Afterword: Jan 23 2017

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Another week, another study in contrasts in this new and uncertain world.

In any other week the fact that The Gambia, a West African nation, had democratically voted its dictatorial President out of power and forced him into exile, might have made a larger dent in world news.

But we were all focused on the story that overshadowed everything else – the end of President Barack Obama’s 2nd term and the inauguration of Donald J Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America.

It seems almost a life away now, to think that the week in America began on Monday Jan 16th with:

  • Martin Luther King Day, an annual pause on the calendar to commemorate the towering influence and impact of this civil rights icon. (Watch or read his lesser-known but equally majestic Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.)
  • China issuing another warning shot to (then) President-elect Trump that the one-China policy is non-negotiable. President Trump seems to want to use Taiwan as leverage in his dealings with China. But I know and understand how proud the Chinese are of their worldview and territorial claims. They’re not about to be pushed around on this.
  • Outgoing National Security Advisor Susan Rice highlighted the Obama administration’s achievements, including the Iran nuclear deal, the Paris climate agreement, opening to Cuba and (less reported) creating a global health infrastructure to detect and contain global pandemics. Unsurprisingly, she noted Syria as their biggest disappointment.

By Tuesday Jan 17th, we had:

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Maya Mathias

Maya Mathias is a global leadership veteran, with a life and career spanning 3 continents and 5 job transitions. She is a peaceful leadership advocate and mentor, bringing her unique blend of East & West to her leadership development and innovation management practice. Maya’s life began with a lower-middle class upbringing in Asia, surrounded by poultry & vegetable farms and the ‘simple life’. She doesn’t forget her humble roots, and her body of work seeks to bring more equality, justice and personal purpose in troubling times. Learn more about Maya here.

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