Recording of a debate at the Battle of Ideas Festival 2018.
Since the fall of communism, the dominant narrative around international politics and economics has been that of a stable order defined by liberal, free-market values and agreements. In recent years, faith in the liberal international vision seems to have been shattered. In response to the rise of China and resurgence of Russia, populists across the world, most famously President Trump, have denounced free-trade agreements and collective security arrangements. Are we really moving into a more protectionist world, or will free-trade ideology make a comeback? How will the rise of China and the ‘global south’, alongside the apparent slow decline of the US, change things?
deputy editor, Foreign Policy
PhD researcher on identity politics, Sheffield University; columnist; member, Editorial Working Group, Review of African Political Economy
PROFESSOR BILL DURODIE
chair of international relations, University of Bath
DR TARA MCCORMACK
lecturer, international politics, University of Leicester
CHAIR: JACOB REYNOLDS
partnerships manager, Academy of Ideas; co-convenor, Living Freedom; organiser, Debating Matters