In spite of the humanitarian travesty of the Syrian civil war, the last decade - up until 2017, appeared hopeful for the human species under a banner of tolerance, openness, cooperativeness and shared development.
Having weathered the financial crisis of 2007-8, humanity, under a mostly rational political leadership, demonstrated a cooperative, tolerant and opened agenda toward global stability under a common theme of a shared and joint development toward the better welfare of all the peoples.
While the Syrian war and its heavy human toll exposed an East-West rift in terms of actions to ending that conflict, humanity still appeared united in efforts to bolstering worldwide well being.
Even an exposure of Russian overseas meddling, including the annexation of Crimea, while adding to East-West differences, did not dowse all hopes for continued international cooperation. A migrant crisis in Europe in the last decade was managed despite its lingering secondary effects. People tragedies in Sudan, in Central Africa Republic, in Myanmar, in Gaza, in Egypt and elsewhere, though regrettable, also witnessed a global continued action toward shared development.
The Paris Agreement on Climate Change to reducing the human carbon footprint was a major achievement of the human species in combating Climate Change and an explicit example of human cooperation. So was the Iran Nuclear Deal against nuclear weapon proliferation.
However, and sadly, unilateral actions and an isolationist theme by a new administration in Washington, DC, in the past two years, have faded many ideals of global stability. United States (US) withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and from the Iran Nuclear Deal, even when it was verified that Iran was complying with the agreement, has thrown global stability into a day-by-day wait and see scenario with almost daily threats of hot war. Moreover, a US started trade war with China has exacerbated today's healthy development condition.
But all is not lost. When the world's 20-largest economies - the G20 nations, meet later this week in Japan, they could rally behind the proponents of a return to tolerance, openness, cooperativeness and shared development, thus offering humanity that prior 2017 hope for global stability and rational leadership.