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