Monthly Archives: December 2012

“Obama needs an Iran Strategy, and fast” warns Ed Luce

Dec 17, 2012

The global commentariat is awash with talk of progress (or not) on America’s fiscal cliff, and what the economic ramifications of a failure to deal with it would be. However, what more often goes unnoticed is the very real impact this focus on the cliff could have on issues beyond economics. This is the argument of Ed Luce, the

Charles Grant on a three tier Europe

Dec 14, 2012

Much enjoyed popping into the Centre for European Reform this morning to meet with its Director, Charles Grant. Charles has been at the forefront of the debate on what the eurozone crisis means for the evolving structure of the EU. He wrote a very interesting op-ed in the Financial Times not long ago on this very theme.

AC Grayling discusses the census, and Britain’s increasing sensitivity to diversity

Dec 13, 2012

It was very interesting to hear AC Grayling’s views on the recent UK census on Newsnight earlier this week. For him, the numbers showed that Britain has become a more pluralistic and tolerant society, sensitive and appreciative of the diversity of others. Now there’s a positive thought – amidst all the Autmun statement doom and gloom

The Challenges & Opportunities of 2013

Dec 13, 2012

Chartwell was delighted to host a very stimulating panel discussion on Tuesday December 11th at the Royal Automobile Club. We were joined by Executive Editor of the Times Danny Finkelstein, BBC Newsnight Presenter Emily Maitlis, leading geo-strategist and risk analyst Rear Admiral Chris Parry, and award-winning sports writer Matthew Syed to discuss ‘The Challenges and Opportunities of

Sir Roderic Lyne: the crunch is coming for Putin

Dec 13, 2012

We had a very interesting conversation with Sir Roderic Lyne, former UK Ambassador to Russia (2000-2004), on what the future holds for Putin and Russia. In his view, low gas prices and the likelihood of world over-supply of oil (due to large new discoveries of shale and offshore gas, particularly in the US and Canada) are a

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