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Silvio Berlusconi has been a force in Italian politics during the past two decades. As the country’s prime minister and richest man, the media mogul managed to slip through sex scandals and criminal charges only to be forced out of office by Europe’s debt crisis. As a new government led by economist Mario Monti takes [...]

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Excerpted from Stanford Lawyer magazine STANFORD— Afghanistan is an unlikely classroom for Stanford Law School students. In the grip of war since 2001 — the second major foreign military intervention in 30 years—it is a country struggling to find its way to peace and stability. Essential to these aims is the development of the rule [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS -The Stanford Graduate School of Business has established the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies with a $150 million gift from Dorothy and Robert King, MBA ’60. The gift is among the largest ever to Stanford University. The Institute’s aim is to stimulate, develop, and disseminate research and innovations that enable [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY —”Oil is ammunition,” read a World War II poster encouraging conservation. That message is just as appropriate today, according to John Warner, the former five-term senator from Virginia. The United States must reduce its consumption of fossil fuels not only for environmental reasons, but to improve its economic and national security, said Warner [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — Who is more digitally switched on – high school students in Silicon Valley or Beijing? A new study from Stanford University provides some clues. High schoolers in Palo Alto, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, spend significantly more time using digital media every day than their peers at [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS – In a wide-ranging talk, Jack Ma, chairman of China’s Alibaba Group, publicly declared his interest in acquiring troubled U.S. internet giant Yahoo, while also reflecting on his 12-year journey building an internet powerhouse that has transformed commerce for small businesses and consumers in China. The Chinese e-commerce billionaire addressed [...]

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STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Israelis and Palestinians have been locked in a bloody cycle of reciprocal retaliation for so long, it can be difficult to imagine the region without its tragic brand of perpetual motion. The warring parties often seem unable to picture a world outside the conflict, with disastrous results. Israelis may believe that Palestinians [...]

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As we approach the 10th anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Stanford News Service posed this question to a series of Stanford experts: “How has the world changed as a result of 9/11?” Their insights  are below. Robert Crews, expert on Muslim networks   The most striking change has been the emergence [...]

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What Happens Next in Libya?

STANFORD UNIVERSITY – Muammar Gaddafi’s days appear to be over after a 42-year dictatorship.  “There remains a degree of uncertainty and there are still regime elements who pose a threat,” said President Obama after rebel armies claimed to control Tripoli. “But this much is clear: the Gaddafi regime is coming to an end and the [...]

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STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — While industries from manufacturing to health care have adopted technology to improve their results, the education field remains heavily reliant on “chalk and talk” instruction conducted in traditional settings. However, that’s starting to change as schools and colleges adopt virtual classrooms, data analysis, online games, highly customized coursework, and other [...]

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