The IR thought of Susan Strange: Prof Cornelia Navari

Cornelia Navari, of the University of Buckingham, will give an expert talk on Susan Strange, one of the world’s leading scholars in international relations and the major European figure in its sub- discipline of international political economy (IPE).

Born in 1923, Strange graduated with a First in Economics from the LSE during the Second World War, began a career in journalism, first at The Economist and then for The Observe. A research fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House from 1965, she directed its acclaimed transnational relations project. In 1978 she was appointed Montague Burton Professor of International Relations at the LSE, and with a few other virtually invented IPE as the study of the impact of power politics on market outcomes. She was robustly critical of what she argued were selfishly irresponsible US policies in their impact on the health of the world economy. A twice-married mother of six children, she was impatient with feminist complaints about the unfairness of life.

Cornelia Navari is Visiting Professor of International Affairs at the University of Buckingham, emeritus after a long career at the University of Birmingham. She also began her career as a political journalist, with an internship at the Voice of America, leaving it after a year to take up graduate work at the LSE in its fledgling MSc in International Relations. Her IR specialisms are international political thought and theory. In 2012 she published Public Intellectuals and International Affairs, treating twelve 20th century thinkers whose ideas transformed attitudes to war and peace among states.