Here's a re-print of parts of Think the world is on fire? Obama’s national security adviser says things are better than ever by Zack Beauchamp (Vox, August 18, 2016).
With a few gratuitous comments by yours truly.
Between ISIS attacks, Russian aggression in Syria and Ukraine, and Brexit, it can feel a lot like the world has been falling apart these past few years.
So it’s surprising — and perhaps a little disconcerting — to learn that Susan Rice, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, is actually optimistic about the state of the world right now.
"This is a much more hopeful and positive period in history than we have seen certainly in our lifetimes," she told me in early August when I sat down with her in the White House to talk about the Obama administration’s foreign policy.
"I tell my kids this: that they couldn’t be luckier to be living in this world at this time."
Yes, I was just meditating on just how lucky, how truly fortunate, we are to be living in 2016, the best time in human history.