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Golden Arches: Trademark, Talisman or Truncheon?

“Grab the Golden Arches and storm the blockade!” If you were in Bangkok recently you might have heard some agitated protester shout that. Well, you might have heard it in Thai, and you wouldn’t have understood, but still, someone might have said it. Who would have thought the Golden Arches, iconic symbol of McDonald’s, would [...]

Emerging Markets, the Quinlan School, its IMBA, Jesuit Education and You

The title of this blog is rather ungainly. If you’re busy, bored or can’t wait for the punch line, just note that emerging markets remain very promising; related to this promise, the IMBA program is unique, literally has a world of potential, perhaps only could be orchestrated well by the Quinlan School of Business, its [...]

Emerging Markets: Indicators or People?

A quick scan of the front page of The Wall Street Journal this morning revealed this headline: “Wary Investors Flee Emerging Currencies.” It captured a growing sentiment that emerging markets are not so promising, as once thought: they are too risky; investments should be made elsewhere. Well, they are risky, and they will not [...]

MSR21 and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

A few weeks ago I was invited to Washington and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to participate in a roll-out for a new think tank, Marine Silk Road 21st Century, or MSR21. MSR21 is an advisory group dedicated to understanding the Indian Ocean basin, including the commercial, environmental, political, cultural and military activities in [...]

Iranian Thaw, American GRIT

My, how things change: a new president with fresh ideas, a global media blitz, and a captivating visit to the UN. I’m referring to Iran’s new President, Hasan Rouhani, by the way, not President Obama, although the latter may seize the moment. Mr. Rouhani is the face of what appears to be a new policy [...]

Welcome (back) to Sarajevo

Can a city in Europe be considered an emerging market? It can when it still suffers from a brutal civil war that ended less than 20 years ago. Sarajevo was at the heart of that war and still struggles to emerge from it. This quick blog-entry comes between some field research and a lecture. I’ve [...]

China and the Unicorns

Surfing the web, I recently found a cartoon depicting two shore-bound, forlorn unicorns watching an ark drift out to sea. For whatever reason, they missed the boat. Some trends left me wondering if that whimsical cartoon could possibly serve as a parable for the fates of many players in emerging markets. For example, a recent [...]

The Marine Silk Road

The winds of fate have greatly shaped the course of emerging markets throughout history. This literally was the case for the Marine Silk Road, which stretched from the Arabian Peninsula, across the Indian Ocean, through the Straights of Malacca, around Vietnam, and up to China. Due to favorable and predictable monsoonal winds, ships have plied [...]

One Night in Bangkok

One night in Bangkok — three nights, actually — and here are some quick impressions. Bangkok is a postmodern polyglot of people, brands, ideas, traditions, trends, marketing and consumption that bedazzles, amuses and amazes. More than 10 million people of all hues and stripes reside in Southeast Asia’s “City of Angels,” millions more visit annually.

Despite [...]

Bosnia’s Arizona – Markets Emerging from the Ashes

Nearly seventeen years after the Dayton Accord, which ended a bitter, sectarian war in Bosnia-Herzegovina, I returned to Bosnia’s Arizona last week to see how that peace agreement was playing-out. Yes, Bosnia has an Arizona. Well, it has an Arizona Market, which emerged in the Brćko district of Bosnia’s Republika Srpska, [...]

About this blog

Some of the most compelling events on the planet are unfolding at breathtaking speed in emerging markets, home to more than 4 billion consumers. This blog is a forum to discuss business, policy, and social developments in them, with hopes for better understanding—and responsible and equitable development—of emerging markets, the world over.