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You're reading: Davos, Ukraine go in opposite ways

The annual Davos meeting is all about looking into the future: manipulating human genetics, biotechnology, driverless cars, online education, cyber security, new forms of energy, digital mapping of carbon dioxide emissions and air quality, etc. Ukraine is not known for any of those innovations. Instead, it is known for its fascinating mix of corruption, crime and politics, which keeps it in the past.

This last week at Davos the most frequent question I was asked about Ukraine was whether imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko ordered to kill someone and whether she will end her life in prison. 

Davos is not that much about nation-states and sovereign interests. In fact, Davos culture is defined by global elites who have little need for national loyalty. They view national boundaries as obstacles to doing business, spreading innovation or improving the human condition.

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