This is an excellent article and represents what STRATFOR does so well: analyzing/comparing past events in world history to current problems in the hope of presenting lessons learned to assist today’s leaders in making more informed decisions. I hope some of our leaders subscribe to STRATFOR…. I also got some great book recommendations (3) from the article, which relate to other critical decision points in history and how outcomes might have been different had leaders made different choices. I forward this article to you as it may be of interest. Please let me know if you have difficulty accessing it and I would love to post your comments on the article if you have them.

Warm regards, Rusty

The US China Trade Dispute Rehashing the First Opium War
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