A World Re-ordered

The international order is in flux. Navigating the new era of upheaval requires understanding the forces responsible for it.

Powerful forces are reshaping the landscape of global politics on a scale not seen since the end of the Second World War. Donald Trump’s election victory, the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and the rise of nationalist parties across Europe are the more visible manifestations of these deep-rooted changes. The nature of international society is changing, along with the ‘rules’ of operating in it, for governments, businesses and international organisations.  Frontiers and fences are going up. Power is congregating around new geographies and entities. It is being deployed through new technologies and digital empowerment. And it is fuelling the familiar contest for advantage between nation states while opening up fresh fronts for rivalry, for example, in a battle to set norms and impose regulations.

  • Has the global appeal of free markets and liberal democracy given way to a penchant for authoritarian nationalism and a bigger role for the state?
  • How can global problems such as climate change, counter-terrorism and cyberthreats be tackled if governments in the world’s most powerful states have pledged to put their own interests first?
  • How far will the backlash against globalisation go and with what consequences?
  • How can firms and governments secure their objectives in a ‘noisy’ world of fragmenting global power.