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This book project began in the summer of 1998. I spent two weeks of that summer at Radi, a small village outside Siena,
discussing the contents of the MS with a sociologist and fellow doctoral student from the Zentrum für Höhere Studien
(ZHS) at the University of Leipzig, Andreas Westerwinter1. Our discussions were mostly about the value, if any, of the
discipline of geopolitics and the limited usefulness of neoclassical economics and modern political science for trying
to explain current economic events, in particular the emergence of China as an economic superpower.
Welcome to the paperback edition of The Lexus and the Olive Tree. Readers of the
original hardback version of the book will notice that several things have changed in this
new version. But what has not changed is the core thesis of this book: that globalization
is not simply a trend or a fad but is, rather, an international system.
We have found the use of the radar — our risk radar — to be a simple
and useful device to allow us to present a snapshot of the top 10 strategic
business risks for a company, a sector or indeed the global economy
as a whole. The radar allows us to show both the scale of the challenge
and its nature.
The Oath of Citizenship
I swear (or affirm) That I will be faithful And bear true allegiance To Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second Queen of Canada Her Heirs and Successors And that I will faithfully observe The laws of Canada And fulfil my duties as a Canadian citizen.
Understanding the Oath
In Canada, we profess our loyalty to a person who represents all Canadians and not to a document such as a constitution, a banner such as a flag, or a geopolitical entity such as a country.
The acceleration of globalization and the growth of emerging economies present signifi
cant opportunities for business expansion. One of the quickest ways to achieve
effective international expansion is by leveraging the web, which allows for the technological
connectivity of global markets and opportunities to compete on a global basis.
To systematically engage and thrive in this networked global economy, professionals
and students need a new skill set – one that can help them develop, manage, assess, and
optimize efforts to successfully launch websites for tapping global markets.
PeakOil: the moment that we’ve taken out half of the oil that was out there and
times of a cheap and abundant oil driven economy are for ever over. A time of
severe growth of demand, declining supply, expensive exploration, higher prices by
these three, beyond limits shortages, huge regional and geopolitical tensions.
Undersupply of everything we need, and oversupply of shortages. Is this situation
this our outlook? Let’s not hope so.
In the last few years, the financial markets have been characterised by crises
that have led to increased volatility (see Fig. 12). In view of this market
turbulence, for numerous investors preservation of capital has become an
important objective. To many investors, physical gold is the epitome of
insurance against geopolitical and economic risks, as well as those emanating
from the financial system. The historically high gold price impressively reflects
The Earth’s polar regions (see Figure 1.1) are ecologically, economically,
and, increasingly, geopolitically important; they are particularly
vulnerable to the speed and magnitude of climate change and
have significant potential to influence the global climate system (Oreskes,
2004; IPCC, 2007a; Anderegg et al., 2010). Climate models and observational
data have shown that polar regions have warmed at substantially
higher rates than the global mean (IPCC, 2007c).
Oil prices rebounded in the first quarter of this year with Brent crude reaching
over 60 dollars per barrel, following a temporary dip to around 55 dollars per
barrel in November last year1, as geopolitical issues in Iran and Nigeria,
coupled with cold weather in Russia and cyclones in Australia, curbed crude
supply. Nonetheless, compared to the extremely tight market condition in the
immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita during September 2005,
current oil market conditions are somewhat more subdued. ...
Though the confidence intervals change by procedure and by country ‐ depending on the sample size
and response variance of each ‐ the overall survey portion of this research holds a standard error of +/‐
3.67% at a 95% level of confidence.
The International Survey on Aesthetic/Cosmetic Procedures Performed in 2010 was compiled, tabulated,
and analyzed by Industry Insights, Inc. (www.industryinsights.com) , an independent research firm based
in Columbus, OH.
In the present study, we examined the inﬂuence of descriptive and elaborative titles on
paintings. Additionally, we varied the presentation time between Experiments 1 and 2. The
ﬁrst experiment was designed similar toMillis (2001) to replicate his elaboration eﬀect with
images of artworks. Two levels of representativeness in artworks were investigated
(abstract versus representational). Ratings were collected before and after presenting a
title, thus within-subjects comparisons could be made.