Americas: Little Consensus Expected, but Expect More Than a Handshake Between U.S. and Cuba

by Charles Shapiro The media is atwitter that President Barack Obama will not just shake hands with Cuban President Raúl Castro but will actually talk with him at the Summit of the Americas (SOA) which starts Friday night in Panama.  More

Americas Summit: Real Hemispheric Problems Shrouded Behind Leaders’ Delicate Dance

by Trevor Williams | April 10, 2015 President Obama will join 34 other heads of state from the Western Hemisphere in Panama today, including — for the first time — Cuba.   More

Guest Commentary: U.S. Family Firms Should Go Global to Survive

by Torsten Pieper and Joe Astrachan Kennesaw State University business professors Torsten Pieper and Joe Astrachan of the Cox Family Enterprise Center warn family-owned enterprises that engaging in international trade "already seems critical to survival." More
AfricaEconomic Development

Georgia Tech and Liberia Share 'Go Fix It' Attitude

by Michael Best The Georgia Institute of Technology has granted Michael Best, who teaches in the university’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs and College of Computing, a four-year leave of absence so he can assume the position of director of a newly formed United Nations institute in Macau, China.The United Nations Institute of Computing and Society focuses on the key challenges faced by developing societies in the field of computing and information technologies. The Institute seeks to enhance capacities in computing and the innovative application of information technology through policy-relevant research programs as well as doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. Dr. Best's commentary follows: More

Auditing the Federal Reserve Is a Frightening Idea. Here's Why.

by Sheila Tschinkel Sheila Tschinkel served as senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and was a member of the bank’s Management Committee. She was the first woman in the Federal Reserve appointed to this position. In this capacity, she regularly attended meetings of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Federal Reserve Bank’s monetary policy setting group. Under Ms. Tschinkel, the Atlanta Bank became the first Fed research department to specialize in finance as well as macroeconomic and regional issues. She currently is a visiting faculty member of the Economics Department at Emory University. More

Should HSBC or Its Executives Be Penalized in the 'Swiss Leaks' Morass?

by Sridhar Ramamoorti and Joseph W. Koletar Sridhar Ramamoorti, who teaches accounting at Kennesaw State University’s Coles College of Business, and Joseph W. Koletar, a retired FBI senior executive and special agent who has served as principal and director for fraud investigations of Ernst & Young LLP and Deloitte & Touche LLP, last teamed up on a panel at the U.S. Commercial Service’s Discover Global Markets conference held in Atlanta on Nov. 5-6, 2014, to discuss corruption issues in Africa. More
AsiaEconomic Development

Guest Commentary: India's Future Growth, a 'Game Changer'

by Cedric L. Suzman The renowned economic commentator, Martin Wolf, in his Jan. 7, 2015 column in the Financial Times, wrote that “India … ought to be the world’s fastest growing major economy over the next two or three decades.” A Goldman Sachs report also says the country is on the verge of a new growth cycle. More

A 'Go Eat Give' Cultural Tour of Cuba

by Barbara Rose Barbara Rose, president of the consulting firm for non-profits, New Generation Partnerships Inc., visited Cuba on a Nov. 8-16 Go Eat Give tour of the country. More