The Scale of Pentagon Waste

By Harry Blain

If any other public agency had blown hundreds of billions of dollars, Congress would hold hearings. If it’s the Pentagon, it gets $80 billion more. It’s worth asking: Where does the money go?

 

Bismarck’s health insurance

By Stefan Bauernschuster, Anastasia Driva, Erik Hornung

The model for today’s health insurance systems was Otto von Bismarck’s compulsory health insurance, introduced in the German Empire in 1884. contemporary mortality data to show that, by extending access to healthcare, Bismarck’s health insurance significantly reduced mortality rates for blue-collar workers

The new spring of A.I.

By Jacques Bughin, Eric Hazan

Artificial intelligence has been around since the 1950s, and has gone through many cycles of hype and ‘winters’. Based on a survey of senior executives from over 3,000 companies in ten countries, this column describes how artificial intelligence is experiencing a new spring and is here to stay.

Dubai and Gwadar: economic war in the Gulf of Oman

By Tariq al-Shammari

The expansion of Gwadar port in Pakistan is a game-changing venture that would reformulate the economic agenda of the entire region.

Historical roots of China’s industrial revolution

By Peter Lavelle

The coal-fired machines and visions of industrialised landscapes by Qing reformers were harbingers of things to come, writes Peter Lavelle

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