Friday, March 3rd, 2017
We are pleased to present our March 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.

Student Spotlight

Congress to Campus
President Trump and the Republican Congress: Prospects under the new Administration


Date: Monday, 6 March 2017
Time:  1.30-3pm
Venue: Vera Anstley Room, Old Building

Join us for a conversation with LSE faculty and former members of the US Congress!  The new US Administration has elements that are perhaps unique in American history, and Republicans are in the rare position of controlling both the executive and legislative branches of the federal government.  The Democrats have much to consider as they re-group, both inside the Beltway and around the nation.  Former Members of the US House of Representatives from both the Republican and Democratic parties will discuss their thoughts on the altered political landscape of the US and its implications abroad.

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Have coffee with Professor Charles Kupchan

Date: Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Time:  12.30-2pm
Venue: Tower 2, Room 9.04, LSE Campus

Join the LSE US Centre and the LSESU Grimshaw Club in a career development workshop where Professor Kupchan will discuss his experiences and answer questions on entering the field of International Relations. Charles Kupchan is Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University, Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and former Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council.

Refreshments will be provided.

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Come to a US Centre event 

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.

From Obama to Trump: What’s Next for US Foreign Policy

Date: Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

Charles Kupchan explores how America’s international priorities and policies will be affected by the new administration.

Kupchan is Professor of International Affairs in the School of Foreign Service and Government Department at Georgetown University. He is also Whitney H. Shepardson Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and was Director for European Affairs on the National Security Council during the first Clinton administration.

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Anxiety, Fear, and National Identity: Anti-Immigration Politics and the Rise of Latino Power in the US

Date: Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Neil Foley explores how the surge in immigration since the 1970s has led to increasing levels of xenophobia resulting in anti-immigrant politics and policies, including militarization of the border, state laws curtailing rights of undocumented immigrants, mass detention and deportation, the building of a 700-mile border fence in 2006, and Donald Trump’s recent promise to build a wall along the 2,000-mile border with Mexico. With over a million U.S.-born Latinos turning 18 years of age every year and therefore eligible to vote, many aging whites wonder if American can ever be ‘great again.’

Foley is the Robert and Nancy Dedman Endowed Chair in History at Southern Methodist University.  He the author of Quest for Equality: The Failed Promise of Black-Brown Solidarity and Mexicans and the Making of America, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2015.

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Do American Universities Promote Income Inequality?

Date: Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Time:  6.30-8pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building

Affluent Americans support more conservative economic policies than the non-affluent, and government responds disproportionately to these views. Yet little is known about the emergence of these consequential views which are partly traceable to socialization that occurs on predominately affluent college campuses, especially those with norms of financial gain and especially among socially embedded students. In effect, ‘the affluent campus effect’ illustrates how college socialization partly explains why affluent Americans support economically conservative policies.

Tali Mendelberg is a professor at Princeton University and author of several award-winning books including The Race Card: Campaign Strategy, Implicit Messages, and the Norm of Equality and The Silent Sex: Gender, Deliberation and Institutions.

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Centre Highlights

Discussion with National Affairs editor Yuval Levin 

We were recently fortunate enough to host National Affairs editor Yuval Levin, who gave a talk on "The Fractured American Republic and the Possibilities for Political Renewal". Yuval's discussion of his writing on the topic opened the floor for insightful contributions from the LSE's Dr Michael McQuarrie and Professor Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey, as well as from the audience. 

Listen to the podcast of the event here, or take a look at the Storify. We've also posted photos from the event on our Facebook page.
US-Cuba relations project begins

The US Centre, in collaboration with the LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC), recently began work on their Inside US-Cuba Relations project, which seeks to provide greater insight into what drove the rapprochement between the US and Cuba, and how it was handled and achieved. Click here to find out more about the project, and to keep updated with the ongoing research.

The US Centre's Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Dr Nicholas Kitchen, said: "The United States' strategic turn on Cuba is one of the most significant shifts in US foreign policy in a generation. This is really exciting research to be working on, because the collaboration with LACC allows us to look at Cuba's economic reforms and the diplomatic process with the US from both the Cuban and American sides, and to understand their motivations and objectives, which are not always in alignment. It's a timely and important project, and one which will help UK policymakers understand the opportunities opened up by changes taking place in US-Cuban relations."


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.  

Coming Soon: Season Two

We are very pleased to announce that we have been funded by LSE’s Annual Fund for a second season of The Ballpark!

Season 2 will include, among others, episodes with Eric Kaufmann on populism and Thomas Frank on the Democratic Party.

Stay tuned to our Twitter page for more updates or take a look at our episodes and Extra Innings from Season One.
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 Trump’s Wall is not racist, the Muslim ban is, and why the difference matters

Eric Kaufmann writes that Trump’s Muslim ban is racist as it is based on an irrational fear of Muslims, but the Wall is not, as it normal for states to wish to control their borders. 

Gerrymandering the Presidency: Why Trump could lose the popular vote in 2020 by 6 percent and still win a second term.

Anthony J. McGann, Charles Anthony Smith, Michael Latner and Alex Keena write that, unless the Supreme Court stops congressional gerrymandering, President Trump can guarantee re-election in 2020 – even if he loses by 6 percent.

Why blocking Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination may be damaging for Democrats in the long term.

Lauren C. Bell writes that while the Democrats’ voter base may be calling for their party to do all that they can to block Gorsuch, this may push Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell to “take the nuclear option” and remove the remaining filibuster for Supreme Court nominations. 

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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