Wednesday July 6, 2016
We are pleased to present our July 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

Happy Fourth of July! 

The team at the US Centre wishes all our American friends a very happy Fourth of July. 

In the spirit of this holiday, we would like to encourage you to remember the importance of registering to vote from abroad and provide information on how you can do so!

News from our Affiliated Academics

Centre Director, Peter Trubowitz spoke to ITV on Hillary Clinton becoming the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Professor Mick Cox, Steering Committee Member, and Nick Kitchen, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow at the US Centre, are teaching the IR20 course, “Power Shift: The Decline of the West, The Rise of the BRICs and World Order in a New Asian Century” in the LSE Summer School.

US Centre events 

We’re hard at work organizing our upcoming events for Michaelmas Term. Check our Facebook and Twitter pages or watch our website for more updates on upcoming US Centre events.

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 6: Place Matters

Does where we reside influence how we vote or even how much it costs to live ? Or is it the other way around?  In this episode of The Ballpark, our hosts take a look at the role geography plays in politics, inequality, and more. This episode features interviews with Jonathan Rodden, Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University and Margaret Weir, Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University.
Take a listen

Extra Innings: Gun Violence and Politics in the US

Following the recent horrific shooting in Orlando, Florida, we gathered three Americans to discuss their research and direct experience with the politics of gun violence. We contextualise the recent news with a statistical and research frame and then took a specific look at the gun safety policy and political fights that took place in Colorado in 2013.
Take a listen

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.

Why are there more and more guns in America? Blame Fox News

Why do Americans buy guns? For many, it’s because they are worried that new gun control measures may stop them from buying guns in the future. Dan Cassino examines the role of the news media – specifically Fox and network news, in driving Americans’ fears about gun control. He finds that while mass shootings do lead to an increase in gun sales – as measured by the number of background checks – coverage of gun control measures by Fox leads to far more. 

Why the next president should consider making offshore balancing their foreign policy default

Foreign policy experts John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt recently made a renewed call for the US to adopt an offshore balancing approach to its foreign policy. Christine Gallagher writes that this approach – which pragmatically aims to limit US intervention abroad in favor of local actors checking rising powers themselves – should be seriously considered by the next occupant of the White House, whoever that might be.

How the Orlando mass shooting may be the catalyst for a new coalition to overcome the power of the gun lobby.

Sunday saw the worst mass shooting in US history, with a gunman murdering 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and injuring many others. Sierra Smucker, visiting research student at the US Centre, writes on why we should not expect any gun policy changes following shooting. She does, however, suggest that if leaders in the gun control movement are able to form a coalition with those in the LGBTQ movement, together they may be able to overcome the pro-gun lobby.

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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