Bremmer lays out a series of coming crises, including a US-China confrontation, global health emergencies, climate change, and the AI revolution. To survive and solve these complex problems, we must learn the lessons the pandemic can teach us, work intelligently together on issues that threaten every nation, and share responsibility for the dangers that loom over all of us.
Perhaps the most original section of his book is a compelling analysis of the race to dominate quantum computing — and how that could become yet another source of conflict between China and the US ... Bremmer concludes optimistically that international crises can also create new impetus and opportunities for international co-operation. It would be nice to believe him.
An intriguing, historically grounded analysis ... Though the roadmap for reaching international consensus remains hazy, Bremmer packs the book with enlightening historical examples and sharp analysis of contemporary data. The result is a well-informed look at how 'necessity must now become the mother of cooperation.'
Bremmer’s account is notable for its clear prose and concision. No one doubts that better planning and global cooperation would have lessened the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Readers unfamiliar with climate change will encounter an excellent introduction to the science and tactics to combat it ... Bremmer...offers a vivid description of how the world is dealing with these crises—so far ineffectually. The author’s entirely reasonable solutions involve government action, self-sacrifice, and tolerance of opposing opinions, all of which are in short supply at the moment ... An expert analysis of several critical problems with sensible, if not likely, solutions.