Prof Aziz's Latest Opeds on Global Risks
What's Next in the 2020s? Check out our Top Ten Global Risk List in Newsweek: five global trends, five countries to watch and five possible shock events, based on the 7th annual collaboration between my NYU grad students and crowdsourced consultancy Wikistrat. And a co-written piece in Vanity Fair Italia on island nation Tuvalu's valiant climate fight (English translation).
Sharing FWO & Previewing Global Spring in 2022-23Dubai, Sharm el Sheikh, Tampere, Miami, London, Kuala Lumpur
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr Maha Hosain Aziz is a professor, keynote speaker, author and cartoonist focused on global risk & future trends in NYU's MA International Relations Program. She is a risk expert in the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council; and on occasion she still consults via the world's first crowdsourced consultancy Wikistrat and other networks. Her 2016 political comic book, The Global Kid, won seven awards (all profits to charity) and was a Top 16 Amazon US bestseller; its ten-time award-winning sequel with VR/AR elements launched in Dec 2021 with edtech partner Musemio and contributor AR Market, hitting top 10 on Amazon bestsellers list in the US, Australia and Singapore; her first book Future World Order was a Top 15 Amazon US bestseller and won seven global awards (15% of profits went to her brother's memorial fund). She is a Jordanian-born Pakistani who grew up in the Middle East (Jordan, Saudi Arabia), Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia), Europe (UK, Greece) and the US. And she is a social scientist trained at Brown (BA), Columbia (MA) and the LSE (MSc, PhD).
ABOUT THE BOOKS
Dr Aziz's books serve as a guide for readers to make better sense of the world at this sensitive turning point. FUTURE WORLD ORDER considers the tech-influenced global legitimacy crisis that will deepen in the 2020s. The book launched in 2019 at The Conduit and also in 2020 at the Commonwealth Secretariat in historic Marlborough House; it won seven global awards and is a Top 15 Amazon bestseller. 15% of Dr Aziz’s profits go to her late brother's memorial fund, the Abid Aziz Fund, which supports charity Peace & Sport's Syrian refugee youth project in Jordan's Za'atari camp (video of the kids here). Part two, A GLOBAL SPRING (2023), considers more predictions for a post-pandemic era. The final book in the trilogy 10 SHOCK EVENTS BY 2030 (2024) considers the less predictable risks that may destabilize our world order. Past interviews on the books: Scroll (2019), Hard News (2019), Asia Society (2020), Convoco Foundation (2022), Sales Pop! (2022), Common Denominator with Moshe Popack (2022), Eureka! podcast with BBC journalist Rick Edwards and scientist Dr Michael Brooks (2022); with more to come.
REVIEWS OF FUTURE WORLD ORDER
DR NOURIEL ROUBINI, Professor of Economics and International Business at NYU Stern and CEO of Roubini Macro Associates
Dr Aziz has vision. Future World Order is the essential guide for every citizen to understand the major global risks we face - and consider how we may tackle them. With few female political thinkers today, Dr Aziz is a welcome addition. She is definitely a global thinker to watch.
KISHORE MAHBUBANI, Founding Dean of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS, and author of Has the West Lost It? (2018)
One fact cannot be denied. Global anxiety has gripped even our young generations on many fronts: geopolitically, politically, economically and socially. Dr Aziz captures and distills the anxiety and thoughtfully suggests how we can leverage the possibilities of technology to get out of it. A must-read.
DR IAN BREMMER, author of Us Vs Them (2018) and Founder of Eurasia Group
A book that looks past the headlines to the underlying issues fueling our current world disorder… then offers some persuasive optimism that all is not yet lost. When it comes to political risk, it’s hard not to lose sight of the forest for the trees; this is not a problem for Aziz, making her book a must-read.
DR MARGARET LEVI, Winner of 2019 Johan Skytte Prize, Professor of Political Science and Director at Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University
Highly accessible and thoughtfully argued, Future World Order offers both analysis and blueprint. Aziz is tough-minded in her reading of the sources of political, economic, and social crisis in our contemporary area. But she also offers a pathway through the morass. ... Future World Order is sophisticated and stimulating, its ideas worth taking seriously.
DR PARAG KHANNA, Managing Partner of FutureMap and author of Connectography (2016) and The Future Is Asian (2019)
It takes an engaged scholar activist like Dr Maha Hosain Aziz to adequately capture the worrying scope of today's overlapping crises of legitimacy. But with her finger on the pulse of the next generation, she also highlights how technology can positively spur citizen engagement to bring about a new social contract - both at the national and global levels.
DANIELLE KAYEMBE, Female Futurist, author of The Silent Rise of the Female-Driven Economy (2017) and CEO of Greyfire Impact
A rising voice in governance and public policy, Dr Aziz delivers an engaging and thought-provoking read on the future of our increasingly interconnected world. In Future World Order, she weaves together the disruptions, transitions and risks created by the global legitimacy crisis and a population learning to leverage technology.
DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, author of Team Human (2019)
The systems of government we've been living with are coming down. It's not a matter of if or even when, but how. Aziz shows that accepting and fostering this change is the surest path toward a soft landing, peaceful transition, and sustainable outcome.
A Global Book Tour for Future World Order - 2019-2020
- London Book Signing for first edition (April 2019) @ social justice club The Conduit
- Gen Z enjoying learning about the world through Future World Order!
- 120+ Guests in Education, Arts, Finance and Nonprofit at London's Conduit
- A slightly teary Mama Aziz (in black) with guests learning about FWO during my speech
- Apparently signing books can be fun :)
- Post-millennials talking politics
- FWO (2019) Cover Illustrator Karen Rubins and Friends
- Papa Aziz and guests during my speech
- The Kanaans
- Lord Lamont
AMAZON REVIEWS OF FUTURE WORLD ORDER
A well-researched and articulated book by New York University (NYU) Prof Maha Aziz, a promising global thinker. She explains the major risks we face and offers plausible solutions to critical issues... a great addition to the global dialogue in international relations.
Great book! It was easy to read, even for those without an academic background in risk. It enlightened me with types of risks we should be concerned about, and also, motivated me to spread the words around what we can do to make changes to collectively reduce the risks globally.
Maha Aziz's fundamental thesis in this book is that there is a global crisis of legitimacy in Geopolitics, politics, economics and the society. She brilliantly captures and articulates our deep angst at the current state of the world and provides a hopeful and sensible cure. A fast and enjoyable read.
I read this mainly while traveling for work. I found it clear, provoking, and accessible. As a scientist focused on developing medicines, the book’s topic seemed to fall well beyond my daily pondering. I picked it up at a friend’s recommendation, and it quickly opened my mind. It’s a great reminder to look beyond my chosen microcosm and to think and participate in shaping our greater society, because it matters.