Impressions: Crisis in the liberal world order: what future for the West? An international conference at Nottingham Trent University

Impressions: Crisis in the liberal world order: what future for the West?


An international conference with speakers (both academic and active politicians / members of the policy community) from both Nottingham Trent University and the European Union’s policy community.

  • FromThursday 12 October 201710 am
  • ToThursday 12 October 20175 pm
  • LocationAdams Room, Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

Event details

This conference will review current challenges confronting the European liberal order and the West in general, from Brexit and the onset of American opposition to multilateralism and the threat to liberal politics from populist  and insurgent politics.

The conference will address these challenges, and how and by what means they might be successfully resolved.

The liberal order under threat?

The rise of nativist and populist politics, the resurgence of assertive states challenging the current international order, and the re-distribution of power in the international system question the viability and future of the liberal world order. Within the European Union and in the United States citizens have become disgruntled with the status quo and, in some cases, turn to far-right or far-left populists to stave off the technological, economic, and societal changes associated with globalisation. Externally, the increasing role states which do not support liberal values play in the international system deserves serious consideration.

Are these developments hallmarks of a new international order based on different value systems? Do China, Russia, and Turkey present viable alternatives to the current international order? Is there a fatigue in Western democracies?


  • Roland Freudenstein, Martens Centre Policy Director
  • Constantine Arvanitopoulos, Professor of International Relations at the Department of International and European Studies at Panteion University
  • Florian Hartleb, political consultant, former Martens Centre visiting fellow

Moderator: Federico Reho, Martens Centre Research Officer