The Phil Lind Initiative presents our January-March 2018 (Term 2) speaker series on The Unravelling of the Liberal Order. The series will run from January to March, 2018 at UBC Vancouver. Join us for a talk by Anne-Marie Slaughter and register for all of our events on our Current Series page.

Anne-Marie Slaughter
Monday, February 26th, 2018
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Old Auditorium – UBC, 6344 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

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Watch the web stream of Anne-Marie Slaughter’s talk here.

Staff from the UBC Bookstore will be selling copies of Slaughter’s book, The Chessboard and the Web, before and after her talk in the lobby, so do come early! Bookstore staff can take cash or credit.


Our speakerAnne-Marie Slaughter is the President and CEO of New America, a think tank devoted to bridging the gap between technology and policy in the Digital Age. She served as director of policy planning for the US Department of State from 2009-2011. Her recent book, The Chessboard & the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World, develops network-oriented strategies for navigating the interconnected world of the 21st century.

About the themeThe 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 Phil Lind Initiative  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.