Category: Politics

Interview with Edward Carr, Deputy Editor of The Economist

Interview with Edward Carr, Deputy Editor of The Economist

We are extremely proud to present an exclusive Assumptions interview with none other than Edward Carr, the Deputy Editor responsible for The Economist! After starting in The Economist as a science correspondent in 1987, he covered various topics ranging from electronics to trade to energy to the environment. In 2000, he left for the Financial Times, where…

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A Society without a Leader?

A Society without a Leader?

Strong leaders in established political structures seem to be the obvious, and indeed the only choice for managing society. Leaders are accountable and tasked solely with looking after their community. However, this is not the case everywhere. A self-proclaimed, independent micro- community in a small Copenhagen neighbourhood has shown that a successful society doesn’t need…

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Oil, Theft and Tax – the dubious economics behind Islamic State

Oil, Theft and Tax – the dubious economics behind Islamic State

With a monthly income exceeding $80 million, the so-called ‘Islamic State’ has prospered so much financially since its inception in 1999 that it can almost be thought of as an economy in its own right. Its effective recruitment techniques, in conjunction with its abilities to maintain vast amounts of funding for its activities, are paramount…

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What will Global Leadership look like in the “Post-American” world?

What will Global Leadership look like in the “Post-American” world?

Leadership is not an uncommon occurrence in the span of social relationships which constitute human life. Think of the patriarch or matriarch of a family; the village elder in preindustrial societies; the President of the United States. Clearly, leadership occurs also in relationships between nation-states, sometimes involving the use of force, as with Russia’s intervention…

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The Nigerian Leadership Puzzle

The Nigerian Leadership Puzzle

Some of you might find this hard to believe, but Africa is the world’s richest continent in terms of natural resources, with about 50% of the world’s gold and 3.1% of the world’s oil reserves. Furthermore, some parts are also highly fertile; in Nigeria, a seed will sprout anywhere it’s dropped, irrespective of if care…

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Trump’s Flip Flop: The View from Afghanistan

Trump’s Flip Flop: The View from Afghanistan

Afghanistan is now Trump’s War. The American War on Afghanistan, historically classified a “good war”, as a means of “humanitarian intervention” is now touted a “forgotten war”. The sudden shift from Afghanistan to the launch of Operation Desert Fox in Iraq is seen as a zigzag in American foreign policy. Whatever happened to the United…

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The Maniac Leaders

The Maniac Leaders

Visionary leaders, ground-breaking innovations, industry trailblazers – Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are synonymous with success and leadership in the world today. Leadership is quintessential to the world. People look for icons, and revered leaders are generally great symbols of innovation, courage and grit. Leaders like Steve Jobs, Bezos and Musk can also…

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