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Corruption: which countries are changing?

Emerging markets have done exceedingly well in terms of economic growth over the last 10 years. As I mentioned in my last post, it stands to reason that some of these high-growing countries would have made strong progress to greater transparency. Transparency … Continue reading

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Understanding Libya’s surprise revolution

The success of the people power movements in Egypt and Tunisia has been infectious. Large-scale protests have broken out in Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, and Morocco.  Libya was one place I did not expect to see major protests. After all, it is … Continue reading

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Interview: Egypt and Tunisia won’t follow Iran

A lot of people are wondering what will happen next in the Middle East, as new governments emerge in Egypt and Tunisia and other countries face social uprisings. Alarmingly, some have expressed fears that we may see a repeat of Iran-1979. To … Continue reading

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Can data predict the next revolution?

Consultants tend to apply data-based approaches to making predictions about the future.  I’ve helped companies identify quantifiable ways of measuring countries by factors such as the propensity to buy auto insurance or cultural compatibility with online payments. So – the … Continue reading

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The Middle East – party like it’s 1989?

On December 17th, 2010, a young fruit vendor with a college degree protested against his country’s authoritarian and corrupt government by setting his body on fire in the town square of Sidi Bouzid, an otherwise unremarkable city in south-central Tunisia. Two months later Muhammed Bouazizi’s (may he rest … Continue reading

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