Global Tennessee Podcast – Ep 4 – Afshin Molavi – Where Are We Going?


Do You Want To Know Where Are We Going? Here Are Some Answers

Afshin Molavi

Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy Institute at John Hopkins University, SAIS

and Co-Director, emerge85 Lab

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In this special edition of Global Tennessee we hear from Afshin Molavi on global trends, important developments and surprising factors that make up the global environment and give us insights into where are we going.


About Afshin Molavi

Afshin Molavi stands at the intersection of the most vital issues shaping the future of our world today: the rise of emerging markets, Middle East political and economic turmoil, and U.S. foreign, security and economic policy. From the halls of governments to corporate boardrooms and mainstream media, Molavi’s distinguished global outlook helps business leaders of all kinds assess how key issues impacting our world will affect one’s organization and industry.
Afshin Molavi is a Senior Fellow at the Johns Hopkins SAIS Foreign Policy Institute, where he writes broadly on emerging markets, particularly on themes related to ‘The New Silk Road,’ South-South trade, global hub cities, new emerging market multinationals, global aviation, the geopolitics of energy, and the intersection of Middle East states and the global economy. Molavi was also a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, a non-partisan think tank, and a former director of the World Economic Roundtable, an ambitious effort to re-map the global economy in the wake of the Great Recession. He is also the founder and editor of the New Silk Road Monitor, a site that examines the markets, societies, cultures and politics of countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and beyond (from Bollywood to Bond Markets).
A former journalist with postings in Dubai, Riyadh, Jeddah, and Tehran, his dispatches from the Middle East and essays have been published in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Newsweek, Businessweek, The Journal of Commerce, National Geographic, and dozens of academic and specialty publications. He is also a contributing writer to the Washington Post Global Opinions section and, most recently, to Newsweek Japan. He is a regular speaker at investment conferences, universities, think tanks, and the media, and has also served as an analyst at the International Finance Corporation, the private sector development arm of the World Bank, and is co-founder of emerge85 Lab, an initiative dedicated to exploring change in the emerging world and its global impact.


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