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Guide to 2014: Global Issues

Our list of the top 10 issues facing the world in the coming year.

January 9, 2014

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1. Religion

Living Where You Don’t Make the Rules
Faith and cultural change in the age of globalization.

By Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool

2. Terrorism

How U.S. Drones Miss Their Target
Does the United States fully understand what it has wrought through the use of armed drones?

By Akbar Ahmed

3. Inequality

Inequality and Democratic Capitalism
Does inequality threaten the sustainability of Western democratic capitalism?

By Branko Milanovic

4. Environment

Haze: Asia’s New Weapon
In Southeast Asia and beyond, it’s high time to rethink the meaning of security.

By Robert Hathaway

5. Future of the West

Build for the Future
Ten steps Western economies must take to get themselves back on track.

By Daniel Stelter

6. Women’s Advancement

Motherhood: A Double-Edged Subject for Migrant Caregivers
What makes domestic care workers one of the most vulnerable groups in the global labor market?

By Helma Lutz

7. Global Governance

Do We Need New Global Institutions?
What is the world to do when national governments retreat from global commitments?

By Ian Goldin

8. Innovation

Innovation and Management in China, Germany and the United States
Will China follow the U.S. model or the German model for innovation and management?

By Stephan Richter and Nathan Richter

9. The Global Middle Class

The New Globalists: Meet the Transformers
Who are the faces of the rising global middle class?

By Joseph Quinlan

10. Democracy

Elections Do Not Make Democracy
Should the U.S. continue to support autocratic regimes, wherever they provide for a stable geopolitical situation?

By Uwe Bott