Governance today is faced with increasing complexity and uncertainty. Pressing global issues such as the uprising of separatist forces around Europe spurred by dissatisfaction with the EU, escalating military tensions between Russia and NATO, flaring security threats imposed by North Korea’s constant nuclear tests, and the emerging anti-globalization tides propelled by President Trump’s “America First” policy, are all reshaping today’s political landscapes.
In addition, the international community must adapt to long-term global megatrends such as the shift in economic power to Asia, changing demographics and urbanization, the rise and the effects of advanced technology, resource scarcity, and climate change.
How will major power relations evolve in the face of rising nationalism and populism? How will China, the United States, Russia, and the EU work jointly to provide solutions to the pressing global issues? What are the implications of global megatrends on governance? How do communities and countries anticipate and prepare for the future?
On October 30, Tsinghua University hosted a public forum featuring Strobe Talbott and John R. Allen. The panel discussion started with an analysis of the most critical global issues in governance and then explored the shaping effects of global megatrends. Working language for this event was in English and Chinese with simultaneous interpretation.
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[Kim Jong Un] did not engage diplomatically at all in those first seven years [as the leader of North Korea], probably because he didn’t want to hear the Chinese nagging him about advancing these weapons. And also he wasn’t going to start bargaining or negotiating them away. ... Kim has done a pivot where he’s doing a maximum engagement.
Having someone [like Andrew Kim, head of the CIA’s Korea Mission Center] with strong links to South Korean officials suggests there’s probably a high level of coordination going on [in preparation for the Trump-Kim summit], which is a good thing.
[On Trump-Moon relationship] It’s not a bad relationship, but I wouldn’t call it a love fest either.