Sukyong Yang / April 11, 2018

Global Strategy First Quarter Review

As we commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King’s passing, we wonder about the progress we have made in America and the rest of the world in terms of equality and peace. The United Nations, an international organization founded in 1945 after the Second World War by fifty-one countries is committed to international peace and security. They also try to promote social progress, better living standards and human rights. Yet, the UN has certainly not been successful in protecting nearly 700,000 Rohingya citizens who have been displaced from Myanmar since August 2017. We are witnesses to another case of ethnic cleansing that seems to be taking place. When we presented on Myanmar post our visit to that country during their first free general election in a generation, we were genuinely hopeful that this country would emerge to become a better country for everyone under the leadership of Aung San Suu Kyi. Her silence on this subject is viewed as complicity in crimes against humanity. While discussing this with opinionated industry colleagues, we had an animated banter about this subject. They tried to convince me that Aung San Suu Kyi has no choice but to look the other way if she wanted to stay in politics and therefore, we need to accept the fact that principals are not a valid choice in the world of politics.