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What does the future of the G20 look like?


The G20 worked well at the outset of the global financial crisis. It gave key member states an opportunity for concerted action that began an entire chain of financial and regulatory reconstruction efforts. However, six years on from the onset of the crisis, this week’s G20 Finance Ministers meeting in Mexico City is missing two key players, the United States and Brazil. Is this simply bad timing or a signal that this forum is losing its...

Date posted: November 14, 2012
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How will the changing Arctic change the world?


A rise in sea levels and the associated increased risk of storm surges – such as the devastation Hurricane Sandy wreaked on low-lying coastal areas of the northeastern United States – are a leading example of the global consequences of a changing Arctic. Meltwater run-off from the Greenland ice sheet, in particular, is a sensitive contributor to the rise in global sea levels. Air temperatures in Greenland can rise above freezing in...

Date posted: November 14, 2012
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Post-election entrenchment in the US


The 2012 election left American politics largely entrenched, something that the Global Agenda Council survey results identified as a major challenge. However, the electoral results, by default, should be interpreted as a country drifting towards higher levels of government involvement (and therefore increased taxes and spending) in society, ongoing multi-billion dollar deficits, and, in time, a significantly reduced ability to project “...

Date posted: November 14, 2012
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Waking up to the migration crisis


Some 350 million men and women, or 1 out of every 20 people on this planet, are migrants. Yet, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council survey deems migration to be of no relevance at all – not one single respondent considered this issue to be of any importance. So what happened between now and last year’s survey when migration was ranked as the 15th most important global trend?

Little has changed since 2011 in terms of...

Date posted: November 14, 2012