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Amidst the Debris: Humanitarianism and the End of Liberal Order

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The panellists will discuss themes addressed in the book Amidst the Debris: Humanitarianism and the End of Liberal Order, which will be published on Hurst, in June 2021. In recent years, liberal norms and institutions associated with the post-Cold War moment have been challenged by a visceral and affective politics. This has provoked the production of a considerable body of angsty writing on the state of liberalism. Rather than reproducing assumptions about liberal decline, Amidst the Debris interrogates them. And it does this through critical discussion of one of the defining features of ‘liberal order’: humanitarianism. It addresses three main questions: i) How should we understand the relationship between Western humanitarianism, in its contemporary form, and liberal order? ii) Is this really the end of liberal order? To what extent do challenges to liberal order pose a threat to humanitarianism? This panel will consider these questions, as well as issues raised in the chapters of the speakers.

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