Monthly Archives: July 2013

Alain de Botton on why “Education is what makes us fully human”

Jul 29, 2013

As part of The New Statesman’s series ‘What makes us Human?’, philosopher Alain de Botton has written an article arguing that wisdom as well as skills can, and should, be taught. It is interesting to read Alain’s thoughts on these matters, particularly considering the School of Life that he founded as an alternative to the secular education

At home with Director of Chatham House, Robin Niblett

Jul 25, 2013

In a recent article on ‘speaking frankly’ Chatham House director Robin Niblett invited the Financial Times correspondent Annie Berglof into his London home for an interview. Revealing that the most common question he is asked is “What is the Chatham House rule?” he explains it is to speak frankly without name or affiliation identification but

John Hulsman gives his expert opinion on the US and the Taliban..

Jul 25, 2013

John Hulsman, the leading expert on the politics of the EU, US and Middle East was one of three guests on DW broadcasters’ current affairs talk show ‘Agenda’ last month. With the subtitle ‘Afghanistan and the Taliban – Is the US sending the wrong signals?’ John was invited to commentate on Washington’s plan to invite the

Curtis S. Chin puts difficult questions to Pakistan

Jul 24, 2013

Former US Ambassador to, and Board Member of, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Curtis S. Chin has written an interesting piece on Pakistan which follows up from his last visit to the country two years ago. On his previous trip Curtis investigated development projects in Pakistan and he now reassesses the successes and failures of

Laurence Kemball-Cook features in BBC News report

Jul 23, 2013

In a recent BBC news report on entrepreneur Laurence Kemball-Cook and his company Pavegen, the BBC’s Technology reporter notes that “there seems to be no limit to their aspirations.” The article discusses the company’s work to date and its dreams for the future. Pavegen Systems produce floor tiles that generate an electrical current when the

Listen to Dennis Ross on BBC Radio 4’s Today show discussing his fears for Syria

Jul 19, 2013

Ambassador Dennis Ross, former foreign policy advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama, has over 12 years of experience shaping US involvement with Middle East peace processes. He spoke to Sarah Montague on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ news and current affairs show this morning about Palestine and Israel and his fears for Syria. Following the news that

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