April - May 2010

Frederic Martel's "Mainstream"

America Winning New Cultural War For Global Audiences - Europe Lags In Producing Widely Accessible “Products”

America has opened a lead that will perhaps not be overtaken in the global market for “cultural exports” in the form of digital materials – the movies and music, books and broadcasting and all the other media that shapes global consumers’ taste in entertainment and their view of the world they live in.


Henry H. Perritt, Jr.'s "The Road to Independence for Kosovo"

Kosovo’s Independence: A Success Story For U.S.-EU Diplomacy: Russia’s Refusal To Agree — Putin’s First “Nyet”

Kosovo and its success in gaining independence has always been a Balkans sideshow, never commanding the attention of a big international audience. But the often-tense political process that culminated in the unilateral declaration of independence in early 2008 is a fascinating and instructive narrative. It is reconstructed in a new book that recounts how a few tenacious Western diplomats and their governments managed, step by step, to forge a workable international outcome in a potentially explosive situation.


W. Brian Arthur's "The Nature of Technology - What It Is and How It Evolves"

On Both Sides Of Atlantic, Technology Seen As Driver Of Innovation – And Jobs

In today’s age of specialization and over-specialization, more and more books are written for —and read by — smaller and smaller groups of people. Yet every so often a book appears that  covers a seminal topic in such an eye-opening way that it should be read by everyone who wishes to understand the society and culture we live in.  The Nature of Technology is such a book: it provides a fundamental understanding of what technology is, where technology comes from and how it evolves.  This book – the latest from this distinguished thinker about complex issues – has been compared to Thomas Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions as doing for technological innovation what Kuhn’s book did for our understanding scientific discovery. In our era, it may turn out be as important, about technology, as Charles Darwin’s work was about biology.