Professor Michael Cox is Director of LSE IDEAS (LSE’s foreign Policy Think Tank). In a 2014 international survey, IDEAS was ranked 2nd in the world amongst the best university affiliated Think Tanks. Professor Michael Cox is Emeritus professor of International Relations at LSE and guest professor at CERIS, since the early nineties. He has also held several senior professional positions in the field of international relations including chair of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), member of the Executive Committee of the British International Studies Association and of The Irish National Committee for the Study of International Affairs. Since joining the LSE he has also acted as Academic Director of both the LSE-PKU Summer School and of the Executive Summer School. In 2011, he launched a new Executive Masters in Global Strategy designed to teach senior foreign policy practitioners. He also serves on the editorial board of several academic journals and has been Editor of several leading journals in IR, including The Review of International Studies, International Relations, Cold War History, and International Politics. He is the author, editor and co-editor of over twenty books including US Foreign policy and democracy promotion: US Foreign policy and democracy promotion: From Theodore Roosevelt to Barak Obama (2013); The Rise and Fall of the American Empire (2012); Us Foreign policy (Oxford University Press, 2012). . Professor Cox has spoken worldwide over the last twenty years to senior executives, business people, military and intelligence personnel and government organizations in Brussels, Beijing, Paris, Canberra, London, Rome, Madrid, Washington, Boston and New York. He has spoken on a range of contemporary global issues, with a special focus on US foreign policy, the state of Transatlantic relationship, the role of the United States in the international economy, the rise of Asia and the longer term problems facing the European Union.