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Longevity Changes Everything...or Should

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.25.2015 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As the 2016 American presidential campaign gets rolling, it will be interesting to see how the candidates outline their strategies for population aging.

India, China and the Rest of the BRICS Will No Longer Wait for a Seat at the Table

Shashi Tharoor | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Shashi Tharoor

MOSCOW -- Countries like India and Brazil -- unlike, say, Germany and Japan a century ago -- are not seeking to overturn the world order. All they want is a place at the high table. Barring that, they have little choice but to build their own -- though India, Brazil and South Africa have reason to wonder if a Chinese-led world order would be an improvement on the current one.

Yogi Berra and the Greek Debt Crisis

Aristotle Tziampiris | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
Aristotle Tziampiris

There is still time for Greece to snatch victory from the jaws of a looming defeat. The Summer has arrived and throngs of tourists will descent upon some of the most beautiful islands in the world, providing a much needed lift to the economy.

Whatever Happened to the BRICs?

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 05.19.2015 | World
Jonathan Adelman

Most of the BRICS are far from becoming major powers. While the United States has $57,000 GDP/capita, the BRICs' GDP/capita ranges from a tiny $1,500 (India) and low level of $6,800 (China) to modest levels of $11,200 (Brazil) and Russia ($14,600).

Normalization and a De-facto Alliance Between Washington and Tehran

Raghida Dergham | Posted 06.10.2015 | World
Raghida Dergham

The United States understands the language of both immediate and strategic interests, and the Arab leaderships must speak this language fluently in light of the developments, and not with an archaic, rigid language.

Why Are Businesses Shifting Focus to Emerging Markets?

Kian Moini | Posted 06.08.2015 | Business
Kian Moini

In 2013, McKinsey & Company predicted that by 2025 almost 230 Fortune Global 500 companies would be based in cities in the emerging markets. Whilst I can't yet comment on whether this prediction is likely to come true, it is interesting to look at how companies are shifting their focus to these developing countries.

The Real 'Iran Prize': The Next Great Emerging Market

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 06.06.2015 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The expected removal of Western sanctions, particularly the targeted measures against Iran's oil and financial sector, could pave the way for a huge and much-needed inflow of foreign investors and recovery of Iran's oil sector and heavily-battered currency.

The Retreatniks

John Feffer | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
John Feffer

The new talking point for the Republican Party -- actually, it's an old talking point in expensive new clothing -- is "America is in retreat."

The Kremlin's Kool-Aid

John Feffer | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
John Feffer

Like Glenn Greenwald, we should be concerned about the Azov Battalion and high-ranking extremists in the Ukrainian government. But the real darling of the far right is Putin. It's no surprise that European extremists are intoxicated by his authoritarian style. The mystery is why some on the left have also drunk the Kremlin's Kool-Aid.

Is Economic Warfare the Theme for 2015?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 03.07.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Is the Russian Ruble becoming financial rubble as consequence of targeting by the U.S. and its allies? The dramatic fall in oil prices and commensurate drop in the Russian currency, is this coincidental to broader global economic trends or an orchestrated assault?

What Is Brazil Really Doing in Africa?

Robert Muggah | Posted 03.06.2015 | World
Robert Muggah

If Brazil is to make a dent in Africa, it needs to get ahead of the curve. Future economic and demographic projections indicate that African investment opportunities are changing. Foreign policy experts and investors should take note, and plan accordingly.

From Silos to Systems: Improving Knowledge Sharing for Public Health

Stephan Rabimov | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Stephan Rabimov

Knowledge sharing and management, provide a systematic approach through an activity (or series of activities) by which information is exchanged among networks and organizations. Knowledge sharing is a common approach to many recent public health solutions.

Asia Smiles for the Cameras

John Feffer | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
John Feffer

Washington needs to recognize that its Pacific pivot is adding insecurity to the region, not stability. With its arms sales and encouragement of ally assertiveness, the United States is bringing peace to the region just like the Colt .45 "Peacemaker" brought peace to the Wild West.

Faithful Shopper: Lovely Luggage

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 01.12.2015 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

With the busiest travel week of the year - Thanksgiving -- coming momentarily, now is the time to invest in a nice piece or set of luggage that will i...

Navigating Brazil's Path to Growth

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Brazil's macroeconomic management will face four major immediate challenges in the near future. The response to them will be strengthened if we could have some indication of how to steer the Brazilian economy back to a growth route.

The Global Economy Is Flying on One Engine -- But There Is Turbulence Ahead

Nouriel Roubini | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Nouriel Roubini

If the Republican Party takes full control of the U.S. Congress in the midterm election, policy gridlock is likely to worsen, risking a rerun of the damaging fiscal battles that led last year to a government shutdown and almost to a technical debt default. More broadly, the gridlock will prevent the passage of important structural reforms that the U.S. needs to boost growth.

Al Qaeda's Move in India Presages More Elsewhere

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Al Qaeda's (AQ's) declaration that it is starting a franchise in South Asia is no surprise at all, given the sheer number of Muslims in the region, and that it is being eclipsed by the Islamic State (IS) in the headlines.

Vladimir Putin, BRICS Bank and Eclipse of South American Idealism

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

South American political elites seem to have jettisoned much of the high minded left idealism of past years in favor of crass economic interests. In a somewhat outlandish turn of events, Brazil has embraced Vladimir Putin, a figure who has desperately sought to end his country's political and diplomatic isolation.

Markets, Aging and Solutions

Michael Hodin | Posted 10.22.2014 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As these BRICS establish their bank in Shanghai -- the only noticeable outcome of the summit -- they'd be wise to heed the market needs and opportunities of a silver economy.

ISIS and the G-41 World

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Isolationist America's foreign policy and standing in the world has been further emasculated in the process. Conservative political pundits in the U.S. criticize President Obama for failing to act in a more decisive manner to stem the tide. They remain delusional in their belief that anything the U.S. can do will make a difference.

Mercurial Tango: Putin's Odd Courtship of Argentina

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

In light of the history, Argentina seems like the last country one would expect to embrace Russia and Vladimir Putin.

Stacking Up the BRICS

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

For now, the BRICS Bank is a global statement certainly, and one with the ability to score each of these leaders some political capital domestically. Whether or not it crashes and burns is an entirely different conversation.

The BRICS Bank Signals the End of the American Financial Empire and U.S. Dollar Hegemony

Dr. Nasser H. Saidi | Posted 09.19.2014 | World
Dr. Nasser H. Saidi

Establishing the BRICS Bank is a momentous event The July 2014 BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit was a momentous event, more ...

New BRICS Bank a Building Block of Alternative World Order

Parag Khanna | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Parag Khanna

The "New Development Bank" announced in Fortaleza this week marks the launch of a collective lending platform steered exclusively by the BRICS countries. With an authorized capital of $100 billion, it could lend up to $34 billion per year. It is not an understatement to say that this is a new kind of bank for a new world order. For the first time in history, infrastructure spending consistently exceeds military expenditure.

Russia, the U.S., and Preservation of the Status Quo

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.17.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Russia is a well-ingrained enemy of the U.S., and vice versa. For that reason, not too much effort is required to dust off and re-oil the propaganda machines on both sides of the Atlantic.