Chatham House Debate: Are we Entering the Post-West World Order?
Dr George Lawson, Associate Professor, LSE
Mark Leonard, Co-Founder & Director, European Council on Foreign Relations
Baroness Finn, Member of the House of Lords
Professor Trine Flockhart, Professor of International Relations, University of Kent
At the Munich Security Conference in February, Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov called for a 'post-west' world order and dismissed NATO as a relic of the Cold War. His remarks came in the wake of President Xi’s Davos speech, where he stressed China’s commitment to leading international efforts aimed at globalization and President Trump’s inauguration address that set out his ‘America first’ vision, seen by many observers as a likely retrenchment by the US into protectionist policies. Do such comments by the leaders of three of the world’s major superpowers herald a new international status quo?
This event will ask four distinguished speakers to debate the proposition that the world is moving away from the traditional, European and US-led, liberal international order, as other major foreign powers attempt to exert greater influence on the world stage.
The event will begin with a vote by the audience on the motion under debate and will close with a final vote to determine how many in attendance have altered their opinions.