In Defence of Globalization

Drawing on his work leading the Institute for Global Change, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair argues that those who believe in the opportunities of globalization need to offer a renewed defence of how it can be made to work for the broad mass of the people.

Members event, Lecture Recording
27 June 2018 — 12:00PM TO 1:00PM
Chatham House, London

The process of globalization is under attack from a rise in populism on the political left and right, resulting in new forms of protectionism, isolationism and nationalism in the Western world. The Western alliance is under fresh strain and a vision of a world order based on democratic values and alliances of ideas is facing real challenge.

Tony Blair contends that this argument cannot be won by simply extolling its benefits, but by a genuine policy agenda of change that mitigates its risks and offers answers to the real anxieties the process of globalization evokes.

About the John C. Whitehead Lecture

A fixture of the Chatham House schedule for over a decade, this annual lecture honours the many contributions Mr Whitehead made to Anglo-American relations in the public and private sectors.

Mr Whitehead was US deputy secretary of state to George Shultz and was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal by Ronald Reagan. He was a chairman emeritus of the Brookings Institution and served as chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the organization responsible for rebuilding and rejuvenating New York following the 2001 terrorist attacks.

John C. Whitehead passed away in 2015 but the annual lecture at Chatham House continues to provide a forum for prominent and distinguished speakers to address the subject of transatlantic relations.


Tony Blair, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1997-2007); Executive Chairman, The Institute for Global Change

Chair: Dr Robin Niblett CMG, Director, Chatham House

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