Category Archives: Business interests

From ‘Ministers and Merchants’ to Neutral Brokers: Aspirations of Water Diplomacy of the Netherlands

This post presents findings from our latest article published in International Journal of Water Resources Development. Introducing Water Diplomacy “An old cliché about who the Dutch really are – a mix of merchants and [religious] ministers — applies to foreign … Continue reading

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BBC: Big Tobacco Paying Bribes

I was recently taking breakfast with two friends in a quiet district of Amsterdam. While enjoying our salmon on omelet, and conversing in Dutch, we updated each other on our lives. A friend of my friend had a new job, … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading: “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”

  The travel of ideas This week’s weekend reading is the international bestseller from Malcolm Gladwell “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”. In this book released in 2000, the New York Times columnist and a … Continue reading

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Brundtland’s Second Coming: Global Tobacco Governance

The photo (credit John Kaplan, 1993) shows an eight-year-old street child in St. Petersburg, Sergei, who insists on smoking Marlboros. The Former Soviet Bloc including Eastern Europe and Asia now represent about 50% of all cigarette sales globally. The tobacco … Continue reading

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Cigarettes for Children! Public policy issues around smoking

“Old Joe Camel cartoon advertisements are far more successful at marketing Camel cigarettes to children than to adults. This finding is consistent with tobacco industry documents that indicate that a major function of tobacco advertising is to promote and maintain … Continue reading

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