From Gibraltar to the Strait of Hormuz, the Arab world is in the throes of chaos. Where once external forces were to blame, today the absence of external pressure has led to a fracturing among and within regional powers.
Syria is pregnant with a new world order. Whether the result is stillborn or a thriving new geopolitical arrangement will depend largely on how Donald Trump deals with the ascendant powers that have benefitted from the war.
A giant in Iranian politics, Hashemi Rafsanjani, has died. He played a number of roles throughout his long career, but whatever happened at the highest rungs of Iranian politics, you could be sure his influence was there.
A UN brokered solution to the chaos in Libya does not seem to be working. With Russia now involved and a new US president, an about-face with respect to which faction should be supported might be the best solution.
Russia is now the main player in the Syrian peace talks. In an attempt to return to the world stage, Moscow has thrust itself into a position that proved very difficult for its predecessors in the region.
The totally unexpected is now upon us. Trump is in office and the entire world is waiting to see how his presidency pans out. The only thing that can safely be said is that the entire journey has been unprecedented.
Paradoxically, both populist and liberal governments in Latin America are drawing inspiration from US events: one in the name of opposition to what the US was in the past, the other in the name of opposition to what the US could become under Trump.
As protectionists gain the upper hand in the developed world, China’s Xi Jinping is coming to be seen as a champion of free trade. With the US retreating, Beijing
is poised to step into the vacuum created, even to the point of replacing Uncle Sam with their own version.
As technology advances, societies with a technological edge will move beyond those that have been catching up solely through cheap labor, thus modifying the economic hierarchy of nations and the relationship between governments and the workforce.
It takes leadership both to create a new enterprise or simply maintain a thriving one. Prioritizing financial results while maintaining a sense of involvement and enthusiasm are important skills.
Technology transformations are an important way for governments to become more efficient. The digital magic of the IT revolution will only work if it is arranged in a core system that can adapt to the rapid changes in technology.
In this age of fake news and outright lies, fact-checking isn’t enough for businesses. Protecting a company’s reputation involves implementing a full post-truth strategy.
China is in the midst of a renewable energy revolution. Plagued by growing air pollution and the need to import fossil fuels from abroad, Beijing’s energy strategy is beginning to pay off both economically and environmentally.