Rapid technological advances, globalisation, unparalleled demographic changes and the rise of China and India as superpowers mean that we are entering an unprecedented age. Rob Shapiro employs his immense experience in international politics to sketch a blueprint for the coming fifteen years, tracing the path combined global forces may lead us. This is neither hopelessly idealistic nor a tale of woe and Armageddon: Shapiro is persistently lucid, penetrating and even-handed in delineating the world as it stands and predicting the way it will walk.
Robert Shapiro has held numerous posts in US politics, advising Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, Michael Dukakis, Dan Moynihan amongst others. He spent four years (1997- 2001) as U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs. He is currently the co-founder and chairman of Sonecon, LLC, which advises US and foreign businesses, governments and non-profit organisations.