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To become a “fellow traveler” in the biggest story shaping our world today: the dizzying rise of the emerging world, accounting for some 85% of the world’s population. From Africa to Asia to Latin America and the Middle East, we’ll explore the markets, societies, politics, and cultures of this “85 world” looking at everything from Bollywood to bond markets, from the best place to buy milk tea in Hong Kong to the best place to invest now in emerging markets.

We also explore the intersection of geopolitics, markets, and social trends. We are relentlessly curious about our emerging world, and we aim to chronicle, monitor, and occasionally forecast it.

You’ll get a regular round-up of the Top 5 stories shaping emerging markets curated from the global media, including sites and sources off the familiar path. You will also get the occasional global thought leader interview, and the weekly column from me, Afshin Molavi. In previous columns, I’ve written about everything from Globalization in a Needle to Why Travel Matters to the rise of aspiration as a powerful force in global affairs (using Downton Abbey and an Indian hip-hop artist as examples).

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Geopolitical risk analyst. Emerging markets chronicler. Former Reuters, World Bank, Oxford Analytica, emerge85. Recovering journalist. Johns Hopkins SAIS fellow