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The Future of the Liberal World Order

17 January 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Naná de Graaff, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Beate Jahn, Professor of International Relations, University of Sussex

Inderjeet Parmar, Professor in International Politics, City University

Chair: Dr Leslie Vinjamuri, Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House



For seven decades the world has been dominated by a Western liberal order. Today that order is challenged by a multitude of forces, from the rise of populist movements to the resurgence of authoritarianism, spiralling inequality and the electoral shocks of Brexit and Donald Trump.

The authors of the January special issue of International Affairs ask whether the dominance of liberal internationalism is truly at an end. Could a Trump-led retreat by the United States from its global responsibilities encourage the rise of other dissatisfied powers? Will alternative great powers such as China seize an opportunity to reorder the world in line with their interests? And, looking forward, what will be the most pressing and dangerous threat to the liberal world order in 2018?

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