TAKING ‘OUTLOOK 2019’ TO ASIA

 
On 29 January, Alastair was a guest speaker at the Bank of Singapore’s outlook for 2019 https://mavenroundtable.io/globallead/politics/outlook-2019-issues-which-keep-me-awake-at-night-xXpyn_HfT0KbLJ8BiLK3JQ/ conference in Bangkok. En route he stopped of in Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur for Nomura International, speaking at nearly 30 meetings in total with investors based in the region.
 

Announcing the Alavan Independent Facebook page

The political risk analysis part of Alavan is in the process of going through some changes this year in terms of the way in which our service is delivered. These will be rolled out in the coming weeks when we shall be writing and speaking direct to clients.

One early step has occurred today, ie the creation of an ‘Alavan Independent’ Facebook page, which will, from here on, be where we post on political and geopolitical issues as far as social media are concerned.

The page will concentrate on brief and speedy comment on topical happenings – and how they are reported in the mainstream media. It goes without saying that comment on and discussion of such events is greatly welcomed.
So, if you are interested in seeing/continuing to see the sort of political commentary we have to date been posting on Alastair’s personal page, please sign up to follow Alavan Independent.

https://web.facebook.com/Alavan-Independent-312709959372416/?modal=admin_todo_tour

 

Outlook 2019: Issues which keep me awake at night

On 6 January The Global Lead published an article focusing on Alastair’s top five political risks for 2019
 

Donald Trump: Doubling Down Dangerously

On 28 November, The Global Lead published an article by Alastair looking at Trump-derived political risk between now and the 2020 elections in the US with special reference to China/US relations (including trade) and Iran/oil.
 
 
 

‘Local’ elections which matter

WHO is this?Alastair’s two most recent articles for ‘The Global Lead’ both focus on upcoming ‘local’ elections which matter more than one might imagine from the limited press coverage, ie the 28 October election in the German state of Hesse and the 6 November gubernatorial elections in the US. 
 
Top marks if you can identify the woman in the photo who – spoiler alert – could be Chancellor of Germany in just a few weeks time.
 
 

“It’s the Evangelicals, Stupid!”

On 23 October, Alastair published the seventh in my series of vignettes for ‘The Global Lead’ reflecting on why Donald Trump, campaigning for his party in the midterms, is focusing more on the evangelicals than the economy – and why, whatever the outcome, he is right to do so.

https://mavenroundtable.io/globallead/politics/much-ado-about-everything-no-7-it-s-the-evangelicals-stupid-dIoorKwN6EC6xNQFffsLdQ/

Political Risk Vignettes

In the past couple of weeks Alastair has published four more short pieces on political risk in The Global Lead examining the Brazilian and Indian elections, Brexit, oil (which also featured in Arab Digest) and US/China relations.
 
 
 
 

“Much Ado About Everything”

Throughout his 15-year career as a political analyst, one of Alastair’s consistent aims has been to sort the proverbial wheat from the chaff in the daily news flow for the benefit of his clients. As the 24/7 media becomes increasingly frenzied – and the US has in the White House a President who, by Alastair’s assessment, is an outstanding media manipulator – this is becoming both increasingly hard and increasingly important.
 
On 16 September, Alastair therefore launched a new series on The Global Lead entitled ‘Much Ado About Everything’ with precisely this objective in mind. The first article, hyperlinked here, looks at the implications of Paul Manafort’s ‘flip’.
 
 
Much Ado About Everything
 

Where the Kalahari meetsĀ the Congo Basin

Where the Kalahari meets the Congo Landscape
In early September, Clare and Alastair made their first visit to Mwinilunga, guided by top ecologist Frank Willems. The principal reason for their visit was birding in this unique corner of Zambia which offers a rare combination of habitats, ie miombo woodland, dambo and tropical rainforest – and even Afro-montane vegetation. But the trip also enabled an initial exploration by Alavan of our advising possible community conservation projects in the region, as part of our ongoing drive to boost tourism numbers by increasing awareness globally of Zambia’s fantastic but under-appreciated birding proposition.
 
Alastair Newton and Frank Willems

Writings on political risk

The start of this month marked the first anniversary of Alastair’s debut as a contributor to the e-journal, ‘The Global Lead’. Since then, he has averaged one article per week. Th hyperlinks below go to a selection of recent contributions.
 
The Global Lead