Introduction

The international system and its institutions look increasingly unable to deal with the political, technological and societal challenges of the 21st century. Globalization is increasing state-to-state competition, politically as well as economically. A changing geopolitical context, defined in part by rising powers and emerging threats, is forcing a reassessment of priorities and approaches in diplomacy and international security. Combine all this with unprecedented population growth, rising inequality, technological revolution and increasing concerns about resource sustainability, and society is at one of its most important turning points since the end of the Second World War.

Chatham House’s annual London Conference looks at the big issues that confront the world at this key moment in history, and at how to design the new systems and institutions that will shape the international landscape of the future.