World power relations and the global economy are changing fast. Governments are in trouble everywhere. Climate change hangs over the future. Fear and foreboding thrive. Are democracy and human rights a quaint ideology of bygone times, trampled by a rising phalanx of dictators? Does Russia’s war in Ukraine mark a new era of conquest and imperialism? Will nationalism snap the global supply chains that send us clothes, cellphones, can openers, and cars, but also enrich a few at the expense of the many? Will drought and flood send waves of climate refugees fleeing across borders? As governments dither on climate change, must we choose between destroying the planet and turning off the heat and the lights?
Join Seth Singleton in a discussion of what is happening, and where we might be headed, in world power relations, the global economy, climate change, human rights, and democracy. Is there room for optimism?