Last year’s Global Risks Report was published at a time of heightened global uncertainty and rising popular discontent with the existing political and economic order. One year on, the urgency of facing up to these challenges has, if anything, intensified. This continues the trend of recent years: as the financial crisis has receded, economic the challenge of global capitalism pdf have faded sharply in prominence in GRPS responses, replaced increasingly by environmental risks.
But it is important to ask whether this swing to optimism suggests the possibility of complacency and a developing blind spot around economic risks? There are certainly reasons to be cautious: one does not have to look far for signs of economic and financial strain. These are not just economic risks. Norms relating to work are an important part of the implicit contract that holds societies together. If many people’s hopes and expectations relating to employment are fraying, we should not be surprised if this has wider political and societal effects.
Risks of conflict Debates about the populist surge of recent years tend to pit economic causes against cultural ones, but there is a strong case for arguing that the two are closely related—that economic pain has been sufficiently concentrated among groups and geographic regions for those groups and regions to begin to assert themselves politically. In the latest GRPS, societal polarization slipped slightly in respondents’ rankings of the main underlying drivers of global risks—replaced in the top three by rising cyber dependency—but it remains a politically destabilizing force. This is perhaps still most evident in the United Kingdom and the United States, the two Western countries that recorded dramatic anti-establishment democratic results in 2016. In Europe, fears about the rise of the far right were allayed by the victory of Emmanuel Macron in the French presidential election in May 2017—but perhaps at the risk of fostering complacency about the region’s political stability. As highlighted by elections in Germany and Austria in late 2017, far right parties continue to grow in strength and influence in many European countries. Identity politics could fuel geopolitical as well as domestic risks. President Trump, variations on this theme can be seen in numerous countries from China to Japan, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the Philippines and elsewhere.
Perhaps surprisingly given the febrile backdrop, there was relatively little movement of perception among the core geopolitical risks in the latest GRPS. Geopolitical risks are exacerbated by the continuing decline in commitment to rules-based multilateralism. This is particularly important at a time when protectionist sentiment and policies are on the rise. December 2017 only four seats have been filled and in theory the body could cease functioning in 2019. Our planet on the brink Environmental risks have grown in prominence over the 13-year history of the Global Risks Report, and this trend continued in the latest GRPS.
Extreme weather events in 2017 included unusually frequent Atlantic hurricanes, with three high-impact storms—Harvey, Irma and Maria—making landfall in rapid succession. Atlantic storms, September 2017 was the most intense month on record. It was also the most expensive hurricane season ever. Note: Data are inflation-adjusted and valid as of October 2017. Last year also saw numerous instances of extreme temperatures. In the first nine months of the year, temperatures were 1.
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