The Lind Initiative in U.S. Studies presents our January-March 2018 speaker series on The Unravelling of the Liberal Order. The world is undergoing a wrenching process of geopolitical transformation. 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.
Please join us by registering for our events on our Current Series page.
Thursday, January 11, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Old Auditorium, UBC
Edward Luce, chief U.S. columnist and commentator for The Financial Times and author of The Retreat of Western Liberalism.
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Chief U.S. columnist and commentator for The Financial Times, Edward Luce is one of the paper’s most popular writers and “one of the finest journalists of our time.” A U.K. native, Oxford graduate, and former speechwriter for Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, 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. He also writes about the future of work and the major challenges facing the West, including the rise of populism and the decline of the middle class.
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. According to Luce, “What we do not yet know is whether the world’s democratic recession will turn into a global depression.” The New York Times called the book “insightful and harrowing.” An excerpt appeared in The Atlantic (The Changing of the Global Economic Guard).
Luce’s previous book, Time to Start Thinking: America in the Age of Descent, was described as “a masterful portrait of America.” He also is the author of In Spite of the Gods, praised by The Economist as “likely to be the definitive book on India for some time to come.”
The talks are in the UBC Old Auditorium. You need to register if you plan to attend: http://lindinitiative.ubc.ca/series/spring-2018/#events-dates
For event poster: Lind Initiative 2018 Series Poster