Monthly Archives: February 2012

Olympic-themed Breakfast Club: A Winning Combination

Feb 23, 2012

This morning we hosted our Olympic-themed Breakfast Club at the RAC, with former Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell, Gold-medal winning Paralympian Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and Olympic Gold medallist Steve Williams. Despite the financial doom and gloom of recent years, Tessa made a very compelling case for why London hosting the 2012 Olympic Games is something to

Danny the de-bunker of myths

Feb 17, 2012

Conferences at Asia House can always be relied on to shake up minds stuck in the rut of received wisdom and hackneyed sound bites. After gorging myself with no fewer than two (divine) cinnamon and apple pastries and several (large) cups of coffee, it soon became apparent that the Asia Risk Outlook 2012 conference would be no exception.

What’s in a name?

Feb 15, 2012

An interesting discussion at Asia House this morning on the market risks that currently shape Asia. Moderating and opening the discussion was the ever-impressive Parag Khanna. He kicked off proceedings by questioning the very notion of Asia as an entity. Parag pointed out that there are 13 different geographical definitions of “Asia” so terminological confusion

February in the Big Apple

Feb 7, 2012

I arrived in New York yesterday. As I queued at passport control I watched Nick Burns, Harvard Professor and International Relations guru commenting on the outlook for Egypt (“difficult”) and Syria (‘grim’). New York, scene of Sunday’s rumpus in the UN Security Council, when the Chinese and Russians vetoed a tepid resolution condemning Syria, still

Lewis Gordon Pugh: On top of the world

Feb 1, 2012

For anyone in need of a lift during the dark days of winter, Chartwell would highly recommend an evening listening to Lewis Gordon Pugh. The first man to swim across the North Pole was speaking at the Royal Geographical Society last week and his story is nothing if not inspirational (and ever so slightly insane!).

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