Session: Session 5 / Grand Ballroom 1
Date/Time: April 23, 2014 / 15:30-16:45
Lee Chung Min, Yonsei University
Francois Godement, European Council on Foreign Relations
Martin Jacques, University of Cambridge
Jin Canrong, Renmin University of China
The open, rules-based liberal international order has served the world well. It has prevented a return to inter-state conflict by accommodating the rise of new economic and strategic players. It has helped usher in an era of global economic prosperity based on free market principles. However, its future relevance is under threat. The incorporation of new, non-Western, and sometimes non-democratic, powers risks splintering the existing order. Diminishing American and European leadership also poses new challenges. Even as new multilateral organizations move to strengthen international norms and governance, will the liberal international order be transformed unrecognizably?