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

Javier Solana speakerWriting 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 with tactics”, Javier argues that they need to move to an axis of strategy in an effort to achieve the “world we want”.

Javier believes that this obsession with tactics has affected governance at all levels, from local administrations to supranational institutions, allowing major actors to operate within uncoordinated realities, without any shared goals guiding their decision-making. In other words, “the West has allowed short-term tactical concerns to impede the development of a long-term strategic vision.”

He points out that whilst there are noteworthy exceptions in managing the transition toward multipolarity, there are many cases where strategic thinking has fallen short. This is especially apparent when noting the Western leader’s reluctance to integrate China into the international system.

Click here to read the consequences of such failures, and Javier’s response to this issue.

For more information, or to book Javier Solana as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Exclusive interview with leading geopolitical speaker General Sir Rupert Smith: “The West has no clear strategy to tackle ISIS”

General Sir Rupert Smith, former Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe of NATO, is a senior international authority on defence, security and strategy.

In an exclusive interview with Chartwell, Sir Rupert gives his take on the West’s strategy towards ISIS – or lack thereof – and whether the West has got it right, following Britain’s recent decision to perform air-strikes in Iraq. Sir Rupert also draws comparisons to the crisis in Ukraine, though noting that the situations are very different from one another, and comments on the ability of strategists to think about, and prepare for, long term solutions.

To book Sir Rupert Smith as a speaker for your conference or client event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk, at or on 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Economics speaker Noreena Hertz reveals the secret of good decision-making

Noreena Hertz speaker - secrets of good decision-makingNoreena Hertz, a leading keynote speaker and advisor on strategy and global economics, shared some tips on the secret of good decision-making at WIRED Money 2014, an ambitious single-day event that brings together disruptors and incumbents of the financial sector, to explore the future of money, banking and finance.

Noreena explained that our brains are not the rational objective things we might want them to be, because our analysis is affected by our own experiences and thinking patterns. So what does it take to make smart decisions? Noreena gives three pointers:

  1. We shouldn’t rely upon experts entirely, because they get things wrong.
  2. Those of us who have had success already in life must not be blinded by what has worked for us in the past.
  3. We need to get better at understanding what effects our decision making.

Click here for the full article and the ultimate tip, and here for video highlights from the WIRED Money event.

For more information, or to book Noreena Hertz as a speaker for your conference or event, please contact Leo von Bülow-Quirk at or call 0044 (0) 20 7792 8000.

Chartwell UK offsite at Doddington Hall: strategy, keynote speakers and cricket on the lawn

This week the Chartwell UK team left behind the London Underground and computer screens, replacing them with fresh country air and cows, as we headed to Doddington Hall for our annual strategy offsite. Generously hosted by our Chairman James Birch we spent a fun two days mixing business with pleasure, reviewing the last 12 months and comparing notes on our favourite keynote and motivational speakers.

Doddington Hall

We had fun conferencing our partners at ATG in Dallas, Texas, and trying to explain to them the rules of cricket. And then on to the next mouthwatering BBQ, and lashings of…”ginger beer.”

Summer of Cricket

After a very enjoyable and action-packed few days, we are now back in the London office, feeling refreshed and excited about the year ahead. There is lots of great stuff in the pipeline!

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