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

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Cities versus Country

Posted by on Jun 8, 2018 in Books, Business and Finance, Economics, Politics
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Around 700 days since 51.9% of the participating UK electorate voted to leave the EU and around 500 days since Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as 45th president of the United States (with a disappointingly small turnout), I’m beginning to make sense of it all. After months of endlessly reading articles on the subject of …

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Portrait of Leonhard Euler (1707-1783). By Jakob Emanuel Handmann [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Leonhard Euler: Mathemtical Genius in the Enlightenment

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Books
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From the first moment it all sounded very promising. A biography about a mathematical genius in the enlightenment period – thus checking off three of my favourite topics in just the book’s title already. With some caveats, I wasn’t disappointed. While not too well-known in popular culture, it is hard to overstate Euler’s accomplishments in …

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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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