The World in 2019: A Year on the Edge

One era is ending and another will soon begin.

Forecast

GPF Staff |January 3, 2019

Introduction
History is never as neatly demarcated as we like to think it is. We bookmark certain years in our memories to separate what came before from what came after, and some years even justify this practice. We remember 2008 for a financial crisis that nearly sank the global economy. We remember 1991 as the year the Cold War ended. We remember 1939 as the moment Nazi Germany began its ill-fated quest for global domination. These years are important because they changed the world for generations to come, but they are no more important than the years that preceded them, for it was in these years that the social, economic and political conditions that fomented change were created. To borrow a quote from Jacob Riis, it’s never the final hammer blow that breaks the rock; it’s all the hammer blows that came before it.

For our 2019 forecast, we will identify the blows that came before. Many of the forces that will shape the world in 2019 shaped the world in prior years. What m

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