This week I had the opportunity to speak to a group of young professionals, destined to become our society’s leaders. I made the point that they are living in an historic time. It may be that when we look back on this period we will see that the multiple crises we are facing today mark the end of the “old order.” So many of the assumptions we took for granted during the Cold War and post-Cold War world are now inadequate and outdated as we think through our next steps. Solid principles, however, endure. I urged this group to think creatively and to prepare themselves for the kind of leadership necessary for reshaping this new era.
To aid in this thinking, by the end of the month I will launch my new commentary, The Longer View. In it, I will offer observations, stories, and strategic principles related to the critical importance of thinking for the “long haul.”
Until then, I would like to note the passing of former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. I was fortunate to know her and to work with her. She will long be remembered as a dedicated public servant and an inspiration to so many women who want to play a key role in securing our nation’s national security.
Sending you my best wishes,
PS For those who enjoy reading the archives, they will be available shortly through The Longer View. Those who receive email alerts for my “Dear Friends” commentary can still access the blogs by using the appropriate link.