Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

The TED website describes Kishore Mahbubani, a career diplomat from Singapore, as someone who “re-envisions global power dynamics through the lens of rising Asian economies.” This description is not just apt for Mahbubani but also for his new book, “Has the West Lost It?” The title may...

Iraq’s Governance Crisis Reaches a Boiling Point
Oct 14, 2019

Iraq’s Governance Crisis Reaches a Boiling Point

Our Own Experiences of Poverty Shape Our Views on Its Causes
Oct 08, 2019

Our Own Experiences of Poverty Shape Our Views on Its Causes

Structurally Irrelevant? The Future of Men in the Digital Economy
Oct 07, 2019

Structurally Irrelevant? The Future of Men in the Digital Economy

Italian Populists Use Social Welfare to Ignite a “War Between the Poor”

Italian Populists Use Social Welfare to Ignite a “War Between the Poor”

Oct 07, 2019

Since Matteo Salvini took over the leadership of the Northern League party (rebranded as the League before last year’s elections) in late 2013, the focus of his harsh political campaigns shifted from southern Italians — the so-called “Terroni,” or people of the countryside — to...

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

Oct 01, 2019

With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), the potential to integrate technology into the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is reaching new heights. According to Klaus Schwab, Founder of the World Economic Forum, 4IR is “blurring the lines between the physical, digital, and...

What Happens When We Ban Abortion?

What Happens When We Ban Abortion?

Sep 25, 2019

The battle over women’s reproductive rights in the United States is not new. Since the Supreme Court’s landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, the lines have been drawn between pro-choice and pro-life advocates. These positions have been entrenched in US politics for decades, but have taken a sharp...

Sanatan Socialism Ends Billionaire Raj

Sanatan Socialism Ends Billionaire Raj

Aug 30, 2019

Not too long ago, James Crabtree, the former Mumbai bureau chief of the Financial Times, wrote about the new “billionaire raj” in India. He spent most of his time hobnobbing with the rich and powerful in Mumbai, and even acted in a Bollywood movie. This former acolyte of Tony...

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs

Perhaps “Slowbalization” Is Exactly What the World Needs

Aug 16, 2019

A group of Italians started the Slow Food movement back in the 1980s. Stay away from fast-food restaurants, they urged: Eat local, focus on traditional recipes, relax and enjoy your meal.  The Slow Food movement began as a protest against McDonald’s, which opened a new franchise near...

Understanding Digital Hate Culture

Understanding Digital Hate Culture

Aug 14, 2019

Online radical-right extremist groups exhibit a massive range of ideological stances and approaches, which vary from country to country. These include the affirmed political stances of alt-right groups, the social movement-like practices of groups like Generation Identity, and the violent,...

Saudi Arabia Eases Male Guardianship System

Saudi Arabia Eases Male Guardianship System

Aug 02, 2019

It comes as welcome news that authorities in Saudi Arabia have taken important steps toward dismantling the repressive male guardianship system, which treats women in the country as minors. Women will no longer require permission from a male guardian to travel abroad and can apply for a...

Romance Novels Are a Weapon Against Misogyny

Romance Novels Are a Weapon Against Misogyny

Jul 26, 2019

Contemporary romance novels are big business, and they empower women in a number of ways. In the United States alone, romance novels account for about one third of the fiction market, about the same as mystery and fantasies combined. The vast majority of romance writers are women, and so are their...

Trust Your Children If You Want Them To Be Successful

Trust Your Children If You Want Them To Be Successful

Esther Wojcicki is widely known as the mastermind behind Palo Alto High School’s successful media arts program, which has produced alumni like the actor James Franco. A fact hidden from the public eye is that Wojcicki is also a successful mother of three incredible women: Anne Wojcicki, founder...

Consulting Scandals: Holding the Accountants Accountable

Consulting Scandals: Holding the Accountants Accountable

Jul 23, 2019

International business consultancy and accounting firms have reached an unchartered phase in the business life cycle. These behemoths of commerce, often tasked with keeping both public and private sector players in check, have now grown powerful enough to pose a threat to entire countries, if not...

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