I admit that the era prior to 2017 were not easy years. A global financial crisis, the Syrian War, agitations in Ukraine, the spread of the Islamic State, terror threats and acts, Europe's migrant crisis, the plight of Palestinians, the persecution of the Rohingya people, Russian meddling in Europe and a host of other issues dominated the period. But humanity weathered the tests of that time.
Most people felt hopeful and confident in their persons and toward their futures. Diplomacy and international cooperation on a number of issues from security, to trade and to environment gave the world's people hope for a more secure tomorrow. People felt good about themselves and about other people. People showed empathy to the displaced and to the victims of war and economic hardships. This was before 2017.
But following a vote in the United Kingdom (UK), June, 23, 2016, to leave the European Union (EU) and the surprise election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States (US), November 8, 2016, hope and confidence were erased from the outlook of many people.
This present period of uncertainty has been reinforced by US spats with traditional allies from Europe, to the Americas, to Africa and to Asia. Humanity has witnessed an international pact to protect the stressed environment reneged upon by the US, so was a nuclear deal with Iran. A trade war has been started with China, while the US southern border has been slammed shut to Latinos as the international ports bar many entries from Muslim nations. Amid all these new affairs in a hopeless and non-confident US, an atmosphere of division, hate and mass violence has thickened.
A return to the confidence and hope of the pre-2017 era appears almost impossible at this time given the present state of political affairs. However, in 2019 with a Democrat controlled House of Representatives, matters could stabilize somewhat. Yet, I submit that global hope and confidence will not return until there's a change in the Executive of the US. Only then with new US world leadership would global confidence and the responsibility to promote liberty, opportunity, stability and the rule of law, be triggered.