My vision is that the tectonic shifts in the world economy are eclipsing the US Dollar and the leadership failings which pervade the United States and its key partner and ally the European Union herald their political collapse as leader of the free world.

This impending catastrophe should not be a fount for jubilation anywhere. The passing of an empire, especially one controlling the large number of nuclear warheads that the US does must be a cause for trepidation. The exceptionalism that US leaders have maintained enables and facilitates their country’s world leadership is collapsing and becoming the butt of jokes around the world wide web.

That must be grieving the good hearted, individually generous people who classify themselves as American patriots. The way in which is happening is as catastrophic as the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980’s. It is not the move away from Communism which was the catastrophe but the way in which it happened, turning the vast country of Russia and its immense resources over to a gang of bandits.

Since 2000 Vladimir Putin has been President, Prime Minister and President again. He has slowly and at times painfully, restored Russia’s position as a world power. He looks set to run again for what could possibly be his last term as president in March 2018.  China may be larger and richer but it is Putin who drives the BRICS alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa since its formal inception in 2006.

Since the summer of 2016 as the Russian airforce spearheaded the counter attack on rebel held towns in Syria winning back Aleppo, Palmyra and Deir es Zor, Arab heads of state have beaten a trail to Putin’s door – Iraq, Libya, Jordan, Egypt, UAE, Sudan and Saudi Arabia. They are doing deals and ordering military hardware.

Putin has the moral compass to become the new leader of the free world which essentially are the countries that have fast growing economies outside the US orbit. ASEAN countries are a key component of the new free world, as are the BRICS and the slumbering giants in Africa and LATAM states as well.

While Chinese special forces are mopping up Uighur rebels in Syria’s Idlib, the last redoubt of Islamic State the Chinese one belt one road is being built from South Asia to Europe, recreating the trade routes of antiquity known as the Silk Road.