A quick look at the news and it is quickly clear that many of the challenges and risks facing us today result from our fracturing geopolitical environment.
Wherever you look, a diminishing faith in democracy across the world (the 2017 Democracy index registered the worst year for global democracy since 2010-11 in the aftermath of the global economic and financial crisis. 89 countries experienced a decline in their total score compared with 2016) and the rising tensions between countries such as Russia and the West means the extreme connectivity between nations and individuals are among the key risks of our age.
Political and sectarian ideology is becoming the key factor driving geopolitical volatility, while technology is making the world flatter as well as more connected. At the same time, cultural and religious divides cause their own fracture points and friction across economies around the world.