Empires in the 21st Century

robert_wadeProf. Robert Wade Professor of Political Economy & Development, LSE
Serge Halimi, Editorial Board Member of Le Monde diplomatique
Philip S Golub, Contributing Editor of the Le Monde diplomatique and Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Paris 8

Chair: Prof. Mary Kaldor (Programme Director, The Centre for the Study of Global Governance, LSE)

What are Empires? How do they dominate? Professor Robert Wade will discuss financial empires, Serge Halimi will analyse media empires and Philip Golub will discuss the century long cycle of American empire

This event is part of the Creating a Sustainable Society lecture series in association with: Schumacher Society, Positive News, LSE ATTAC, Le Monde Diplomatique, & Earth Emergency. There are two other events scheduled and further events planned on the same series:
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