The 2015 Perfect Storm Report Card

Feb 19, 2016

It was a pivotal year in the inexorable progression of the perfect storm; not because of any one game-changing event but rather a toxic mix of “steroids” injected into the storm’s system. In this annual recap, R. Michael Conley, Publisher, summarizes the perfect storm developments in 2015 with links to previous posts describing them.

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Keep a close eye on Saudi Arabia

Jan 21, 2016

In my book, Lethal Trajectories, Saudi Arabia’s crucial role as a global player in the Middle East was a central theme in the book’s chilling prognostications of the world in 2017-18. Recent events are confirming several of the book’s more alarming trajectories.

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Progress not Perfection

Dec 29, 2015

In the complex world of multi-national agreements, deals often fall apart when perfection becomes the enemy of progress. The recently concluded Climate Change Conference agreement inked in Paris – COP-21 – is a notable exception.

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Climate change: You can’t make this stuff up...

Nov 24, 2015

In the coming week, over 40,000 delegates from 195 countries – including many national leaders – will convene in Paris to develop a legally binding agreement to contain the global warming threshold to a 2 degree Celsius increase.

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Bubbles and Backlashes

Sep 22, 2015

Financial markets have been turbulent as of late with no end in sight. A sagging global economy could overwhelm America’s recovery efforts with toxic effects on key climate change and clean energy initiatives now underway.

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COP-21: Crunch time in Paris

Aug 04, 2015

More than 195 nations will meet in Paris in December to decide what might be the long term fate of the world – and that’s no exaggeration.

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The Chinese Ripple Effect

Jul 10, 2015

It used to be said that “when the United States sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold.” It was a reflection of America’s economic power and the impact it had on all other economies.

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Bubblemania is Contagious - Five Warnings Signs

May 27, 2015

A wave of economic bubbles are on the cusp of bursting; each capable of triggering the perfect storm. The lights are flashing, but we aren’t responding.

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The Cyber Blitzkrieg

Mar 20, 2015

The forces of the perfect storm are complex and varied; each with their own levels of threat and urgency. In this milieu, it’s easy to over-fixate on the more visible threats and downplay the others.

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“An Unconventional Truth”

Jan 19, 2015

The dramatic plunge in oil prices has exposed an “unconventional” truth: Not all oil is created equal. Recent events have shaken our fantasy of becoming the new Saudi Arabia of oil. It was based on the false premise that “conventional” and “unconventional” oil are one in the same.

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