In the face of a strong China, a hostile Russia and a tilt toward authoritarianism across the globe, liberal democracies face fundamental questions. The Future of Liberal Democracies is a series of events that Chatham House has developed in cooperation with the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP.
Since 1920, Chatham House has made preservation of a rules-based system a pillar of its institutional mission and it was also one of the hallmarks of Mr Hunt’s tenure leading the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
This series, that will run throughout 2021, draws on the participation of former UK foreign secretaries and high-level political officials alongside counterparts from liberal democracies around the world to address fundamental questions.
Can liberal democracies re-unite after the tumult of the COVID-19 pandemic and the transatlantic and transpacific divisions of recent years?
Can they forge a shared agenda for the future?
How should principles of human rights and the rule of law inform foreign policy in liberal democracies?
Can shared values give meaning to liberal democracies’ status as allies as well as partners?
As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.