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Arab nations rocked by popular uprisings in recent months face complex, precarious, and often divergent paths toward establishing democracy, says Stanford democracy expert Larry Diamond.
Believers in free market capitalism were appalled when the U.S. government spent $82 billion to bail out General Motors and Chrysler. But the money saved an important U.S. industry and averted a national economic catastrophe Steven Rattner, the man who led the rescue operation, told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience.
When oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico last year, scientists, engineers, and operations workers all had different ideas about what to do. The biggest lesson may have been getting these different groups to work together, Marcia McNutt of the USGS told a Stanford Graduate School of Business audience.
U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and a leading energy policymaker, met with faculty and staff involved in Stanford University's new Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance, on Jan. 11, to discuss deploying technologies at commercial scale in clean energy projects.
The academic reward system, and indeed the very way experts become trained in their academic disciplines, make it difficult for researchers to learn to talk to peers from other areas of academia, says Professor Myra Strober in a new book.
Laurence Golborne, SEP ’96
Working tirelessly for the last two months, Laurence Golborne, Stanford Executive Program '96 and Chile's mining minister, coordinated the rescue effort that eventually brought all 33 trapped miners safely to the surface.
Voters' decisions to support incumbents are influenced by irrelevant events such as football scores that have nothing to do with the candidates' competence or effectiveness, according to new research by Stanford Graduate School of Business scholars. It's something politicians have already figured out.
Saudi Arabia is nearing its goal to become one of the world’s top 10 investment destinations, with plans to spend $600 billion in the next decade, Governor Amr Al-Dabbagh, head of the agency responsible for promoting investment, told an MBA audience.
Joseph Grundfest and Darrell Duffie
Two Stanford experts on the finance industry distinguished between ethical and legal issues during a public analysis of the Securities and Exchange Commission's lawsuit against Goldman Sachs' allegedly fraudulent Abacus deal. Both came down in favor of stiffer regulation of derivative markets.

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Former Secretary of State and current Stanford faculty member Condoleezza Rice looks back at lessons learned and consequences of Middle East policy decisions of the Bush Administration.
In the next 40 years, a global power shift will see today's leading economic countries drop from having 80% of the world's income to 35%, says John Wolfensohn, former World Bank president.  By 2030, two-thirds of people in the world's middle class will be Chinese.
Successful leaders know how to define their mission, convey it to their subordinates and ensure they have the right tools and training needed to get the job done, Colin Powell, former U.S. secretary of state, told a Business School student audience.

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