Frank Schell

Frank Schell is a business strategy consultant and former senior vice president of the First National Bank of Chicago. He is a Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago and a contributor of opinion pieces to various journals.

Walmart Curries Favor in India, Again

 

If Shakespeare were with us today, he might erroneously question, “What’s in a brand?” The answer is plenty. A brand evokes emotion and bonds consumers with companies. It also conveys images. In the case of Walmart, it suggests low cost, folksiness, Hometown U.S.A. values, and everything for the American home. These descriptors may work in […]

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India’s China Problem: A View From New Delhi

 

By various accounts, India is performing reasonably well. GDP growth, at times a national obsession, was running at 7.2% for the quarter ended in December. Some projections call for continuation at up to 7.5% during fiscal 2019 ending next March. The rate had bottomed out in the first half of 2017, believed principally due to […]

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Mr. Modi Goes to Davos

 

The world’s intelligentsia and corporate and political leaders are meeting this week at Davos, hosted by the World Economic Forum — high in the Rhaetian Alps of Switzerland where 15 inches of snow are forecast for the next seven days. It is a pastoral winterscape, where the steeple of 13th century St. Johann pierces the […]

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Pakistan: The Enigma Variation

 

Pakistan has been a foreign policy enigma for decades. A U.S. ally charged with harboring terrorists and nuclear proliferation, it works both sides of the fence — doing just enough to placate the U.S. and receive military and civilian aid, but not enough to clean out jihadist sanctuaries on its soil. In a departure from […]

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Iran: Is the Worm Turning?

 

Once again, the Iranian people are rejecting their authoritarian government and repressive rule by the mullahs. The president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is also losing support, according to sources at the Rand Corporation. In recent days the Iranians have demonstrated in Tehran and other major cities such as Mashad and Kermanshah to protest food prices […]

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Rex Tillerson Takes On South Asia

 

The agenda of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in New Delhi this week has been succinctly framed: addressing the ascent of China, seeking more Indian influence in Afghanistan, and stressing the need for Pakistan to clean out the terrorist camps and networks on its soil, a charge that Pakistan denies. Over the years, many fine […]

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James Bond: Metamorphoses

 

What can you say about an urbane, epicurean super spy for Queen and Country who became a geek? That he liked digitization? That he went liberal? In an alarming development for Bond devotees everywhere, the digital colosssi Apple and Amazon are reportedly seeking rights to the 007 franchise. The implications of this possibility are quite […]

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Donald Trump’s Af-Pak Policy

 

The Trump Administration has recently announced that it will send 4,000 more U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan as part of an advisory and training operation, enhancing a counterterrorism model and joining an estimated 8,800 U.S. troops already in-country. Contemporaneously, the Administration has indicated that it will consider cutting U.S. aid to Pakistan, which has been declining […]

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Outplacement for Craig, Daniel Craig

 

English actor Daniel Craig has shown dismaying condescension about his role as the debonair master spy known as Bond, James Bond. The actor stated in 2015 that he would “rather slash (his) wrists than return to the James Bond role.” He continued to say that if he were to return to the role, “it would […]

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Mr. Modi Goes to the Rose Garden

 

Indian Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Washington earlier this week was more than his symbolic bear hug of President Trump in the Rose Garden. But there did not need to be a breakthrough with the sartorial prime minister, because India and the U.S. have already broken through. Given all the press hype about H1-B visas […]

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