Asan Plenum

Session: Session 1
Date/Time: April 26, 2016 / 13:00-14:30

Philip Stephens, Financial Times

Chen Zhimin, Fudan University
Miyake Kuni, Ritsumeikan University
Evans Revere, The Brookings Institution
Dmitry Suslov, National Research University, Russia

Panel Description
Since the end of World War II, a resilient rules-based international order has brought the international community unprecedented growth, increased interconnectivity, and peaceful resolutions between the great powers. The framework of liberal political and economic rules shaped and enforced by the West addressed and resolved problems that had ignited wars and proved resilient enough to usher in a prosperous era. However, recent challenges to this order have questioned the sustainability of this system. Have territorial disputes, disruptive non-state actors, and nontraditional threats made the current world order unsustainable? Economic and political upheavals have emboldened nations such as China and Russia to challenge the rules-based international order. Is the system still relevant? What fundamental changes need to be addressed? Who is now in charge?