Engaging Women to Help Combat Extremism

August 01, 2016

It is time to include women and marginalized groups in efforts to combat extremism. In June, President Barack Obama joined over 1,200 promising entrepreneurs and venture capitalists from 78 countries at Stanford University for the annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to discuss how...

Have the BRICs Hit a Wall? The Next Emerging Markets

January 17, 2016

Which countries are poised to become the next high-growth developing markets? Until recently, when people talked about “emerging markets,” they were referring to the BRIC economies: Brazil, Russia, India and China. Undeniably, these countries have changed the face of global business over...

What Happened to Brazil?

September 26, 2015

Latin America's largest country once looked ascendant. Now it's been laid low by widespread violence, structural racism, endemic corruption and external economic shocks. In the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Germany not only ousted Brazil from the semifinals. It gave the legendary team a drubbing—7...

Culture and Education Can Bind BRICS

July 12, 2015

If, after nine years, BRICS remains a disparate grouping, it will soon be time to explore new avenues of cooperation. It is ironic that trade and investment flows within BRICS countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa—continue to disappoint, even though economics was the...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

July 31, 2014

Putin is an old school Russian tsar in a modern avatar, fighting to retain great power status for his country. July 2014 will be remembered as a historic month. While the world is fixated on the conflict in Gaza, a major global development has gone unnoticed. Brazil, Russia, India, China and...

Understanding India and “West Asia”

August 15, 2013

The Middle East can expect the enduring future presence of India. India’s relationship with the Middle East — which Indian policymakers refer to by the perhaps more geographically correct, official United Nations term of "West Asia" — is driven by the cold, hard logic...

Beijing on Pyongyang: A Change of Tack, Not Heart

May 13, 2013

China’s cooperation in dealing with North Korea will likely be temporary and prudential. If North Korea is the hysterical child that Western news media — aided by the north’s own apocalyptic rhetoric — portrays it to be, then China is often cast as the doting grandparent, indulgent to a...