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Future of Geopolitics

Be it resolved, the liberal international order is over…


April 28, 2017

Since the end of World War II, global affairs have been shaped by the increasing free movement of people and goods, international rules setting, and a broad appreciation of the mutual benefits of a more interdependent world. Together these factors defined the liberal international order and sustained an era of rising global prosperity and declining international conflict. But now, for the first time in a generation, the pillars of the liberal internationalism are being shaken to their core by the reassertion of national borders, national interests, and nationalist politics across the globe. Can liberal internationalism survive these challenges and remain the defining rules-based system of the future? Or, are we witnessing the beginning of the end of the liberal international order?

To engage with the geopolitical issue of our time, the Spring 2017 Munk Debate will move the motion: be it resolved, the liberal international order is over…

Debate Results

Pre-Debate Results

34% Pro 66% Con

Post-Debate Results

29% Pro 71% Con

Con wins with 5% vote gain.



Niall Ferguson

“No civilization, no matter how mighty it may appear to itself, is indestructible.”

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Fareed Zakaria

“...we do not need to invent the world anew. The international order established by the United States after World War II is in need of expansion and repair, but not reconception.”

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