Monday, June 5th, 2017
We are pleased to present our June issue of the LSE US Centre Newsletter

Please feel free to forward this newsletter on to any colleagues and friends who may be interested in the US Centre and our events and activities.

Centre Highlights

Faculty Affiliate Spotlight - Professor Steven Casey 

This month, our featured faculty affiliate is Professor Steven Casey. Professor Casey's new book, "The War Beat, Europe: The American Media at War against Nazi Germany" has just been published, and provides the first comprehensive account of what American war reporters witnessed, could publish, and how their reports shaped the home front's perception of some of the most pivotal battles in American history.

Based on a wealth of previously untapped primary sources, The War Beat, Europe is an essential and unprecedented study of the journalism and coverage of World War II.
US Centre Director and faculty affiliates lead LSE analysis on President Trump

Recent developments in the White House - including the unprecedented firing of FBI Director James Comey by an acting President - have prompted various media appearances by LSE US Centre staff and affiliates, as well as broader LSE faculty.

US Centre Director Peter Trubowitz appeared on both CNBC and Al Jazeera, discussing James Comey's firing and the potential ramifications of his dismissal for the Trump administration and beyond. Meanwhile, the Centre's Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Dr Nicholas Kitchen, was published in conversation with Raconteur

Faculty affiliates Professor Steven Casey and Dr Thomas Leeper also had media engagements. Professor Casey wrote for The Interpreter, reflecting on the comparisons made between Trump and Watergate in the aftermath of James Comey's dismissal. Dr Leeper, meanwhile, discussed the revelations that President Trump disclosed highly classified information regarding ISIS operations to the Russian Foreign Minister with The i.

Lastly, LSE Professor Fawaz Gerges discussed the possible foreign policy outcomes from President Trump's recent visit to the Middle East in The New York Times. 
US Centre event recap

These events are free and open to all with no ticket or pre-registration required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. Stay informed on upcoming events by checking our website or subscribing to our events page on Facebook.

The Politics of Resentment in the 2016 US Presidential Election

Date: Tuesday, 2 May, 2017
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Katherine J. Cramer explored how rural American resentment toward cities and the urban elite can provide fertile ground for right-leaning candidates to win elections, and the implications of this on contemporary politics in the US and beyond.  

Katherine J. Cramer is Director of the Morgridge Centre for Public Service and a Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent book, The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of Scott Walker, examines rural resentment toward cities and its implications for contemporary politics. 

Find out more about the event here.
Take a look at a Storify of the event here.
See photos of the event here.

News 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.

The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.3: Trumpian Foreign Policy

Our new episode of The Ballpark is out!

This episode, we're taking a look at how President Trump's prioritisation of "America First" will impact foreign policy. What will America's presence and actions in the world look like during the Trump era?

This episode features Charles Kupchan, Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University and former Clinton and Obama advisor on European Affairs, as well as Emmanuelle Blanc, a PhD Student in the International Relations department at LSE who specialises in EU foreign policy and dialogue in Transatlantic relations. 

Listen to it here


The Ballpark podcast Episode 2.2: Do state governments even matter?

This episode, we're looking into an often overlooked level of American policy-making: state governments. While the federal government is gripped by gridlock, the states surprisingly continue to pump out public policy. What makes these smaller governments work so efficiently? And do these laboratories of democracy really work for everyone?

This episode features Jamie Monogan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Georgia, and Chris Gilson, Managing Editor of USAPP.

Listen to it 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 ‘basket of deplorables’? A new study finds that Trump supporters are more likely to be Islamophobic, racist, transphobic and homophobic.

Last month Hillary Clinton stepped into controversy when she described ‘half’ of Donald Trump’s supporters as a ‘basket of deplorables’. In a new study, Karen L. Blair looks at how Clinton and Trump voters’ attitudes on themes such as sexism, authoritarianism and Islamophobia differ. 

In Arizona’s Senate race, a long-term incumbent faces a rising national tide.

John McCain has been one of the Grand Canyon state’s US Senators for nearly three decades. But will he be dragged out of office by Donald Trump’s falling national popularity? As part of our series covering key Senate races in the 2016 election Barbara Norrander writes that in the Arizona race, McCain’s challenger, Ann Kirkpatrick – though behind in the polls – could benefit if Republicans are unwilling to vote for Donald Trump stay at home in November or if there is a surge in Latino voters.

Demolition-only urban policy leads to economic and social isolation.

The past two years have seen more than 10,000 homes demolished in Detroit, Michigan. Such demolition policies which have no follow-up plans for development have gone from being controversial to the norm. In new research, Jason Hackworth questions the logic and practice of these policies, finding that the neighborhoods which have had the most demolitions are more economically and socially isolated than they were in 1970. 

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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