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Obama: Good Talk, Loose Talk in Summiteering on Loose Nukes, Uptight Russia, the Asia-Pacific Pivot, and America's Problematic Image

William Bradley | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's one thing to acknowledge, as Obama did from the beginning, that his goal of nuclear abolition was very blue sky, something that would not be accomplished in his lifetime. Frankly, I'd bet that it never happens. That it seems unrealistic does not mean that it is not a righteous goal.

No One's World

Charles Kupchan | Posted 04.02.2014 | World
Charles Kupchan

The West's power is fading, and emerging economies are gaining ground. In the near future, the world will have numerous centers of power, founded on alternative models. This change can take place in an orderly and peaceful way if the West recuperates its leadership role, and to do so, it will have to relaunch its economy and its democratic institutions. The twenty-first century will not belong to the United States, Europe or China. It will be no one's world.

Contrary to Popular Opinion: America Doing Well (Relatively) Economically and Competitively

Frank Islam | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

So, the United States is in the toilet right? Wrong! When one looks at a variety of data sources, the United States appears to be doing well in relative terms both economically and competitively.

Against Growth Market Pessimism

Parag Khanna | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
Parag Khanna

We should not underestimate how the forces of demographic growth, urbanization, middle class formation, economic openness, institutional modernization, and infrastructure renewal have been and can become ever more the foundations of robust worldwide growth.

Does U.S. Surveillance/Spying Undermine American Business & Influence?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 12.29.2013 | Business
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Does American based media and technology better serve to facilitate opportunities for U.S. surveillance/spying or to further our American values, influence and business?

Philippines as the New ASEAN Growth Pole: Not Even Corruption Can Stop it

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Halfway into his six-year term, President Benigno Aquino III is facing a spate of major corruption scandals, which could potentially undermine his "good governance" initiative -- the policy that largely explains renewed global confidence in the Philippine economy in recent years.

Retiring the American Empire

John Feffer | Posted 10.04.2013 | World
John Feffer

If the United States were to change its global behavior, it might discover that the calls for early retirement fade. Then, as a more cooperative international player, America could truly enjoy its imperial twilight in the sure knowledge that the deluge is not imminent.

Who Will Fix the United Nations Security Council?

Robert Muggah | Posted 09.30.2013 | World
Robert Muggah

Not surprisingly, governments and civil societies at the sharp end of these missions -- especially in Africa, the Americas and Asia -- are demanding a greater say in decisions that affect them. Questions of international peace and security are frankly too important to be decided by five countries alone.

Are African Lions One-Trick Ponies?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

For the African growth story to be more than the "one-trick" resources story, its leaders have to prioritize the diversification of their economies. Natural resource extraction offers immediate benefits but this growth path is unlikely to translate into tangible improvements in the lives of most Africans.

The Real Reason America Can't Make a Nuclear Deal with Iran

Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett | Posted 06.29.2013 | World
Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett

Conflict over Iran's nuclear program is driven by two different approaches to interpreting the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). These approaches, in turn, are rooted in different conceptions of world order.

Africa Investing in Africa

Richard Attias | Posted 06.28.2013 | Business
Richard Attias

Big changes are needed if Africans are truly to benefit from the rich resources of their own continent. But those changes have begun, and I am optimistic about what the future holds.

Are We Heading Towards Cyprus or Socialism?

Les Leopold | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Les Leopold

What will happen the next time the largest banks in America gamble their way into chaos? Will taxpayers bail them out again or will the "stakeholders" be forced to make up the losses?

The 5th BRICS Summit: Lessons for the "Developed" World

Amb. Robin Renee Sanders | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

Since May 2010, I have suggested re-coining the term BRICs which, as we all know, focuses on the economic prowess and growth rates of Brazil, Russia, India, China and in Africa only South Africa.

Should We Say BRICS or BRICA?

Richard Attias | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Richard Attias

Africa's rise is no longer just beginning - this is definitely an emerging region, despite the political conflicts occurring in Mali, the Central African Republic and elsewhere. Africa needs to manage its transformation through homegrown solutions.

The Challenge for BRICS and Africa

Richard Attias | Posted 05.28.2013 | Business
Richard Attias

I am writing this from the BRICS summit in Durban, where it is clear that the huge momentum of these emerging markets -- especially when it comes to their relationship with Africa -- is not slowing down.

Assad Begs BRICS Countries For Help

AP | ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 05.27.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria's increasingly isolated president sent a letter calling for help from leaders of five nations at an economic meeting Wed...

Here I Am: Calling for leadership from the BRICS countries

Lucy Chesire | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Lucy Chesire

This week, Durban South Africa has played host to the 5th BRICS Summit which brings together the world's leading emerging economies, Brazil, Russian, ...

Xi Jinping's Long March to Defeat the West's Fear of China

David Gosset | Posted 05.15.2013 | World
David Gosset

In a century marked by increasing complexity and interdependence, the betterment of the ones does not equal the regression of others, and, far from being a zero-sum game, economic convergence and global coordination can bring more security and prosperity for all.

Brazilian Competitiveness: Folia and Hangover

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 04.14.2013 | World
Otaviano Canuto

As the Carnival in Brazil kicked off last weekend, Brazilians were ready for a party. They have reasons to celebrate. Despite a lackluster GDP performance in the last two years, unemployment rates remain at record low levels.

Davos Lightning Round: Where Do Good Policy and Good Business Align?

Ian Bremmer | Posted 03.27.2013 | Business
Ian Bremmer

2013-01-23-FinalDavosDiariesbanner.jpg Today I'm going to zap around the world a bit, outlining some global trends that are areas of opportunity, both for promoting the World Economic Forum's commitment to "improving the state of the world" and for businesses' bottom lines.

The World's New Banker?

The Diplomat | Rajeev Sharma | Posted 01.28.2013 | World

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) bloc has begun planning its own development bank and a new bailout fund which would be creat...

Ruchir Sharma and the Fallacies of American Decline

Robert Teitelman | Posted 01.21.2013 | Business
Robert Teitelman

Yes, a few emerging nations have shown impressive growth, notably China and a handful of Asian Tigers. But remember when Japan, now beset by chronic deflation, an aging population and perhaps another recession, was poised to become the world's most powerful economy?

The Changing Face of Foreign Assistance

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 12.04.2012 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

The rise of emerging economies has been the dominant economic story of the past decade. While traditional economic powerhouses continue to make up the largest share of total output, developing economies have been growing faster and representing an ever larger share of world GDP.

Brazil Needs to Grow Up and Do It Quickly

Marcello Arrambide | Posted 07.10.2012 | World
Marcello Arrambide

I have been living in Brazil for roughly three months and realized that Brazil is still going through puberty, finding itself playing at the big kids table when in fact, it is not a big kid yet.

Bucking the Trend: Poverty Reduction and Inequality in Latin America

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.07.2012 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Interestingly, this phenomenon -- mobility out of poverty accompanied by higher income concentrations and persistent inequality -- is evident in all regions of the world, with the exception of one: Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)