The Great Debate UK

from Chrystia Freeland:

The revolutionary significance of job growth

By Chrystia Freeland
March 1, 2011

It was striking to hear how encouraged both Klaus Kleinfeld and Dominic Barton sounded when Chrystia asked them about the effects of the recent turmoil in the Middle East on the business environment there. Barton believed the regime changes in Tunisia and Egypt were "the dawn of a new good thing that's occurring" and noted that it is likely that new capital will come into these countries as a new leadership emerges. Kleinfeld, whose company is in the process of building the world's largest integrated aluminum system in Saudi Arabia, said that Alcoa is still very comfortable in the region and that the only surprises with their Saudi partners have been positive surprises. For Kleinfeld, the most assured way to bring about stability in a region plagued by unrest is to have businesses come in and create jobs:

Two very different inflation problems

February 21, 2011

-Kathleen Brooks is research director at forex.com. The opinions expressed are her own.-

from Global News Journal:

UNsensational? Five more years of Ban Ki-moon

February 16, 2011

U.S. Senators Joseph Lieberman and John Kerry look on as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon addresses reporters in Washington. REUTERS/Molley Riley

U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman and John Kerry look on as U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon addresses reporters in Washington. REUTERS/Molley Riley

China will not stop at becoming world’s ‘number two’

By Guest Contributor
February 15, 2011

— Dirk Jan van den Berg is president of Delft University of Technology, former president of the IDEA League of European Universities, and former Dutch ambassador to China and the UN. The opinions expressed are his own. —

from Davos Notebook:

CEOs hoping that everything comes up roses

January 25, 2011

CHINA-VALENTINE'S/A few things struck me from the annual survey of CEOs that PwC (yup, PricewaterhouseCoopers likes big 'P', little 'w', big 'C') released at Davos this year.

Who is helping who in the China-Europe relationship?

January 24, 2011

-Kathleen Brooks is research director at forex.com. The opinions expressed are her own.-

from Davos Notebook:

Will Goldman’s new BRICwork stand up?

January 17, 2011

RTXWLHHJim O'Neill, the Goldman Sachs economist who coined the term BRICs back in 2001, is adding four new countries to the elite club of emerging market economies. But does his new edifice have the same solid foundations?

from Breakingviews:

Low expectations should make China do more on yuan

January 11, 2011

By Wei Gu

The following article is part of Reuters Breakingviews' e-book, Predictions for 2011. The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Breakingviews:

China may stub its toe on rare earths quotas

December 30, 2010

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Global News Journal:

Perilous predictions for 2011

By Sean Maguire
December 16, 2010

Afghan Boy

It’s the season to be merry - and to make forecasts about next year. Across the finance industry fine minds spend December crafting outlooks and extrapolations about how the world will fare, in the hope of a decent return over the next 12 months and avoiding the bear traps that will swallow an investment. The banks, strategic advisories and political risk consultants trumpet their analytical prowess, of course, but are also meeting a natural human need to peer into the future. We all want guidance to take the sting out of living in an uncertain world.