It's been 12 years since Thomas Friedman's The World Is Flat sought to herald a future where geographic boundaries were rendered meaningless and communications technologies bridged all divides.
Back then, even at a time when Web 2.0, i.e. an interactive Internet, was still the buzzword and Facebook and Twitter were little more than guerilla projects, the anticipation was still immense. India's economy was about to undergo an unprecedented boom and over on the other 'edge' of the world, the US was about to vote a fresh-faced Barack Obama into the White House.
How did the decade-and-a-bit after that go? Is the world as 'flat' as it should be? How far has globalisation moved? There's only one man to answer these questions — and quite luckily, he was at the Republic Newsroom on Thursday.
Watch Republic World's exclusive interview with three-time Pulitzer winner and author Thomas Friedman in the video above.