The Lind Initiative 2018 Speaker Series

The Unravelling of the Liberal Order

The 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 2018 speaker series in Term 2 at UBC will explore these and other questions, with visits from the world’s leading intellectuals on the subject.


2018 Lind Events
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Edward Luce
Columnist and Commentator, Financial Times
January 11, 2018
6pm-7:30pm
Old Auditorium, UBC, 6344 Memorial Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Chief U.S. columnist and commentator for The Financial Times, Edward Luce is one of the paper’s most popular writers. He is highly regarded by policymakers, leaders, and political junkies for his insider/outsider insights on American politics and his cross-border perspectives on geopolitics and economics. At the FT, Luce has served as Washington bureau chief, Capital Markets editor, correspondent to the Philippines, and South Asia bureau chief. His new book, The Retreat of Western Liberalism, examines the weakening of western hegemony and the crisis of democratic liberalism ― of which Donald Trump and his European counterparts are not the cause, but a symptom.


Francis Fukuyama
Senior Fellow, Stanford University
January 25, 2018
6pm-7:30pm
Old Auditorium, UBC, 6344 Memorial Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Francis Fukuyama is one of the world’s most prominent scholars of the liberal order. He has held several positions throughout his illustrious career, and is currently a senior fellow at Stanford University.  He is professor (by courtesy) of political science. His 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man, in many ways began the conversation about the longevity of global liberalism.


Steven Pinker
Author, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
February 1st, 2018
6pm-7:30pm
Old Auditorium, UBC, 6344 Memorial Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Steven Pinker is one of the world’s most influential intellectuals, with multiple bestselling and award-winning books on language, mind, and human nature. He has held positions at MIT and Harvard, where he currently resides. His forthcoming book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress, challenges prophecies of doom to provide a sobering and more optimistic account of the future.


Misha Glenny
Writer, Broadcaster, Former BBC Central Europe Correspondent
February 8th, 2018
6pm-7:30pm
C.K. Choi Building, Room 120, 1855 West Mall, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

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.


Susan Rice
Former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Former National Security Advisor to the Obama Administration
February 15th, 2018
6pm-7:30pm
Old Auditorium, UBC, 6344 Memorial Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Susan Rice is the former US Ambassador to the United Nations (2009-2013) and former National Security Advisor to the Obama administration (2013-2017). She was influential in garnering support through the UN for sanctions for Iran and North Korea, and oversaw the coordination of military and intelligence efforts in a period marked by battle with ISIS, civil war in Syria, Russian aggression, and the ongoing emergence of China.


Anne-Marie Slaughter
President and CEO of New America
February 26, 2018
6pm-7:30pm
Old Auditorium, UBC, 6344 Memorial Rd, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2

Anne-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.