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Ed Luce speaker

Ed Luce

Washington D.C., USA

Expert on the geopolitics of America and India

Financial Times chief US commentator and columnist

Washington Bureau Chief, The Financial Times (2006-2015)

Ed Luce is the Financial Times chief US commentator and columnist, stepping down as the Washington Bureau Chief in 2015. As the third most-read columnist at the newspaper, Ed combines a critical eye with a Washington insider’s connections to offer a unique perspective on American politics and economics.

He has worked at the Financial Times since 1995 and, before moving to Washington, was Philippines correspondent, Capital Markets Editor and then South Asia Bureau Chief in New Delhi. Between December 1999 and January 2001, Ed took a one year sabbatical to work as speechwriter to Larry Summers, the US Treasury Secretary during the Clinton administration.

Ed Luce is a leading speaker on global issues and globalisation, with a particular focus on India. He is the author of the critically acclaimed “In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India” (2006), which ranges over many aspects of India, including its history, the policies of Gandhi and Nehru and its relationship with the rest of the world. In 2012, Ed published “Time To Start Thinking: America and the Spectre of Decline”. Here, he argues that the era of American dominance is over, and shows what steps the US needs to take to prevent its crisis from deepening further.

Ed Luce read Politics, Philosophy and Economics at New College, Oxford, and did his post-graduate degree in newspaper journalism at City University, London. His first job was as Geneva correspondent for The Guardian.

Our Comment

"David Cameron read ‘In Spite of the Gods’ as background to his visit to India as Opposition Leader in 2006. Now based in Washington, Ed is shaping Europe’s perception of the Obama administration, as well as sharing the US perspective on globalisation."

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