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On Tuesday evening April 17, the Kozmetsky Center convened a forum in the Jones Global Events Center entitled "Challenges to the Western Liberal Order" featuring leading policy officials and academics representing nations of the transatlantic community, Russia and China to discuss challenges to the rules and traditions and values of the existing Western liberal order.  Forum participants explored the pressures on domestic and international political and financial institutions and communities to adapt to the changing global power configuration and rapidly evolving international security, economic, financial and social developments.   This was the fourth conference event on transatlantic security funded by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Program grant in cooperation with the Center for European Studies and Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at University of Texas, Austin.

Featured speakers included:

• Paul J. Bolt, PhD, Professor, Department of Political Science, United States Air Force Academy

• Paul D. Miller, PhD, Associate Director of the Clements Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft; and Lecturer, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin

• Ambassador Vesko Garcevic, former Ambassador of Montenegro to NATO, OSCE, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and Professor of Practice of International Relations, The Fredrick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University

• Igor A. Zevelev, PhD, Professor, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

• Dmitry Suslov, PhD, Program Director of the Valdai Discussion Club and Deputy Director at the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies, National Research University Higher School of Economics

• Gao Fei, PhD, Assistant President and Academic Dean of China Foreign Affairs University

• Jamie Shea, PhD, Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Challenges, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and Senior Fellow and Professor at the London School of Economics

Featured Speakers


Dr. Paul Miller, Associate Director, Clements Center, University of Texas Austin suggests that the United States & its allies should do more to articulate the benefits of the Western liberal order


Dr. Dmitry Suslov, Valdai Group Moscow, emphasizes that Russia needs a rules based order featuring JOINT power, JOINT rules & JOINT institutions


Dr. Gao Fei, Foreign Affairs University Beijing, China seeks to promote cooperation & connectivity through the Belt & Road Initiative; there are serious concerns about tariffs & possible trade war with the USA