On 25 September, Alastair published his initial impressions of the outcome of Germany’s general election and its implications on ‘The Global Lead’.
On 19 September, Alastair was the opening speaker at Aon Benfield’s 15th Biennial Hazards Conference held in Gold Coast, Australia. He spoke on political and geopolitical risk under the heading ‘Navigating the socio-political-economic minefield’. It was his third appearance at the Hazards event in six years.
On 18 September Alastair’s latest thoughts on the crisis on the Korean peninsula were published by the international relations journal Global Policy.
On Monday 11th Clare presented a lecture to the Tourism and Hospitality students at LIBES, Livingstone. The foundation of the morning was general nutrition; presenting information application to their own lives, and supplemented with specific diet guidelines to use when working with international guests.
This theory session was followed, on Thursday 14th, with cooking, the practical application. In this the students used familiar ingredients to prepare a vegan meal. The cooking style and resulting flavours were new to them although it would have been a suitable dish on a menu for international guests.
On 11 September, Alastair was guest speaker at a Bank of Singapore investor conference held at the Shangri-la Hotel in Singapore. Over a lunchtime conversation with BoS’s Chief Economist Richard Jerram he explored a number of political and geopolitical risks on investors’ radar screens as well as warning of possible financial risk as the Trump Administration’s politically driven deregulation agenda advanced.
This was the second time that Alastair has been invited to speak at a BoS client event this year.
On 7 September Alastair spoke at Nomura International’s 2017 China Investment Forum in Shanghai, asking if investors were too complacent about political and financial risk.
On 7 September The Global Lead published an article by Alastair on Catalonia’s 1 October independence referendum which threatens a major political crisis for Spain and the EU.
On 2 September Alastair gave the keynote speech at Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management’s investor conference in Milan, highlighting and discussing political and geopolitical risk worldwide.
Alastair has been co-editing a forthcoming e-book, ‘The Future of the Middle East’, which is being produced jointly by Arab Digest and Global Policy. With publication due in September he has just updated his own chapter, ‘The New Neocons and the Middle East’, which was published free-standing this week.
On 2 September The Global Lead published an article by Alastair examining prospects for the ongoing renegotiation of NAFTA.