In the future, global prosperity will present more of a threat than poverty, according to a recent Post op-ed. Is this just rich-American rhetoric, or is the world really getting too prosperous for its own good?

Posted by Lauren Keane on January 22, 2008 10:36 AM


Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is the Consulting Editor of The Economic Times, India's largest financial daily. He writes a popular weekly column, titled Swaminomics in the Times of India. He spends roughly half the year in New Delhi and half in Washington D.C., where he is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and an occasional consultant to the World Bank. He has been the editor of India's two main financial dailies, The Economic Times (1992-94) and Financial Express (1988-90). He was also the India Correspondent of the British weekly, The Economist, for most of two decades between 1976 and 1998.

Prosperity – It’s All Relative

Relative poverty is insoluble: no matter how rich a society becomes, it will never go away.

Posted by Swaminathan A. Aiyar New Delhi, India | 12 COMMENTS
Jan 23, 2008 at 10:40 AM
Lamis Andoni is a Middle East consultant for Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news station. She has been covering the Middle East for 20 years. She has reported for the Christian Science Monitor, the Financial Times and the main newspapers in Jordan. She was a professor at the Graduate School in UC Berkeley.

Prosperity? We're Not There Yet

Growth and affluence don't equal prosperity: they push people down just as hard as they lift others up.

Posted by Lamis Andoni Doha, Qatar | 4 COMMENTS
Jan 22, 2008 at 1:12 PM
Originally from Pakistan, Anwer Sher is based in Dubai and writes for Gulf News, Khaleej Times and Emirates Today. His varied career experience includes banking, consulting, and real estate development. He has a Masters degree in International Relations.

The Prosperity Divide

There is a huge difference between living above the poverty line and being wasteful consumers.

Posted by Anwer Sher Dubai, UAE | 7 COMMENTS
Jan 22, 2008 at 10:50 AM
Miriam Leitao is a reporter and columnist for O Globo and Radio CBN in Brazil. She is also a commentator on Globo TV Network and runs her own blog,, hosted at Globo online at She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.

There’s No Free (Prosperous) Lunch

Just because the U.S. is “developed” doesn’t give it a free pass to be wasteful.

Posted by Miriam Leitao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 4 COMMENTS
Jan 22, 2008 at 10:48 AM
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Perils of Impoverished Thought

Quit discussing the ideology of prosperity, and let’s get on with achieving it.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 1 COMMENTS
Jan 22, 2008 at 10:47 AM


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