The Return of the Pirates

December 31, 2008

Since the events of 9/11, governments, port operators, and shipping firms have been trying to figure out to make the … Continued

America’s Competitive Edge

December 30, 2008

A famous line from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet reads, “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” In an article about innovation … Continued

Politics in the Middle East

December 29, 2008

With people watching closely to see what happens as a new U.S. administration comes to power, Washington Post columnist David … Continued

Testing the Rhetoric of Sustainability

December 26, 2008

In a special on-line report, The Economist looks into its crystal ball and writes about the year ahead [The World … Continued

Happy Holidays

December 25, 2008

Today the Christian world celebrates Christmas. Regardless of the faith you keep or the principles that guide your life, celebrating … Continued

Good News about Measles

December 24, 2008

One of the fundamental efforts being made by the international community is to reduce the number of deaths caused by … Continued

Trade and Peace in Africa

December 23, 2008

Bad news out of the Congo and Sudan flows like muddy river water after a rainstorm. Herman J. Cohen, a … Continued

U.S. Science and Math Scores Remain Worrying

December 22, 2008

Most people are aware that for a couple of decades U.S. test scores in science and math have been falling … Continued

Update on Malware

December 19, 2008

Last month on Election Day, I posted a blog entitled Public/Private Partnerships in Cyberspace that discussed efforts aimed at increasing … Continued

China — 30 Years of Reform

December 18, 2008

It was 30 years ago that the resilient Chinese politician Deng Xiaoping began reforming China’s economic system by embracing free … Continued

Training, Education, and Development

December 17, 2008

In my posts about Development-in-a-Box™, I have often written about the importance of investing in human capital as part of … Continued

Globalization and Morality

December 16, 2008

The John Templeton Foundation has engaged a number of leading thinkers to write about “big questions” facing society. I first … Continued

The Power of Words

December 15, 2008

In William Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, Brutus says in mock humility: I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth,Action, nor … Continued

Iraqi Democracy

December 12, 2008

In his book entitled Blueprint for Action, my colleague Tom Barnett wrote: "The Bush Administration's decision to lay a Big … Continued

Irregular Warfare gets an Upgrade

December 11, 2008

Security is the bedrock upon which prosperity must build. The recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, remind us (as if … Continued

Development and Corruption in Iraq

December 10, 2008

With the Iraqi parliament having recently approved a new security pact with the United States and a change of administrations … Continued

Show Me the Money

December 9, 2008

When investing in real estate, the most oft given advice is to select the right location. In fact, "Location, location, … Continued

Adherents of Islamic Finance Mitigate Effects of Financial Crisis

December 8, 2008

Resilience is often higher among conservative groups than others. The reason is simple — they take fewer risks. Most conservative … Continued

Contests and Innovation

December 5, 2008

I have written several blogs about prizes being offered for innovations (for example, see my posts entitled A New Approach … Continued

Cisco’s “Emerging Market” Strategy

December 4, 2008

Among the topics regularly discussed in this blog are connectivity and “emerging market” opportunities. BusinessWeek magazine recently published an article … Continued

Web Socializing

December 3, 2008

World Wide Web social sites like Facebook and MySpace receive a lot of press coverage. Most often because they have … Continued

Transforming U.S. Foreign Policy

December 2, 2008

With the change in U.S. administrations just over a month away, some of the details about how U.S. foreign policy … Continued

On Becoming Nomads

December 1, 2008

Earlier this year, The Economist published a series of articles discussing how wireless communications is changing our lives and making … Continued

Pollution in Asia

November 28, 2008

Most people are aware that some Asian countries are suffering from serious environmental pollution. During the recent Beijing Olympics, some … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving 2008

November 27, 2008

Today in the United States is a day set aside for individuals and families to reflect on their blessings and … Continued

Twenty-first Century Capitalism

November 26, 2008

Denial is a word we hear a lot nowadays. Many alcoholics deny they have a drinking problem. Many substance abusers … Continued

Optimism and Isolation in Africa

November 25, 2008

Readers of this blog know that I’m a big proponent of connectivity. The Economist points out, however, that with world … Continued

Famine in the Horn of Africa

November 24, 2008

The Horn of Africa has known its share of tragedies (including the long-running civil conflict in Somalia and war between … Continued

Global Trends 2025

November 21, 2008

Anyone vaguely familiar with what we in America call the "intelligence community" knows that it is resembles a garden salad — … Continued

The New Silk Road

November 20, 2008

BusinessWeek magazine recently published an “Emerging Market Report” that claims “historic bonds between the Middle East and Asia are being … Continued

State Capitalism and Sovereign-Wealth Funds

November 19, 2008

Back in September, just as the collapse of Lehman Brothers was triggering a full-blown financial crisis, The Economist wrote an … Continued

Building Up rather than Bailing Out

November 18, 2008

In my post Green Capitalism and the Map of Grand Challenges, I discussed proposals by individuals like New York Times' … Continued

The G-20 Summit

November 17, 2008

As most people are aware, President Bush hosted a meeting of the G20 this past weekend to deal with the … Continued

Is Google Rewiring our Brains?

November 14, 2008

The term "Google" has come to represent more than the name of the world's most popular search engine or the … Continued

Update on Rwanda’s Women

November 13, 2008

Fourteen years ago Rwanda suffered a massive, man-made humanitarian disaster as neighbors were driven to slaughter neighbors by malicious radio … Continued

New Violence between the Turkey and the PKK

November 12, 2008

I have written nine previous posts about the security situation in and across the border from the Kurdistan region of … Continued

Connecting Africa the Old Way

November 11, 2008

Most often when we hear the term "connectivity" we think about the Internet and the World Wide Web. In days … Continued

Trade Financing

November 10, 2008

In post I published last week [Trust and Credit in Emerging Markets], I commented on an op-ed piece by Kemal … Continued

Connected Turmoil

November 7, 2008

I’m a supporter of both globalization and connectivity. However, I’m not such a zealot that I see only their benefits … Continued

Trust and Credit in Emerging Markets

November 6, 2008

We've all heard about the butterfly effect — the notion that a butterfly can gently flaps its wings somewhere in … Continued

Economics Drive Political Change

November 5, 2008

On the day after elections in America, it seems like a good time to talk about democracy elsewhere. Politicians like … Continued

Public/Private Partnerships in Cyberspace

November 4, 2008

It's election day in the United States. If you are an eligible voter and haven't yet exercised your right to … Continued

China: Globalization’s Lynchpin

November 3, 2008

China has known for some time that it needs to rely less on exports and develop a growing domestic market. … Continued

Challenges of Commodity Economies

October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween! This is a great holiday to remind us of scary things — like volatile commodity markets. I have … Continued

An Update on Zombies

October 30, 2008

October is the month known for witches, ghouls, ghosts, and skeletons because it ends with the holiday of Halloween. It … Continued

The Future of Emerging Markets

October 29, 2008

As the global economy continues to roil, one has to wonder whether emerging economies are going to lose their wheels … Continued

Egypt’s Uncertain Future

October 28, 2008

For a country with a long and glorious past, Egypt faces a very uncertain future. Until oil money relocated the … Continued

Conserving Nature to Develop a Country: The Case of Mozambique

October 27, 2008

Last night the CBS news program 60 Minutes’ correspondent Scott Pelley profiled an American Internet guru, Greg Carr, who is … Continued

Books Forever

October 24, 2008

Librarians, by nature (or at least by reputation), are conservative people. The stereotype is Meredith Wilson's "Marion the librarian" in … Continued

Agents of Change

October 23, 2008

Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, and his wife Suzy, former editor of the Harvard Business Review, write a … Continued

Somalia — Poster Child of Failed States

October 22, 2008

The world has watched from the sidelines as U.S. military forces have tracked the movements of a Ukrainian ship carrying … Continued

When does Connectivity Narrow Thinking?

October 21, 2008

Two frequent topics of this blog have been connectivity and innovation. I'm in favor of both. An article in The … Continued

Warren Buffett on Greed and Fear

October 20, 2008

When Warren Buffett, the so-called “Oracle of Omaha,” speaks, people listen — or at least they should. He is one … Continued

Green Capitalism and the Map of Grand Challenges

October 17, 2008

At the end of yesterday’s post [Good or Bad Time for a Green Economy?], I noted that Jon Gertner recommends … Continued

Good or Bad Time for a Green Economy?

October 16, 2008

As stock markets continue to melt, politicians and government bureaucrats scramble to find answers. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has … Continued

Harvesting Sustainable Development

October 15, 2008

My colleague Tom Barnett directed my attention to an interesting article through his Weblog entitled Another example of P2P "UDA." … Continued

More on Globally Integrated Enterprises

October 14, 2008

One of the most repeated modern quotations is: "What’s good for General Motors is good for America." At the time … Continued

Sleep and Innovation

October 13, 2008

Almost everybody has had an idea or received a suggestion and then been told to "sleep on it." Some companies … Continued

Fixing Fragile States

October 10, 2008

Globalization has both its proponents and opponents. Its proponents point to the fact that globalization has helped billions of people … Continued

GE, Google, and Grids

October 9, 2008

In a post entitled Updates on Solar Energy, I noted that if the dream of increasing the use of alternative … Continued

Moving Forward in Angola

October 8, 2008

For those who grew up during the height of the Cold War, Angola conjures up images of proxy wars and … Continued

SysAdmin Force comes of Age

October 7, 2008

Quick on the heels of Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ talk about the need to rebalance the military (see my … Continued

Money and Monkeys

October 6, 2008

There are analysts on both sides of the debate about whether development is good or bad for the environment. On … Continued

Helping the Bottom Billion

October 3, 2008

Paul Collier, a professor at Oxford and author of The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What … Continued

Longing for the Taliban in Afghanistan?

October 2, 2008

Barack Obama has focused his presidential campaign’s security strategy on getting U.S. troops out of Iraq and strengthening the U.S. … Continued

Shocked and Awed

October 1, 2008

Readers of this blog know that it is not a blog about national security even though I often discuss security … Continued

Innovation Economics

September 30, 2008

When the cloud of economic dust created by the implosion of large U.S. financial institutions finally begins to settle, some … Continued

The Importance of Human Security

September 29, 2008

Nigeria is one of Africa’s oil-rich nations with an estimated 35 billion barrels of oil reserves. It is also the … Continued

Globalizing Poor Farmers

September 26, 2008

Two years ago I wrote a post focused on the announcement that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had teamed … Continued

Campaigns and Lies

September 25, 2008

Because this is a corporate blog and not a political one, I normally steer clear of political issues. This post … Continued

Looking at the World Optimistically

September 24, 2008

In the New Testament, one of the Apostle Paul’s letters to the Corinthians says, "For now we see through a … Continued

Another Slowdown to Worry About — Innovation?

September 23, 2008

Before Hurricane Ike threatened oil production and refining facilities in the Gulf of Mexico, oil prices had begun to creep … Continued

Water and Energy in Tajikistan

September 22, 2008

Last August I wrote a post about growing concerns over the availability of water [The Coming Water Wars?]. Water is … Continued

Developments in Africa

September 19, 2008

When discussing development, Africa is almost always in the conversation. So much of the poverty, disease, conflict and bad governance … Continued

Wall Street and Emerging Markets

September 18, 2008

Amidst all the bad news continuing to emanate from Wall Street and the accusations of corruption, greed and incompetence aimed … Continued

From Solar Power to Kid Power

September 17, 2008

Massachusetts set off a bit of a firestorm when it recently passed legislation requiring that 15 percent of the power … Continued

The Rising “China Price”

September 16, 2008

In an earlier post [Changing Supply Lines], I discussed how rising fuel prices are changing manufacturers thinking about maintaining long … Continued

Oil and Development

September 15, 2008

Most everyone is aware that because of the steep rise in oil prices, the world is in the midst of … Continued

Google brings Cloud Computing to the Masses

September 12, 2008

I have written a few posts about "cloud computing" [see The Coming Age of Cloud Computing, The AIR is Getting … Continued

Going Green in Libya

September 11, 2008

One of the hopes shared by environmental and development groups is that developing countries can progress without causing severe damage … Continued

Trade and Poverty

September 10, 2008

Readers of this blog know that I am unabashedly pro-globalization. I believe globalization holds the key to helping millions of … Continued

More on Dealing with Failed States

September 9, 2008

In an earlier post entitled Dealing with Failed States, I discussed a book review published in The Economist about a … Continued

Making Money in the Med

September 8, 2008

When one thinks about the history of the Mediterranean region any number of images can come to mind. Great civilizations … Continued

Superintelligent Computers

September 5, 2008

Since the beginning of the industrial age, the specter of machines becoming the masters of men has been a staple … Continued

New Opportunities for Women also bring Risks

September 4, 2008

I have asserted in past posts that no society can hope to compete successfully on the global stage using only … Continued

Moving Forward in Afghanistan

September 3, 2008

The news coming out of Afghanistan over the past several months has been mostly bad. Violence is up and development … Continued

Breaching North Korea’s Walls using Economic Development

September 2, 2008

North Korea looks to be once again a country in trouble that cannot even feed its own people [see "U.N. … Continued

Happy Labor Day

September 1, 2008

Today America celebrates Labor Day. A day set aside to honor the hardworking people that fuel the U.S. economy. The … Continued

Updates on Solar Energy

August 29, 2008

Yesterday, Barack Obama accepted the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for the office of the President of the United States. … Continued

Hard Times for Aid Workers

August 28, 2008

Beyond the occasional advertisements pleading for donations, we seldom hear or think about the thousands of aid workers laboring around … Continued

Money’s Place in the Peace Arsenal

August 27, 2008

Anyone with a little common sense understands that it takes kinetic weapons to win wars and non-kinetic options to secure … Continued

Water Challenges in Israel

August 26, 2008

In two earlier posts [The Future of Desalination and Food and Water Shortages in the Middle East], I discussed how … Continued

The Need for Jobs in Iraq

August 25, 2008

No country can flourish if it has a toxic combination of high unemployment, rising inflation, and a large public payroll. … Continued

The Politics and Economics of Peace for Syria

August 22, 2008

My colleague Tom Barnett has, on more than one occasion, noted that politics follows economics. Most often his remarks have … Continued

China’s Real Quest for Gold

August 21, 2008

As the Beijing Olympics come to a close, Washington Post columnist Robert J. Samuelson uses the moment to reflect on … Continued

Changing Society One Soap at a Time

August 20, 2008

Mass media has always protested that its influence is greatly exaggerated. Although relief workers assert that the "CNN effect" is … Continued

Globalization Provides New Opportunities in India

August 19, 2008

We often think of globalization simply in terms of connecting local economies with the global economy. But ike ripples in … Continued

The Russian/Georgia Conflict and Globalization

August 18, 2008

As I noted in my last post [Influencing Russia], there is a risk (however remote) that the international economy could … Continued

Influencing Russia

August 15, 2008

I haven’t written anything about the conflict between Russia and Georgia because this blog is not a political or security … Continued

Four Lessons Learned from the Myanmar Cyclone Disaster

August 14, 2008

No response to natural disasters is ever perfect. Some responses, like the one to Hurricane Katrina, are significantly flawed. John … Continued