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Martin Wolf on the World in 2022

What are the major trends that will shape the world in 2022?

2022 looks set to be another seismic year. A new Covid-19 variant threatens to prolong  the pandemic. A diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics looks likely to escalate tensions with China. And time is running out to ’keep 1.5 alive’, in spite of the commitments made at COP26. 

So who better to make sense of these unsettling and fast-changing times than Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times? Widely regarded as one of the world’s most influential writers on the global economy and a multi-award-winning financial journalist, Wolf has been chronicling and analysing geopolitical and economic upheaval for nearly 40 years. He has written bestselling books laying out the implications of globalisation, climate change and why the world is still feeling the aftershocks of the 2008 financial crash today. 

In January 2022 he came to Intelligence Squared to set out what he sees as the major trends that will shape the world in 2022 – and to  answer your questions on the great economic and geopolitical challenges of our times



Martin Wolf

Chief Economics Commentator at the FT

Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times. His most recent book is The Shifts and The Shocks: What We’ve Learned – And Have Still To Learn – From The Financial Crisis.

Justin Webb

Presenter on BBC Radio 4's Today programme and author of the upcoming memoir The Gift of a Radio: My Childhood and other Train Wrecks

One of the presenters of BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. He was the BBC’s North America Editor for 8 years, covering the 9/11 attacks and the election of President Obama. He writes regularly for the Radio Times and reviews books for the Sunday Times. His memoir The Gift of a Radio: My Childhood and other Train Wrecks will be published in February 2022.