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Globalization and power shifts

The St. Gallen Symposium's and Credit Suisse's Global Perspectives Barometer 2011 provides insights into how talented young people view the world, what they expect, what they dread and what attracts them.
Source: HSG Newsroom


11 May 2011. 623 current and former Leaders of Tomorrow responded to the international survey. The Leaders of Tomorrow group consists of 200 carefully selected participants of the St.Gallen Symposium, chosen anew each year and invited to attend the event. Leaders of Tomorrow from the five most recent Symposiums were also invited to respond to the survey.

An opportunity for themselves

The topic of globalization plays an important role in the Global  Perspectives Barometer 2011 and is viewed positively by a small majority of the Leaders of Tomorrow: 52 per cent see more opportunities than risks in global economic integration. However, when assessing the impact of globalization not on their country of origin or even the world, but on themselves, the Leaders of Tomorrow apply different standards: on average, 81 per cent view economic globalization as an opportunity for themselves  and their development.

China will be the leading power

The Leaders of Tomorrow rank the world of today as follows: the US is the leader, followed by China and the European Union, followed in turn by Japan, India, Russia and Brazil. 20 years into the future, the list still contains the same names, but in a different order: China will have overtaken the US as the leading global power. In the view of the future leaders, the European Union will still rank third, followed by India in fourth place. In the assessment of the future elite, by 2031 Japan will also have been overtaken by Russia and Brazil.

Details of the above-mentioned topics and data on further survey questions can be found in the summary of the Global Perspectives Barometer 2011.

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