THE QUESTION

The mood at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year was decidedly gloomy, which seems a fair reflection of economic conditions. Let's look forward: tell us what the bright spots might be in the world economy this time next year.

Posted by Fareed Zakaria on February 2, 2009 11:24 AM

FROM THE PANEL

Miklós Vámos is a Hungarian novelist, screenwriter and talk show host. He is one of the most read and respected writers in his native Hungary. He has taught at Yale University on a Fulbright fellowship, served as The Nation’s East European correspondent, worked as consultant on the Oscar-winning film Mephisto, and presented Hungary’s most-watched cultural television show. Vámos has received numerous awards for his plays, screenplays, novels and short stories, including the Hungarian Merit Award for lifetime achievement. The Book of Fathers is considered his most accomplished novel and has sold 200,000 copies in Hungary.

Confidence, Our Most Precious Currency

There will be a bright spot if we can restore trust in our financial systems and in each other.

Posted by Miklos Vamos Budapest, Hungary | 3 COMMENTS
Feb 4, 2009 at 3:31 PM
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.

A Fresh Economic Start in 2010

A year from now, things should have righted themselves enough that we can begin to think about a new beginning.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 7 COMMENTS
Feb 4, 2009 at 2:46 PM
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, www.miriamleitao.com, hosted at Globo online at www.oglobo.com.br. She was awarded Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2005.

Our Global Leadership Fairytale

With little choice but to cooperate, governments might actually make some progress on world problems - including climate change.

Posted by Miriam Leitao Rio de Janeiro, Brazil | 4 COMMENTS
Feb 2, 2009 at 12:35 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.

Restored Confidence in 2010

What matters in the end is how individual consumers act.

Posted by Anwer Sher Dubai, UAE | 8 COMMENTS
Feb 2, 2009 at 12:33 PM

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