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Who's here at Davos 2006

Davos is still largely a "Western" event, with the large majority of participants coming from the U.S. and Europe. Among CEOs, there are alarmingly few from Africa, the Middle East and China or even Japan. There are more than before from India, and perhaps a few more from Latin America. But Davos does not look or feel like a truly global forum.

Davos 2006 is surprisingly upbeat

Davos 2006 is surprisingly upbeat -- with much talk of the success of China and India. These are seen as classic cases of the benefits of markets, openness, competition and the entrepreneurship and creativity those business-friendly characteristics can generate. Much less present in the corridors and in sessions is the issue of risks at the global level--whether economic risk for some countries if the commodity boom and low interest rate regime ends--or risks to the global economy (and to the fight against poverty) of a backlash from those who feel left out of the process.

The African Union dodges a bullet--sort of

The African Union has wisely avoided the embarrassment of having Sudan chair its current summit and head the organization for the next two years. This is not only because Sudan is one of the world’s worst regimes, but also because one of the most critical issues for the AU in 2006-07 will be halting genocide in Darfur and protecting civilians from militias backed by Khartoum.

Transformational Diplomacy or Tweaking?

Steve Krasner, Director of Policy Planning Staff at the Department of State, spoke on Transformational Diplomacy on Friday before a standing-room-only crowd at a CGD event (transcript) He argued that the creation of a new Deputy for Development in the State Department reporting directly to the Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, announced the day before, would strengthen not weaken USAID and thus the effectiveness of U.S. foreign aid programs.

The Darfur Dilemma in the African Union

CNN is reporting that the African Union is considering handing over peacekeeping responsibilities in Darfur, where it has 6,000 troops trying to stop Sudanese forces and government-sponsored militias from killing civilians, to the UN.

"The time has come to make a pronouncement on the future of the AU Mission in Darfur and the ways and means to adapt it to the present challenges, including the hand-over to the United Nations at the appropriate time."

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