I hate to boil complex geopolitical problems into simple language, but… I think a lot of our problems stem from the fact that nobody gives a damn about anybody else. If something is good for the commons but the actors involved don’t get something out of it, it gets left undone. Just look at the heartbleed vulnerability. This was a vulnerability in a computer program (OpenSSL) that millions of websites depended upon. It was an open source project which meant that any programmer could work on it and it was free for people to use. So billion dollar companies used it without blinking without having any of their programmers look over the code for bugs and security vulnerabilities. Unsurprisingly a huge security vulnerability was found earlier this year and millions of websites were at risk of being compromised.
I could say the same about the Ebola vaccine that was shelved for ten years.