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Borders Debate

@ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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This House Would Abolish Borders

The nation state has been the fabric of the post-War world order. The demise of imperialism, the rise of nationalism, and the codification of international borders created a world in which the boundaries of political power were determined by nationality and identity. Decades on from the acceptance of this axiom of international relations, the world is increasingly facing problems which these geographically limited units are unable to deal with. From the rise of big tech companies, to climate change, to the refugee crisis and mass migration, the nation-state is being stretched to its practical and theoretical limits. Does this show that we need to move beyond borders? Or merely that we need to fix the problems in our current world order?


Paul Donovan

Global Chief Economist for UBS Wealth Management. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Chief Economist Community, and has authored books examining topics such as the concept of the environmental credit crunch and inflation inequality.

Mike O’Sullivan

Author, economist, and investor. His book ‘The Levelling’ argues that the era of globalisation is now over, and is being replaced by an increasingly values-driven world order. He previously served as Chief Investment Officer for International Wealth Management at Credit Suisse.

Colin Yeo

Immigration and asylum barrister. In 2020, he authored ‘Welcome to Britain: Fixing Our Broken Immigration System’, in which he argues that the British immigration system is ‘unforgiving, unfeeling and, ultimately, falling’.


Dr Catherine Bragg

Humanitarian and academic. She has previously served as United Nations Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and Director General of the Humanitarian Assistance, Peace and Security Programme in the Canadian International Development Agency.

Professor Michael Hechter

Foundation Professor, School of Politics and Global Studies, Center for the Study of Social Dynamics and Complexity, Arizona State University.. His work explores nationalism, state formation, collective action, and social order.

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