An interview with Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. As we turn the page on a difficult 2016 and look to 2017, the theme for our discussion is the case for optimism. In 2011, Charles authored the book "Getting Better: Why Global Development is Succeeding, and How We Can Improve the World Even More,” and later wrote “The Upside of Down: Why the Rise of the Rest is Great for the West.” He has been a contributing editor at Foreign Policy magazine and a regular contributor to Business Week. Charles’ ability to be both rigorous and realistic in his analysis of the world around him while maintaining an infectious optimism has earned him praise across the spectrum, cynics and optimists alike, with his book “Getting Better” catching the attention of Bill Gates, who not only gave the book a glowing review, but who also wrote the book’s forward. In this discussion, Charles covers many topics, including why he’s more optimistic about the future today than he when he wrote “Getting Better” five years ago, why we underestimate our global progress in improving health and reducing poverty, the potential for even greater progress in the future, and why he thinks that the US and Europe, despite the events of the last year, still enjoy the greatest opportunity in history to improve quality of life in the West as well.