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 Misha Glenny and register for all of our events on our Current Series page.

Misha Glenny
Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
New Venue! Frederic Wood Theatre, 6354 Crescent Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2. Please find a map to the theatre here.

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Misha Glenny


Our speaker: Misha Glenny is a multiple award-winning writer, broadcaster and sought after keynote speaker. His best-selling book, McMafia, about the globalization of organized crime is broadcast this year as a major dramas series by the BBC and AMC.

Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio, his biography of the man who ran the largest favela in Rio for five years as head of the cocaine cartel, is also in production as a Hollywood feature film.

A former BBC Central Europe correspondent who covered the revolutions in Eastern Europe, Misha won the Sony Gold Award for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting for his work during the Yugoslav wars. He is the author of the best-selling The Fall of Yugoslavia and The Balkans: War, Nationalism and the Great Powers 1804-2012.

Misha has served as a visiting professor at the London School of Economics at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute where he ran a course entitled Crime, Corruption and Economic Transition. He is on the boards of Global Witness, The Global Initiative against Organized Crime, The Igarapé Institute in Rio and has advised North American and European governments on topics such as Balkan politics, cybercrime and transnational organized crime.

Misha speaks German, Czech, Serbo-Croat and Portuguese and lives in London.

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.