Civilisation-States and the Future of World Order

This panel event explores the concept of ‘civilisation-states’, with specific reference to China, Russia and India, and what this may mean for the future of the world order.

Richard Higgott presents the findings of his report, ‘States, Civilisations and World Order’, before opening to the panel for a discussion surrounding understandings and practices of everyday politics in the modern international order, and what role ‘civilisation-states’ may play in the restructuring world order.

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Event recorded on Friday 7 February.


Richard Higgott is Research Professor at the new Brussels School of Governance at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels and Emeritus Professor of International Political Economy at the University of Warwick. He is a Senior Fellow at the Global Governance Institute, Brussels and SRF at the Real Instituto, ELCANO. In 2019 he produced States, Civilisations and the Future of World Order for the Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute and an edited book on EU Cultural Diplomacy.

Aaron McKeil is a Course Tutor on the MSc International Strategy and Diplomacy programme at LSE IDEAS.

Adrian Pabst is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent. A New Statesman Contributing Writer, he is the author of several books, including The Politics of Virtue (2016), The Demons of Liberal Democracy (2019) and Liberal World Order and Its Critics (2019).

Julius Sen is an Associate and Senior Programme Adviser at LSE IDEAS. He designed and delivered executive education programmes within LSE Enterprise for private sector companies and senior civil servants, mainly on themes relating to globalisation, trade, regulation and institutional development. He is part of the International Trade Policy Unit in the Department of International Relations.

Christopher Coker is Director of LSE IDEAS.

LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is LSE's foreign policy think tank. We connect academic knowledge of diplomacy and strategy with the people who use it.