The greatest political divide in the world today is between order and disorder.
That was one of the insights offered by Thomas Friedman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, who joined former Secretary of State John Kerry for a conversation on the state of democracy at home and abroad.
“The biggest driver in the world today is people moving from disorder to order,” Friedman said, citing the mass economic migration of people from developing countries to the West as well as the impact of climate change. He observed that weak nation states are no longer being propped up by two superpower countries, as they were following World War II.
The U.S. needs to stabilize these regions, he said, because “when people are desperate, they will come.”