Frank Schell

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

Disappointing Election Results for India’s Prime Minister

 

Suddenly, the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi appears vulnerable — with a national election looming by May of 2019. This India observer admits to being a stunned mullet. Less than five years ago, Modi was elected with an absolute majority in a landslide victory, something not seen since the aftermath of the assassination of […]

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An Exit Too Far

 

There is little doubt that the UK is fed up with interference from Brussels in its domestic and economic affairs. Having willingly entered into a collaborative framework with Europe under the Maastricht Treaty of 1993, with even earlier antecedents, many Brits now see the European Union as a misguided, socialist colossus, governed by an elitist […]

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India Disappoints Washington

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit New Delhi on October 5. His visit follows India’s announcement on September 27 that it will procure the S-400 air defense system from Russia in a $5.4 billion contract. The integrated system is reported to comprise target detection and acquisition capability, command and control and launch platforms, and […]

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Elba, Idris Elba

 

It’s time to have an urbane James Bond who loves his clandestine work — once again. The Bond brand suffered under Daniel Craig, who has made no secret of his desire to abandon that role. Reflecting the primacy of global grunge and glorification of the ordinary, Craig came across as a surly, hired hand who […]

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Pakistan Elects a Breaker of Icons

 

Pakistan, where the army has ruled about half the time since independence from Britain in 1947, will continue with its third civilian government during the past ten years. In its general election of last week, the country has just given the mandate to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (“Pakistan Movement for Justice”) led by the celebrity […]

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Dirty Harry Should Counsel China

 

If Clint Eastwood were an adviser to President Xi Jinping of China, he might quote himself as Inspector “Dirty Harry” Callahan in Magnum Force: “A man’s got to know his limitations.” China is now learning the hard way that the pursuit of global hegemony has its limits. The country’s Belt and Road initiative is a […]

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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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