A Hinge of History
A Hinge of History

A Hinge of History

Governance in an Emerging New World


352 Pages, 6 x 9

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Publication Date: November 2020

ISBN 9780817924348


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The world is at an inflection point. Advancing technologies are creating new opportunities and challenges. Great demographic changes are occurring rapidly, with significant consequences. Governance everywhere is in disarray. A new world is emerging.These are some of the key insights to emerge from a series of interdisciplinary roundtables and global expert contributions hosted by the Hoover Institution. In these pages, George P. Shultz and James Timbie examine a range of issues shaping our present and future, region by region. Concrete proposals address migration, reversing the decline of K–12 education, updating the social safety net, maintaining economic productivity, protecting our democratic processes, improving national security, and more. Meeting these transformational challenges will require international cooperation, constructive engagement, and strong governance. The United States is well positioned to ride this wave of change—and lead other nations in doing the same.


"One of our great statesmen leads an exploration of the most important issues that our nation faces. This is a rich menu for our future." —Joseph S. Nye Jr., Harvard University, author of Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump

 "Improving how our government works will restore confidence in our institutions during this critical time in our history. Secretary Shultz has once again made an important civic contribution." —Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida

"The Governance in an Emerging New World project is vital to our time. We need these sorts of constructive debates to respond thoughtfully in the midst of unprecedented technological, social, political, and economic change." —Ralph D. Semmel, director of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

 "In a world awash in change, governing effectively demands more breadth and depth of understanding than we've achieved historically. This clear-eyed, smartly presented study enables a unique grasp of what is at stake, without myth or delusion, and provides the intellectual tools for sorting out the path ahead." —James Mattis, general, US Marines (ret.) and 26th secretary of defense

"A strategic analysis of the disparate and sometimes conflicting factors shaping the future that should inform policy makers and students for thinking beyond narrow disciplinary silos. It bridges the sometimes perilous knife-edge of science, technology, and security in ways few other volumes have." —Margaret Kosal, professor of international affairs, Georgia Tech

"An amazing tour de force through the most challenging governance issues of our times. Its analytical depth and the breadth of its thematic and geographical scope make it essential reading for policy makers and observers around the globe." —Jens Südekum, professor of international economics, Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics

"The world grapples with a pandemic, demographic shifts have remade entire regions, and authoritarianism has surged. Amid this crisis, this volume reminds us that restoring global leadership requires two things: reflection and collaboration. Global security, human rights, and the spirit of democracy all demand it." —H. E. Hicham Alaoui, director of the Hicham Alaoui Foundation for Social Science Research on Northern Africa and the Middle East

"Timely and important ideas for tackling our toughest global challenges. A Hinge of History is a valuable resource for leaders and citizens who recognize that facts, not ideology, must shape our conclusions and our path forward." —Sam Nunn, former US senator and chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, cochair of the Nuclear Threat Initiative

Author Biography

George P. Shultz, the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution, has had an eminent career in government, academia, and business. He has held four federal cabinet posts, taught at three of this country's great universities, and was president of a major engineering firm. He is the co-author of Choose Economic Freedom (Hoover Institution Press, 2020). James Timbie is an Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. A physicist and arms control negotiator, he was previously a senior advisor at the U.S. State Department between 1983 and 2016. He is the co-editor of Beyond Disruption (Hoover Institution Press, 2018).