There is a sense that the established order in global affairs is shifting. The rules, norms and institutions that have governed state-to-state relations and international policymaking for decades are being challenged by phenomena that include diminished US leadership, a more assertive China, political populism and technological change. Yet the ‘destination’ remains opaque, as emerging contests for geopolitical advantage – and to shape the future global order – are still being played out.
The articles commissioned for this volume, the first of a new annual series, have been written by Chatham House experts and reflect their perspectives on selected aspects of this transition. Covering geopolitics and security, politics and society, governance, the global economy, and issues around resources and the environment, the articles highlight developments and trends that are coalescing into definable shape as risks or opportunities. The inaugural 2018 edition identifies 17 risks and 14 opportunities.