Limiting the Spread of AIDS

January 30, 2009

During my discussions about Development-in-a-Box™, I have often made the point that frontier economies progress faster when they have achieved … Continued

Voting in Iraq

January 29, 2009

As the date for elections approaches in Iraq, ethnic tensions are once again flaring in the north. While most of … Continued

Child Labor in the Developing World

January 28, 2009

Unicef reports that an estimated 158 million children aged 5-14 are engaged in child labor. That represents one in every … Continued

Schoolgirls in Afghanistan

January 27, 2009

Most people are aware that the conflict in Afghanistan is not going well. Upon taking office, Barack Obama has pledged … Continued

Religious Conflict in Nigeria

January 26, 2009

Nigeria is a country blessed (or as many believe cursed) with oil. It is a major supplier to the United … Continued

The Challenge of Power

January 23, 2009

The Washington Post recently published a fascinating profile about a young Iraqi power broker who has become the dominant authority … Continued

Learning from Nature

January 22, 2009

Amid all the bad news — the current recession, conflict in the Middle East, famine in Horn of Africa, etc. … Continued

Diplomacy in the Obama Administration

January 21, 2009

With Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton poised to be the most notable of President Obama’s cabinet appointments, a lot of attention … Continued

The Latest on Turkish-Kurd Relations

January 20, 2009

Today is an historic day in the United States as Americans inaugurate their first president with African roots. Barack Obama … Continued

Democracy in Africa — The Case of Ghana

January 19, 2009

The eve of President-elect Barack Obama's inauguration is a good time to reflect on the subject of peaceful transition of … Continued

The Gift of Sight

January 16, 2009

Celtic folk musician and story teller, Charles de Lint, wrote, “The few wonders of the world only exist while there … Continued

Moderate Islam Gains an Audience

January 15, 2009

Despite protests from many Muslims that violent zealots don't accurately represent Islam, fringe believers, who carry out nefarious acts in … Continued

The Multilingual Web

January 14, 2009

For English speakers, the World Wide Web has been a godsend because its content has mostly been created and disseminated … Continued

The Importance of Geography

January 13, 2009

We have all heard someone say, "The world is getting smaller." The fact that we can witness events happening around … Continued

Calculating the Worth of Cows

January 12, 2009

Everyone knows that the economy is bad and it appears that it will stay that way at least for a … Continued

China’s and India’s Climb to the top of the Economic Pyramid

January 9, 2009

In yesterday’s post [India Learns Link between Security and Prosperity], I explored the security situation in India and how it … Continued

India Learns Link between Security and Prosperity

January 8, 2009

The terrorist attacks in Mumbai last November were the latest eye-opening perturbations that remind us that security and prosperity are … Continued

North Korea goes Mobile — sort of

January 7, 2009

North Korea remains one of the world's most closed societies. Leaders in North Korea rightfully fear that opening up the … Continued

Bosnia and the Challenge of Fake States

January 6, 2009

States whose borders have been created by outsiders (generally by former colonial masters) are sometimes referred to as “fake states” … Continued

Mapping Africa

January 5, 2009

In a recent post entitled Testing the Rhetoric of Sustainability, I focused on an article from The Economist's special report … Continued

More on Somalia

January 2, 2009

In a previous post [Somalia — Poster Child of Failed States], I discussed how difficult and hopeless things are in … Continued

Happy New Year 2009

January 1, 2009

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in,” wrote Bill Vaughan. “A pessimist stays up to … Continued