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Global middle powers and the changing world order | LSE Festival

Hosted by LSE Festival: Power and Politics

In-person and online public event (Wolfson Theatre, Cheng Kin Ku Building)


Professor Chris Alden

Professor Chris Alden

Dr Yolanda Spies

Dr Yolanda Spies

Dr Bugra Susler

Dr Bugra Susler


Professor Yaprak Gürsoy

Professor Yaprak Gürsoy

The established Western-led global order, historically rooted in American and European dominance, is facing increasingly robust challenges. 

Now, as emerging global middle powers begin to assert their influence in their respective regions, and on the global stage, diverse perspectives on pressing global issues, spanning international conflicts to climate change, present various visions for the future of the international system. 

With recent elections in Turkey, and forthcoming voting in South Africa and the Western world (the UK, EU and the US), this panel will delve into the aspirations and perspectives of global middle powers, and will analyse the impact of their rise on the global order. 

Meet our speakers and chair

Chris Alden is Professor of International Relations and Director of LSE IDEAS. He is author/co-author of numerous books, including The South and World Politics and Foreign Policy Analysis – New Approaches, 2nd edition.  

Yolanda Kemp Spies is the Director of the Diplomatic Studies Programme at Oxford University. She served as a South African diplomat for 18 years before she joined academia in 2005. She is the author of Global Diplomacy and International Society and Global South Perspectives on Diplomacy.

Buğra Süsler (@BugraSusler) is Lecturer in the UCL Department of Political Science and the Head of Turkey and the World Programme at LSE IDEAS. He is the author of Turkey, the EU, and the Middle East: Foreign Policy Cooperation and the Arab Uprisings

Yaprak Gürsoy (@ygursoy) is Professor of European Politics and Chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies at LSE. She has worked on Turkish politics, democratization and regime consolidation. She is the author of Between Military Rule and Democracy: Regime Consolidation in Greece, Turkey, and Beyond.   

More about this event

This event is part of the LSE Festival: Power and Politics running from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 June 2024, with a series of events exploring how power and politics shape our world. Booking for all Festival events will open on Monday 13 May. 

LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is LSE's foreign policy think tank. Through sustained engagement with policymakers and opinion-formers, IDEAS provides a forum that informs policy debate and connects academic research with the practice of diplomacy and strategy. 

The European Institute (@LSEEI) is a centre for research and graduate teaching on the processes of integration and fragmentation within Europe. 

Contemporary Turkish Studies focuses on the politics and economy of Turkey and its relations with the rest of Europe. The programme aims to promote a deeper understanding of contemporary Turkey through interdisciplinary and critical research, teaching and related public activities.

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