A Look at Progress

December 31, 2009

Nobel Laureate, economics professor, and New York Times' op-ed columnist Paul Krugman suggests that we label the past decade "The … Continued

Artificial Intelligence Still Can’t Beat the Real Thing

December 30, 2009

Earlier this month, John Markoff, who writes about science and information technologies for the New York Times, penned a column … Continued

SecDef Gates Proposes Closer Ties Between Defense and State

December 29, 2009

For years, analysts and planners who have focused on ways to improve development strategies and policies have encouraged decision makers … Continued

More Awards for Innovation

December 28, 2009

In a couple of recent posts (Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship and The New York Times’ Year in Ideas), I’ve focused … Continued

Merry Christmas

December 25, 2009

Christmas is obviously a Christian holiday; but it reflects historical traditions of giving and celebrations of life that lie at … Continued

The New York Times’ Year in Ideas

December 24, 2009

For all of the usual reasons, this is my favorite time of the year. One naturally begins thinking more about … Continued

Innovation, Development, and India

December 23, 2009

Professor C.K. Prahalad, who became famous for asserting that profits could be made by selling products and services to the … Continued

An Innovation Agenda

December 22, 2009

Readers of this blog know that one of my favorite topics is innovation. I have been especially keen on this … Continued

Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship

December 21, 2009

Michael Arndt, editor of BusinessWeek's innovation and design coverage, reminds us that "innovation requires taking risks, and these are risk-averse … Continued

Kosovo, Independence, and Nation-Building

December 18, 2009

A little over a decade ago news about the Balkan region filled the headlines with accounts of ongoing strife, ethnic … Continued

China and the Globe’s Green Future

December 17, 2009

As the climate summit in Copenhagen continues, all eyes remain on the world's two great polluters — the U.S. and … Continued

Turkey Takes a Big Step Backwards

December 16, 2009

In a recent post that updated past topics on which I've written, I noted that some very positive things were … Continued

The Ups and Downs of the War Against Corruption

December 15, 2009

One of the subjects that caused President Obama a great deal of concern as he contemplated increasing troop strength in … Continued

Climate Change Measures: Good or Bad for Business?

December 14, 2009

Amidst the endless arguments about how to cope with climate change there are very few things that opposing sides agree … Continued

Chasing Balloons and Studying Social Networks

December 11, 2009

A 1956 French film entitled Le ballon rouge won numerous awards (including the Golden Palm at Cannes and an Academy … Continued

Free Enterprise Fund v. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

December 10, 2009

Mired as we are in a Great Recession that is closely tied to scandals in the financial services sector, it … Continued

An Update on Buying the Farm

December 9, 2009

In a post entitled Buying the Farm, I discussed how countries blessed with money but little arable land are trying … Continued

Building Global Prosperity

December 8, 2009

With the recession lingering, unemployment hovering in double digits, and a new year just weeks away, the Wall Street Journal … Continued

Start-Ups that are Expected to Do Well Despite the Recession

December 7, 2009

I have frequently noted that entrepreneurs see opportunities where others see risks. An article in BusineesWeek agrees that “history shows … Continued

How to Kill a Business

December 4, 2009

In past posts, I have extolled the virtues of entrepreneurs and how important they are for creating jobs. I have … Continued

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

December 3, 2009

One thing that both liberals and conservatives seem to agree on is that America needs to create more jobs and … Continued

Politics in Iraq

December 2, 2009

New York Times' op-ed columnist Thomas Friedman wrote: "Watching Iraqi politics is like watching a tightrope artist crossing a dangerous … Continued

Dubai and Debt

December 1, 2009

Two years ago I wrote a couple of glowing articles about Dubai and how it had transformed itself into an … Continued

Syria Emerges

November 30, 2009

In August of last year, I wrote a post entitled The Politics and Economics of Peace for Syria. In that … Continued

Hope, Infrastructure, and the Future

November 27, 2009

Hope is an interesting topic. Samuel Smiles (a good name for someone filled with hope) once said, "Hope is the … Continued

Happy Thanksgiving

November 26, 2009

Whether you're religious or not, it's good to celebrate a season in which we can offer thanks — be it … Continued

Networks and Social Responsibility

November 25, 2009

Yesterday's post [The Latest Views on Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy] discussed some of the changes that are occurring in … Continued

The Latest Views on Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy

November 24, 2009

In a recent special report, the Wall Street Journal discussed the changing face of philanthropy, including corporate social responsibility. The … Continued

Innovation and the Military

November 23, 2009

A common theme in many Hollywood scripts is that the military is only interested in science and technology because they … Continued

Development and Stability

November 20, 2009

A recent study completed by the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University seems to cast doubt about the strategy of securing … Continued

The Forests and the Trees

November 19, 2009

The seemingly endless debates about global warming normally focus on how human activity releases harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. … Continued

Education and Employment

November 18, 2009

Just over a year ago, while President Obama was running for office, he gave a major economic speech in Toledo, … Continued

Profiting From Following the Rules

November 17, 2009

When I first started Enterra Solutions, I thought the business would primarily focus on helping companies comply with a growing … Continued

Profits and Idealism

November 16, 2009

I have written a number of posts about social entrepreneurism (see, for example, The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur, Venture … Continued

The Future of the Internet

November 13, 2009

The Internet has now been around for 40 years and a lot of people believe it needs a facelift. Some … Continued

Maritime Transportation and Global Economic Health

November 12, 2009

News about recovery from the current recession remains mixed. Emerging market countries seem to be recovering more quickly than developed … Continued

Hope for Kirkuk?

November 11, 2009

In several past posts, I have discussed the thorny situation surrounding Kirkuk and its environs (see, for example, my post … Continued

Character and Cleanliness

November 10, 2009

The world spends billions of dollars annually to maintain armies and police forces whose primary purpose is to keep people's … Continued

Smart Grids Take a Step Forward in the U.S.

November 9, 2009

In late October, President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. Government would provide $3.4 billion in grants to improve the … Continued

Mobile Phones and Development

November 6, 2009

I have written a number of posts about how mobile phones have changed life in developing countries (see, for example, … Continued

In Praise of Optimism

November 5, 2009

In numerous posts about development and entrepreneurism, I have written about the optimistic nature of entrepreneurs. The Lebanese-born, American writer … Continued

Eating and the Environment

November 4, 2009

I thought that a good way to end the current series of posts about food security was to provide readers … Continued

The Gherkin and the Olive Tree

November 3, 2009

This the fifth post in a series about food security. In the previous posts, I've noted that both international agricultural … Continued

Feeding the World While Watching the Environment

November 2, 2009

This is the fourth blog in a series of posts about agriculture and food security. In the first post of … Continued

Agriculture Production and Prices

October 30, 2009

This is the third post in a series dealing with agriculture and food security. In the first and second posts … Continued

Agriculture: The Bumpy Road Ahead

October 29, 2009

This is the second in a series of posts about agriculture and food security. In posts written earlier this month … Continued

Agriculture Old and New

October 28, 2009

This is the first in a series of reports on the future of agriculture and food security. As you might … Continued

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization

October 27, 2009

Unless you're involved in some way with national security, you may never have heard of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). … Continued

Updates Continued: Mo Ibrahim Prize/Food Security/Participatory Innovation

October 26, 2009

This is the fourth in a series of posts that update past blogs. The Mo Ibrahim Prize In a post … Continued

More Updates: Kenya/Sovereign Wealth Funds/Emerging Economies

October 23, 2009

This is the third in a series of blogs that update past posts. Kenya In a recent series of posts, … Continued

More Updates: Turkey and the PKK/Investing in Iraq/Nigeria

October 22, 2009

This the second in a series of updates concerning posts I've written in the past. Turkey and the PKK I … Continued

Updates on Some Past Posts: Kurdistan Oil/One Laptop Per Child/Zimbabwe

October 21, 2009

A number of developments have occurred that touch on stories I've written about in the past. For the next couple … Continued

Enterra’s Enterprise Resilience Platform™

October 20, 2009

Occasionally while scanning through newspapers a particular advertisement will catch my eye. One such ad was for the World Business … Continued

Update on Education in Saudi Arabia

October 19, 2009

Nearly two years ago in a post entitled Education in Saudi Arabia, I wrote about King Abdullah's multi-billion dollar investment … Continued

The Greening of the U.S. Military

October 16, 2009

Historically the U.S. military has not been known for its commitment to environmental protection. Over the past decade or so, … Continued

Guinea: A Setback for Africa

October 15, 2009

Late last month, violence erupted in the small, west African country of Guinea when government troops fired on unarmed participants … Continued

More About Our Amazing Minds

October 14, 2009

I'm fascinated by the workings of the human mind. Most people recognize that men and women use different thought processes, … Continued

Fuels of Tomorrow — Part 2, Biofuels

October 13, 2009

Yesterday I discussed the future of hydrogen as a fuel. Today I would like to examine the future of biofuels. … Continued

Fuels of Tomorrow — Part 1, Hydrogen

October 12, 2009

There seems to be a lot of confusion about the role of oil in development. Anyone involved with development will … Continued

The Conundrum of Haiti

October 9, 2009

For years I've heard people argue that jobs are leaving the U.S. because companies are simply looking for cheap labor … Continued

Emerging Markets — Room to Grow

October 8, 2009

For some time now, I have been predicting that the health of the global economy would rest on the back … Continued

Democracy and Development

October 7, 2009

The American essayist Agnes Repplier once wrote, "Democracy forever teases us with the contrast between its ideals and its realities, … Continued

Counting Carbon

October 6, 2009

Most of the debate about climate change focuses on carbon emissions. With the debate remaining front and center on the … Continued

The State of International Trade

October 5, 2009

One of the business sectors in which my company, Enterra Solutions, is engaged is port and harbor security. Despite the … Continued

Trouble in Kenya

October 2, 2009

This is the final post in a weeklong series about East Africa. One would think that having Somalia as a … Continued

Financial Times’ Special Report on Rwanda

October 1, 2009

This is the fourth post in a series about East Africa. In the last two posts [Africa and America and … Continued

The Plight and Hope of East Africa

September 30, 2009

This is the third post in a weeklong look at East Africa. In yesterday's post, entitled Africa and America, I … Continued

Africa and America

September 29, 2009

It's not often that the president of another country writes an op-ed piece for an American newspaper; but recently the … Continued

Hope for Somalia? — Not Much, I’m Afraid

September 28, 2009

This week I’m going to write about what’s happening in East Africa beginning with Somalia. In October of last year, … Continued

Update on Turkey and the Kurds

September 25, 2009

Because my company does a significant amount of business in the Kurdish region of Iraq, I have a particular interest … Continued

Good News in Tough Times

September 24, 2009

I have written a number of posts in which I’ve mentioned the World Bank’s Doing Business Report and the positive … Continued

More on Nuclear Power

September 23, 2009

The Financial Times reports that “in the fight to secure fuel supplies and cut carbon emissions, nuclear power looks increasingly … Continued

Changing Demographics in Africa

September 22, 2009

According to New York Times' columnist Nicholas Kristof, one of "the grimmest risks to human life" in Africa is not … Continued

Optimism and Pessimism

September 21, 2009

Since the current recession began, I have been touting the importance of entrepreneurs in getting the economy back on its … Continued

Efforts to Confront Piracy Continue

September 18, 2009

I first wrote about piracy last December in a post entitled The Return of the Pirates. In that post, I … Continued

Inventors as Heroes

September 17, 2009

Luke Johnson, who runs a private equity firm called Risk Capital Partners, recently published an op-ed piece in the Financial … Continued

Science and Jobs

September 16, 2009

New York Times' columnist Bob Herbert claims "the biggest issue confronting ordinary Americans right now — the biggest by far … Continued

The Power of Language

September 15, 2009

In a previous post I wrote about The Power of Words. In that post, I quoted Peggy Noonan, who wrote: … Continued

Norway: Proof (or not) that Oil Need Not be a Curse for Developing Nations

September 14, 2009

I have noted in several past posts that many analysts believe that developing countries sitting atop significant oil reserves are … Continued

Doing Business in the Developing World

September 11, 2009

The news this morning coming out of Asia looks very good for the global economy. Emerging markets appear to be … Continued

The Future of Electric Cars

September 10, 2009

The "cash for clunkers" program has ended in the U.S.; General Motors is still struggling to sell its Opel division … Continued

The Social Media Revolution

September 9, 2009

In a post entitled The Importance of Connections, I discussed the fact that humans have been rightly labeled social animals. … Continued

Religion and Development

September 8, 2009

In a post entitled Morocco's Example, I noted that Morocco has made noticeable progress under the leadership of its 45-year-old … Continued

Labor Day in America

September 7, 2009

With unemployment rates pushing double digits in some American states, this Labor Day is not as happy as it could … Continued

Actions Speak Louder than Words

September 4, 2009

President Obama has made a point of trying to improve relations with the Muslim world. Admiral Michael Mullen, USN, Chairman … Continued

Urban Farmers

September 3, 2009

In a recent post entitled New Approach to Food Security Applauded, I discussed how leaders from the G8 countries are … Continued

Disaster Planning

September 2, 2009

In an earlier post entitled Plans vs. Planning, I quoted the late President and 5-star General, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who … Continued

It’s All in Your Head

September 1, 2009

In a post I entitled The Amazing Mind, I referenced an op-ed piece by David Brooks that lauded the value … Continued

Visualizing a Better World

August 31, 2009

Nowadays an oft-heard complaint is that we are being bombarded with so much data that we are being overloaded. Humankind … Continued

New Approach to Food Security Applauded

August 28, 2009

In post entitled Food Crisis and Recession, I discussed the fact that at the last G8 summit leaders of developed … Continued

Brazil Sits on the Cusp of Recovery

August 27, 2009

Recently Japan, France, and Germany reported that their economies had once again started to grow. The growth rates weren't high, … Continued

The Changing World of International Relations

August 26, 2009

In a post written shortly before the Obama administration came to office [Transforming U.S. Foreign Policy], I observed that sweeping … Continued

The Ups and Downs of Microfinance

August 25, 2009

I first started blogging about microfinance in November 2006 in a post about programs that work in fighting poverty [Programs … Continued

Shipping Woes

August 24, 2009

Less than two years ago, analysts were predicting a bright future for maritime shipping. Demand for new ships seemed strong, … Continued

Zimbabwe Remains a Conundrum

August 21, 2009

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently made an important tour of seven African nations. One of her stops was … Continued

The Trouble with Trash

August 20, 2009

In a post entitled Of Diamonds and Dumps, I discussed the issue of trash disposal and the need for better … Continued

The Diversity of Humankind

August 19, 2009

We've all heard the statistic that humans are genetically 99.9% the same. Yet we marvel at how diverse we look … Continued

Are Demographics Beginning to Change?

August 18, 2009

A recent article in The Economist declared that "demography means virtually all of us will have to work longer ["The … Continued

The Not So Infinite Sea

August 17, 2009

William Shakespeare once penned: "My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep. The more I give … Continued

Of Diamonds and Dumps

August 14, 2009

Consumers rarely think about where the products they buy come from or where they end up when they are finally … Continued