The new hi-tech giants are monetizing everything in our animated lives that distinguishes us as individuals. The potential of such information is enormous and a race is on to exploit our very essence.
As technology advances, societies with a technological edge will move beyond those that have been catching up solely through cheap labor, thus modifying the economic hierarchy of nations and the relationship between governments and the workforce.
Both as energy consumer and as strategic hub for oil and gas transport, Turkey is growing in importance. But since it is wedged between the world’s most volatile regions, it must negotiate astutely.
The new frontier in crime is located in cyberspace. As the IT revolution gets into full swing, those inclined to deviant means for making money will no doubt try to make the most what software can do.
The odd-couple Saudi-American love affair may finally be drying out as American demand for foreign oil decreases. What has everyone worried is what may fill the vacuum of a foreign policy that has long been taken for granted.
The Chinese have been investing heavily in the tiny East African nation, as well as throughout the Horn of Africa. Sooner or later they will be rubbing elbows with Western interests long established there.
Is the startup bubble that has characterized the IT revolution about to burst? There has certainly been an evolution in both the way startups get funding and in the types of businesses that are attracting investors.
Any organization that wants to make itself known to the world at large must project a coherent image, or brand. Even terrorists are adapting their marketing strategy to social media.
One of the biggest scourges for international trade in the past few decades has been naval piracy. Unlike the drunken rabble sailing under the Jolly Roger back in the heyday of piracy, the new pirates tend to be structured more like small businesses.
The need for high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicles that can transmit real-time data about a vast area have been best met by the Global Hawk, a cutting edge drone whose eye in the sky soars well above the rest.
The US is bombing not only in Iraq, but also in Syria, where they hope to lead a coalition that will destroy the Islamic States. How the US labels the enemy may indicate the strategy America intends to follow.
Islamic finance is blossoming in Western countries. Since the economic crisis, sharia-compliant strategies have come to be seen as ethical and less risky approaches that in many respects go back to the fundamentals.
The Indian Ocean is once again a crucial region with respect to the economic and military balance of power. Three major players – China, India and the US – are vying for dominance there.
Tension is rising between Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Today the main point of contention, which stirs historical grievances, is Doha’s support of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Things are looking brighter for Iran’s oil and gas sector. A new minister, pipelines in the works, the possible easing of sanctions, and growing interest on the part of Western oil majors all bode well.
Optimizing food production in a sustainable manner is imperative in the near future, especially for developing nations. This will require a merger between seemingly contrasting visions and methods of agriculture.
An agricultural revolution is needed in order to adequately feed the developing countries and ensure a transformation that is at once efficient and ethical. The change, however, must be driven by more than just profits. The Catholic Church may be the best-equipped organization.
As the world’s second largest gas producer, Iran is looking to expand its influence through a new pipeline that would open markets for its gas exports. But to do so it must have sanctions eased.
As the BRICS countries gain more clout in the global economy, a proposed development bank can ensure steady growth. But the disparities among the countries pose many problems.
Imagine Election Day with no queuing up, no polling stations and no never-heard-of-them-before candidates. With internet technology citizens of democracies can now make informed choices with a few simple clicks.
Football is serious business for Qatar, because through the world’s most popular sport, as well as the TV station that will broadcast it, the emirate hopes to gain entrée and influence that it can leverage in more serious competitions – like the struggle for Syria.
The formation of a Eurasian Union has the potential to change the world’s geopolitical balance. The degree to which Russia can unite effectively with its resource-rich neighbors will dictate how the rest of the world reacts.
Central Asia has abundant natural resources. But one resource in particular, water, may turn into a stumbling block for regional cooperation. Through dialogue and international agreements, this obstacle can be overcome.
Cuisine is an integral part of a people’s culture. But the very nature of food is such that it’s meant to be shared. Neighbors often appropriate each other’s methods of preparation. At times this can lead to disputes. Although it can also lead to cooperation.
As the technology behind unmanned aerial vehicles becomes more accessible and the industry expands into the private sector, our skies and landscapes may become more crowded in ways we have only just begun to imagine.
What will happen in the future if cities grow in harmony with the surrounding environment? If urban dwellers evolve to feel like living entities within a larger living entity – the polis – we might see the birth of permacities.
Even though the economy is experiencing turbulence, air travel is increasing. The rise of emerging markets and the growth of intra-continental travel, however, are having an impact on what kind
of planes will be in demand.
Transnational corporations are feeling their way into the future. Whether expanding into greener pastures or consolidating their hold over traditional markets, metaphors of East and West no longer mean what they used to.
As the sanctions imposed by the US and EU on Iran gain traction, other nations have come up with creative solutions for continuing the flow of discounted oil and even insuring the ships. The irony is that by imposing sanctions, the West has encouraged a situation that may obviate their effect.
Despite having its own deposits, China, the world’s biggest consumer of iron, needs to import huge amounts to feed its hungry economy. The world’s biggest producer, Brazil’s Vale, is now vying for control of the market.
The number of Americans getting food stamps is at an all-time high. Now cities are witnessing the birth of a scavenger culture taking advantage of what has become a scandalously wasteful society. With so much free food being eaten, producers are reassessing their role in the food chain.
The exodus from Africa has gone beyond the scope of
a one-off emergency situation. It has evolved into an organized industry, in which people and organizations have invested their money and reputations.