World On The Brink

In 2018, the world feels more dangerous, more threatening, and more unpredictable than ever. Global institutions seem unable to control forces unleashed by an increasingly interconnected world. We appear to be moving forward and backward at the same time - forward into a world where technology connects us at an ever-faster pace, and backward into a world where tribalism, religious differences, and resource-scarcity rule the day. In a new, up-to-the-minute documentary series titled A World On the Brink, host Dee Smith (a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently at the University of Texas at Austin) provides crucial insights into how we arrived at today's fractured moment, where we may be headed next. "It increasingly feels like we are on the brink," says Smith in his introduction to the four-part series. "But on the brink of what?" The documentary features commentary and insight from 19 leaders from around the world drawn from disciplines as diverse as foreign policy, diplomacy, the military, psychology, finance, engineering, theology, and history. The series is produced by RealVision Television in association with Grace Creek Media, producer of Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg, Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman, and numerous public television documentaries and series.

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The Middle East

Episode Three focuses on an area of the world that is both a crucible of change and a potential flashpoint: the Middle East.

What Tomorrow May Bring

Episode Four looks at the changing nature of nuclear, cyber, and biological warfare - focusing on how different threats intersect and reinforce each other, becoming more complex and menacing in the process.

A World on the Brink

The first episode of the series focuses on today's global order and those trends that currently challenge it. The program explores the roots of today's system of nation-states based on fixed borders and local control, and examines the institutions that were created in reaction to the global conflicts of the first half of the twentieth century.

Globalization and Its Discontents

In Episode Two, Dee Smith examines globalization and its impact. The transnational flow of goods and information has lifted nearly a billion people out of poverty, but not without significant consequences.