Daniel Twining, associate senior fellow for Asia at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, presents a talk titled "Implications for Liberal Order of Asia's Rise." Lunch provided.
American economic weakness, Europe's uncertain political and demographic future, turmoil in the Middle East and challengers to Western leadership from Moscow to Tehran may signal a new moment in world politics. It seems to be characterized by the decline of free nations whose power and principles have shaped international society for centuries and the emergence of an autocratic Chinese superpower whose seemingly unstoppable economic ascent shatters the comfortable belief that capitalist development leads to democracy. Should the liberal west brace itself for a new global "Beijing consensus" of authoritarian modernity? Not yet.