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Is This the End of the Liberal International Order?

The Munk Debate on Geopolitics Munk Debates

Written by Niall Ferguson • Written by Fareed Zakaria • Edited by Rudyard Griffiths

ISBN 9781487003364
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Conservatism & Liberalism

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Is This the End of the Liberal International Order?

The Munk Debate on Geopolitics

Munk Debates

Niall Ferguson • Fareed Zakaria • Rudyard Griffiths

Be it resolved, the liberal international order is over…

Since the end of World War II, global affairs have been shaped by three broad trends: the increasing free movement of people and goods, international rules setting, and a broad appreciation of the mutual benefits of a more interconnected, interdependent world. Together these factors defined the liberal international order and sustained an era of rising global prosperity and declining international conflict. But is this order now being supplanted by a new global reality; one defined by the assertion of national borders, national interests and protectionist trade polices? More fundamentally, is liberal internationalism a historical aberration; the product of a unique set of forces that are now in retreat? Or, can it survive these challenges and remain the defining rules-based system of the future?

The twentieth semi-annual Munk Debate, held on April 28th, 2017, pits prominent historian Niall Ferguson against CNN’s Fareed Zakaria to debate the future of liberal internationalism.

About the Creators

Niall Ferguson

Niall Ferguson is the author of numerous bestselling books. A prolific commentator on contemporary politics and economics, Ferguson is a contributing editor for the Financial Times and senior columnist with Newsweek.

Fareed Zakaria

Fareed Zakaria is host of CNN's flagship international affairs program, Fareed Zakaria GPS, and the Editor-at-Large of TIME. He is the author of the international bestsellers, The Future of Freedom and The Post-American World.

Rudyard Griffiths

Rudyard Griffiths is the co-organizer and moderator of the Munk Debates. He is also the co-founder of the Dominion Institute, co-director of the Grano Speakers Series, and author of Who We Are: A Citizen's Manifesto. Rudyard lives in Toronto.