Towards stability: A new concert of powers

Could a “concert of powers” be the solution for the increasing power competition between the US and China and the current crisis of democracy?

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Our system is not fit to deal with the challenges of the 21st century. This has been laid bare not just by the covid pandemic, but also by the increasing power competition between the US and China, and the blockage and weaponization of the multilateral system and the current crisis of democracy. Could a new “concert of powers” possibly be the solution? This week, host Mark Leonard talks to Charles Kupchan, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and professor of international affairs at Georgetown University; Leslie Vinjamuri, Director of the US and the Americas programme and Dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs at Chatham House; as well as Nicu Popescu, senior policy fellow and director of ECFR´s Wider Europe programme. In this episode, they discuss the idea of a “global concert of powers” to promote stability in a multipolar world. How would such a format look like and who would be involved? And how does the future of the liberal order look after two centuries of Western domination?   

This podcast was recorded on 20 April 2021. 

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