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World of trouble: we’re about to experience the next 20 years in 12 months

From the West’s rivalry with China to inequality to the decline of oil states, this pandemic is the Great Accelerator

William Hague

Our daily experience of the Covid-19 crisis is that it slows down our lives. Jobs are on hold, holidays not booked and travel unthinkable. We have more leisure time whether we like it or not. For people not on the front line of healthcare or essential supplies, the lockdown is a slowdown.

Yet what is really happening is that the forces that will shape all our futures – the global tensions, the economic policies, the political ideas, the new technologies – are being sped up.

Huge decisions and great controversies that might only have come to a head over the next couple of decades are suddenly upon us. We are about to experience the next 20 years in 12 months, and we need to get ready for it...

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