Thomas Friedman On The World In 2019

Wednesday 3 April 2019, 7pm | Emmanuel Centre

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Thomas Friedman On The World In 2019

‘A global star … given his track record as a zeitgeist thermometer, we should all pay attention’ – Financial Times

After only a few days, the world in 2019 is looking increasingly chaotic and unpredictable. In Washington President Trump and the new Democrat-controlled Congress are battling over a government shut-down – which he says could last ‘for years.’ Britain seems no closer to a Brexit deal. And you thought the stock market had a bad year in 2018? On January 2nd, the world’s most valuable company, Apple, lost 9% of its value. Global markets tumbled (and then recovered). Who better then to make sense of these unsettling and fast-changing times than Thomas Friedman, a writer described as ‘the most influential columnist in America’? A three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and columnist on The New York Times, Friedman has been at the forefront of geopolitical and economic upheaval for nearly 40 years, from the first Lebanon War to the collapse of Lehman Brothers. He has written a series of bestselling books laying out the implications of globalisation, climate change and technological advance.

Coming to the Intelligence Squared stage on April 3rd, Friedman will bring his wisdom and insight to the world’s current predicaments: How should the West respond to an emboldened China? How do we rebuild the global economy so that it creates prosperity for everyone, not just the few? And how, above all, should we handle the tectonic shifts – technological, demographic and political – that are reshaping our world today?


Thomas Friedman

Foreign affairs columnist on the New York Times. His books include The World Is Flat (2005), which won the first Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award; Hot, Flat, and Crowded (2008); and Thank You For Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (2016), which was shortlisted for the FT and McKinsey Business Book of the Year.


Rana Mitter

Historian, author and broadcaster. He is director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford, where he is Professor of the History and Politics of Modern China. His most recent book is the award-winning China’s War with Japan, 1937-45: The Struggle for Survival. He is a regular presenter of the arts and ideas programme Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3.



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