The Age of Perplexity: Rethinking the World We Knew

November 6, 2018 - 9:30 am

1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
Please join the Atlantic Council’s Future Europe Initiative for a public event, "The Age of Perplexity: Rethinking the World We Knew," co-hosted by BBVA and the Elcano Royal Institute on November 6, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. The event will be held at Atlantic Council headquarters (1030 15th Street, NW, 12th Floor, Washington DC 20005).

Technological revolution and globalization have opened up the "Age of Perplexity." This new age is defined by rapid and vast changes in the economy, politics, society, and daily life. Mass migration, climate concerns, populism and anti-establisment movements, authoritarianism, digital disruption, economic inequality, and demographic change all present serious challenges to the liberal world order.  

At this critical juncture, the Atlantic Council, in partnership with BBVA and the Elcano Royal Institute, will host a public discussion featuring some of the authors from The Age of Perplexity: Rethinking the World We Knew, the book published by BBVA, through its OpenMind initiative, to share their perspectives on the major transformations currently taking place in our society and the impact they may have on the future of the liberal international order. These are the challenges and opportunities that will define the 21st century.


9:30 to 10:00 - Welcome and introduction
Mr. Frederick Kempe, President and CEO, Atlantic Council
Dr. Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute
Mr. Francisco González, Group Executive Chairman, BBVA
10:00 to 11:15 - The Politics of Discontent
This session will deal with the deeper causes –economic, social and cultural- of populism in the West and its political effects, and how they might be addressed.
Dr. Jan-Werner Müller, Professor of Politics, Princeton University
Dr. Zia Qureshi, Visiting Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution 
Dr. Diana Owen, Professor, Communication, Culture, and Technology Graduate Program, Georgetown University
Moderator: Dr. Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute 

11:15 to 11:30 – Coffee Break
11:30 to 12:45 - The New Global (Dis)order
This panel will discuss the challenges currently facing the liberal international order, and the competing visions of what might replace it.
Mr. John Andrews, Senior Editor, Project Syndicate
Dr. Ian Storey, Senior Fellow and Editor-in-Chief, Contemporary Southeast Asia, The Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore
Dr. Miguel Ángel Centeno, Musgrave Professor of Sociology, Princeton University 
Dr. Frances G. Burwell, Distinguished Fellow, Future Europe Initiative, Atlantic Council
Moderator: Mr. Bart Oosterveld, C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Finance and Growth; Director, Global Business & Economics Program, Atlantic Council

12:45 – Event Concludes