Magazine October 6, 2014, Issue

Mapping Tomorrow’s World

The Future, Declassified: Megatrends That Will Undo the World Unless We Take Action, by Mathew Burrows (Palgrave Macmillan, 288 pp., $27)

Mathew Burrows arrived at the CIA in the mid 1980s with a Ph.D. in history. He retired last year as the principal U.S. intelligence analyst of long-term trends. In this book, a study of the forces that will shape the world and the relative power of nations 15 to 20 years hence, he approaches his task as a historian would. He focuses on long-term, fundamental trends but has an appreciation for contingency and agency: a recognition that things can change quickly, and not for the better. Burrows devotes considerable attention to subjects such as demographics, which by nature can be

Paul Lettow, the author of Ronald Reagan and His Quest to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, served as the senior director for strategic planning on the National Security Council staff from 2007 to 2009.

In This Issue

Articles

Politics & Policy

Hagan Hiding

Raleigh, N.C. — In North Carolina’s closely watched U.S. Senate race between Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis, the former is the incumbent. But she doesn’t sound like it. ...

Features

Special Energy Section

Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

Morality and Power

In 1976 Ronald Reagan confronted President Gerald Ford with one of the most grueling primary challenges any incumbent president has ever faced. The fight went to the floor of the ...
Politics & Policy

A Green Scam

In this corner, we have a human-rights lawyer representing the interests of indigenous people in the Amazon residing in a remote corner of Ecuador polluted by the by-products of oil ...
Politics & Policy

Disappearing Act

First, a critic’s confession: Since becoming a father, I can no longer quite trust my emotional reactions at the movies. Parenthood stretches the carapace around your feelings thin, makes the ...

Sections

Politics & Policy

Letter

Ida Armed In the illustration for your August 25 cover (“The Great Equalizer”), Roman Genn sketched Ida B. Wells brandishing what appears to be a Remington rolling-block rifle — a single-shot ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ New administration line: We are not not at war with the Islamic State. ‐ President Obama’s speech on his new Iraq war ventured onto the shaky ground of theology. “ISIL ...
Athwart

Political Suicide

‘Civilization as we know it today would be in jeopardy if the Republicans win the Senate.” So said Nancy Pelosi, speaking on the civilizational apex that is Bill Maher’s show. ...
Politics & Policy

A Half-Hearted Fight

The president announced a campaign to destroy the Islamic State. This is welcome after the willful indifference the president has exhibited to the rise of the Islamic State and the fate ...
Politics & Policy

Poetry

THE SAGE I was looking for you in the garden. Above pink poppies and white cleome I saw scarlet blossoms, a sweet cluster I could not name without you near. Then A strange voice came ...
Happy Warrior

Embrace the Suck

Is it just me or does it seem like every time Ted Cruz has a Great Idea, conservatives end up fractious and divided and fighting among ourselves for two weeks ...

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