Lord Ashdown outlines his view that we are entering a global shift of power that the workd has never seen before. He predicts three major shifts which will have implications for us all. 1 - Power will shift vertically from the nation state to globalised power. i.e. the G20. 2 - There will be a power shift from the west to the east and pacific rim. Alliances will change and remain fluid and we will have to work with countries with whom we share common interests not values. 3 - As nations become more interlinked we can no longer rely on military or economic might to defend ourselves. It is an interesting and thought provoking talk which I fell is linked to some of the other discussions on going in the forum.