This report considers the potential global political and societal risks facing us in 2015 and beyond. It paints a picture of a time of continuing major economic and political challenges/risks and how these risks can be identified, managed and, if possible, mitigated.
The report has been written at a time when serious people are asking whether the developments of the last twelve months have made the world a riskier place. There are many reasons to support this view: the rise of ISIS out of the wreckage of Syria and Iraq; Russian expansionism on the borders of Europe; slowing Chinese growth at a time when power is shifting East; high levels of public and private debt and low growth in the West; and the devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa. These developments make us feel uneasy and give a sense that the world could be closer to the edge than we imagine.