For the last twenty years, working as an independent policy adviser to the presidents and prime ministers of nearly sixty countries, I’ve often challenged them with the same questions: what is your country for? What is its gift to the world? How should a country make itself useful in the 21st century, and so earn its place in the world?

And just as often, I’ve asked myself a different question: why won’t the world work? How is it that despite all the power, technology, money and knowledge that humanity has accumulated, we still seem unable to defeat the most dangerous ...


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