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Chris Parry speaker

Chris Parry

Portsmouth, UK

Leading UK thinker and writer on geopolitics, global security and future strategic trends

Top UK and NATO military strategist

Decorated for service during the Falklands War

‘”One of the best minds in the field” [of geopolitical forecasting].’ – The New York Times

Chris Parry has an international reputation for his penetrating analysis and stimulating articulation of a wide range of geopolitical, strategic and security themes. He is one of the UK’s top strategic thinkers and forecasters, whose assessments about the future have consistently proved extremely accurate and are considered amongst the best in the field by governments, the City, the academic world and a variety of national and international institutions.

Chris Parry spent 36 rewarding years in the Royal Navy as an aviator and warfare officer. He commanded the destroyer HMS GLOUCESTER, the Amphibious Assault Ship HMS FEARLESS, the UK’s Amphibious Task Group and the Maritime Warfare Centre. He also had five Joint appointments with responsibility for operational and developmental issues relating to all three Services.

As well as sailing every sea, he experienced regular operational tours and combat operations in Northern Ireland, the Gulf and the Falklands, where he was mentioned in dispatches for his part in rescuing 16 Special Forces troopers from a glacier in South Georgia and for the detection and disabling of the submarine SANTA FE. As a Rear Admiral, he was responsible for determining the future strategic context for operations and leading the conceptual development of all three armed forces out to 2030.

Nowadays, he runs his own strategic forecasting company, advising governments, leading commercial companies and banks about strategic development, high-level get-well programmes and systemic risk. With Blue Chip companies, he helps generate competitive advantage through the forecasting of future geopolitical developments, emerging trends and investment opportunities.

Drawing extensively from a life at sea, in senior government ministries and in sport, Chris also speaks with insight and humour about senior leadership and the ability of teams at all levels to compete with the best, with gritty descriptions and personal recollections about operating under pressure, in complex environments and in the most demanding circumstances.

A regular broadcaster and commentator in UK national newspapers and magazines, he is an active author, most recently of the best-selling “Down South – a Falklands War Diary” (2012) and “Super Highway: Sea Power in the 21st Century” (2014). In 2015, Christ was awarded the Maritime Foundation’s Desmond Wettern Trophy for the best contribution to maritime journalism.

Our Comment

"On record as foreseeing the timings of the Global Financial Recession, the Arab Spring and the recent coming out of Iran, Chris combines geopolitics, demographics, resource conflict, macroeconomics and humour to provide thought-provoking assessments of likely futures. He talks brilliantly on leadership and teamwork, and is a seasoned and entertaining after dinner speaker."


Down South: A Falklands War Diary by Chris Parry

Down South: A Falklands War Diary by Chris Parry

In 1982 Lieutenant Chris Parry sailed aboard destroyer HMS Antrim to liberate the Argentine-occupied Falkland Islands. Parry and his crew, in their Wessex helicopter, were soon launched into action rescuing an SAS party stuck on a glacier in gales that had already downed two others. Soon after they single-handedly pursued and fatally wounded a submarine before taking part in terrifying but crucial drop landings under heavy fire. Down South is a hands on, day-by-day account of war fought in the most appalling conditions by men whose grit and fighting spirit overcame all obstacles.


Super Highway: Sea Power in the 21st Century Hardcover by Chris Parry

Super Highway: Sea Power in the 21st Century Hardcover by Chris Parry

In Super Highway, maritime strategist and former Rear Admiral Chris Parry argues that in the second decade of the 21st century, the sea is set to reclaim its status as the world’s preeminent strategic medium. Almost everything that travels virtually between continents and states on the Internet moves, in reality, as in previous eras of globalization, across, under or over the sea. Parry makes the case that the next decade will witness a scramble for the sea, involving competition for oceanic resources and the attempted political and economic colonization of large tracts of what have, until now, been considered international waters and shipping routes.

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