In today’s world of polarized politics, divisions within societies struggling with the history of divisions feel particularly deep. Countries emerging from conflict, such as Colombia or South Sudan, are striving to make progress toward non-violence and reconciliation. Even in peaceful, mature democracies, the public discourse has become more partisan and polarized than ever. As countries look for transformative leadership to overcome divisions, they struggle with building effective coalitions that could overcome differences and find consensus in key areas.
In this context, the 2017 Global Leadership Forum, focused on “Building Leadership for Reform in Divided Societies” and hosted by the World Bank in Washington, DC, came at a very opportune time.
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