Call for Applications to GPP 591 Lind Initiative Seminar

November 8 2017

GPP 591 Lind Initiative Seminar: The Unravelling of the Liberal Order


Open to UBC upper-level (third and fourth year only) undergraduates and graduate students. Please complete the Lind Initiative Seminar Application Form by November 30, 2017



WHAT: A 3 credit course, one 2-hour course per week

WHEN: Thursdays, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, January 4 to March 15, 2018, with the exception of Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

WHERE: Case Room, Liu Institute for Global Issues, 6476 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

Led by visiting scholar Robert Muggah (Igarapé Institute and SecDev Group) and professor Taylor Owen (UBC Journalism), this seminar series will explore the future of the global liberal order after a half century of dominance. From the emergence of new spheres of geopolitical influence to the resurgence of nationalist movements, the world is entering a period of intense volatility and turbulence. The future of the liberal order is uncertain. The structures that kept it in place are unravelling. The rapid spread of the digital commons and new technologies are changing the rules of the game, diminishing the power and influence of the state. Transnational threats such as climate change, mass migration, persistent inequality, and political violence are likewise disrupting the global order and paving the way for authoritarianism and populism.


This seminar will examine these issues and more, with visits from some of the world’s leading intellectuals on the liberal order including Ed Luce, Francis Fukuyama, Susan Rice, Steven Pinker, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and others.