GPP 591 Lind Initiative Seminar: The Unraveling of the Liberal Order

The Liu Institute for Global Issues, as part of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, presents our January-March 2018 Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies speaker series on The Unravelling of the Liberal Order. The world is undergoing a wrenching process of geopolitical transformation. Will the liberal order hold, or is its disassembling inevitable? What kinds of global order(s) does the future hold? Join public talks with some of the world’s leading intellectuals on the subject throughout Term 2. Please note: Many of the free public talks have sold out. Additional seats may become available. Tickets remain for our talks on Jan. 11th with Edward Luce and Feb. 26th with Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Open to UBC upper-level (third and fourth year only) undergraduate and graduate students.

Deadline Extended! Please complete the Lind Initiative Seminar Application Form by Sunday, December 3, 2017. 


WHAT: A 3 credit course, one 2-hour course per week

WHEN: Thursdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 4 to March 15, 2018, with the exception of Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

WHERE: Case Room, Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

Led by visiting scholar Robert Muggah (Igarapé Institute and SecDev Group) and professor Taylor Owen (UBC Journalism), this seminar series will explore the future of the global liberal order after a half century of dominance. From the emergence of new spheres of geopolitical influence to the resurgence of nationalist movements, the world is entering a period of intense volatility and turbulence. The future of the liberal order is uncertain. The structures that kept it in place are unravelling. The rapid spread of the digital commons and new technologies are changing the rules of the game, diminishing the power and influence of the state. Transnational threats such as climate change, mass migration, persistent inequality, and political violence are likewise disrupting the global order and paving the way for authoritarianism and populism.

This seminar will examine these issues and more, with visits from some of the world’s leading intellectuals on the liberal order including Edward Luce, Francis Fukuyama, Susan Rice, Steven Pinker, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and others.