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A World Safe for Democracy

 For the last two hundred years, the liberal internationalist project has built towards an open, rules based, progressive world. Outside threats from illiberal challengers and from the inside by nationalist populist movements now mean the project is in crisis.


In this event, G. John Ikenberry in conversation with Leslie Vinjamuri, discussed the history of liberal internationalism and argued for its continued relevance as a force to protect liberal democracy in a twenty first century marked by rising economic and security interdependence.



 G. John Ikenberry is the Albert G. Milbank Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University in the Department of Politics and the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.  He is also Co-Director of Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies. Ikenberry is also a Global Eminence Scholar at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea. In 2013-2014 Ikenberry was the 72nd Eastman Visiting Professor at Balliol College, Oxford. Ikenberry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In a recent survey of international relations scholars, Ikenberry was ranked 10th in scholars who have produced the best work in the field of IR in the past 20 years, and ranked 8th in scholars who have produced the most interesting work in the past 5 years.                                                                                                                                                               
Leslie Vinjamuri
Leslie Vinjamuri (@londonvinjamuri) is a Reader (Associate Professor) in International Relations and Chair of the International Relations Speaker Series at SOAS and an alumna of LSE. Leslie is Head of the US & the Americas Programme and Dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House. From 2010-2018 she was (founding) co-Director then Director (from 2016) of the Centre on Conflict, Rights and Justice at SOAS.




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


Podcast & Video

A podcast of this event is available to download from LSE Player

The recording of the Facebook Live of this event is available to watch at A World Safe for Democracy.


This event was held on 8 October 2020 and was part of the US Centre's Phelan Family Lecture Series

This event also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Alumni & Friends of LSE in the United States (AFLSE). Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, delivered welcoming remarks at this celebration.


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