Ian Morris teaches at Stanford University, where he has won the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and served as Senior Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences. He has excavated archaeological sites in Britain, Greece, and Sicily. He studies long-term global history, asking what the patterns of the past tell us about the future. His fifteen books include the prize-winning Why the West Rules—For Now and the most recent, Geography is Destiny: Britain and the World, a 10,000-Year History. In addition to his books, he has published numerous essays. His research has been funded by the Carnegie and Guggenheim Foundations, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Geographic Society.
"The next 30 years will be the most dangerous in the history of the world. A new world order will emerge," said Ian Morris in his keynote speech at the SEF. What this will look like is still unclear.
"But China is growing stronger. The East is closing its gap with the West," said the 63-year-old historian, archaeologist and professor at Stanford University. History has shown that major geopolitical upheavals are often accompanied by terrible wars - and this time there are plenty of nuclear weapons at hand.
In the past, Switzerland has always positioned itself in such a way that it has provided financial services to the dominant states. It remains to be seen whether this strategy can still work in the future.