From the Editors
A global struggle over rare earths and metals? This may seem farfetched to some but, as Dr. Kartik Rao argues, it is becoming increasingly likely considering their critical role as key components of almost all modern technologies. Highly restricted supply lines combined with opaque and volatile trading systems may spur a scrabble for these precious ores in years to come – is Iridium the new gold of an information age?
Neave O’Clery Editor In Chief
Advances in materials science are often associated with innovation in the fields of computing, nanotechnology or bioengineering. Hosam Jiroudy provides a refreshing alternative, demonstrating a sustainable housing strategy in Syria using local materials and expertise in place of expensive imported techniques. Modernist architecture has celebrated the power of engineering ... the revival of traditional building principles heralds a new age for culture to triumph alongside science.
Nazeeha Hasan Deputy Editor Design
In today’s most insecure and remote operating areas, humanitarian aid agencies often struggle to reach the people most in need. As Dr. Lydia Tanner and Jennie Thomas highlight, a crucial issue vexing international NGOs remains political neutrality in the delivery of aid – can humanitarian aid ever truly remain neutral amid political crisis? And what can local community-based organisations offer in these situations?
Claire Roseren Deputy Editor Content
With fewer drugs in the pipeline, the launch strategy of any new biopharma product is becoming increasingly important. The Boston Consulting Group analyses the industry’s traditional approaches, and draws similarities to the opening weekend of a Hollywood movie in suggesting new strategies for a successful launch, from war-gaming and innovative pricing to improved data collection.
Lars Bergemann Deputy Editor Finance
Due to technological and clinical advances, the survival rate during warfare – even amongst people sustaining horrific injuries – is fast growing. Dr. Richard Pinder and Philip Hunter discuss the historical precedence for mental health issues associated with war within this context, and outline strategies for good mental health in the armed forces today. Is mental health finally becoming a priority for global health?
Georgia Lockwood-Estrin Global Health Editor
Most people associate the term cybercrime with opportunistic cybercriminals taking advantage of individuals and businesses for personal gain. Yet as malware evolves to become more sophisticated and capable of precise targeting on a gross scale, the potential of cybercrime threatens to encompass not just the loss of personal finances or private data, but the debilitation of vital state operations and resources that could be considered an act of war. Clement Guitton explores this thorny issue, raising the chilling possibility that the next big arms race might take place in cyberspace. Could a state-sponsored cyberattack be the next Hiroshima?
Tessa Gardner Editorial Leadership Programme