A History Lesson on the edge of the Silk Route
The government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan too is looking both East and West today. Turkish businessmen don’t readily see themselves as part of the Middle East, but the market of 71 million consumers has grown six to eight percent in the past five years based on the ability to export its construction know how to the fast-growing Gulf countries and leveraging its position as a major trading artery in both directions.
This week a major congress of transport ministers from Far East Asia to the edge of
While these transport ministers were busy looking forward to what can be over the next twenty years with the reconstruction of the
Gorbachev took delegates through that window in time twenty years ago when the Cold War was still real, when communism was still very much alive but there was no discussion about a
He shares with great disappointment the “possibilities that were not realized” to bring greater safety and security to society. People he said are asking what kind of future awaits them and are yearning for action on the Kyoto Protocol, the Millennium Development Goals to reduce poverty and the end-game in the Middle East after what he called a “mistaken strategy” in Iraq.
While not trying to overplay the role he and his peers at the time played -- Reagan, Thatcher, Mitterrand and Kohl -- to patch together a new world order, Gorbachev talked of a leadership vacuum today. Elected officials, especially those in
Gorbachev was preaching to the converted when he talked about creating a “healthy vascular system for trade” from
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