Today, in response to changes in the political, fiscal, and strategic environments, the United States is revising its global defense posture. The Department of Defense has announced a number of initiatives that are a part of its rebalancing toward Asia, while, at the same time, maintaining a significant presence in Southwest Asia, even a
Globalization is perhaps only another name to replace the lacking one for what is
happening to (with) us humans in the name of techno-bureaucratic, commercial,
violent, amusing, consumerist process of creating a so-called global society of
knowledge and skills. "Globalization offers both a theory of everything and an
explanation of nothing" - suggests J. Annesley in Fictions of Globalization (2006).
However, daily deaths of children as a result of hunger, disease and malnutrition on a
massive scale in Africa, and elsewhere, is not fiction....
For the philosopher of history, G.W.F. Hegel, the fundamental challenge for any
student of societal evolution is to apprehend in thought the spirit of the age (or the
zeitgeist)—i.e., to understand the motive force of change while it is still at work
(Lauer, 1974). Catching the zeitgeist ‘in the act,’ so to speak, is a matter of practical
importance; for gaining such an understanding would seem to be a necessary,
if not sufficient, condition for successfully shaping ‘for the better’ any future state
of affairs. Hegel does not give us much cause for optimism here.
GLOBALIZATION AND ITS IMPACT ON MEDIA IN CHINA: A COMPARATIVE SEMIOTIC CONTENT ANALYSIS OF VISUAL REPRESETATION IN CHINESE AND US MAGAZINE ADVERTISEMENTS 1979-1998 To assess their validity, I
estimate the basic model using test score data from the National Education Longitudinal
Study (NELS) and high school completion rates from the Common Core of Data (CCD).
Neither of these has nearly the breadth of the SAT data, so the estimates presented here are
not as precise as those above, but the point estimates are reassuringly similar....
Birds, by their very existence, enhance our daily lives. For many of us, it is a thrill to see the splash of a Brown Thrasher in a
birdbath, or the flash of red in green woods as a tanager darts past. It is a gift of nature that such birds – which play an
important role in healthy ecosystems by controlling pests, dispersing seeds, and pollinating plants – are also so beautiful and
such a joy to watch.
Our corpus of descriptive text contains a significant number of long-distance pronominal references (8.4% of the total). In order to account for how these pronouns are interpreted, we re-examine Grosz and Sidner's theory of the attentional state, and in particular the use of the global focus to supplement centering theory.
This paper explores how long-term energy forecasts are created and
why they are useful. It focuses on forecasts of energy use in the United States for the
year 2000 but considers only long-term predictions, i.e., those covering two or more
decades. The motivation is current interest in global warming forecasts, some of which
run beyond a century. The basic observation is that forecasters in the 1950–1980 period
underestimated the importance of unmodeled surprises
One mark of a great book is that it makes you see things in a new way, and Mr. Friedman certainly succeeds in that goal," the Nobel laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz wrote in The New York Times reviewing The World Is Flat in 2005. In this new edition, Thomas L. Friedman includes fresh stories and insights to help us understand the flattening of the world. Weaving new information into his overall thesis, and answering the questions he has been most frequently asked by parents across the country, this third edition also includes two new chapters--on how to be a political...
Over the last decade, supply chain management has advanced from the warehouse
and logistics to strategic management. Integrating theory and practices of supply chain
management, this book incorporates hands-on literature on selected topics of Value
Creation, Supply Chain Management Optimization and Mass-Customization. These
topics represent key building blocks in management decisions and highlight the
increasing importance of the supply chains supporting the global economy.
In this book we trace the development of Media and Cultural Theory from the Enlightenment through to the present day. Along the way we gesture towards a range of contemporary media texts including film, television, journalism, pop music, the Internet. And, indeed, what first attracted us to BookBoon was the opportunity to create a text that we could update and keep fresh; the media industry moves quickly and it is important to be able to revise interpretations in light of this. With this in mind we decided to make the scope of material covered fairly broad, ranging from Edmund Burke’s...
The most compelling and credible testimony to biotech crops is that during the 16 year period 1996 to 2011, millions of farmers in 29 countries worldwide, elected to make more than 100 million independent decisions to plant and replant an accumulated hectarage of more than 1.25 billion hectares – an area 25% larger than the total land mass of the US or China – there is one principal and overwhelming reason that underpins the trust and confidence of risk-averse farmers in biotechnology – biotech crops deliver substantial, and sustainable, socio-economic and environmental benefits.
This book has almost nothing to do with the current housing and credit crisis. Wolf only says in the last couple of pages that part of the world savings glut was recycled in excess US residential investment. And, that's it.
An organization’s culture matters a lot. That’s what John Kotter
and I concluded from a three-year study of the relationship between
corporate culture and performance in the early 1990s. CEOs generally
agree, although I’m left wondering whether some of them really
believe it or whether it’s something they’ve been conditioned to say
when reminded to do so. It’s confirmed by even the best (5-star)
investment analysts on Wall Street, a group that we might assume
would look only to financial measures in recommending investments.
Becoming e-organized is not only about how you use your electronic tools, but how you manage them so they
don’t manage you. As most of us know, e-mail and electronic devices can be quite addictive. My colleague
calls Blackberries “Crackberries” because of this.
Th e ste el industry is one of man y major wo rl d industries exte nsively
restructured in th is era of globalizatio n. The Global Restructuring of the
Steel Indu stry explains how and why th e steel ind ustry has shifted from
advanced ca pita list countries to late ind ustria lizing countries.
Drawing upon case studies of th e steel industr y in th e US, Japan, South
Korea, Brazil and India, Anthony P.D'Costa examines the relationship between
industri al cha nge and institutional responses to techn ological diffusion....
The world today is of innovation and creativity. Splashes of genius of the most obvious strike us every now and the n and make us smack our head at the sheer wonder of it. Innovation is again nothing but application of our well preserved common sense in uncommon situations to solve quite ordinary problems.
On August 10, 1994 at about 3:30 in the afternoon, I was driving
to Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio. Our then 20-
year-old son, Kevin Michael O’Toole McHugh, was with me.
Highland Meadows was not a new experience for either of us.
Kevin had played there many times, including in junior golf tournaments.
His sisters, Kathy and Lisa, had both worked at the Club.
Kathy was the Club’s office manager for several years and Lisa
worked in the dining room and the office while going to college....
Nanotechnology entered the more public arena in 2001 when President Clinton
brought worldwide attention to nanotechnology through his budget approval for the
US National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). The initial budget allocated for
nanotechnology in 2001 was $422 million, which demonstrated the anticipated
relevance of nanotechnology to the USA economic growth as well as nanotechno-
logy’s strategic importance to national security. Three years later, in December
This welcome volume is a collection of articles principally adapted from
articles published in the Philosophical Transactions triennial issue. It very
largely reﬂects the views of younger scientists, and highlights how the Earth
Sciences continue to delight us with new ideas and controversies. Many of
the authors are research fellows, or former research fellows, of the Royal
Society, and the editors have successfully assembled an entertainingly eclec-