The first episode of the series focuses on today's global order and those trends that currently challenge it. The program explores the roots of today's system of nation-states based on fixed borders and local control, and examines the institutions that were created in reaction to the global conflicts of the first half of the twentieth century.
In 2018, the world feels more dangerous, more threatening, and more unpredictable than ever. Global institutions seem unable to control forces unleashed by an increasingly interconnected world. We appear to be moving forward and backward at the same time - forward into a world where technology connects us at an ever-faster pace, and backward into a world where tribalism, religious differences, and resource-scarcity rule the day.In this new, up-to-the-minute documentary series A World On the Brink, host Dee Smith (a permanent member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently at the University of Texas at Austin) provides crucial insights into how we arrived at today's fractured moment, where we may be headed next.