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