Insights · January 10th, 2023

As a start to the new year, join us for a lecture and discussion on the year ahead in international relations with Bronwen Maddox, director and chief executive of Chatham House. Maddox looks ahead to the challenges of the year and sets out Chatham House’s recommendations for change.

Although Russia’s war on Ukraine rightly dominated headlines in 2022, other challenges also grew, the climate became warmer, US/China competition intensified, deglobalization became a much-analysed theme, and the global economy suffered significant blows. The UK has its third prime minister in less than one year as it grapples with its changing place in the world. And the world is still living in the shadow of COVID-19 what the pandemic revealed about strengths and vulnerabilities, global inequity, and North/South divides.

This event examines how the forces that shaped 2022 may manifest in 2023, and what that means for progress in international relations:

What will progress look like on the climate agenda?

How will the new US Congress reposition America’s role in the world?

What does the North/South divergence on Russia’s war in Ukraine tell us about shared values and prospects for working together?

After a turbulent year, how will the UK recover its standing in Europe and beyond? As space is limited, we will be operating a ballot-operated system for in person registrations.


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Nikolas is the Chief Futurist of the Futurist Think Tank. He is world-renowned futurist speaker, a Fellow of The RSA, and has worked with over 300 of the world’s most impactful companies to establish strategic foresight capabilities, identify trends shaping our world, help anticipate unforeseen risks, and design equitable futures for all. In his new book – ‘Facing Our Futures’ – he challenges short-term thinking and provides executives and organizations with the foundations for futures design and the tools to ignite curiosity, create a framework for futures exploration, and shift their mindset from what is to WHAT IF…

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