Stage Setter Essay

Marty G. Roache’
ILE Common Core
C100: Foundations – Stage Setter
13 February 2013

Thomas L. Friedman: National Strategies and Capabilities for a Changing World:
Globalization and National Security

Thomas L. Friedman is a renowned New York Times Foreign Affairs Columnist and Pulitzer Prize Winner for international reporting.   As an author, he has been awarded the National Book Award, Overseas Press Club Award, as well as the inaugural Goldman Sachs/Financial Times Business Book of the Year (NY, 1). Friedman received a Master of Philosophy degree in Modern Middle East studies from Oxford University, and has served as the Chief Diplomatic Correspondent at the White House, and International Economics Correspondent, New York Times (Friedman, 1). Friedman is a globalist, who believes that the way forward for every society is to maintain the balance between the ‘Lexus and the Olive Tree’ and that America needs to be a ‘beacon for the whole world’ (Chillibreeze, 5). The Lexus corresponds to global markets, financial institutions and computer technologies, and the Olive Tree corresponds to whom we belong, that is, our linguistics, geography and history.  
The following is a critique of Thomas L. Friedman’s Globalization thesis derived from his book Understanding Globalization: the Lexus and the Olive Tree, New York (1999), which simply states “Globalization is not a trend and it is not a fad.   It is actually the international system that
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replaced the Cold War System” (Friedman, 2). He brings into play Politics, Culture, National Security, Financial Markets, Empowering Technologies, and Environment (Chillibreeze, 2) to explain his concept of Globalization. As I agree with the key points listed, it is in light of these elements that I have chosen to evaluate Friedman’s thesis in this essay.  
Critique of Author’s Thesis
In order to establish the framework for looking at international relations today, Friedman begins with his job as...