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NEWSWEEK INTERNATIONAL EDITIONS: Highlights and Exclusives, June 20, 2005 Issue.

COVER: Super CEOs (All overseas editions). In this latest installment of Newsweek's series on 21st-Century Leadership, Newsweek highlights "New Thinkers" whose influence is measured by the leading commodity in a knowledge economy: ideas. These New Thinkers are products of the first era in which leadership has become an academic discipline, reports National Correspondent Daniel McGinn. The attention to people skills has lowered tolerance for bad leadership, and there is a newfound interest in learning from managerial train wrecks. In addition, McGinn reports, the widespread assumption that the U.S. harbors the most brutal form of capitalism no longer holds true, at least not for the boss. Asia (outside of Japan) and Europe now have higher, and faster- growing, rates of CEO turnover than the U.S.
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Newsweek's top 10 New Thinkers include Pierre Omidyar, who built eBay and is now involved in philanthropy; William A. Haseltine, founder and CEO of Human Genome Sciences, and Hwang Chang Gyu, head of Samsung Electronics' semiconductor business. Also on the list:

-- Thomas Middelhoff (Cover/Atlantic edition). Middelhoff, who was ousted from Bertelsmann A.G. in 2002, was appointed this May as CEO of German retailer KarstadtQuelle. His re-emergence as head of a euro 13 billion giant could be taken as a sign of what he says Europe still needs in its corporate leaders: "courage." He has already embarked on a 100-day turnaround plan which involves closing 75 stores and cutting 5,700 workers, reports European Economics Correspondent Rana Foroohar.

-- Masatoshi Kumagai (Cover/Asia edition). A 41-year-old high-school dropout who got his start by managing one of his dad's enterprises, Kumagai now heads GMO Internet. An investor darling and a paragon of Japan's new economy, GMO has succeeded by providing what Kumagai calls "Internet for everyone." It's a radical departure in an industry where most companies obsess over tightly focusing their strategies, report Tokyo Bureau Chief Christian Caryl and Special Correspondent Kay Itoi.

-- Juan Jose Gutierrez (Cover/Latin America edition). Gutierrez's fast- food chain Pollo Campero ("Country-Style Chicken"), which hails from tiny Guatemala and currently has 196 stores in nine countries, is the most ambitious international restaurant chain from any Latin nation, large or small. And earlier this month Gutierrez announced plans to move into China and Indonesia, reports Mexico City Bureau Chief Joseph Contreras.

Arabia Retools. The phrase "Arab entrepreneur" was almost an oxymoron at the height of state control over the region's economies, but no more. Newsweek profiles four men and women at the forefront of a nascent move toward free- market reform and enterprise, including Fadi Ghandour, who has built Aramex from a modest Jordan-based courier service into the Mediterranean's premier logistics business, and Lubna al-Olayan, CEO of the Saudi company Olayan Financing.

Man With a Mission. With the European Union careening in crisis and Britain set to assume the rotating European presidency on July 1, British Prime Minister Tony Blair finds himself in the role he loves best -- a man with a mission, reports London Bureau Chief Stryker McGuire. Even taking into account his damning alliance with U.S. President Bush, Blair is still the most widely admired statesman in the world. When he arrives at the EU summit in Brussels, he will come as the de facto CEO of New Europe.

A Last Chance for Europe. The French non and the Dutch nee on the EU Constitution are the best news Europe has had in years. They give the EU a last chance to get back on track, argues Claude Smadja, president of Smadja and Associates, in a guest essay. "To rekindle confidence in the future, to build a new European dream, requires a wholly new political approach to Europe. It means, among other things, launching a wide-ranging public discussion about what Europe is and what it should become," he writes.

Sun and Shady People. If organized crime is a globalized business these days, then Spain could be its European headquarters. And for a concentration of villainy, nowhere beats the Costa del Sol, a 120-kilometer strip of Spain's Mediterranean coast that doubles as a mobster's trading post. Until now, the authorities have often looked away -- or collaborated. But public exasperation, and international pressure, has helped explain a toughening line from Madrid, reports London Reporter William Underhill.

Terror and Democracy. Senior Editor Michael Hirsh and Special Correspondent Dan Ephron report on President Bush's "pothole theory" of democracy: the idea that even terrorists can be weaned from violence by the need to satisfy their constituencies. Administration officials have pointed to reform in groups like Sinn Fein and the Palestinian Liberation Organization, which in the '90s officially renounced terror.

Challenging the Mullahs. Iran's reformists are in bad shape. Their chief candidate in this Friday's presidential election, Mostafa Moin, has been running a dismal third in an eight-man race. But although the reformist movement has lost much of its steam, all eight candidates -- four of whom are former members of the Revolutionary Guards -- claim to stand for reform. No matter who wins on Friday, the country is on course for change, reports Baghdad Correspondent Babak Dehghanpisheh.

Is Three a Crowd? Relations between the United States and South Korea have seldom been placid, but there is now a growing rift between the two nations. Washington and Seoul are struggling to bridge very different positions on how to handle North Korea, as well as how to respond to global security threats. Meanwhile, such tensions as well as booming trade with China are pushing Seoul closer to Beijing on several issues, including what to do about the North's nuclear ambitions, Christian Caryl reports.

Reaping the Whirlwind. The fall of Bolivian President Carlos Mesa following protests by peasants, miners students and teachers has raised fresh fears about a crisis of governability in Latin America. Six democratically elected Latin American presidents have quit or been run out of office since 2000. Each situation was different, yet some parallels are hard to miss, and none more so than prevalence of feeble political institutions, reports Mac Margolis, Special Correspondent, Rio de Janeiro.

WORLD VIEW: Realism and Responsibility. Over the past five decades, Africa has received the foreign-aid equivalent of five Marshall Plans, with little effect. But there are now three forces coming together that make this the brightest moment in Africa's history-American realism, European generosity and African responsibility, writes Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria.

THE LAST WORD: Wu Jianmin, president of China's Foreign Affairs University. In an interview with Newsweek's Zakaria, Wu Jianmin, formerly one of China's most senior diplomats, discusses China's expanding global role and insists that "the Chinese are not interested in domination." On the issue of North Korea, Wu says that although he believes Korea should be nuclear-free, he does not think China should use its leverage against its neighbor. "The food, oil, [and] energy [we] supply is basically humanitarian -- North Korea is China's next-door neighbor. Should we cut [that] supply, it would bring about a humanitarian disaster."

PRNewswire -- June 12

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