Banking On The Future: The Fall And Rise Of Central Banking [Audio]
Speaker(s): Howard Davies, David Green | Not long ago, national central banks were endowed with wide-ranging authority, enormous prestige, and a high degree of independence. Today, in the aftermath of the global financial crisis, rethinking their functioning and their modus operandi is both natural and needed. Howard Davies and David Green write on this issue with authority, reflecting their practical experience, political sensitivity, and high analytic skills.
LSE Director's Dialogue with Paul Volcker [Audio]
Speaker(s): Howard Davies and Paul Volcker | Howard Davies is director of LSE. Prior to this, from 1997-2003 he was Chairman of the Financial Services Authority, the single regulator for the UK financial sector, which was created under his leadership from nine separate regulatory agencies. From 1995-1997 he was Deputy Governor of the Bank of England. His latest book is Banking on the Future: the fall and rise of central banking, written with David Green, which will be launched at LSE at a public
China's 21st Century Market Authoritarian Challenge [Audio]
Speaker(s): Stefan Halper | Beyond the military and economic challenge presented by Beijing, there lies a battle of ideas. China's market authoritarian model promises to shape the developing world in the 21st Century offering both new modes of governance and a path around the West. What does this mean for the Enlightenment ideals that have informed Western progress for some 200 years? What does it mean for the millions seeking a better life across the Third World?
Is Democracy Possible In Fragile States? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Teddy Brett, Professor Paul Collier, Professor James Robinson. | Over the past twenty years many Western development agencies have suggested that good governance, and possibly even democratisation, are key to promoting economic growth and development in poorer countries. The Chinese take a more agnostic view. This panel discussion will discuss both the merits of democratic forms of rule in fragile states and the very possibility of democracy in such contexts.
Global Justice [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Amartya Sen | In the first dialogue of the Global Policy Dialogue series, Amartya Sen and David Held will discuss Sen's new book, The Idea of Justice. Injustices in the contemporary world include global inequities as well as disparities within nations. Understanding the demands of justice in each context requires public reasoning, and the challenges of global justice specifically call for global public reasoning. The Idea of Justice also investigates the contributions of hu
IGC Growth Week 2010 - Reforming Educational Systems [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Michael Kremer, Professor George Imbanga Godia, Professor Geeta Kingdon, Dr Lansana Nyalley, Professor James Tooley | Michael Kremer discusses issues surrounding reform of education systems in developing countries based on evidence from studies on incentive mechanisms, peer effects and other interventions.
Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy & Innovation in an Uncertain World [Aud
Speaker(s): Professor Michael A. Cusumano | This is an overview of Professor Cusumano's new book Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation in an Uncertain World|, prepared for the 2009 Oxford Clarendon Lectures in Management Studies. The focus is on how managers can tackle the simultaneous challenge of "innovation and commoditization" in markets often subject to unpredictable change and disruption. Professor Cusumano positions each principle against other concep
Capitalism: can it ever be moral? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Larry Elliot, Jon Cruddas MP, Professor Chandran Kukathas | Is it possible – or desirable – to reform capitalism so that it behaves better? A panel of speakers discuss the issues raised in Larry Elliot's new book Crisis and Recovery: ethics, economics and justice| (cowritten with Rowan Williams). Larry Elliott is the economics editor of The Guardian. Jon Cruddas is the Member of Parliament for Dagenham and Rainham. Professor Chandran Kukathas holds the chair of Political Theory i
SIPRI Yearbook 2010 Seminar on Nuclear Weapons in Europe [Audio]
Speaker(s): Lord Browne, Dr Bates Gill, Professor Mary Kaldor, Baroness Shirley Williams | London launch of the 2010 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) Yearbook on Nuclear Weapons in Europe, which this year considers world military expenditure increases despite the financial crisis. Lord Browne of Ladyton is convenor of the Top Level Group. He served as parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office 2001-03; Secretary of State for: Defence 2006-08, Scotland
Environmental Diplomacy [Audio]
Speaker(s): Dr René Castro | René Castro is the Minister for Foreign Affairs for Costa Rica. He obtained his Masters and PhD from Harvard University. His research focused on the design and development of an environmentally sustainable economy and management of natural resources. He had previously obtained a BSc in civil engineering from Universidad de Costa Rica. Dr Castro has also been Minister of Energy and the Environment, Vice Minister of the Interior, Director of the National Transport In
The Grand Strategy of Detente [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Niall Ferguson | 'Nixon goes to China' shattered the façade of Communist unity and dug the United States out of the hole it found itself in at the end of the 1960s. Critics have seen Nixon and Kissinger's policy as morally compromised, but was it actually the key to America's victory in the Cold War? Niall Ferguson is Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS for 2010-11.
Latvia Turns the Corner [Audio]
Speaker(s): Valdis Dombrovskis | After years of unsustainable growth and profligate spending, in 2009 Latvia experienced the deepest economic crisis in the European Union, with a GDP fall of 18%. Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis came to power facing the daunting task of averting bankruptcy. Severe austerity measures, combined with an international loan package, have yielded results – in 2010 Latvia's recession ended and economic growth is expected to resume in 2011. In this lecture, the Prime
Egypt tightens security at Israeli embassy
Sept.10 - Egyptian soldiers guard Israeli embassy in Cairo after protesters stormed the building. (Rough cut - no reporter narration)
Big Society and Social Policy in Britain: a panel discussion [Audio]
Speaker(s): Frances Crook, Professor David Lewis, Rory Stewart MP, Karl Wilding | In 2010 prime minister David Cameron introduced the idea of the Big Society. It is yet unclear what this actually means, let alone what impact it will have on social policy in Britain or overseas. This panel will examine these questions and discuss their views on the Big Society. Frances Crook is the appointed director of the Howard League for Penal Reform. She was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Years Honours
Representing Atrocity: distant suffering and the politics of pity [Audio]
Speaker(s): Professor Lilie Chouliaraki, Professor Stjepan Mestrovic, Dr Irene Bruna Seu | Humanitarian campaigns create a 'politics of pity' that transforms the way we think about our moral responsibility for distant suffering. What is the impact on the relationship between knowing and acting? Lilie Chouliaraki is professor of media and communications at LSE. Stjepan Mestrovic is professor of sociology at Texas A&M University. Irene Bruna Seu is senior lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial
Has Fairtrade Asked for Enough? [Audio]
Speaker(s): Adam Brett, Deborah Doane, Julia Clark, Robin Murray | In this discussion event, a range of speakers look back over 15 years of the Fairtrade Mark and consider whether the movement for a fairer trading system has been ambitious enough. Is Fairtrade catalysing broader social change? Should Fairtrade be working with big corporates and retailers? Is Fairtrade moving producers up the value chain? Is it time to make the rules harder? Adam Brett co-founded Tropical Wholefoods, and is a dir
Israeli Society and the Occupation [Audio]
Speaker(s): Gideon Levy | Editor's note: We apologise for the poor audio quality of the podcast. Gideon Levy is a Haaretz columnist and a member of the newspaper's editorial board. In his lecture he will explore how Israeli society deals with the occupation and with the international criticism of this. He will also examine the role of the Israeli media in supporting the occupation. Gideon Levy joined Haaretz in 1982, and spent four years as the newspaper's deputy editor. He is the author of the
21st Century Statecraft [Audio]
Speaker(s): Alec Ross | Technology and innovation have changed the conditions for statecraft in the 21st century. Just as the internet has changed economics, culture, and politics, it is also transforming the practice of foreign policy. It is not simply the fact that more people are using ever more sophisticated technologies; the structural and demographic changes that have accompanied these quantum leaps in connection technologies are highly disruptive. Recent events in North Africa and the Mid
Otis Art History 10 - Early Christian Byzantine
From the Caves to Romanticism, take a journey through centuries of art and learn about the role of art in culture and the place of the artist in society. This series of five-minute podcasts from Otis College of Art and Design features sumptuous images and informative texts. Presented by Dr. Jeanne Willette, faculty at Otis College of Art and Design.