Monthly Archives: November 2012

Dr John Hulsman: US problems now at the centre of global political risk calculations

Nov 30, 2012

We’ve been chatting to John Hulsman, the leading geo-political risk analyst and speaker. John’s recently been talking to audiences and clients in Delhi, London and Zurich and “for the first time American economic and political problems were front and centre in terms of risk questions (both short term like the fiscal cliff and longer term

Zhang Wei-Wei delivers a robust defence of the Chinese political system

Nov 30, 2012

Zhang Wei-Wei, professor of international relations at Fudan University and senior fellow at Chunqiu Institute, recently sent us through one of his recent New York Times Op-Eds, in which he delivers a robust defence of the Chinese political system. While it is far from perfect, he argues that the Chinese system is not a crude autocracy,

Antifragile: Nassim Taleb on how to live in a world we don’t understand

Nov 30, 2012

Nassim Taleb’s The Black Swan (2008) was a massive hit, and proved prescient in its prediction of the Financial Crisis. Taleb’s passionate, instinctive, and often irreverent writing guarantees that his work will always be a a thoroughly good read. So I was excited to place my order for his latest book,  Antifragile: How to Live in a

Michael Sandel on how we can rediscover the lost art of democratic debate

Nov 30, 2012

At Chartwell we’re huge fans of Michael Sandel, simply one the finest teachers and speakers on ethics in the world today. His books Justice (2009) and What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets (2012, nominated for the FT and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year) argue passionately for a higher level of public

Mary Ann Sieghart sheds light on the EU Budget Summit

Nov 22, 2012

As David Cameron gears up for his battle on the EU budget today, the relationship between Britain and the EU is looking particularly shakey – and that’s saying something. The uncertainty has left many of us scratching our heads trying to figure out what all this might mean for Europe’s future.  So it was a particular pleasure

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