Today’s Challenges Require a New Generation of Political Leaders

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaks with the media as she arrives for an EU Africa summit in Brussels, Feb. 18, 2022 (AP photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert).
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin speaks with the media as she arrives for an EU Africa summit in Brussels, Feb. 18, 2022 (AP photo by Geert Vanden Wijngaert).

The challenges we face today are incomparable to those of yesterday. More than ever before, we face threats restricted not just to distinct parts of the world or to particular populations, but to the globe’s collective existence. Global warming is heating up the planet—our shared home—to dangerous levels; apocalyptic nuclear warfare has become an ever-looming possibility; and new technologies, like AI voice cloning, increasingly have the potential to upend life as we know it. Unprecedented challenges call for unprecedented leadership. The world needs policymakers and leaders who can be flexible, incorporating new research and adapting to new crises as they emerge; […]

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