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Globalization's Double-Edged Sword

While our world is more connected than ever, it's also more competitive and prone to conflict. Guest Mark Leonard explains why stronger links launched the "age of unpeace."
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About the Episode

Globalization promised us collaboration, peace, and prosperity. But did the connectivity that linked our world together increase conflict and drive our geopolitical priorities farther apart? The European Council on Foreign Relation’s Mark Leonard joins Deep Dish to discuss his new book The Age of Unpeace and his proposal for policymakers navigating our connected future. 

Key Moments

  • How connectivity drives conflict - 1:42
  • Defining “unpeace” - 6:36
  • The weaponization of connectivity - 9:46
  • New topography of power - 15:05
  • China’s strategy - 19:26
  • Three big blocs? - 25:26
  • Geopolitical therapy - 28:44
  • What’s next? - 34:30
About the Experts
Co-founder & Director, European Council on Foreign Relations
Mark Leonard
Mark Leonard is co-founder and director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, the first pan-European think tank. His topics of focus include geopolitics and geoeconomics, China, EU politics and institutions. Leonard hosts the weekly podcast “Mark Leonards’s World in 30 Minutes” and writes a syndicated column on global affairs for Project Syndicate. He is author of the 2021 book The Age of Unpeace.
Mark Leonard
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Council expert Brian Hanson
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs with expertise in policy and politics. He oversees the Council's research operations and hosts the weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
Council expert Brian Hanson

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