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Geopolitics speaker Gideon Rachman on Asia’s territorial disputes

Gideon Rachman speakerCommenting in the Financial Times on Asia’s territorial disputes and increasingly angry nationalism, Gideon Rachman, a highly experienced political commentator, argues that rather than risk war over shoals and goats, all sides should submit to arbitration. “Keep the lid on Pandora’s box,” he warns, “or Asia will pay dearly.”

This follows from a bout of recent aggravations including: a near collision between Chinese fighter jets and a Japanese surveillance aircraft; a physical confrontation between Vietnamese and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea, the first since the two nations went to war in 1979; and North Korea firing shells at a South Korean ship and threatening a fourth nuclear test.

Gideon posits that Pandora’s box appears to be creaking open because the rapid rise of a richer and more powerful China – which has now overtaken the Japanese economy in size and by some measures has a larger economy than the US itself – has allowed for “increased military spending” whilst becoming “more assertive about longstanding territorial claims.”

He goes on to warn that “if conflict does eventually break out, it may rank as among the most senseless in history (and there is plenty of competition).”

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To find out more about Gideon Rachman, or to book him as a speaker or moderator for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Gideon Rachman analyses Russia’s latest power play

Gideon Rachman, the Financial Times chief foreign affairs commentator, gave a lucid analysis of Russia’s latest power play, arguing that talk of a new cold war is misleading.

Gideon explains that because the modern world isn’t divided into clear-cut political and economic systems, a “new east-west struggle is certainly under way today but it is being fought on entirely different terrain from the cold war – and under different rules.”

This became clear when shares in the Russian market collapsed by 10% over the weekend, in response to the news that Russian troops had taken effective control of Crimea. Gideon points out that the financial, business and social systems of Russia and the West are deeply intertwined, and that the context for when the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia in 1986 doesn’t apply here. Indeed, “[for] the past decade, Mr Putin and his entourage have often used the rhetoric of the cold war while enjoying the fruits of globalisation.”

Gideon argues that Putin needs to make a choice. Click here to see his options.

To find out more about Gideon Rachman, or to book him as a speaker or moderator for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Gideon Rachman: “France should not daydream of the past”

Interesting article by Gideon Rachman in today’s Financial Times on the talk of a new revolution in France.  Rachman argues the country can no longer “look back to a glorious and turbulent national past” but face the future and “get on with the hard and unglamorous task of economic reform.”

To find out more about Gideon Rachman, or to book him as a speaker or moderator for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Gideon Rachman argues for Eurozone break-up

The FT’s Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Gideon Rachman, writes in today’s Financial Times that it’s time to start planning an orderly breakup of the eurozone, rather than allow chaotic events to overtake them.

“Allowing the fate of the euro to be driven by a succession of market panics would be the worst possible way of breaking up the single currency” he writes. “It would involve the loss of billions of euros of public money as the EU burnt through its firewall. The political and economic turmoil that followed would cause public panic and discredit the politicians in charge.” Instead, he argues, the EU’s leaders should decide now which of the Eurozone’s current members should remain, and which have to go, and start planning an “amicable divorce”. Is there still time?

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To find out more about Gideon Rachman, or to book him as a speaker or moderator for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Gideon Rachman: “Hollande’s talk of growth is not an alternative to austerity”

Francois Hollande, the current favourite to win France’s presidential race, is telling everyone that growth, and not austerity, is the answer to Europe’s economic woes. As Gideon Rachman in the FT points out, this is easier said than done.

“If building great roads and trains were the route to lasting prosperity, Greece and Spain would be booming. The past 30 years have seen a huge splurge in infrastructure spending, often funded by the EU. The Athens metro is excellent. The AVE fast trains in Spain are a marvel. But this kind of spending has done very little to change the fundamental problems that now plague both Greece and Spain – in particular, youth unemployment.”

As such, “Hollande’s talk of growth is not an alternative to austerity”. Click here to read on.

To find out more about Gideon Rachman, or to book him as a speaker or moderator for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

The rise of the Indian superpower?

City AM published our Breakfast Club report this morning on whether India will ever be a superpower. Jo Johnson MP, Gideon Rachman, Patrick French and Rahul Roy-Chaudhury shared their expert insights with us. Find out six things we learned from them during the discussion by reading the full business feature here.

To find out more about any of these speakers, or to book them as a speaker or moderator for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at leo@chartwellspeakers.com or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

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