2017-05-03: Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, draws a picture of the world network, of the dynamics of the world scene


Excerpt from the "remarks to U.S. Department of State Employees" on 2017-05-03 expressing the following idea: "During the Cold War a lot of things were contained with heavy authoritarianism".
"So let me turn now quickly to the last thing I wanted to talk about, which is the future and where we’re going. And I alluded to this a little bit when I was commenting about the post-Cold War era. And during the Cold War – and I’ve had this conversation with some of you in this room before in our interactions – in many respects the Cold War was a lot easier. Things were pretty clear, the Soviet Union had a lot of things contained, and I had a conversation with Secretary-General Guterres at the UN. He described it as during the Cold War, we froze history. History just stopped in its tracks because so many of the dynamics that existed for centuries were contained. They were contained with heavy authoritarianism. And when the Cold War ended and the Soviet Union broke up, we took all of that off and history regained its march. And the world got a whole lot more complicated. And I think that’s what we see. It has become much more complicated in terms of old conflicts have renewed themselves because they’re not contained now. So that’s the world as it is and that’s the world we have to engage with."
Full remarks at: https://go.usa.gov/x5d9f
Image from Facebook post of the Dept. of State








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Read about @USAID's Olive Oil Without Borders project that builds trust & collaboration through economic cooperation: go.usa.gov/3C46F





"Farmer Collects Olives During Harvest in a Village on the Outskirts of Ramallah" APimage from US State Department official blog

"A hundred thousand Palestinian families in the West Bank depend on the olive oil industry, an important part of the Palestinian economy".


"Implemented by the U.S.-based Near East Foundation, USAID’s Olive Oil Without Borders project builds trust, mutual understanding and collaboration through economic cooperation in olive oil. It has allowed 1,500 Palestinian and Israeli olive farmers, mill operators and olive oil distributors to meet, share farming methods in workshops, improve their skills and increase olive oil production and profit through global exports."



"One of the most striking achievements of Olive Oil Without Borders was an agreement reached in February 2013 by Palestinian and Israeli officials that allowed Israeli citizens to purchase Palestinian olive oil for the first time in 10 years. As a result, in less than two years, 3,600 metric tons of Palestinian olive oil were sold to Israeli companies."