Jon Sopel is a presenter for the news programme Global on BBC World News and a presenter and correspondent on the BBC News and BBC One. Since joining the BBC in 1983, he has served as chief political correspondent for BBC News and international correspondent in the Middle-East during the Israel-Lebanon war, in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami, in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, in Beijing for the 2008 Olympic Games, and in South Africa for the World Cup. In 2007 Jon was named political journalist of the year by the Public Affairs Industry.
The great metropolises of the globe have outlived kingdoms and empires. The world’s oldest centers of political power will dominate the 22nd century. The influence of cities will eclipse the power of nation-states.
The history of conflict is as old as the history of human civilization. Forget utopian hopes for a pacifist future – the 22nd century will still be marked by wars. But locations and actors will change.
While the West engages in serious navel-gazing, the rest of the world is moving ahead. Don’t judge the state of the world economy by Western GDP growth.
European foreign policy in Syria has failed. Has Europe become powerless on the world stage?
Technological progress is breaking down communicative and linguistic barriers. Diplomacy will cease to be conducted behind closed doors – tomorrow, we’re all ambassadors.