Grimshaw Coffee Morning with Dr. Brian Klaas

Join us on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 10 – 11 am for a Coffee Morning with Dr. Brian Klaas on ‘The West and the Decline of Democracy’ .

The Grimshaw Club’s famous coffee mornings are back! To start off the year, we are thrilled to be joined by Dr. Brian Klaas, a fellow in Comparative Politics at LSE, to discuss the work surrounding his latest book: ‘The Despot’s Accomplice: How the West is Aiding & Abetting the Decline of Democracy’.

Dr. Klaas’ book draws on years of extensive interviews on the frontlines of the global struggle for democracy, from a poetry-reading, politician-kidnapping general in Madagascar to Islamist torture victims in Tunisia, Belarusian opposition activists tailed by the FSB, West African rebels, and tea-sipping members of the Thai junta. Cumulatively, their stories weave together a tale of a broken system at the root of democracy’s global retreat.

The discussion will start with a 20 minute introduction by Dr. Klaas, followed by a general Q&A discussion to finish by 11:00 am.

The event is free to attend, coffee and snacks will be provided.

Yes, more events.

Dear all,

Pub Quiz

The Grimshaw Club is glad to announce its next social event together with the Scandinavian Society on Monday, February 22nd, when we will be hosting a Pub Quiz at the George IV Pub on LSE Campus. The questions will be half international affairs, half Scandinavian trivia, so choose your teammates wisely. After some civilized merriment we will be heading to Club 24 which is hosting a Scandinavian themed party for more. Entrance will be £5 but there will be free drinks involved which will be directly proportional to the amount of people we bring so encourage people to come!

We would also like to remind you of the more academically oriented events we have coming up:

How to Get a First in IR – With Dr Hans Gutbrod

Date: Friday, 19 February 2010
Time: 14:00 – 15:00
Location: D002

Most students know their subject quite well: but do they know how to succeed in exams? The Grimshaw Committee is pleased to invite Dr Hans Gutbrod back, who has given this seminar on exam technique several times before, and which is based on his own experience in the IR Department.

Hans Gutbrod is now the Regional Director of the Caucasus Research Resource Centre (CRRC), a network of research and training centres in the South Caucasus. He has given a seminar on his work earlier in the year with the Grimshaw Club. He holds a PhD and BSc (First Class Honours) in International Relations from the LSE.

Transnational Islamist Terrorism: Is it here to stay?

A lecture by Nigel Inkster, chaired by Dr Alexis Crowe

Date: Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: D502

Nigel Inkster served in the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) from 1975 to 2006. He was posted in Asia, Latin America and Europe and worked extensively on transnational issues. He spent seven years on the Board of SIS, the last two as Assistant Chief and Director for Operations and Intelligence. He is a Chinese speaker and graduated in Oriental Studies from St John’s College Oxford.

Nigel is now the Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is responsible for analysis of international political risk and development of programmes on counter terrorism, international crime, proliferation of CBRN, cross-border conflict and other transnational/global issues.

In this lecture Nigel will discuss the impact of Islamic extremist terrorism, and the future implications for global stability. He offers a unique perspective on a fundamentally important global issue, with extensive experience within the intelligence community.

Coffee Morning with Mr Nicholas Sims

A Fortieth Birthday and a Fateful Review: the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 1970-2010

Wednesday 24th February 11.00 Room V303

This coffee morning is a chance to discuss with Nicholas Sims the future of the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime, which is under increasing pressure with challenges posed by Iran and North Korea amongst other states.

Nicholas Sims is a member of the International Relations Department, and author of numerous books, including most recently The future of biological disarmament: strengthening the treaty ban on weapons.

Le Gala

As some of you may have heard the Grimshaw Club is co-hosting “Le Gala” the end of term ball on the 20th of March. Tickets are £35 and cover a three course dinner in the beautiful Grand Connaught Rooms on Great Queen Street. Tickets will be on sale tomorrow at the UN Society tent.

Best regards,
Your Grimshaw Society Committee

New Events…

Dear all,

We are pleased to invite you to several new events.

Exam Preparation: Some Essential Insights with Hans Gutbrod

Friday 19th February 14.00 Room D002

Most students know their subject quite well: but do they know how to succeed in exams?  The Grimshaw Committee is pleased to invite Dr Hans Gutbrod back, who has given this seminar on exam techniques several times before, and which is based on his own experience in the IR Department.

Hans Gutbrod is now the Regional Director of the Caucasus Research Resource Centre (CRRC), a network of research and training centres in the South Caucasus.  He has given a seminar on his work earlier in the year with the Grimshaw Club.  He holds a PhD and BSc (First Class Honours) in International Relations from the LSE.

Transnational Islamist Terrorism: Is it here to stay? A lecture by Nigel Inkster, chaired by Dr Alexis Crowe

Tuesday 23rd February 18.00 Room D502

In this lecture Nigel will discuss the impact of Islamic extremist terrorism, and the future implications for global stability. He offers a unique perspective on a fundamentally important global issue, with extensive experience within the intelligence community.

Nigel Inkster served in the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) from 1975 to 2006. He was posted in Asia, Latin America and Europe and worked extensively on transnational issues. He spent seven years on the Board of SIS, the last two as Assistant Chief and Director for Operations and Intelligence. He is a Chinese speaker and graduated in Oriental Studies from St John’s College Oxford.

Nigel is now the Director of Transnational Threats and Political Risk at the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He is responsible for analysis of international political risk and development of programmes on counter terrorism, international crime, proliferation of CBRN, cross-border conflict and other transnational/global issues.

Coffee Morning with Mr Nicholas Sims: A Fortieth Birthday and a Fateful Review: the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 1970-2010

Wednesday 24th February 11.00 Room V303

This coffee morning is a chance to discuss with Nicholas Sims the future of the international Nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime, which is under increasing pressure with challenges posed by Iran and North Korea amongst other states.

Nicholas Sims is a member of the International Relations Department, and author of numerous books, including most recently The future of biological disarmament: strengthening the treaty ban on weapons.

Reminders

Also look out for information on our upcoming social events, including a pub quiz/club night with the Scandinavian Society, and a ball on March 20th.

You may also be interested in these events being run by the Centre for Global Governance.

Human Rights Do Not Make Global Democracy

16-Feb-2010, 13:00-14:00, Room M101

Eva Erman is senior lecturer of Political Science at Stockholm University and a Visiting Fellow at Global Governance. Her research interests are in political philosophy and political theory, with particular focus on democratic theory, global justice, human rights and global governance.

LSE Global Governance Official Launch

16-Feb-2010, 18:30-20:00, Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE
SPEAKERS: Professor Lord Anthony Giddens, Professor David Held, Professor Mary Kaldor, Professor Danny Quah
CHAIR: Professor Henrietta L. Moore
21st Century Challenges: How global crises provide the opportunity to transform the world

Many thanks,

The Grimshaw Committee

More Events

Dear all,

We are pleased to invite you to our next event:

Is Europe Wasting its ‘Obama Moment’?

“In a post-American world, the United States knows it needs effective partners. If Europe cannot step up, the US will look for other privileged partners to do business with. The mistaken belief of most European nations – not just the obvious Atlanticists like the UK and the Netherlands – that they have a ‘special relationship’ with the US further distorts the transatlantic dialogue. These member states deploy different strategies to ingratiate themselves with Washington in a competition for American favour, believing that this works better for them than any collective European approach. The result is a frustrated US and an impotent Europe.”

In its most recent report on US-EU power relations, the European Council on Foreign Relations takes an extremely critical stance, warning EU member states to step up their game now, or forever become irrelevant players on the world stage. Among the signs pointing in this direction one can place recent proposals by the USA for a G2, the appointment of two uncharismatic foreign policy leaders within the EU (president and high representative) as well as Obama’s recent decision not to attend the EU summit in Madrid. Author of the report Nick Witney will elaborate on the current state of US-EU (power) relations and why the EU is losing its ‘Obama moment’.

The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) is the first pan-European think-tank. Launched in October 2007, its objective is to conduct research and promote informed debate across Europe on the development of coherent and effective European values based foreign policy. In 2009, the ECFR was named ‘best new think-tank in the world’ for the second consecutive year by the “Global ‘Go To’ Think-Tanks survey”, the most comprehensive in the field.

For more information please visit:
http://www.ecfr.eu and http://www.ecfr.eu/content/entry/towards_a_post-american_europe_a_power_audit_of_eu-us_relations_shapiro_whi

Wednesday, February 10th, 6pm in S221

Upcoming Trips (Yes, again!)

We also urge you to not forget our upcoming trips:

The deadlines for both the Geneva trip (22-26 March) and the BENE-luxe trip (28 March – 2 April) are this Monday (8th). If you’d like to join us for these trips, now is the time to email you application + short motivation to c.a.charpentier@lse.ac.uk (Chloé) or l.petesch@lse.ac.uk (Lynn) for Geneva and l.f.steins@lse.ac.uk (Lisette)!

We also invite those who are interested in going on a 7- or 10-day trip to Burkina Faso this Easter to reply to this email (su.soc.grimshaw_IR_club@lse.ac.uk) including a brief statement of what you would like to get out of this trip. As it is now, the trip would primarily focus on international aid and development. If there is sufficient interest, we will contact those keen on going directly. Deadline for expressing interest is Monday 8th February as well.

Finally…

Finally, the following events may be of interest to you as well:

Global Governance lunchtime series:

Tuesday February 9th 1pm in M101
Will Hutton – chief executive Work Foundation, former editor-in-chief of The Observer and governor of LSE.
“Why Obama is right on the banks”

Thursday February 11th, 1pm in NAB114
Jan Aart Scholte and Eva Erman – Centennial Professor at Global Governance and senior lecturer of Political Science at Stockholm University (resp.)
“Conceptualising Global Democracy”

LSE Global Governance launch:

Tuesday February 16th, 1pm in Old Theatre
Prof. David Held, Prof. Lord Anthony Giddens, Prof. Mary Kaldor, Prof. Danny Quah
Chair: Prof. Henrietta Moore

“21st Century Challenges: How global crises provide the opportunity to transform the world”
This event is free and open to all with no ticket required

On behalf of the Grimshaw Committee,

Jori Keijsper

Speakers Officer 2009-2010

ICG: Defending the Responsibility to Protect

The Grimshaw Club is proud to present:

International Crisis Group: Defending the Responsibility to Protect.

Friday 22 January

D202 @ 18:00

Responsibility to Protect or R2P is the principle that sovereign states, and the international community as a whole, have a responsibility to protect civilians from mass atrocity crimes. The concept was first developed in 2001 by the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty, which was co-chaired by (former) International Crisis Group president Gareth Evans. The doctrine has since been central to the group’s efforts to prevent conflict around the world .

However, the international community’s lack of action in the face of, for example, the atrocities committed in Darfur has led some commentators to state that R2P is dead or, at best, irrelevant. Neil Campbell, ICG’s EU Advocacy Manager, will be addressing these and other issues in his talk on Friday January 15.

Neil Campbell was appointed Crisis Group’s EU Advocacy Manager in February 2008. Since joining Crisis Group in March 2003 as EU liaison and media assistant he has filled a variety of roles within the organisation, most recently as Senior Research Analyst based in the Brussels research unit. As EU Advocacy Manager, Neil works to enhance Crisis Group’s ability to affect and improve the EU’s role in conflict prevention and to manage Crisis Group’s targeted advocacy in Brussels.

For information about R2P and ICG’s role in applying and upholding the principle, please visit: http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=4521&l=1 or http://www.responsibilitytoprotect.org/

International Alert: A Climate of Conflict

Grimshaw is pleased to invite you to its next event:

A Climate of Conflict

Wednesday, 13 January

NAB 2.06 @ 18:00

“The impact of climate change will make the poorest communities across the world poorer. Many of them are already affected by conflict and instability and thus face a dual risk. International Alert’s research finds that the consequences of climate change will fuel violent conflict, which itself hinders the ability of governments and local communities to adapt to the pressures of climate change.”

One of the effects of ongoing climate change is a heightened risk of violent conflict. Since the first publication of their groundbreaking report in 2007 “A Climate of Conflict”, International Alert has been working to bring about a shift in the global debate on climate change : from the financial and growth concerns of the West and the BRICs to the needs of those 46+56 countries deemed at high risk for violent conflict as a result of climate change.

Dan Smith, co-author of International Alert’s most recent reports on climate change and conflict, will discuss the discuss the social and human consequences of these issues as well as International Alert’s views on the outcome of the Copenhagen Conference.

Dan has been the Secretary General of International Alert since 2003.

For the full reports, please go to: http://www.international-alert.org/climate_change/index.php