Great Unravelling, The [The Compass]

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01Human Rights2018103120181104 (WS)

Is the world order that was forged after World War II unravelling?

The Compass - exploring our world.

In early August 1941 Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met on a US flagship off Newfoundland and drew up The Atlantic Charter. It laid the foundations of an international system that has been in place ever since. But is it now under unbearable strain? The journalist and former barrister Afua Hirsch talks to a wide range of historians, politicians and thinkers and asks if the world order forged after WWII is coming apart.

Programme 1: Human Rights
Has the international human rights machinery worked? What about the global human rights movement? Many believe we are now at a crisis point, with populism and the rise of China both challenging the project. Others think the human rights movement is itself partly to blame.

Presenter: Afua Hirsch
Producer: Lucy Bailey

Picture Credit: Nadia Akingbule

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Is the world order that was forged after World War II unravelling?

In early August 1941 Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met on a US flagship off Newfoundland and drew up The Atlantic Charter. It laid the foundations of an international system that has been in place ever since. But is it now under unbearable strain? The journalist and former barrister Afua Hirsch talks to a wide range of historians, politicians and thinkers and asks if the world order forged after WWII is coming apart.

Programme 2: War
The UN Charter and Security Council were supposed to prevent aggressive wars. Who has broken the rules, and how much damage has that done? It’s often said that the great powers have always done what they wanted and ignored international law. But will new forms of war present even more of a challenge?

Presenter: Afua Hirsch
Producer: Lucy Bailey

Picture Credit: Nadia Akingbule

The Compass - exploring our world.

05The Great Unravelling: Trade And China2018112820181202 (WS)

China has been described as the greatest threat to the World Trade Organisation, and its biggest champion. The WTO wasn’t designed to handle China, and its entry has had seismic consequences. If China won’t change, can the WTO adapt? Without reform, could China break the WTO?

And finally, can the post-war rules and institutions survive in a recognisable form, or are we already witnessing the birth of a very different world?
Journalist and former barrister Afua Hirsch talks to a wide range of historians, politicians and thinkers and asks if the world order forged after World War Two is coming apart.

Could China break the World Trade Organisation?

The Compass - exploring our world.