Category Archives: Development

Risk Analysis and Growth Economies

Last week, DCFR hosted Professor Alyson Warhurst, CEO and founder of U.K.-based Maplecroft, a leading source of extra-financial risk intelligence. Warhurst focused on growth markets and oil and gas producing countries considered hotspots for 2013. Looking at both political, economic … Continue reading

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Global Infrastructure

Last week, DCFR hosted Fluor’s Troy Ailshie and Sarah Soong of Hunt Consolidated to discuss infrastructure development and finance. Mr Ailshie noted that the U.S. spends less of its GDP on infrastructure than its main competitors, a 50% decline since … Continue reading

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Beijing’s ‘Airpocalypse’

Reported over the weekend, the pollution in Beijing went off the map’s edge. DCFR addressed this topic in the summer with Rajan Gupta of the Los Alamos National Lab. His slides with some interesting data are here. And an interview here. … Continue reading

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Germany’s Green Push

We were honored to have Harald Leibrecht, coordinator of transatlantic cooperation of the German government, speak recently to DCFR and American Council on Germany members. His topic of discussion was Germany’s energy policy and its transition to renewables. Nuclear power … Continue reading

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Cities as opportunity and threat: new DCFR brief

Urbanization is a significant driver of future economic opportunities and growth in developing countries. Many developed-country cities have GDP as high as entire countries. This brief explores the underlying characteristics of cities and their growth prospects given the emerging science and … Continue reading

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The Equations of Cities

After months in preparation for DCFR’s second Series “D” program, the panel on “Prospects for Cities” with Santa Fe Institute’s Geoffrey West and SMU Cox’s Maria Minniti concluded and left many realizing that this work on cities has only just … Continue reading

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Upcoming: Cities as Growth Engines

Dallas’ metropolitan GDP is roughly the size of Argentina’s economy. The GDP of New York is a few hundred billion dollars less than Canada’s. Chicago is likened to Switzerland, and so on, according to an Atlantic article. The growth of … Continue reading

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Connecting Emerging Market Entrepreneurs to the Global Economy

Last week, Technoserve CEO Bruce McNamer visited DCFR to speak about alleviating poverty through private business. In existence since 1968, Technoserve has a business model that connects local entrepreneurs in emerging and developing countries to the global economy. McNamer says, … Continue reading

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Parsing Global Demographic Trends

In a new brief, the issues which intersect demographic trends are highlighted — China’s aging, growth challenges, urbanization, security in Africa and more. Eminent demographer Jack Goldstone of George Mason University leaves few place on the globe untouched in a … Continue reading

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After Kaplan: New Foreign Policy Plate Tectonics

When you hear from a foreign policy luminary such as Robert Kaplan about the Indian Ocean and what it means in terms of mega-21st century global affairs trends, you encounter the world of super-consciousness and higher thinking on a level … Continue reading

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