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    2017

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    Trump-Politik: Rethinking American National...

    American-Russian relations are broken, and cannot be repaired until the US foreign policy community takes stock of post-2008 realities. The United States and Western Europe are no longer the poster children...

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    Feb

    2017

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    On Freud on Us

    A good deal of attention has focused on the psychological makeup of the man who sought and won the Presidency in 2016, including the provocative “Is Donald Trump a Psychopath” by fellow Cambridge author,...

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    Jan

    2017

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This image of the United States of America at night is a composite assembled from data acquired by the Suomi NPP satellite in April and October 2012. The image was made possible by the new satellite’s “day-night band” of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which detects light in a range of wavelengths from green to near-infrared and uses filtering techniques to observe dim signals such as city lights, gas flares, auroras, wildfires, and reflected moonlight.

“Nighttime light is the most interesting data that I’ve had a chance to work with,” says Chris Elvidge, who leads the Earth Observation Group at NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center. “I’m always amazed at what city light images show us about human activity.” His research group has been approached by scientists seeking to model the distribution of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and to monitor the activity of commercial fishing fleets. Biologists have examined how urban growth has fragmented animal habitat. Elvidge even learned once of a study of dictatorships in various parts of the world and how nighttime lights had a tendency to expand in the dictator’s hometown or province.

Named for satellite meteorology pioneer Verner Suomi, NPP flies over any given point on Earth's surface twice each day at roughly 1:30 a.m. and p.m. The polar-orbiting satellite flies 824 kilometers (512 miles) above the surface, sending its data once per orbit to a ground station in Svalbard, Norway, and continuously to local direct broadcast users distributed around the world. Suomi NPP is managed by NASA with operational support from NOAA and its Joint Polar Satellite System, which manages the satellite's ground system.

NASA Earth Observatory image by Robert Simmon, using Suomi NPP VIIRS data provided courtesy of Chris Elvidge (NOAA National Geophysical Data Center). Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, NOAA, and t

    The Laws of Globalization Still Stand

    The shock vote in the UK to leave the European Union took place just weeks before I completed final edits on my new book The Laws of Globalization and Business Applications.  And the month after it was...

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    2016

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    Understanding the role of central banks in the...

    Kjell G. Nyborg, author of Collateral Frameworks: The Open Secret of Central Banks, undertakes forensic-style research into the Eurosystem’s collateral framework. ...

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    Dec

    2016

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    Race Matters

    “The problem of the 20th century is the problem of the color line,” W.E.B. DuBois famously observed of the United States.  Despite the occasional proclamations of a post-racial society in the aftermath...

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    Nov

    2016

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    Mad Men and Manipulation: An Excerpt from The...

    The Ethics of Influence: Government in the Age of Behavioral Science is Cass R. Sunstein’s investigation into the ethical issues surrounding nudges, choice architecture and mandates. Read on for...

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    Nov

    2016

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    Speaking Up on Behalf of Resistance

    With the 2016 election come and gone, Bert Spector reflects on leadership and resistance...

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    Nov

    2016

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    Leadership and Hubris

    In Discourse on Leadership, I identify a 1977 article by Harvard psychologist Abraham Zaleznik as a seminal work in our interpretation of leadership.  Leaders, he argued, are folks who “develop fresh...

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