Episode 56: Russia, China and Iran's Challenge to the Existing International Order

In the second episode of our four-part summer series, GSB explores the role Russia, China, and Iran play in countering the Wester-based international order.

Russia, China, and Iran have become increasingly confrontational in both rhetoric and actions by advocating for alternative frameworks and principles that reflect and advance their own geopolitical interests.

They argue that we are witnessing a shift towards a multipolar world, where power is more evenly distributed, as the basis for a new global order. The war in Ukraine seems to have solidified not only the trilateral alliance as an anti-Western bloc, but also its resolve. Our host Neil Melvin is joined by Emily Ferris, Research Fellow at RUSI, Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi, Senior Research Fellow at RUSI, and Philip Shetler-Jones, Thematic Coordinator, Crisis Management, Enhancing Security Cooperation In and With Asia (ESIWA) project, to discuss how these three players are shaping the new security landscape.

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Dr Neil Melvin

Director, International Security

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Emily Ferris

Senior Research Fellow, Russian and Eurasian Security

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Dr Aniseh Bassiri Tabrizi

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