Welcome to The World Ahead 2022, our guide to the coming year. Our correspondents and outside experts consider the new reality that is emerging in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and ask what it means for politics, economics, business, science and culture. The World Ahead 2022 is the flagship publication of our future-gazing franchise, which also includes The World Ahead: What If?, our scenarios supplement, published every July. If you are not already a subscriber to The Economist you can unlock some of our content by registering.
Ten trends to watch in the coming year
Covid-19 is likely to fade away in 2022
China hopes to flaunt the merits of its political system over America’s
Xi Jinping’s crackdown on Chinese tech firms will continue
Will the world economy return to normal in 2022?
How to ensure that the future of work is fair for all
Decentralised finance is booming, but it has yet to find its purpose
Energy investment needs to increase—so bills and taxes must rise
International travel will get easier, but restrictions will remain
Several ambitious space missions will blast off in 2022
China avoids Olympic protests by banning foreign spectators
22 emerging technologies to watch in 2022