Thursday, August 7, 2008

Four Major Transformations that are Shaping Political, Ecomonic and World Events

Herbert Meyer, famous for being the first to predict the collapse of the Soviet Union during his CIA career under Reagan, recently gave an address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The audience was filled with CEOs of multi-national corporations. Meyer’s speech was titled, ‘What in the World is Going On? A Global Intelligence Briefing for CEOs’.

Meyer is one of the most acclaimed analysts the Intelligence community has ever produced and has a habit of being right, but not necessarily politically correct. This important paper discusses what he sees as the “Four Major Transformations” that are confronting the world today and their looming impact.

First is the War in Iraq which he sees as the third attack by radical Islam on Western Civilization. Second is the emergence of China as an economic and military power. Third is the demographic time bomb in Europe and Japan where a declining birthrate has frightening implications. His fourth area of concern is restructuring the American business model.

Seldom do we see so many important issues interlaced so deftly; demonstrating how each global force affects the other. I urge you to read the complete article; Meyer’s historical references are excellent and his conclusions are thought provoking.

Here is a sample:

FOUR MAJOR TRANSFORMATIONS

Currently, there are four major transformations that are shaping political, economic and world events. These transformations have profound implications for American business leaders and owners, our culture and on our way of life.

1. The War in Iraq

There are three major monotheistic religions in the world: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In the 16th century, Judaism and Christianity reconciled with the modern world. The rabbis, priests and scholars found a way to settle up and pave the way forward. Religion remained at the center of life, church and state became separate. Rule of law, idea of economic liberty, individual rights, human rights-all these are defining points of modern Western civilization… You can find the complete article HERE