Seismic Shifts

2018

Seismic Shifts

Global power structures that have guided us and kept the peace since World War II are under never-before-seen stress. Populations and economies are concentrating in urban centers, mass migrations continue to reshape national identities, climate change is reshaping landscapes, and democracies seem imperiled in places they once seemed indomitable. Tech companies today now rival entire nations in terms of reach and user populations, raising new questions about privacy and security. Tools that used to be exclusive to nation-states—from drones to hacking to space rockets—have been democratized, spreading to entrepreneurs as well as terrorists and criminals. Social media — often populated by unverified stories and dubious sources — has superseded traditional media empires that once held sway over public discourse. In what many are calling the post-American world order, who will lead?

Track Events

Deep Dive: Cybersecurity and the Broad Geopolitical Risk of Digital Life
Putin Versus Xi
Deep Dive: Is China the Threat It’s Made Out to Be?
Russia: The World's Outlaw State
Global Politics: Is Anyone in Charge?
Saudi Arabia and the Bumpy Road to Liberal Reform
Iraq and Afghanistan: 15 Years and Counting
Settlers in the Most Contentious Place on Earth
Leading on Climate: The United States Gave Up the Reins, Now What?
The (Un)Making of an Extremist
Liberal Democracy is at Risk at Home and Abroad
The Age of Euroscepticism
Myths and Realities of the Next Computing Revolution
The Middle East’s Big Dilemma: Iran Versus Saudi Arabia
No Such Agency: The NSA Explained
The People vs. Democracy
North Korea: Getting Beyond Brinkmanship
To Fix the Refugee Crisis, Harness the Best of Human Nature
North Korea: The Threat Assessment
Understanding Trump's Foreign Policy
Of Fathers & Sons (Film)
Where the Next Billion Members of the Middle Class Will Come From
Festival 1 and Festival 2