s): Tim Macartney | A lecture from a leadership expert who seeks to challenge some of our fundamental preconceptions and current ways of thinking. Tim Macartney has been working as a people and organisation development professional since 1984. He is the founder and CEO of Embercombe, a published author, and an associate of Leaders' Quest.
The Economic Fuel of the Arab Intifada [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Ali Kadri | Arab countries represent stark cases of "de-development". Of the two paths of capital accumulation - accumulation by commodity realisation and accumulation by encroachment and dispossession - the Arab world falls subject to the diktat of the latter process. A tight cross-border class alliance between Western elites and Arab regimes has been at play, to support the process of social product usurpation even when the terms of trade appear to be favourable to the Arab worl
Unfathomable Event [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Simon Glendinning, Dr Amber Jacobs, Professor Nicholas Royle | Marking the publication of Nicholas Royle's new novel Quilt, this event will attempt to explore the dimensions and ascertain the depths of the 'unfathomable'. Simon Glendinning is reader in European philosophy at the LSE European Institute and director of the Forum for European Philosophy. Amber Jacobs is lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. Nicholas Royle is professor o
Budgeting for Gender Equality: is government economic policy fair to women? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Claire Annesley, Beatrix Campbell, Professor Diane Elson, Professor Susan Himmelweit | This panel will consider how far women, especially low income women, are bearing an unfair share of the burden of the budget deficit reduction. Claire Annesley is a lecturer in European politics at the University of Manchester. Beatrix Campbell is a journalist, author, playwright and broadcaster. Diane Elson is professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Essex. Susan Himmelweit
A World Without Superpowers: de-centered globalism [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Barry Buzan | As the inequality of power between the West and the rest diminishes, the most likely scenario for world politics is de-centered globalism, in which there will be no superpowers. But what does a world with no superpowers mean for regional coexistence and international cooperation? Barry Buzan is Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at LSE and senior fellow at LSE IDEAS.
Cities at the Speed of Light: Asian experiments of the urban century [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Ananya Roy | The 21st century will be an urban century. It will also be a 'Southern' or even 'Asian' century, with much of the urban growth taking place in the cities of the global South. This talk highlights these Asian experiments and the ambitious claims of the making of 'Asian' futures. Ananya Roy is professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and co-director of the Global Metropolitan Studies Center at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Ethics of Photojournalism [Audio]
Speaker(s): Luc Bovens, Simon Norfolk | Editor's note: We apologise for the poor audio quality on the audio podcast. This dialogue between a photojournalist and a philosopher will explore how war photography treads a fine line between truthfulness, procuring impact and respecting the dignity of the victims of war as well as the sensitivities of readers.
The Politics of Religious Dissent in Contemporary Saudi Arabia [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Stephane Lacroix | Since the events of 9/11, Saudi Islamists have attracted considerable attention. However, given the opacity of the Saudi Kingdom, very little is known about them. Who are those activists who challenge in the name of Islam a regime whose claims to legitimacy are based on religion? Stephane Lacroix is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Sciences Po. In 2008-2009, he was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University. His work focuses on Islam and politic
Equality, growth and sustainability – an impossible combination? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Sigbjørn Johnsen | Equality and growth are often considered to be conflicting goals. Welfare cuts in order to achieve fiscal sustainability are now on the agenda in a number of European countries. In Norway, an abundance of natural resources has offered a favourable starting point. Yet its management presents policymakers with a number of new dilemmas. Can the experience of a small country like Norway hold some larger lessons? Sigbjørn Johnsen is serving his second term as Norwegia
Can China's Political System Sustain its Peaceful Rise? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Susan Shirk | What are the features of Chinese politics that could derail its peaceful rise? And how should other countries respond? Susan Shirk is director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation and Ho Miu Lam professor of China and Pacific Relations, UC San Diego.
Arbitration and Financial Markets Disputes [Audio]
Speaker(s): Jeffrey Golden, Professor Jan Paulsson | Jeffrey Golden, the principal author of ISDA's Master agreements (FT: "Mr. Derivatives") and the driving force behind the efforts of setting up an international financial court will be challenged by Jan Paulsson on the suitability of arbitration for financial markets disputes. Jeffrey Golden was the founding partner of the US law practice of Allen & Overy LLP and a senior partner in the firm's global derivatives practice and is now a visiting
The Architecture of Governance [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Gerald Frug | Professor Frug looks at the fragmentation of current urban governance and how it undermines the authority of elected representatives. Gerald Frug is the Louis D Brandeis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and winner of the James Stirling Memorial Lectures on the City Competition. The Stirling Lectures competition is a collaboration between LSE Cities and the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Supporting Sustainable Transition in Afghanistan: an interagency approach [Audio]
Speaker(s): Major General John Lorimer, Moazzam Malik, Sheelagh Stewart, Nick Williams | This event will examine the challenges faced by those responsible for overseeing the transfer of state power from external organisations to domestic institutions in conflict affected states. Major General John Lorimer, Chief of Defence Staff's Strategic Communication Officer and Ministry of Defence spokesman on military operations. Moazzam Malik is director of the Western Asia and Stabilisation Division, Dep
Beyond a Global Deal? A UN+ Approach to Climate Governance [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr Robert Falkner, Professor Lord Giddens, Thomas Hale, André Lieber, Scott Moore, Professor Michael Jacobs | How can we make progress on climate change in the face of gridlock? Global Governance 2020 is a group of young academics, policymakers and business people from China, the United States and Europe. Robert Falkner is senior lecturer in international relations at LSE and a leading expert on global environmental politics. Anthony Giddens is former director of LSE and the author,
Following the trail of Islamism and the Veil across time and borders [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Leila Ahmed | Professor Ahmed asks why the wearing of veils or headscarves has become a growing phenomenon in America – and across the world. Having almost vanished from many Muslim majority cities, why in the 1970s did veiling (or covering) suddenly begin to grow more common and rapidly spread first across Muslim majority societies and then later in the West? Following this trail Professor Ahmed explores the forces which brought about this "rebirth" of veiling, and how
Can single individuals still shape history? The Case of Osama bin Laden [Audio]
Speaker(s): Michael Scheuer | Osama bin Laden was one of America's most formidable and implacable enemies. And yet no one has written a serious assessment of his influence over world events in the last decade. Michael Scheuer; a former head of CIA's Osama bin Laden Unit provides an objective and authoritative portrait of bin Laden. Michael Scheuer was the chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit from 1996 to 1999 and remained a counterterrorism analyst until 2004. He is the author of many books, includ