Alan Weiss’s Monday Morning Memo® – 6/16/14
This week’s focus point: After World War I, the Sykes-Picot Agreement divided the middle east according to British and French interests (with Russia agreeing). The geopolitical lines drawn were arbitrary and capricious, ignoring tribes and historic settlement (and even common sense). We’re living with the consequences of such imperialism today. We will probably see a very different landscape emerge, for example, with the Kurds having an independent state, and parts of existing states (Syria, Iraq, Iran) perhaps forming a new one. At one point, a hundred years ago, only two African nations (Liberia and Ethiopia) were not ruled by an external power. My quaint idea is to try to help everyone become a “have” as opposed to a “have not,” so they have too much to lose through conflict and a great deal to gain through compromise. Of course, this requires visionary leadership.
Monday Morning Perspective: Having thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous spectacle of the revolution, our intelligentsia prepared to don their fur-lined overcoats and return to their comfortable houses, but the overcoats were stolen and the houses burned. — Rosanoff, describing the predicament of the Russian liberals
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