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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 01/29/2011

A quick look at discussions from Davos day 4

By Karl Hofmann

Day 4 at Davos, attendance slips off and the sheer volume of intensive discussions begins to fatigue. Yet panel after panel continues, including the private sessions. It’s interesting seeing global leaders behind closed doors - European Union President Herman Van Rompuy is right now speaking about philosophical challenges and even psychological challenges in the modern era. The Davos discussion ranges wide.

It's interesting that the Congress Center here in Davos is a beehive of activity and interaction among world leaders - yet the outside world seems strangely distant. While we've been hearing about philosophical debates inside here, the harsh reality of the outside world is marching on. Egypt's shocking images are absent here, yet the world outside is transfixed. That's not to say that events in North Africa are not providing a backdrop to discussions here; they are.

An unambiguously upbeat message coming out of here is from the large Indian team. "India Inclusive" is their theme. India's economic strength and social cohesion are on display and, alongside China's generally positive image here, seem to be underpinning the upbeat feeling here at Davos despite global challenges.

Hofmann is president and CEO of PSI, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit social marketing firm operating in more than 60 countries, with programs in malaria, reproductive health, child survival and HIV prevention.

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By Karl Hofmann  | January 29, 2011; 1:45 PM ET
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