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Lind Initiative: Susan Rice on The Unravelling of the Liberal Order

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The focus for the Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies series in Winter Term 2, 2018 at UBC Vancouver is "The Unravelling of the Liberal Order." The series will run from January to March, 2018.

Our speaker: Susan Rice is the former US Ambassador to the United Nations (2009-2013) and former National Security Advisor to the Obama administration (2013-2017). She was influential in garnering support through the UN for sanctions for Iran and North Korea, and oversaw the coordination of military and intelligence efforts in a period marked by battle with ISIS, civil war in Syria, Russian aggression, and the ongoing emergence of China.

About the theme: The world is undergoing a wrenching process of geopolitical transformation. The liberal order that dominated for the past half century is unravelling. Presumptions of US hegemony no longer apply and new power centers are emerging in Asia and Europe. Nation states are re-asserting their sovereignty as nationalist movements gain strength. The world´s major cities are also rewiring global supply chains. Yet, multilateral institutions developed in the mid-twentieth century are coming under assault by some of the very countries that were central to their formation. Digital connectivity and new technologies are accelerating political, economic and social transformation and literally changing the rules of the game, pulling at the seams of global stability. Will the liberal order hold, or is its disassembling inevitable? What kinds of global order(s) does the future hold? The Lind Initiative’s Spring 2018 series will explore these and other questions, with visits from the world’s leading intellectuals on the subject.

About the organizer: The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies is an annual dialogue series hosted by the Liu Institute for Global Issues, part of the UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and is made possible by a generous gift from Philip Lind (BA’66, LLD’02). Created to address the most urgent issues of our time, the initiative invites prominent American scholars, writers and intellectuals to UBC to conduct research and share ideas with students, faculty and the wider community on a particular theme.

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