Australia is deeply invested in—and dependent upon—the modern international order. Yet the modern international order is undergoing a profound transformation. Power is shifting: horizontally to non-Western great powers, and vertically to non-state actors, including transnational insurgents whose war-fighting practices are reshaping whole regions. But this transformation is not just about power: it is about culture. Shifting configurations of power are entwined with new articulations of cultural difference. Western states now share the stage with rising powers such as China and India, who bring their own cultural values, practices, and histories. And new forms of transnational non-state violence are being justified in the name of religious extremism.

This lecture will explore the challenges to world order posed by new conjunctions of power and cultural diversity, highlight the problems with existing ways of thinking about these challenges, and present a new framework for understanding, and responding to, these developments.

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 Professor Christian Reus-Smit
Professor Christian Reus-Smit
Chris Reus-Smit is Professor of International Relations at the University of Queensland and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Before joining UQ, Professor Reus-Smit held Chairs at the European University Institute and the Australian National University (where he was the Head of the Department of International Relations from 2001 to 2010 and Deputy Director of the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies from 2006 to 2008). He is co-editor of the Cambridge Studies in International Relations book series, the journal International Theory, and a new multi-volume series of Oxford Handbooks of International Relations. For 2013-2014 Professor Reus-Smit will serve as a Vice-President of the International Studies Association.

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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