Thinking About World Order: America, Japan and Germany in the 1990's

Garten, Jeffrey E.

It's a pleasure to be here this evening to participate in your "Distinguished Business Leaders" lecture series. Professor Hugh Patrick has been threatening to invite me here for the last five years, and I have been threatening to accept. When he called me a few weeks ago he suggested that I talk about the book I have just written -- "A Cold Peace: America, Japan, Germany and the Struggle for Supremacy" (to be published in June by Times Books/Random House). A day later he sent me a letter asking if I'd like to speak about the global mergers and acquisitions markets. Taken together, these are two very important and topical issues for me, the book having served as an opportunity to think through some of the major challenges facing this country, the M&A business being at the center of my professional life. In many ways the two subjects have similar underpinnings, too, especially with respect to the rapid and deep seated political, economic and industrial changes occurring in the world. What I thought I'd do tonight is to talk a bit about America, Japan and Germany by way of introduction, and then, in discussion with you, focus more on the business scene.


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Center on Japanese Economy and Business
Center on Japanese Economy and Business, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University
Center on Japanese Economy and Business Occasional Papers, 11
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October 22, 2012