Monthly Archives: January 2013

Andy Xie – “money can’t buy you growth”

Jan 30, 2013

Staving off crisis and reviving growth dominate today’s economic conversations the world over. Even in China, which received opinion dictates is an almost inexorable economic powerhouse, appears keen to maintain their stratospheric growth at all costs, via constant injections of fiscal stimuli; in the four years after the global financial crisis that began in the

Victor Gao, a Chinese energy expert, speaks at the 2013 Flame Conference

Jan 29, 2013

Just off the phone with our good friend Victor Gao in Beijing. Victor will be in the Netherlands in March keynoting on China natural gas at the 2013  Flame Conference – Europe’s leading gas conference. Victor, who is a former Senior Vice President at the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), is a leading expert on China’s

Hugo Rifkind says the glut of referendums shows the British political system is in crisis

Jan 29, 2013

In today’s Times, Hugo Rifkind draws attention to the fact that there were no referendums in the 1980s or 1990s, but in the last two and a half years David Cameron has authorised three (AV, Scottish independence and the EU). Why this change? Because, says Rifkind, Britain’s system of government is facing an existential crisis. The political establishment

How Ambassador Dennis Ross helped shape Kurdistan’s modern prosperity

Jan 29, 2013

Last week, the online magazine Macropolis penned an economic overview of modern Kurdistan. Since the Gulf War, the Kurdistan Regional Government territories in northern Iraq have been semi-autonomous. What was once a wasteland ravaged by chemical weapons is now a thriving hub of commerce and culture – and Ambassador Dennis Ross played a pivotal role in helping the

Matt Ridley – What It Would Take To Persuade Me That Climate Policy Makes Sense

Jan 29, 2013

Matt Ridley became an internationally bestselling author with the publication of his book ‘The Rational Optimist’. He is also a critic of current climate change policies. Having written about climate change and energy policy for more than 25 years, he has concluded that current energy and climate policy is probably more dangerous, both economically and ecologically, than climate change itself.

Janan Ganesh: “what British political parties can learn from Nixon”

Jan 29, 2013

One of the few shared passions amongst MPs in the UK is an almost unequivocal affection for American politics. However, Janan Ganesh, a political columnist for The Financial Times, believes that the US political figure who truly defines British political zeitgeist is rarely invoked – that figure being Richard Nixon. In a piece for today’s edition of The

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