At precisely 5.00pm, Donald Trump will be sworn in as America’s next president. For many, this day could not have come soon enough. A man who listened to those ignored by the Washington elite. A megastar businessman who promised to re-boot the American dream for the little people.
For those that imagined the consequences of a Trump presidency would at least be temporary, feelings of hope have all but evaporated. As each of Trump’s appointments is announced, a dark shadow creeps further over world stability.
After five decades of stability across the developed world, a new era of insecurity is emerging. Values and institutions that were considered sacrosanct are now being questioned or rejected. Nationalism is rapidly emerging as the new political force driving change.