Summary of The Risky Politics of Progress

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“Our great global challenges may not be so unsolvable after all.”


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The challenges facing the world can feel insurmountable when the media spew a continual stream of gloomy stories. Yet journalist Jonathan Tepperman believes there’s room for optimism. He examines cases where nations prevailed over seemingly intractable problems, and he extrapolates practical problem-solving techniques. getAbstract hails Tepperman’s lecture as beacon of hope amid the endless litany of supposedly unsolvable problems.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the world’s problems aren’t insurmountable,
  • How three countries have triumphed over huge challenges and
  • What three common problem-solving tenets emerge from those examples.


The media’s relentless fear-mongering fosters the impression that society’s problems are indelible. Yet some countries have conquered supposedly unsolvable challenges. Immigration, a divisive issue that plagues many nations, is not a problem in
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About the Speaker

Jonathan Tepperman is a managing editor of Foreign Affairs, a bimonthly journal.

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