2019 Year In Review

With just days before the new year, everyone is preparing their resolutions, taxes and end of year party plans. While we are eager to look forward, let us also learn the lessons of the past with a brief look back as we close out the year with the 2019 Year in Review: US-China Trade War…

Democratizing The News Cycle

The concept that the top news networks would be held by only a few powerful companies used to be a point of high contention for most journalists. The idea that messaging and news would be held in the hands of a powerful few is the worste nightmare of a true journalist (and quite honestly, humanity)….

African Travel Tips for Buying Local

The African Development Bank’s most recent figures on tourism indicate that 9.3 million jobs are associated with the tourism industry in Africa. Increasingly, African Americans and their cousins in the Caribbean are visiting “the Motherland” in greater numbers seeking a change of scenery. Many are seeking social and business opportunities as they book travel to…

NATO Defense Pledge May Tax Already Strained Western Budgets

While political pundits and news analysts were busy bandying about the rhetoric that NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) leaders were making small talk of the current sitting US President, many did not note the outcomes of the two-day 2019 NATO Summit. The event ran from December 3rd to the 4th in London, with major pledges…

Toolkit Essentials(finale): The Golden Rule

One of the most key aspects of a thriving nation is its economy. Beyond its ability to protect its citizens with a thriving military and sound diplomacy, nations of the future must start to focus on monetary policy as a means of both developing their nation through infrastructure, trade, domestic business, social initiatives and military…

Toolkit Essentials: Diplomatic Segue

According to international relations analysts and political theory, there are two kinds of power: Hard Power and Soft Power.  Gunships, nuclear weapons and capable standing military fall squarely under hard power, while Diplomacy lies quietly under the banner of soft Power. We would be remiss not to acknowledge that both kinds of power wield palpable…

Toolkit Essential: Human Capital Investments

In the second part of this series on the New World Economic Toolkit, we will now look at one of the most critical areas of economic and geopolitical dominance: People. Currently, the United Nations estimates that the world population reached 7 billion souls in 2019. That is a lot of people roaming the planet, and…

Toolkit Essential: Economic Defense

It was Canadian businessman Kevin O’Leary who said that “Business is War.” He speaks not only from his own conception of business, but from a socio-cultural context. As information becomes more readily available we begin to see more readily how ideological difference based on culture affects how nations, groups and countries do business. What we…

The New World Economic Toolkit

It was postulated maybe 25 years ago that the world was ready to move into a period of relative peace and cooperation. Nobel Peace Prizes were being given out like candy and the rise of international diplomacy was touted as the way forward in solving international disputes. Led by the United States and its allies,…

A Growing Threat: Economies of Power

Although China has grown immensely over the past 20 years, countless other economies have seen much advanced growth. India, the UAE and Vietnam are among them to name only a few. Many of these countries have extensive business interactions with the USA and other advanced economies. While the US has quite a large trade deficit…

The Economics of the Erotic

It is estimated that sex trafficking earns nearly nearly 100 billion dollars per year, according to Human Rights First, an organization focused on the ills and prevention of human rights abuses.  The recent arrest and subsequent suicide of American business man and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein shed brought more attention to the scourge of human trafficking…