The world has changed completely in three weeks. None of the old rules apply, none of that twentieth century thinking counts for a thing any more.
What is the new world going to look like?
I’d been working on a new book that set out to answer that question. Now it has a different context and an added, perhaps desperate impetus. We need to start thinking through that question fast because the pace of change, if anything, is accelerating.
I used to work as a national media journalist in the UK – print and TV. That has left me with a lot of excellent contacts in foreign affairs, defence and intelligence. I’ve been putting them to good use on my personal Facebook page where I’ve written extensively about the Russia-Ukraine conflict. If you’re interested you should be able to find it easily.
And we thought we were getting a break after the pandemic, right? This world comes at you hard.
But at least it’s a little easier to travel now. I’m heading back to the US shortly for a two-year delayed trip. Triple vaxxed with booming T cells thanks to a ‘rona infection just when I thought I’d dodged the bullet, I’ll still be wearing a mask for travelling.
There’s going to be a whole lot of new stories to tell. New thinking to be done. New answers to be found. Let’s all do what we can.