Tuesday, October 24th, 2017
We are pleased to present our Michaelmas Term issue of the LSE US Centre Newsletter. 

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Centre Highlights

International Drug Policy Unit (IDPU) joins the US Centre 

The US Centre is growing! 
We’re very pleased to announce that the International Drugs Policy Unit (IDPU) is now hosted by the LSE US Centre. 

We’re happy to welcome our new colleagues, Dr. John Collins,Dr David Mansfield, Dr Michael Shiner, Alex Soderholm, Jay Pan, and Sallyann Oates to the US Centre team.

To learn more about the IDPU, take a look at our USAPP blog post by John Collins, Executive Director of the IDPU, on Trump’s return to ‘drug war’ rhetoric and stay tuned for our next episode of the Ballpark podcast where we'll talk to the IDPU team about their work on America's opioid epidemic.
Is the US the UK's indispensable ally?

The US Centre's Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Dr. Nick Kitchen, testified to House of Commons Defence Committee in their inquiry on US, NATO and UK defence relations.
The full session can be seen here.

To keep up to date with all the US Centre's public and media engagements, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

LSE Library and LSE US Centre host webinar on Roper Center for Public Opinion Research for students 

Online webinar from 3-4PM on October 31

LSE students and staff interested in research on the United States are invited to learn more about the datasets hosted by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, the largest archive of public opinion survey data in existence. This Webinar describes public opinion data in the Roper Center collection and provides an overview of services available to LSE staff and students as a Roper Center member: (1) iPOLL, a database of US questions and answers 1935-present; (2) RoperExplorer, an online analysis tool; and (3) RoperExpress for immediate download of datasets.

You can attend remotely or in person in the LSE Library, Room R.01. Sign up for the webinar here
LSE in New York City for 'Policy, populism and post-truth'

Date: Friday, 27 October 2017
Time:  4.30-9pm (Welcome at 5pm; late registration will be open until 7pm)
Venue:  The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, NYC (map)

If you are a LSE alum or friend of the School in New York City, join Dame Minouche Shafik, Director of LSE, for an evening of discussion on policy, populism and post-truth. A reception will follow. This event is hosted by the LSE Alumni Association. 

Register to attend. 
Upcoming US Centre events

Between the United States and Russia: Past and present perspectives on the creation of a separate European nuclear deterrent

Date: TOMORROW Wednesday 25 October 2017
Time: 4:00pm
Venue: Tower 2, 9 Floor  Room 9.05

In the age of Trump and Brexit, does Europe need to rethink its security relationship with the US? Is it time for Europe to consider its own nuclear deterrent force?
Join the LSE US Centre and the LSE Department of International History for this panel discussion

To attend this event, please register.
Militarisation and the "War on Crime"

Date: Tuesday 7 November 2017
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE

The deployment of armies, navies, military assets and militarised approaches can send a powerful message, but have produced mixed results.  This debate, co-hosted by the LSE US Centre and the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime will discuss four different areas of criminality – wildlife crime, piracy, human smuggling and drug trafficking – to see how effective a militarised response can really be, and what might be lost as collateral damage.

More information.
Other US-related events around LSE

These events are not organised by nor represent the views of the LSE US Centre. For more public events at LSE, take a look at the LSE Events website

Strangers in Their Own Land: bridging a growing divide

On Monday, October 30th, LSE Sociology will be hosting Professor Arlie Russell Hochschild who will discuss five years of research in southern Louisiana, a center of the oil industry and heartland of the American Tea Party and support for Donald Trump. 

More information.
Podcasts from previous LSE events
Trump and the Middle East: Personality, Ideology and Militarisation
Hosted by the LSE Middle East Centre on October 11.
Listen here

Politics and Language in the Age of Trump
A Ralph Miliband Programme “Turbulent Times” series event on September 27. 
Listen here

If Only They Didn't Speak English: notes from Trump's America
Hosted by LSE Department of Government on September 7. 
Listen here.
New from the Ballpark Media Hub

The Ballpark is the LSE US Centre’s media centre encompassing our podcast and US election explainer videos. Follow the Ballpark on Twitter and take a look at all our episodes, explainer videos and extra innings segments here.  

Episode 2.7: The Rural-Urban Divide

The distance between America’s rural and urban communities have become a pivotal element of politics and elections. Professor Kathy Cramer has spent the last decade investigating the attitudes and identities that have contributed to this divide, and in this episode, we dive into that work with her and PhD candidate Tory Mallett.

This episode features Kathy Kramer, Director of the Morgridge Center for Public Service and Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; and Tory Mallett, PhD Student in LSE’s Department of Sociology.

Listen to the episode here.
Episode 2.6: Racism towards Latinos: Past, present, and future
The current US president is not the first American leader to use inflammatory rhetoric about Latinos and push anti-immigration policies, but Donald Trump’s presidency has certainly brought these issue to the forefront of American politics. This episode we’re diving into the fear, resentment, and history behind racism towards Latinos, and in doing so, we’ll see that this is far from a recent phenomenon.

This episode features Neil Foley, Robert and Nancy Dedman Endowed Chair in History at Southern Methodist University. Our discussion includes Susannah Crockford, Research Officer for Inform and recent PhD graduate of the Anthropology Department at LSE.

Listen to the episode here

Episode 2.5: The future of American progressivism

After a number of disappointing elections, many people have been left asking “Who is the Democratic Party?” In this episode, we’ll not only take on that question, but we’ll take a step further. Who will the Democratic Party be going forward? Will there even be a Democratic Party going forward?

This episode features Thomas Frank, author and former columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Harper’s, and founding editor of The Baffler, and Inge Kjemtrup, chair of Democrats Abroad United Kingdom.

Listen to the episode here.
Extra Innings: Summer Lectures

While you usually have to be in London to catch some of our public lectures sponsored by the US Centre, this August we brought the lectures to you.

Professor Neil Foley, spoke to LSE audiences on “Anxiety, Fear, and National Identity: anti-immigration politics and the rise of Latino power in the US.” Listen here.

Do American universities promote income inequality? That’s the question Professor Tali Mendelberg (pictured) takes on in this lecture. Listen here.

The 2016 election revealed stark divisions along the rural-urban divide in America. Professor Katherine J. Cramer’s research explored that division in “The Politics of Resentment in the 2016 US Presidential Election”. Listen here

Popular commentary from the US Centre blog

The Centre's USAPP blog posts at least two articles every weekday, and academic book reviews on Sundays.

A generous welfare state can help reduce unemployment – if there are good job opportunities for the jobless.

Are state unemployment benefits a safety net or a hammock for the lazy? In new research, Thomas Biegert explores the effects of benefits on job seekers in 20 European countries and the US. He finds that in some countries, generous benefits are linked with high unemployment rates, while in others, the opposite is the case. 

Nuclear weapons dominate North Korea’s foreign and domestic policy; diplomatic engagement is the only way to encourage regime change.

Recent months have seen rising rhetoric between Washington DC and Pyongyang over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. But why is the North Korean regime so keen on developing such weapons? Vuk Vuksanovic argues that for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un nuclear weapons act as a deterrent to international intervention, an instrument of foreign policy, and as a way of maintaining support domestically. 

It’s not a lack of information that stops many Americans from adapting to flood risks; it’s a lack of cash.

The devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey on the south coast of the US have raised new questions about how Americans deal with flood risk. Drawing on her research on how New York responded to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Rebecca Elliott argues that giving people in flood prone areas more information about flood risk is not enough; policymakers need to understand that many simply lack the financial resources needed to adapt to the flood risks they face. 

The LSE's United States Centre is a hub for global expertise, analysis and commentary on America. Its mission is to promote policy-relevant and internationally-oriented scholarship to meet the growing demand for fresh analysis and critical debate on the United States.
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