Laptops in Peru

December 31, 2007

I’d like to end the year on an up-note. There are plenty of stories to cause concern — from the … Continued

Mapping Connections

December 28, 2007

Every school child learns that there has been an explosion of knowledge over the last 150 years. Richard C. Atkinson, … Continued

Giving with Confidence

December 27, 2007

One last post on this week’s theme of charitable giving. When Warren Buffett offered a large portion of his fortune … Continued

Philanthropy at the Top of the Economic Pyramid

December 26, 2007

In a couple of past posts on philanthropy [Prosperity and Altruism and More on Prosperity and Altruism], I discussed how … Continued

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2007

There is something about religious holidays — no matter one’s beliefs — that seems to bring out the best in … Continued

Thinking of Others this Holiday Season

December 24, 2007

Similar organizations often have similar objectives. Most governments are formed to "establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common … Continued

Beyond Abu Ghraib

December 21, 2007

You generally have to watch old war films on the Turner Classic Movie channel to see one in which the … Continued

Corruption, Vulture Funds, and the Future of Africa

December 20, 2007

A recent article (perhaps in BusinessWeek) talked about people who had been declared legally bankrupt and yet found themselves having … Continued

Turkish Raids on PKK should Come as No Surprise

December 19, 2007

Over the past few days, Turkey has executed several air and ground raids against the Kurdish rebel group PKK (which … Continued

Chasing the Dream — in China

December 18, 2007

Despite all the tough talk being spouted by U.S. presidential candidates about cracking down on illegal immigration, there are still … Continued

China’s Educational Philosophy

December 17, 2007

Debates about the American education system abound. President Bush touts his "No Child Left Behind" program. Others push for school … Continued

More on Prosperity and Altruism

December 14, 2007

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about entrepreneurs in India who, having obtained a certain level of wealth, … Continued

Dealing with Iraq’s Great Depression

December 13, 2007

When Americans think about the Great Depression of the 1930s, they think about soup kitchens, unemployment, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s … Continued

Potential Cholera Outbreak in Iraq

December 12, 2007

In many post-crisis situations, cholera is a serious problem. The disease causes severe diarrhea, dehydration, and often death. People usually … Continued

The End of Spam?

December 11, 2007

If you’re like most people, you have more than one email account and each account is likely to have some … Continued

Corporate Environmental Conscience?

December 10, 2007

The principal reason that the Bush administration rejected the Kyoto Protocol aimed at dealing with global warming was the negative … Continued

Good News About Measles

December 7, 2007

Very quietly — but very effectively — a global campaign has been waged against measles. This, of course, is good … Continued

Financial Services in Africa

December 6, 2007

The current sub-prime lending crisis in the U.S. demonstrates why financial institutions are generally best served by being risk averse. … Continued

Don’t Give Up on Globalization

December 5, 2007

New York Times columnist David Brooks asserts in a recent column that America seems to be losing its way when … Continued

Soft Power, SysAdmin, and Development-in-a-Box™

December 4, 2007

A recent Washington Post article reported that United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates made a historical plea for increased … Continued

Educating Girls and Human Freedom

December 3, 2007

All cultures and societies have wrestled with differences between men and women and have tried as best they can to … Continued

Political Power and Progress

November 30, 2007

In my discussions of Development-in-a-Box™, I have noted that bad leaders and corruption often undermine the best efforts of the … Continued

Kurdistan Regional Government Still Seeking Oil Contracts

November 29, 2007

In early October, I wrote a post about the frustration politicians in Kurdistan are feeling because of the sluggish progress … Continued

Brazil’s Oil Discovery

November 28, 2007

Alexei Barrionuevo reports in the New York Times that about a year ago Brazil found a large deep-water oil reserve … Continued

Uncertain Future for Ethiopian Development

November 27, 2007

The Economist reports that "while things are getting better for much of Africa, Ethiopia risks getting left behind ["A brittle … Continued

Security Threats Continue to Become More Complex

November 26, 2007

There was understandable euphoria late last century when the Soviet Union collapsed along with the notion of ideological blocs. Peace … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving in America is a time of reflection. The truly thankful person can find a well of gratitude even amidst … Continued

Prosperity and Altruism

November 21, 2007

Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are only the latest in a long line of individuals who have used their wealth … Continued

Modeling Swarm Behavior

November 20, 2007

In recent posts, I have discussed how some MIT engineers foresee the day when energy can be "farmed" from crowd … Continued

Oil and Development

November 19, 2007

The news has been filled over the past few weeks with the economic repercussions of rising oil prices. Some analysts … Continued

Singapore: The Challenges of Success

November 16, 2007

Singapore’s economy is sizzling and along with its success comes challenges. Singapore’s success and the challenges that success brings are … Continued

Will Money Solve Africa’s Problems?

November 15, 2007

The John Templeton Foundation asked a number of analysts to respond to the question, “Will money solve Africa’s problems?” The … Continued

The Economist Looks at the System Administration Force

November 14, 2007

My partner Tom Barnett has been arguing for several years that the United States needs both a Leviathan force and … Continued

Turning to Nature to Save Energy

November 13, 2007

At the beginning of the industrial age, mankind marveled at the inventions being developed. Clearly, humans sat atop the food … Continued

Energy from Crowds

November 12, 2007

Crowds seem to be one of life’s unavoidable challenges. Of course, where one person sees a challenge others see opportunities. … Continued

Helping the Bottom Billion

November 9, 2007

A couple of weeks ago, Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank, presided over his first annual meetings for that … Continued

Will Cheap Cars Undermine India’s Future?

November 8, 2007

India is trying to turn the automotive industry on its ear by offering cheap automobiles ["In India, a $2,500 Pace … Continued

Kurdistan’s Economic Boom and Relations with Turkey

November 7, 2007

Because of Enterra Solutions’ business pursuits in Iraq (especially in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq), I have written a … Continued

The Wireless Web

November 6, 2007

Google just announced that it is leading an effort to develop technologies that will turn celluar telephones into powerful mobile … Continued

Good Sign from Kurdistan

November 5, 2007

Over the weekend, Kurdish rebels from Turkey operating out of the mountains of northern Iraq made conciliatory gesture with the … Continued

At the Nexus of IT and ET

November 2, 2007

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote a great column about the need for a revolution in electric power generation … Continued

Education in Saudi Arabia

November 1, 2007

One of the oft-leveled charges against the royal house of Saud is that is has generally failed to invest its … Continued

A Step Forward for Electric Cars

October 31, 2007

The New York Times published an article by John Markoff discussing a new venture to establish a network of “service … Continued

Internecine Challenges in Kurdistan

October 30, 2007

In a couple of previous posts, I discussed the deteriorating security situation along the Turkey/Iraq border in the Kurdistan region … Continued

Africa and the Digital Divide

October 29, 2007

I have occasionally written about efforts to connect African countries to the Internet (see, for example, Update on Wiring Rwanda … Continued

Algorithms and Business

October 25, 2007

We all like to believe that adding the human touch to decision making is important. Business schools pride themselves are … Continued

Freedom of the Press Around the World

October 24, 2007

Some of the topics I routinely try to address, like development and connectivity, can only be fully achieved in places … Continued

Globalization, IT, and Innovation

October 23, 2007

In a Special Report on innovation, the Economist looked at “how globalization and information technology are spurring faster innovation.” [“Revving … Continued

The Kurdish Situation Intensifies

October 22, 2007

Last week I noted in a post that think are getting tense between Turkey and Iraq (more specifically the Kurdish … Continued

Countries’ Commitment to Global Development Measured

October 19, 2007

The Center for Global Development recently released its 2007 Commitment to Development Index (CDI). According to the Center’s web site, … Continued

Despite Advances, Kurdistan Sits in Shaky Neighborhood

October 18, 2007

I have written a number of posts about Kurdistan and my trips there. These posts have been mostly positive and … Continued

Globalization and Green Policies in China

October 17, 2007

Historically countries have ignored environmental concerns in their race to develop their economies. Some analysts have argued that it is … Continued

Growing Rice in Africa

October 16, 2007

Famine and hunger are twin plagues for much of the African continent. They are also two of the reasons that … Continued

China Still Wrestling with Maintaining Control and Loosening Grip

October 15, 2007

A couple of articles in the Washington Post underscore the continued tension Chinese leaders are creating as they try to … Continued

World Bank Sets Priorities

October 12, 2007

I found it very interesting that Robert B. Zoellick, president of the World Bank, has targeted for that organization the … Continued

Mosquito Nets and Development

October 11, 2007

Even when people are of a single mind about an objective, they can have differences of opinion about how to … Continued

Growing Demographic Tensions

October 10, 2007

You would have to be a hermit without access to any news source not to have heard about the immigration … Continued

Mobile Phones in Africa

October 9, 2007

Occasionally in my posts I have mentioned the fact that the African continent has embraced mobile phone technology at an … Continued

Kurdistan’s Dream of Independence

October 8, 2007

Last month the Economist ran a lengthy article about the Kurdish dream of independence [“Does Independence Beckon?” 8 September 2007]. … Continued

Provincial Development in Iraq and Afghanistan

October 5, 2007

In an earlier post [Tensions Mount with Uneven Iraqi Development], I noted that uneven development in Iraq frustrates people in … Continued

Cutting Connectivity in Myanmar

October 4, 2007

Few administrations around the world are more brutal than the military regime that controls Myanmar. Unless you’ve been isolated on … Continued

Tainted Toothpaste and Super-Empowered Individuals

October 3, 2007

The information age has empowered individuals to a degree never before possible. Perhaps the first person who recognized this was … Continued

New Nuclear Plants Planned for Texas

October 2, 2007

I first started discussing challenges associated with the global generation of electrical power in June 2006 [The Energy Challenge]. In … Continued

Tensions Mount with Uneven Iraqi Development

October 1, 2007

Iraq presents an interesting case study in development. U.S. foreign policy, for many good reasons, is trying to preserve Iraq … Continued

India Outsourcing to the U.S.

September 28, 2007

I have written a number of posts about the global commute — a term used to describe how labor is … Continued

Mobile Phone Software and Standards

September 27, 2007

A couple of my recent posts have discussed mobile phones and the benefits of standardization [Relief, Development, and the Digital … Continued

Developing Third World Seen as Big Business

September 26, 2007

When Tom Barnett and I first started discussing Development-in-a-Box™, we weren't sure if people would understand the approach or see … Continued

Radical Collaboration

September 25, 2007

Steve Hamm, writing in BusinessWeek‘s special section on innovation, discusses lessons learned from IBM’s innovation factory [“Radical Collaboration,” 10 September … Continued

Unreasoned Fear of Muslim Investment Again Raises it Ugly Head

September 24, 2007

The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 created a number of horizontal scenarios that changed the world forever. Anyone who … Continued

Complexity and Resilience

September 21, 2007

When I first founded Enterra Solutions, one of the emerging characteristics of the information age that intrigued me was its … Continued

A Few Good Signs for Africa

September 20, 2007

The United Nations Children’s Fund recently announced that for the first time since 1960 (when records started being kept) the … Continued

Recovering the Spoils of Corruption

September 19, 2007

I have written before about the negative effects that corruption has on struggling economies [for example see my post Corruption, … Continued

In a Twist: Industries Looking to be Regulated

September 18, 2007

The recent problems with food and toys coming out of China have created a situation where some industries that normally … Continued

Two-Sigma Solutions

September 17, 2007

The term Six Sigma has become synonymous with the complex search for perfection. Companies like Six Sigma processes because they … Continued

Innovation, Competition, and Standards

September 14, 2007

Over the past couple of years that I have been writing this blog there have been a few recurring themes … Continued

More on the Movement of Capital at the Bottom of the Pyramid

September 13, 2007

In yesterday’s post [Movement of Capital at the Bottom of the Pyramid], I discussed how important remittances by expatriates are … Continued

Movement of Capital at the Bottom of the Pyramid

September 12, 2007

Globalization is one of those words that can generate strong emotions in both proponents and opponents. Opponents of globalization often … Continued

Is the Coal Rush Over?

September 11, 2007

Over the past year I have written a number of posts dealing with electrical power generation and alternative sources of … Continued

Thomas Friedman’s Take on Kurdistan

September 10, 2007

New York Times‘ columnist Thomas Friedman has been traveling in Iraq. In a recent column, he talked about what he … Continued

SOX Five Years On

September 7, 2007

Just over five years ago, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act in response to the corporate scandals at Enron, WorldCom, Tyco, … Continued

IT Growth in Emerging Markets

September 6, 2007

One doesn’t expect to have Borat, the bumbling Kazakh reporter portrayed by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, to serve as the … Continued

Explaining Development-in-a-Box™

September 5, 2007

This blog is being posted on both my web site and Thomas Barnett’s Weblog. It is an effort to explain … Continued

Relief, Development, and the Digital Divide

September 4, 2007

There has been a lot written about the rapid growth of mobile phone users in the world’s poorest nations. The … Continued

WiMAX and the Evernet

August 31, 2007

As a so-called "road warrior," I spend more time traveling annually on business than I get to spend at home … Continued

America Remains in the Broadband Slow Lane

August 30, 2007

Last November I posted a weblog about America’s slow progress towards better broadband connectivity [Broadband Bound]. According to a Washington … Continued

The Beginning of the End of Cheap Labor in China

August 29, 2007

There have been several articles over the past few months noting that China’s economy has progressed so rapidly that it … Continued

Looking Forward to “New Sudan”

August 28, 2007

Some people are surprised when they learn that the Kurdish region of Iraq is booming while the rest of the … Continued

The Economist Discusses the Dark Continent

August 27, 2007

Earlier this month I wrote a post about power generation problems across the African continent [Africa Remains the Dark Continent … Continued

Rising with the Tide: Chile, Brazil, and Mexico

August 24, 2007

It takes a lot to impress the folks at The Economist, but in the 18-27 August 2007 issue, one of … Continued

China in Africa: The Ups and the Downs

August 23, 2007

Anyone who has scanned international headlines over the past couple of years knows that China has made big inroads on … Continued

The Coming Water Wars?

August 22, 2007

Earlier this month, I wrote a post about potential water problems in the Middle East (Turkey, Kurdistan & Water). Almost … Continued

Soap Operas in Afghanistan

August 21, 2007

I’m curious where Abraham Maslow would have put soap operas on his hierarchy of needs. Escapism, be it watching soaps … Continued

Fighting the Wolves at the Door in Kurdistan

August 20, 2007

The recent attack against the Yazidi sect in northern Iraq (the worst terrorist attack inside the country since Saddam Hussein … Continued

Aid Abroad and Rules at Home

August 17, 2007

Official Development Aid (ODA), more commonly known as foreign aid, seems like it should be a straight forward matter — … Continued

State and Local Crisis Response

August 16, 2007

Next month will mark the sixth anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Those … Continued

Tragedy Knocks on Kurdistan’s Door

August 15, 2007

In my reports from Kurdistan, I’ve noted that one of the things that sets it apart from the rest of … Continued

Africa Remains the Dark Continent — Literally

August 14, 2007

Most of the world welcomed the news that the United Nations Security Council voted to send 26,000 peacekeepers to the … Continued

Turkey, Kurdistan & Water

August 13, 2007

My last post discussed the symbiotic trading relationship between Turkey and Kurdistan. Matthew Garcia, an earth scientist living in Maryland … Continued

The Symbiotic Relationship Between Turkey & Kurdistan

August 10, 2007

In my last Lessons from the Edge of Globalization post, I noted that leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government face … Continued

Islamic Finance

August 9, 2007

As I’m quickly learning, doing business in the Middle East is not always as straight forward as it is in … Continued