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In his address to the IIEA, Dr Lo critically examines the growing consensus in the West regarding the threat Russia and China pose to world order, in particular the view that they form an ‘axis of authoritarianism’. Dr Lo examines whether their partnership is as close as it seems, or whether they are separate actors with individual agendas and sometimes very different priorities. He furthermore discusses whether the real threat to the liberal world order comes from within – the failure of Western democracies to live up to their ideals.

About the Speaker:

Bobo Lo is an Associate Research Fellow with the Russia/NIS Center at the French Institute of International Relations. He was previously Head of the Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House and Deputy Head of Mission at the Australian Embassy in Moscow. Dr Lo’s most recent book, A Wary Embrace: What the China-Russia Relationship Means for the World, was published in 2017. His Russia and the New World Disorder (2015) was described by The Economist as ‘the best attempt yet to explain Russia’s unhappy relationship with the rest of the world.’