Road To Now
Road To Now
FROM THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL AND END OF THE COLD WAR TO NOW – THE KEY EVENTS THAT HAVE SHAPED THE MODERN WORLD
The road to now started with such promise. The end of the Cold War – dramatically represented by the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union – sparked optimism that the democratic values and free markets of the West would be universally accepted.
How quickly it all changed. America’s certainties ended abruptly in the deserts of Afghanistan and Iraq, its relations with the outside world forever changed by the events of 9/11. The global financial crisis undermined the West’s claim of leadership, while the incredibly fast rise of China as an economic powerhouse demonstrated that authoritarian capitalism could be an effective economic model.
And the 21st century has been a time of dramatic change and manifold challenges - super-power rivalries, economic disruption, technological revolution and environmental pressures have created a world of unprecedented complexity. In the past 30 years we have added 2.5 billion people to the planet. The impact of
industrialisation, the spread of economic power from west to east and a rapidly changing climate are so profound that some people foresee an existential crisis for mankind.
How did we get to now? How did the celebration of freedom that remarkable night in Berlin lead to the crisis of international confidence evident today? Stepping back to observe the connections that link the rapidly changing events of the past thirty years, we see the patterns that led us inexorably to this moment.
This fascinating 6-part series unpacks major events on the road to now. Christian Amanpour (Chief International Anchor, CNN), Tom Friedman (author, Foreign Affairs columnist, The New York Times) and Niall Ferguson (British author and historian) are amongst some of the world’s best commentators, historians, journalists and politicians guiding us through the key events that have shaped the modern world.