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Events of interest in the next couple of weeks in London

From: user 9.
Sent on: Thursday, November 25, 2010 10:33 AM
Sunday Screening - Russia 88
November 28,[masked]:00 PM - ?10 or ?8 early booking (?5 Concessions - Student & Seniors)
Followed by a Q&A with Director and Script writer Pavel Bardin
Russia 88 is docudrama that takes you into the world of Russian neo-Nazis. The film is based around real events and makes use of authentic interviews. Many scenarios within the film were taken directly from police reports from Vladivostok, St. Petersburg and many other cities in Russia.
At Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ, Tel: +44 [masked]
http://frontlineclub.com/events/

Aid and Accountability
November 29,[masked]:00 PM - ?12.50/10 early booking (?8 concessions - students/seniors)
Humanitarianism has become a multi billion dollar business, but who is holding it to account? Join us at the Frontline Club with an expert panel to discuss where the money goes. Is there a need for a greater level of transparency and accountability? What systems are in place for this and are they working? To what extent are there levels of corruption in the system and how can this be addressed? Is aid targeted to the greatest effectiveness?
At Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ, Tel: +44 [masked]
http://frontlineclub.com/events/

The Sixth Crisis: Iran, Israel, America, and the Rumors of War
Date: Monday 29 November 2010 6.30pm
Dr. Allin will speak on the tangle of Middle East crises: Iran's growing nuclear challenge, the impasse on Israel-Palestine, and the consequences of both for President Obama's efforts to recast America's relations with the world's Muslims.
Location: Old Theatre, Old Building at London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, Tel: +44 [masked]

Why Nations Fight: Past and Future Motives for War
Date: Monday 29 November 2010 7.00pm
In Why Nations Fight, Richard Ned Lebow examines the four motives that have historically led states to initiate war: fear, interest, standing and revenge. Contrary to conventional wisdom, the majority of conflicts are not driven by security or material interests, but by a quest for standing, and for revenge.
Location: B212, Columbia House, at London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, Tel: +44 [masked]

War in the Borderlands
Wednesday 01 December 2010 6.30pm
Professor Gregory discusses the evolving character of conflicts in the borderlands of former empires and the blurring of the conceptual borders of war itself.
Location: Old Theatre, Old Building at London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, Tel: +44 [masked]

The Physico-Material Bases of Cosmopolitanism
Date: Wednesday 01 December 2010 6.30pm
The challenge of cosmopolitanism is often framed in terms of a lack of perception and imagination. While we can imagine the bounded community of the nation, it is more difficult to imagine common humanity, and this impedes the adoption of human rights legislation. This lecture argues for a biopolitical conception of human rights which radically challenges conventional approaches.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, at London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, Tel: +44 [masked]

The Israeli-Palestinian peace process: prospects for 2011 and beyond
Date: Thursday 02 December 2010 6.30pm
Professor Sayigh will examine Palestinian political dynamics, as a critical element in what will happen in the wider context of relations with Israel and of what outside powers can or should do.
Location: D302, Clement House, at London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, Tel: +44 [masked]

SIPRI Yearbook 2010 Seminar on Nuclear Weapons in Europe
Date: Thursday 02 December 2010 6.30pm
LSE Global Governance public debate
Speakers: Dr Bates Gill, Professor Mary Kaldor, Baroness Shirley Williams
Location: Old Theatre, Old Building, at London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, Tel: +44 [masked]

When God Made Hell: how the British Empire went to Baghdad
Date: Thursday 02 December 2010 6.30pm
Since 2003, Iraq has rarely left the headlines. But less discussed is the fact that Iraq as we know it was created by the British, in one of the most dramatic interventions in recent history. A cautious strategic invasion by British forces led ? within seven years ? to imperial expansion on a dizzying scale, with fateful consequences for the Middle East and the world.
Location: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, at London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, Tel: +44 [masked]

Screening - Enemies of the People
December 3,[masked]:00 PM - ?10 or ?8 early booking (?5 Concessions - Student & Seniors)
Followed by a Q&A with Director Rob Lemkin
Enemies of the People is an intimate and extraordinary film which explores, from the top down, the people responsible for massacring Cambodians in the killing fields of the Khmer Rouge.
At Frontline Club, 13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ, Tel: +44 [masked]
http://frontlineclub.com/events/

The Other Revolution in Bolivia: The Slow Origins of Rapid Social Change

Date: Friday 03 December 2010 4.00pm
Bolivia has attracted attention for its rapid changes ? the election of Evo Morales as the country's first indigenous president, approval of a new constitution that aims to 'refound' the republic, the nationalization of natural resources, and the recognition of indigenous autonomies and customary law. Alongside these changes are a set of slow and less spectacular transformations ? rural-to-urban migration, improvements in health and education indicators, and an emerging middle class ? that describe "another revolution", a gradual transformation of the structure of society itself. This lecture will frame the Bolivian development story within prevailing debates on development in the twenty-first century. Failed modernization projects, decentralized policy innovations and polarized democratic politics together describe a "perfect storm" ? a set of delayed effects and unexpected consequences that challenge the conventional wisdom, but begin to explain the course of development of a small country lodged in the bottom billion of the global economy.
Location: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, at London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, Tel: +44 [masked]

Understanding China and Engaging with Chinese People - the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Professor Fei Xiaotong
Date: Sunday 05 December 2010 9.00am-6pm
The Conference will examine the importance and relevance of Fei Xiaotong's academic contributions and policy studies, and focus on China both as a part of global society and as a culture undergoing dramatic change. It will explore relationships and interactions between Han and ethnic minorities and Chinese and non-Chinese people, in a search for dynamic, integrated, multi-faceted insights. Comparative and historical perspectives are both represented. The aim of the Conference is to advance mutual understanding between human beings as a process of the "cultural awareness" promoted by Professor Fei Xiaotong in his later years.
Location: London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, Tel: +44 [masked]
Free event but pre-registration required.

The Politics of Patronage: The Curse of African Democracy
Date: Wednesday 08 December 2010 6.30pm
Despite ongoing efforts at democratization African countries continue to be afflicted by the scourge of patronage and clientelism, which have allowed politicians to remain in power by serving elite rather than mass interests. In this lecture two prominent scholars will analyze the effects of patronage on current democratization in Africa.
Location: Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, Tel: +44 [masked]

European democracies and human rights: from present failures to future protection
Date: Thursday 09 December 2010 6.30pm
In a lecture marking UN International Human Rights Day, Thomas Hammerberg discusses the gap between human rights standards and realities in the EU.
Location: Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, Tel: +44 [masked]

Land Reform in Developing Countries
Date: Friday 10 December 2010 4.00pm

Land reforms are laws that are intended, and likely, to cut poverty by raising the poor's share of land rights. That raises questions about property rights as old as moral philosophy, and issues of efficiency and fairness that dominate policy from Bolivia to Nepal. Classic reforms directly transfer land from rich to poor. However, much else has been marketed as land reform: the restriction of tenancy, but also its de-restriction; collectivisation, but also de-collectivisation; land consolidation, but also land division.
Location: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE, Tel: +44 [masked]

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