Why it was another disappointing year for the World Economic Forum's big meeting.
- By David RothkopfDavid Rothkopf is visiting professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His latest book is The Great Questions of Tomorrow. He has been a longtime contributor to Foreign Policy and was CEO and editor of the FP Group from 2012 to May 2017.
Following the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, David Rothkopf, Lara Jakes, and Ed Luce discuss the superficial attempts to focus on women’s issues, the fourth industrial revolution, the celebrity sightings (principally Justin Trudeau), and why Joe Biden’s (mostly under-covered) opening speech speaking truth to power was a refreshing surprise.
Yet again, women remained largely underrepresented at this year’s forum, and the biggest issues facing the world were little discussed. As world delegates picked their way through the icy streets of Davos, the more ardently discussed topic was Donald Trump’s bizarre and continuing success in the U.S. presidential campaign. And finally, this week’s panel debates the three high-risk scenarios that could upend Hillary Clinton’s election bid and win the White House for Trump.
Ed Luce is the Financial Times’s chief U.S. commentator and columnist based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter: @EdwardGLuce.
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