Why it's time for the 'middle powers' to step up on geopolitics

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In a polarised world, with the most powerful nations and the UN unable to prevent or end many wars, could the so-called 'middle powers' step up?

This week's two guests, both members of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council on Geopolitics, think so, and say those countries might even consider setting up an 'M-10' of middle powers seeking to resolve conflicts and other problems.

This podcast is published ahead of the World Economic Forum's Special Meeting on Global Collaboration, Growth and Energy for Development. Find more information at wef.ch/specialmeeting24 (https://www.weforum.org/events/special-meeting-on-global-collaboration-growth-and-energy-for-development-2024/) and across social media using the hashtag #specialmeeting24.

Susana Malcorra, Senior Advisor at Spain’s IE University and former Argentinian foreign minister and UN Secretary General Chief of Staff.

Bruce Jones, Senior Fellow with The Brookings Institution


Nicolai Ruge, Lead, Geopolitics and Trade at the World Economic Forum.

Davos 2024 session: Middle Powers in a Multipolar World (https://www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2024/sessions/middle-powers-in-a-multipolar-world/)

Global Future Council on the Future of Geopolitics: https://www.weforum.org/communities/global-future-councils/

Shaping Cooperation in a Fragmenting World: https://www.weforum.org/publications/shaping-cooperation-in-a-fragmenting-world/

Special Meeting on Global Collaboration, Growth and Energy for Development: https://www.weforum.org/events/special-meeting-on-global-collaboration-growth-and-energy-for-development-2024/
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