Video: Festival of Politics 2023 – ‘Is the West in decline?’

Author: SCGA
An article from SCGA editorial team. 

Presented by the Festival of Politics 2023 and featuring SCGA team members Mateja Peter and Peter Jackson

Current international order has been creaking for the last decade with the rise of populism in the West, and India, China and Russia all flexing various powers.


  • Mateja Peter, Lecturer in International Relations at University of St Andrews, where she directs the Centre for Global Law and Governance;
  • Peter Jackson, Chair in Global Security at the University of Glasgow;
  • Toni Haastrup, Professor of international politics at the University of Stirling;
  • Chair: Jen Stout, journalist – website.

This, perhaps not unsurprisingly, wide-ranging discussion can be seen in full below – please note that the video – from Scottish Parliament TV – does not get going for ten minutes or so into the clip.

More on the Festival of Politics

The annual – now in its 19th year – Festival of Politics takes place during the Edinburgh Festival. Events are held at Holyrood – the Scottish Parliament – and looks to provoke, inspire and inform people of all ages in three days of spirited debate. Learn more on the dedicated website.