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Anti-globalism, international disorder and the West | LSE Festival

Hosted by LSE Festival: Power and Politics

In-person and online public event (Sheikh Zayed Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building)


Gideon Rachman

Gideon Rachman

Professor Helen Thompson

Professor Helen Thompson

Professor Leslie Vinjamuri

Professor Leslie Vinjamuri


Professor Peter Trubowitz

Professor Peter Trubowitz

Early hopes that Western democracies’ unified response to Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine would break the populist, anti-globalist fever have not been fulfilled. Instead, since the invasion, opponents of the liberal order have made deeper inroads in France, Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, and elsewhere. Meanwhile, the possibility persists that Trump may return to the White House in 2025. This panel of experts will consider the international implications of populism’s continuing success in Western democracies. 

Meet our speakers and chair

Gideon Rachman (@gideonrachman) is chief foreign affairs commentator for the Financial Times. He joined the paper in 2006, after 15 years at The Economist, which included spells as a foreign correspondent in Washington, Brussels and Bangkok. At the FT, he writes a weekly column and hosts a podcast, the Rachman Review. He has published three books, including - "Easternisation - war and peace in the Asian century." He has received several awards for journalism, including the Orwell Prize and the European press prize.

Helen Thompson (@HelenHet20) is Professor of Political Economy in the Department of Politics and International Studies at Cambridge University. Her most recent book Disorder: Hard Times in the 21stCentury was published by Oxford University Press in 2022 and was shortlisted for the 2022 Financial Times Business Book of the Year. She has written for, among other outlets, the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Sunday Times, the Guardian, Foreign Affairs, the London Review of Books, New Statesman, UnHerd, Nature, and Prospect. She co-presents the politics podcast These Times

Leslie Vinjamuri (@londonvinjamuri) is director of the US and Americas programme at Chatham House and Professor of International Relations at SOAS University of London. She leads the Institute’s research on the U.S. and International Order.  Her recent publications include ‘Why Multilateralism Still Matters’ and 'Building Global Prosperity: Proposals for Sustainable Growth'.  The latter was the result of a multi-authored Chatham House initiative that looked at G7 proposals for countering China’s influence in the developing world.

Peter Trubowitz (@ptrubowitz) is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Phelan US Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Associate Fellow at Chatham House.

More about this event

This event is part of the LSE Festival: Power and Politics running from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 June 2024, with a series of events exploring how power and politics shape our world. Booking for all Festival events will open on Monday 13 May.  

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