This seminar is part of the Arendalsuka 2024.

The world has become a more dangerous place. Since the end of World War II, the number of armed conflicts has never been higher, with death tolls reaching levels not seen since the 1980s. Artificial intelligence powers sophisticated fake news campaigns, undermining trust and destabilizing societies. Democracy is in decline, paradoxically at a time when the world is experiencing the largest election year ever, potentially accelerating the erosion of political freedoms. Institutions designed to maintain global peace, like the United Nations and the OSCE, have seen their roles drastically curtailed due to increased polarization.

In this panel, we take stock of these critical trends in world development, and explore ways to navigate and resolve the current state of affairs.


  • Henrik Urdal, Director at PRIO