The most optimistic development on the world stage that I have seen in decades is what's coming out of Eurasia, especially out of China and the Eurasian Economic Union, led by Russia and other countries, that is to build a grid.
It is true that US-Pakistan relations deteriorated after 2011. The Laden, Salala and Raymond events were responsible for that. But I doubt that the US has finally lost influence in Pakistan's intelligence services.
The Central Asian Republics have been historically connected to the world through the ancient Silk Road, situated at the crossroads of East Asia, West Asia, South Asia and Europe, their location is excellent for trade.
Eurasianism is a political trend nowadays, still few people realize its essence.
After Brexit and the significant growth of Eurosceptic and populist influence in Europe, the future of the European Union seems to be no longer questioned.
The world echoes with cries of ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy’. But do they mean the same thing to everyone? And could misperceptions about the two words have something to do with the state the world is in?