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  • Jacob Bronowski, The Ascent of Man
    December 2005 By Ilmas Futehally

    What separates man from other primates, or indeed other animals? Jacob Bronowski, a mathematician trained in physics, examines the scientific and intellectual history of humankind in his book The Ascent of Man. Though the book is based on the television series aired on BBC in the 1970s, it is far from outdated. Over 30 years after it was first published; The Ascent of Man still invokes pride in our past and instils hope for our future in the reader.

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  • Future of Power
    November 2005 By Sundeep Waslekar

    I was recently at Waterloo, a small university town about an hour’s drive from Toronto, Canada where my friend John English has recently established the Center for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) with support from Jim Balsillie, founder of the Blackberry communication system. The occasion was a CIGI conference on emerging powers.

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  • Crouching Dragon: Chinese Peasants
    November 2005 By Rashmi Jethani

    While the world is impressed by China’s industrial progress, it may be in for a shock in the rising Asian power’s countryside. China might be able to manage its much-feared banking crisis and might even tide over the disharmony between political autocracy and economic liberalism. However, despite the best intensions of the new team led by Hu and Wen, it may experience a rebellion in its farmlands in the next decade.

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  • Clyde Prestowitz, Rogue Nation
    November 2005 By Kumud Pallavi Mutalik

    Rogue Nation is a thought provoking and striking analysis of America’s standing in the world. The author, Clyde Prestowitz, with his unique background in international relations and policy making (former official in the Reagan administration and currently a president of a think-tank) uses his personal experiences to highlight the reasons why the United States, as a country, is at odds with most countries and in opposition with a host of issues throughout the world – the war on Iraq, Israel-Palestine conflict, free-trade agreements, and more.

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  • The Future of God
    October 2005 By Sundeep Waslekar

    Strategic Foresight Group uses the 4-G framework to analyse the future of countries. Three of the 4 Gs – Growth, Governance and Geopolitics – represent traditional drivers that determine the destiny of a nation. Increasingly we are finding that the 4th G – God – is assuming importance in our calculations.

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  • Uzbekistan After Karimov
    October 2005 By Leena Pillai

    The political history of Uzbekistan since its independence on August 31, 1991 is the story of the consolidation of Presidential powers by Islam Abduganievich Karimov. The state handling of the Andijon uprising in May 2005 demonstrated to what extent Karimov was willing to go, to hold on to power. His authoritarian tendencies did not even spare the US. Thus the recent volte-face in Uzbekistan’s foreign policy was of no surprise.

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  • Daniel Levitas, Terrorist Next Door – The Militia Movement and the Radical Right
    October 2005 By Devika Mistry

    Wright’s premise starts at the works of Paul Gauguin. A 19th century painter, Gauguin’s mural asks three questions that are vital to the understanding of our own environmental dilemmas of today: “Where do we come from? Where are we? Where are we going?” For Wright, it is the third question, which intrigues him. “Where are we going?” Wright believes that careful reflection on the first two questions can ultimately answer where our species is headed.

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  • Business and Periphery
    September 2005 By Sundeep Waslekar

    Strategic Foresight Group is a product of twenty first century globalisation. We function because of the Internet, inexpensive conference calls across continents, and affordable airfares (though the latter might change with oil prices expected to reach $100 per barrel). We have collaborators around the world who are concerned about shifting global paradigms, and not merely their own geographies...

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