With climate change, economic downturn, the rise of new economic giants like China and India, and the transfer of global power to the East, the West faces a set of interrelated challenges. Yet, in the face of these challenges, the West is failing to respond properly. In the same vein, Western countries have been unable so far to devise a structural solution to the issue of an ageing society, which will soon render the welfare state unaffordable.
There is no strategic vision for how to take on these challenges and maintain the West’s prosperity and prominent position in the world. Strategic policy making in the West is hamstrung by governmental instability, increasing polarization caused by populist parties, and diminishing credibility in international politics. A different type of political leadership is needed to find a way out of this strategic impasse.
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