Foreword by The Rt Hon The Lord Robertson KT GCMG, Chair of the Churchill 21st Century Statesmanship Global Leaders Programme:
'In 1908 Winston Churchill said “What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who live in it after we are gone?”
In this spirit I commend these reports and hope that they are read far and wide. They have been written by an insightful group of men and women who bring a complement of experience, fresh thinking and diverse views. Exactly the sort of wise counsel that Winston Churchill himself would have sought.
Global leaders today face a complex web of problems and challenges including environmental change; war and terror; mass migration; disruptive new technologies; and less deferential populations. These, and more, are all explored in the papers published today.
The Churchill 21st century leadership programme has two core aims: to identify and build a better understanding of the greatest challenges facing the world today; and to equip future generations with the skills required for modern leadership. By such means we will, in Churchill’s words, ‘make this muddled world a better place’.