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MBA Follies: Two Years at Harvard Business

Philip Delves Broughton In the News Ahead of the Curve delightfully funny guide to MBA life - The book review List of articles written By Broughton on Boughton's profile on good reads MBA Follies: Two Years at Harvard Business These Harvard business gurus will ruin us all By Philip Delves Broughton Last updated at 10:10 PM on 16th August 2008 'If you can't explain it to your mother, you don't understand what you're talking about.' That was one of my Harvard professor's top rules of finance - and one our beleaguered captains of industry would do well to follow. Perhaps if a sensible fiftysomething mother presided over the City or Wall Street, she might have been able to stop the madness currently gripping our financial markets. Earlier this month, the Royal Bank of Scotland announced the second largest quarterly loss ever for a British bank: £691million. On Wall Street, Merrill Lynch has written off billions of pounds of assets - and y


B.RAMAN The Pakistani military operation against the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliates in the Swat Valley and the adjoining areas of the Malakand Division of the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) is increasingly being seen by sections of the local population as an anti-Pashtun operation forced on the Pakistani Army by the US. 2.Tribal sources report that pamphlets and posters accusing the Army of waging a war against the Pashtuns under the pretext of a war against the Taliban have started appearing in the interior areas of the NWFP. US analysts are being accused of over-projecting the alleged threat from the Pakistani Taliban in order to force the Pakistani Army to mount a full-scale military operation in the Swat Valley and the neighbouring areas. Well-informed sources in the NWFP say that it is also being alleged that some American experts deliberately exaggerated the number of the Taliban volunteers who entered the Buner District some weeks ago in order to

The Tormented Triangle: the regionalisation of conflict in Sudan, Chad and the Central African Republic

Author(s): Jennifer Giroux, David Lanz, Damiano Sguiatamatti In: Working Paper no. 47: Regional and Global Axes of Conflict Issue number: 47 Date of publication: Apr 2009 Pages: 1 - 24 Publisher(s): Crisis State Research Centre (CSRC) Series: Crisis States Working Papers Series No.2 Description: The authors employ a generic analytical framework to analyse conflicts in the three case study countries, which differentiates between conflict dynamics (actions and events) and the more profound calculations of the conflict parties, based on material incentives, normative frameworks and other structural preconditions. Guided by the analytical framework, the paper includes a descriptive account of how the 'tormented triangle' took shape and then goes on to highlight the structural elements pertaining to why it emerged. The authors examine the theoretical literature on other regional conflicts in Africa and elsewhere and assess the relevance for the 'tormented triangle'. The pa

"Who Controls the Internet? Beyond the Obstinacy of Obsolescence of the State"

National Security and the Internet: Distributed Security through Distributed Responsibility Contribution to the Forum: "Who Controls the Internet? Beyond the Obstinacy of Obsolescence of the State" Author(s): Myriam Dunn Cavelty Editor(s): Johan Eriksson, Giampiero Giacomello In: International Studies Review Volume number: 11 Issue number: 1 Date of publication: Feb 2009 Pages: 214 - 218 Publisher(s): Wiley-Blackwell Description: Does the global diffusion of the Internet signify the final end of the state's ability to control society, or is the state on the contrary maintaining or even strengthening its hold of society? The goal of this ISR Forum is to reexamine and ultimately problematize this debate by discussing what actors are controlling what aspects of Internet usage, and under what conditions. Myriam Dunn Cavelty unravels in her contribution the complexity of public–private partnerships in Internet control. Document Download:

Understanding the Surge in Iraq and What’s Ahead

By Thomas Ricks Source: Foreign Policy Research Institute May 2009 Thomas E. Ricks is a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. He is also a contributing editor for Foreign Policy and serves as a special military correspondent for the Washington Post. He was part of a Wall Street Journal team that won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2000 for a series on the U.S. military in the 21st century and a Washington Post team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for reporting about the U.S. counterterrorism offensive. His books include Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq (Penguin, 2006) and The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006–2008 (Penguin, Feb. 2009). This essay is based on his talk at FPRI’s 5th Annual Champagne Brunch for Bronze Partners held April 19, 2009 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia. There are three things the American people don’t understand about the war in Iraq right now: (1) how

Commentary: Develop your vision

Commentary by Gen. Stephen R. Lorenz Commander, Air Education and Training Command 6/2/2009 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- Imagine, if you will, an adaptive training environment that sits inside a bare room. This environment can be manipulated to simulate any task; from simple to complex. With the flick of a switch or push of a button, the bare room transforms into a living, breathing, interactive experience. Sounds and smells abound, people appear and interact, and objects can be held and manipulated. Once the training is complete, the same switch or button disengages the system, making the entire simulation disappear, leaving the original stark, bare room. In the "Star Trek" series, such an innovation was part of their daily routine. The "holodeck" permitted personnel aboard the Starship Enterprise to experience an interactive learning simulation. Imagine how such an innovation could help members of our Air Force. Not only would it save space, but

Interview : Ensuring the SOF Warrior is the Best Equipped in the World

ACQUIRING MIND: Ensuring the SOF Warrior is the Best Equipped in the World Source: Special Operations Technology James W. Cluck Acquisition Executive and Senior Procurement Executive U.S. Special Operations Command James W. Cluck is currently the acquisition executive and senior procurement executive for U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., with responsibility for all special operations forces research, development, acquisition, procurement and logistics. Cluck has more than 36 years of combined military and civilian federal service, including more than 24 years of experience in Department of Defense acquisition. His specific acquisition experience includes both corporate and government program manager assignments for intelligence and telecommunications programs. Cluck started his government service in 1968 upon enlisting in the Marine Corps as an aviation photographic-electronics technician. He was selected in 1974 to attend the Marine Enl

Anees Ibrahim shot at in Karachi

6 Jun 2009, 0356 hrs IST, Bharti Jain, ET Bureau According to sources, a disputed Rs 500-crore land deal in Karachi is alleged to be the motive behind the attack on Dawood Ibrahim and his brother Anees by a rival gang in Karachi last night. NEW DELHI: Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's brother and 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Anees Ibrahim has been shot at by unidentified assailants in Karachi, according to unconfirmed reports. Anees, who virtually controls the D-company’s illegal businesses, was reportedly fired at in front of an Al-Habib Bank ATM on Thursday night. He was walking towards his car when he was targetted with multiple gunshots. There is no word as yet on the injuries suffered by Anees or his present condition. Though the agencies here are not confirming the reports about the shootout against Anees Ibrahim, they do not rule out the possibility as ISI latest gameplan is to bump off the Ibrahim brothers one by one. And this is essentially because the broth

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Kandahar, Parliamant attack, Mumbai Attack

The attack on the Parliament was not an instance of security failure. It was an instance of security success. That was why the terrorists did not succeed. Kandahar was an instance of failure by the then Government. An enquiry should have been held, but the fact that no enquiry was held by the BJP-led Government should not be cited as a ground for not holding an independent enquiry into the Mumbai attack. -- B Raman


B.RAMAN We have had enquiries in the past into national security lapses and disasters such as our humiliation at the hands of China in 1962, intelligence failures during the Indo-Pak war of 1965 and the revolt in Mizoram in 1966, the security failures resulting in the assassinations of Indira Gandhi in October,1984 and Rajiv Gandhi in May,1991, and our being taken by surprise by the Pakistan Army in the Kargil heights in 1999. 2. The report of the enquiry into the Chinese occupation of our territory was never released to the public, but we do know that many of the actions taken by the Government of India post-1962 for revamping our national security management were the result of the deficiencies identified during the enquiry. Similarly, the report of the enquiries into the lapses during the 1965 war and the Mizo uprising was not released to the public, but we do know that the creation of the Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) was a result of these enquiries. The reports of

Tehran Declaration: Adding a New Dimension to the New Great Game in Central Eurasia

Aurobinda MAHAPATRA (India) Source: Strategic Culture Foundation The Tehran summit involving three crucial Muslim nations of Central Eurasian region on 24 May 2009 is significant owing to three reasons. First, it shows the emerging clout of Iran among the neighbouring countries Pakistan and Afghanistan with which the US has developed special relationship. Second, Iran’s strong criticism against the foreign troops (an indirect reference to the presence of the US and NATO troops in Afghanistan) might not match well to the policies of the West particularly to the US which has invested heavily in the region. Third, the Tehran declaration signed at the end of the summit called for a trilateral approach amongst the three countries to fight the menace of religious extremism, terrorism and drug trafficking, thus giving rise the possibility of exclusion other powers in solving regional issues. The holding of the Tehran summit was perhaps due since the beginning of this year. It was on expe

The Pearls and String of the Theory

Source: Strategic Culture Foundation Aurobinda MAHAPATRA (India) One of the noted Indian national dailies recently in its editorial on 22 May 2009, while outlining the possible policy options before the newly formed Indian government, articulated the concerns of a section of Indian policy makers about the rising clout of China in India’s neighbourhood. While pointing out Chinese initiated string of pearls strategy, the editorial observed that from a medium to long-term perspective the China question is likely to be an important part of the government’s action plan. During the recent ongoing war between Tamil Tigers and the Sri Lankan army, the weapons from other countries including China that helped Sri Lanka win over the tigers. India’s refusal to give weapons to Sri Lanka had moved the beleaguered nation to opt for China and Pakistan, which were eager to offer arms. The increasing relationship earned China the opportunity to develop the southern Sri Lankan port of Hambantota. Whi

US Agenda & Foreign Policy

US Agenda & Foreign Policy -- Author wish to be anonymous (Note : This Article was originally posted in January 2007) In order to understand the present US foreign policy we need to understand the various global political agendas of various groups in US. Depending on the administration one group or the other or a combination these groups will be in power. Agenda-1: Neo-Con Agenda This agenda's main philosophy is making US super powerful even at the cost of other nations or other people. People who follow this agenda are generally Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield etc. The present US administration is mainly controlled by the people who believe in this ideology. This group believes that 1. US should be the only leader/king nation in this World. US should be able to subjugate any nation which does not follow US order (famous words "you are with us or against us"). This implies only US needs to have most sophisticated weapons. As there are some nations which alread