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  • Russia, Georgia and the Middle East: A Re-thinking of Cold War Tactics
    September 2008 By Gitanjali Bakshi

    The events that have taken place from 8th August 2008 until today have served as a turning point in Russian foreign policy. After years of political isolation in the global arena, it seems as though the recent conflict over Southern Ossetia has shaken the Russian bear from out of her cave.

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  • Will Energy and Environmental Industries Build World Peace?
    July 2008 By Sundeep Waslekar

    S C Jamir, Governor of Maharashtra and Goa in India, made a startling remark while speaking at the inauguration of the SFG International Conference on Responsibility to the Future. He suggested that just as coal and steel had created lasting cooperation between France and Germany in the last century, energy and environmental industries would be the building blocks of peace between hostile nations in the 21st century.

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  • Who calls the shots?
    July 2008 By Rohit Honawar

    The general elections in Pakistan were conducted amongst much expectation and optimism that a new government and a return to democracy would usher in a period of change and stability which had eluded the country in recent times. The PPP led coalition entered the political arena on the back of an election victory which was arguably achieved through the sympathy vote of an electorate mourning the loss of their recently assassinated leader, Benazir Bhutto. The man in charge, Asif Zardari, spoke of no political credentials and was tasked with forming a government with an increasingly unpopular President at its helm; a coalition partner at odds with the former general and determined to see through ‘his party’s’ political agenda and; influential external powers waving an ‘invisible hand’ over issues of national importance. 

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  • Mega Communities
    May 2008 By Sundeep Waslekar

    A few years ago, the deluge in Mumbai produced a miracle. As the city started getting flooded, hundreds of young men suddenly appeared in the water from nowhere. They risked their own life to save children and old folks who could not find their way...

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  • The Next Stage in Our Evolution
    May 2008 By Ilmas Futehally

    Certain events in the world act as dividers of time. The world before the event and after the event are fundamentally changed for ever. So, I have often been asked "where were you when Indira Gandhi was assassinated?", "where were you when the deluge of 26th July took place?”. A very common question that all of us have been asked is “where were you on the morning of 9/11?" I am sure that all of us remember the answers to these questions very graphically. Where one was standing when you heard the news, who else was around, one's immediate reactions and emotions......

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  • The Next Stage in Our Evolution
    May 2008 By Ilmas Futehally

    Certain events in the world act as dividers of time. The world before the event and after the event are fundamentally changed for ever. So, I have often been asked "where were you when Indira Gandhi was assassinated?", "where were you when the deluge of 26th July took place?”. A very common question that all of us have been asked is “where were you on the morning of 9/11?" I am sure that all of us remember the answers to these questions very graphically. Where one was standing when you heard the news, who else was around, one's immediate reactions and emotions......

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  • Why Should Business Care?
    March 2008 By Sundeep Waslekar

    A study by Strategic Foresight Group reveals that there is a strong relationship between business and peace . Conventionally peace is meant to be a business of government and businesspeople are meant to concentrate on profit making enterprises. It is by increasing rate of return on their investments that they create income and employment. If business enterprises can do this, they would eventually contribute to peace and sustainability in their societies. Why should they care to go beyond their conventional responsibilities and promote peace?

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  • Which Idea Will Dominate the 21st Century?
    February 2008 By Sundeep Waslekar

    The most influential force in the world is the idea. Gods, priests, kings, dictators, democrats, terrorists, anarchists all need an idea to justify themselves.

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