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Mr Benner explores how Germany’s place in the geopolitical order is being challenged. He argues that, after 1989, Germany expected the spread of a democratic, post-nationalist, multilateral world order. Mr Benner will argue that today, however, German policymakers must navigate a world of rising authoritarian nationalism and geopolitical competition, squeezed between a US which is no longer a benign hegemon and a newly assertive Russia and China, against the backdrop of an unravelling European project.

About the Speaker:

Thorsten Benner is co-founder and director of the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) in Berlin. He is a co-author of Authoritarian Advance: Responding to China’s Growing Political Influence in Europe. He teaches at the Hertie School of Governance and is a board member of More in Common, an international initiative to strengthen democratic societies by countering social division and polarisation. Mr Benner studied political science, history and sociology at the University of Siegen, the University of York, and the University of California at Berkeley and holds an MPA from Harvard University.