Yearly Archives: 2013

Syria’s death toll passes 60,000; Dennis Ross weighs in

Jan 8, 2013

Last week, the UN issued a statement asserting that the civil war in Syria, now entering its third year, has claimed the lives of more than 60,000 people. For us in the West spectating on the sidelines, the conflict can be confusing – as we watch it unfold and progress in five minute gobbets on the

Senator Scott Brown: expert speaker on financial regulation

Jan 8, 2013

Looking forward to having lunch with Scott Brown in New York next week. An expert speaker on financial regulation, Scott is the former Massachusetts Senator who made history in 2010 by being the first Republican elected to the Senate from Massachusetts since 1972. He also played a pivotal role in passing the Dodd-Frank Act, casting the

Rear Admiral Chris Parry: North Korea will come out of the cold in 2013

Jan 4, 2013

Chartwell’s last discussion event of 2012 – The Challenges and Opportunities of 2013 – looked forward to the key political, economic and culutral trends we might expect to see in the new year. Chris Parry, former Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy and one of the world’s leading geopolitcal trend analysts, said that in 2013 it

Dr Y. V. Reddy to Chair India’s 14th Finance Commission

Jan 3, 2013

It was announced yesterday that former Reserve Bank of India Governor, Dr. Y. V. Reddy, will head India’s 14th Finance Commission. The Commission, due to report by October 31st 2014, will examine the pricing of public service utilities such as water, electricity and public transport. Dr Reddy, popularly known as “the man who saved India”

TEDtalk by Giles Duley named a favourite of 2012

Jan 3, 2013

I met with Giles Duley in the late summer of 2012, having seen his speech on one of my regular visits to the TED website. I found it deeply touching, and was delighted to see that TED named his talk as one of their favourites of 2012. Giles had started his professional life as a fashion

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