4th Annual Helsinki Summer Session Decline of Liberal Rule-Based World Order?

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James Traub / Photo: Greg Martin James Traub / Photo: Greg Martin
Jan Techau / Photo: Annette Hornischer Jan Techau / Photo: Annette Hornischer
Nicolas Tenzer / Photo: Matias Salo Nicolas Tenzer / Photo: Matias Salo
Minna Holopainen / Photo: Martti Kainulainen Minna Holopainen / Photo: Martti Kainulainen

Wed 30.8.2017 at 8:30-10:30
Kämp Hotel
Kluuvikatu 2, Helsinki

The developing foreign policy agenda of the Trump presidency has produced intensified fears regarding the sustainability of the liberal rule-based world order. In particular, the new administration seems to question core pillars of this grand bargain, including the value of multilateral institutions, the principle of free trade, and the promotion of democracy and human rights. Further doubts regarding the staying power of the order have been fueled by predictions of an impending global power shift towards a multipolar world, wherein diverse stakeholders yearn for a voice to set the norms and institutional parameters of the 21st century. In light of these developments, the panel will explore: What are the prospects for American leadership of the liberal rule-based order during the Trump era? What role can Europe play in sustaining the order? What kinds of global and regional challenges would an erosion of the liberal rule-based order bring to the fore?

Opening remarks: Bart Gaens, Project Director, the Center on US Politics and Power; Senior Research Fellow, the Finnish Institute of International Affairs

Keynote: James Traub, Columnist, Foreign Policy

Panelists: Jan Techau, Director, the American Academy in Berlin’s Richard C. Holbrooke Forum for the Study of Diplomacy and Governance

Nicolas Tenzer, Chairman, Centre d’étude et de réflexion pour l’action politique (CERAP)

Chair: Minna Holopainen, Editor-in-chief, the Finnish News Agency STT


For further information, please contact: Marie-Louise Hindsberg, Tel. +358 9 432 7712, marie-louise.hindsbergfiia.fi