Afterword: Feb 27 2017

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Last week’s disruptive themes:

The world and US media began to fend for themselves. After a month of twists and turns, we either continued to decry or began to assume and grudgingly accept that the Trump administration would not uphold democratic norms. This manifested when President Trump continued to call the press “enemies of the people”, when he announced he would not attend the Apr 29th charity dinner of the White House Correspondents’ Association, and when industry experts weighed in on the crippling economic effect of visa restrictions on high-skilled workers.  US allies around the world started to question if America would still be a national security defender in their respective regions.
With America exiting the multilateral trade agreement stage as soon as it withdrew from the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), Europe and Asia considered hashing out such trade deals without the USA. America’s allies are increasingly confused by the Trump administration’s apparent lack of a coherent foreign policy. More strategically, America’s internal political divisions are creating an opening for Russia and China to fundamentally change the global political landscape and establish a multi-polar world order.
The fledgling Trump administration fulfilled another campaign commitment when it signed an executive order directing every agency to set up a task force to eliminate red tape.

And in a time of such turbulent geopolitical upheaval, something that might have otherwise grabbed international headlines appeared to go relatively unnoticed. Famine has been declared in parts of South Sudan, where UN agencies warned last Monday that war and a collapsing economy have left 100,000 people facing starvation.

Soulful signals in the noise:

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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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