Features

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Prashant Rao: From LSE’s Beaver Editor to AFP’s Baghdad Bureau Chief and The New York Times

By Taryana Odayar.  Prashant Rao is the current Deputy Business Editor for Europe at The New York Times, and the former Baghdad Bureau Chief for Agence France-Presse (AFP). He was assigned to the Baghdad Bureau by the AFP for five…

“The Philanthropist’s Tale” with Dr. Laurie Marsh

By Taryana Odayar. Dr Laurie Marsh is one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs, but you’ve probably never heard of him until now. As one of Britain’s biggest philanthropic entrepreneurs, he developed and operated hotels and theatres in London and…

The Missiles of October 2017

A specious assumption lies at the heart of the much of the debate surrounding the current crisis in North Korea: that the actions of Donald Trump or Kim Jong Un are the most likely cause of war between their two…

The Iran Nuclear Deal is Under Threat

In April 2015, Iran agreed a landmark deal with the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, Germany and the European Union to significantly limit its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of Western economic sanctions. Under…

Iraq’s Shia Militias: Does the West Need to Be Wary of its New Allies?

The Arthashastra, an ancient Sanskrit manual for Indian princes, is the first known document to claim that the enemy of one’s enemy is one’s friend. In the Middle East this proverb could not be more false yet American and other…

Brazil: From Reform to Recovery?

Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles talks about his administration’s attempts to get the economy back on track Once the word on the lips of every economist and investor, Brazil has faced a dramatic slowdown in its economic fortunes over the past two…

The Next Big Revolution

What links a wheel, a steam engine and a computer? Other than perhaps a steampunk Batmobile, all three inventions paved the way for revolutions which, in turn, transformed human society. However, these three revolutions were not the last; renewable energy…

The Amartya Sen Interview: on Democracy and Justice

By Taryana Odayar and Sonali Campion.  An aged gentleman wearing a bright yellow raincoat slowly shuffles into the lobby of LSE’s Old Building. He is unaccompanied and moves gingerly with unhurried yet deliberately measured steps. He takes a seat on…

In conversation with the indefatigable Julia Gillard

By Taryana Odayar, former Executive Editor.  Julia Gillard was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013), and the first woman to hold the positions of Deputy Prime Minister, Prime Minister & Leader of a major party in Australia. She is currently…

Automation’s Bumpy Impact on Social Reality

by Gabriel Zech An imminent, large-scale decrease in full-time employment means that we need to think beyond the noncomprehensive policies of income compensation.   The many ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) could drastically change our lives is a theme…

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