"The World Ahead," a special issue of Foreign Affairs, is now available online and on newsstands. This issue appraises the major trends that will rapidly change the world and will likely affect the global role of the United States over the next decade. Essays present startling conclusions on the impact of resurgent religions, transforming technologies, demographic implosions, food shortages, energy competitions, and educational rivalries. Power, much of it economic, will be dispersed among rising states, with non-state actors playing a large role. A less-powerful but still potent United States will need partners more than ever to protect its security and prosperity. This expanded issue also includes suggestions for readings on the world ahead recommended by an all-star collection of specially invited experts. In this issue:
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton lays out a plan for Washington to strengthen its civilian power abroad.
Roger C. Altman, CEO of Evercore Partners, and Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, call for Washington to curb its debt addiction now, before global markets start to punish the United States.
Leslie H. Gelb, President Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, writes that Washington should adjust its foreign policy to focus on economic security and not military security.
Eric Schmidt, Chair and CEO of Google, and Jared Cohen, Director of Google Ideas, warn that democratic states will have to learn to work with citizens and companies at the forefront of the information revolution to cope with the challenges unleashed by new technologies.
Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Elizabeth C. Economy writes on China's new activist global strategy.
Scott M. Thomas, Research Fellow at the Center for Christianity and Interreligious Dialogue at the University of London, writes that the United States must recognize and harness the global religious resurgence to strengthen international security and improve the lives of millions.
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