Monthly Archives: October 2014

“We need to move to an axis of strategy” warns former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana

Oct 28, 2014

Writing for Project Syndicate, Javier Solana, the former EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Secretary-General of NATO, and Foreign Minister of Spain, has argued that in trying to create a multipolar world global leaders have focused on “shortsighted tactical concerns”, which in turn has created an increasingly unstable, unpredictable and tense international order. To counter this “obsession

Former Director of UK Special Forces Major General Jonathan Shaw publishes new book: “Britain in a Perilous World”

Oct 27, 2014

“Britain in a Perilous World: The Strategic Defence and Security Review We Need” by Jonathan Shaw (Haus Publishing, 2014). The British government periodically publishes a Strategic Defence and Security Review, an appraisal of the armed forces that seeks to understand and prepare for the defence challenges that lie ahead. This report is often controversial – the

Keyu Jin, the leading London-based economics speaker, outlines China’s “skewed” growth model

Oct 24, 2014

Writing in Project Syndicate, Keyu Jin, a professor of economics at the London School of Economics, makes the case that whilst economists have a reason to be worried about China’s economy, what many fail to recognise is that there is a single underlying problem: China’s “skewed” growth model. Keyu argues that the “model is, to some extent, a policy-induced construct,

Watch speaker highlights from the 2014 WIRED Conference: people changing the world and defining the future

Oct 23, 2014

We had a spectacular time at the 2014 WIRED Conference last week, a two day event that keeps participants ahead of the trends that transform our world. Delightfully curated by editor of the UK edition of WIRED magazine David Rowan, who also moderated the conference, the audience were transfixed with a well-chosen range of speakers. They created a very

Expert economics commentator Curtis S. Chin discusses Alibaba and China’s need for capital market reforms

Oct 22, 2014

Writing in the Japan Times, Curtis S. Chin, the first Asia Fellow of the Milken Institute, makes the case that as “equity markets from Tokyo to New York enter more volatile times, it’s worth taking a pause to reflect on the need for continued capital market reforms, particularly in China.” Using the example of Alibaba’s

“Unleashing Metro Growth”: Jim O’Neill delivers the final report of the City Growth Commission

Oct 22, 2014

In October the UK’s City Growth Commission, chaired by the economist and creator of the BRICs acronym Jim O’Neill, released “Unleashing Metro Growth”, an influential report explaining how the UK can boost its economy by facilitating the growth of London and its other great cities. Jim believes that cites are “the most powerful engines of

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