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Reset or overload — a perfidious path

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Quoting Emerson in his fourth inaugural address in 1945, Roosevelt stated, “The only way to have a friend is to be one”, reiterating his premise of establishing a new international order that he proposed to be built on personal trust. Roosevelt was of the opinion that lasting peace can’t be achieved if international relations are based on suspicion, mistrust and fear. However, it seems today that there are no friends, only interests. The dynamics of Roosevelt have eroded in a slapstick manner, reducing diplomacy to mere drollery.

Trump’s election to the oval office has turned the White House into a reality TV studio. Rigorous policy discourse has been reduced to a Tweet, noticeably providing a larger audience to the extremes. The US president’s temptation to cater and reflect to the demands of its followers or twitterati; digitally reflected multitude, essentially overrides the required judgment to chart a complex and intricate course in harmony with the purposes of lasting impact. Unfortunately the distinction between knowledge, information and wisdom is weakened. TS Eliot in his ‘Choruses from The Rock’ rightly captured Trump’s presidency show, reflecting upon inhibiting the acquisition of knowledge by surfeit of information, pushing wisdom even further away:

Where is the Life we have lost in living?

Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?

In the foreign policy world, facts that are hardly self-explanatory; their analyses, significance and interpretation depends on their broader context and relevance. In order for information and facts to........

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