It would be foolhardy to count on the conscience of the world. – Stefan Zweig

Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist by Niall Ferguson

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Books, Politics
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Henry Kissinger is one of the architects of our current political order. First sworn in as fifty-sixth secretary of state on September 22, 1973, he received the Nobel Peace Prize that same year, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and the Medal of Liberty in 1986. This was a world away from Fürth, Germany, where he was born in 1938 as Heinz Alfred Kissinger to an Orthodox Jewish school teacher. With the election of Donal Trump and rising nationalism across the world, we are looking into the next chapter, a new New World Order. As ever, it helps to understand the past to make predictions for the future, which is why I was looking forward to reading Dr. Kissinger’s new biography by Niall Ferguson.

Terracotta Warriors Group, Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California

‘Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century’ by Gideon Rachman

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Books, Politics
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This is a book I’ve been quite excited to read. I follow Gideon Rachman’s columns in the Financial Times and posts on Twitter regularly as he is one of the eminent foreign policy journalists today. Of course, he is also a Western journalist so even though he has travelled through most parts of the world and lived …

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Dr. Angelica Kohlmann speaking at IE Business School with Chair Guillermo de la Dehesa Romero and Dean Santiago Iñiguez de Onzoño.

Graduation Speech IE Business School – Madrid July 21st, 2016

Posted by on Aug 1, 2016 in Business and Finance
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Transcript:  Buenas tardes estimados estudiantes, en la última clase, después de un año en Madrid y antes de recibir el diploma del Master, me gustaría de testar su español… No, don’t worry, no Spanish test today – I’ll, continue in English! Dear Santiago, dear Faculty, dear Parents, Relatives, Ladies and Gentlemen, and most importantly, dear …

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Outside the European Parliament. Here, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union on October 12, 2012, an institution currently wracked by crisis but credited with bringing more than a half century of peace to a continent ripped apart by World War II. (AFP PHOTO / FREDERICK FLORIN)

Brexit, the Threat to European Peace and a Lack of Human Ambition

Posted by on Jul 10, 2016 in Politics
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Brexit – It seems like no-one expected this to happen despite the various pre-referendum polls that put the odds of a Leave win at about 50%. The financial markets priced Brexit in with about a 10% probability. Then, just before the ballots started to be counted, the pound went up against the dollar, David Cameron …

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A 1729 Stradivari known as the "Solomon, Ex-Lambert". (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

César Franck’s Sonata in A Major

Posted by on May 11, 2016 in Performances
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Every now and then there are those memorable moments. In late March, I was invited to a such a very special musical evening in New York. The day after the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major (Op.35) at David Geffen Hall, there was a small cocktail reception at the …

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