Wednesday, January 11th, 2017
We are pleased to present our January 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

US Centre PhD Network and Welcome Drinks

In collaboration with the PhD Academy, the US Centre is hosting a drinks reception on January 26 to bring together PhD students with research interests on the US. This event will be an opportunity to meet with doctoral researchers and faculty from across LSE. There will be a short presentation detailing the support the US Centre can provide for career development and grant funding. If you're interested in attending, register to attend the event.
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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Presidential Inauguration 

In just nine days, Donald Trump will take office as the 45th President of the United States. Watch our explainer video on transitions of presidential power and our Centre Director's views on Trump's foreign policy strategy.

Trump is redefining America’s terms of international engagement

With only a few days left until his inauguration, Donald Trump has largely filled out his foreign policy team. US Centre Director Peter Trubowitz writes that Trump’s choices show that he is making good on his campaign promise to shake up Washington. By choosing “America Firsters”, he writes, Trump seeks a foreign policy strategy that fully exploits US strategic advantage, at least in the short run.

Read the article here
The US Elections Explained: The Transition of Power

Dr Derek Valles looks at power transitions between presidents of the United States. He also considers the challenges facing the president-elect in the coming months.

Watch it here
US Centre events 

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 Fractured American Republic and the Possibilities for Political Renewal

Date: Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Time:  7-8.30pm
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

Presented as part of the 2017 LSE Literary Festival, join us for Yuval Levin’s book talk on his recent publication, The Fractured Republic. Levin will discuss how US politics are failing 21st-century Americans as both parties are blind to how America has changed over the past half century and why the dysfunctions of the nation's fragmented national life will need to be answered by the strengths of its decentralized, diverse, dynamic character.

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E-tickets will be available to book after 10am on Tuesday 31 January via the LSE online store.

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.

See more 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 9: The LSE and USA

The LSE and United States have a long, intertwined history, and in this episode, we dive into the special relationship between Americans, London, and the LSE.

Listen to the episode here.
The Ballpark Extra Innings: The Yanks Are Coming! A lecture from Professor Mick Cox
In this podcast, we dive into the history of Americans at LSE. As we’ll hear from Professor Mick Cox, the LSE has helped shape the United States, and Americans have helped define the LSE since its foundation in 1895.

Listen to the lecture recording 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.

How Trump’s campaign used the new data-industrial complex to win the election

This year’s presidential election was not the first ‘social media’ election, but the campaigns did take their use of online data and activism to a whole new level. Jonathan Albright writes on how Donald Trump’s campaign used ‘military grade’ data-driven psychometric micro-targeting to influence people to go out and vote for their candidate. 

Why Donald Trump’s election may mean we see more liberal conspiracy theories about the government

Joanne M. Miller, Kyle L. Saunders and Christina E. Farhart find that conservatives are more likely to endorse ideologically motivated conspiracy theories – such as the idea that President Obama was not born in the US – if they have low levels of trust in government and greater political knowledge. Liberals, on the other hand, are less likely to endorse liberal conspiracy theories if they have both greater political knowledge and more trust in government. 

Only the strongest activist organizations may be able to withstand the likely increase in repression under President Trump.

Donald Trump’s election was met with immediate protests from those who did not wish to see him take up residence in the White House, and such protests may well become a frequent occurrence during Trump’s presidency. But how will the Trump administration respond to these likely protests and dissent? Using data on protests and repression in US cities over the past four decades, Emily Hencken Ritter finds that greater dissent leads to repressive responses from authorities. 

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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