For the first time in history, Asia has three great powers simultaneously, all of which are treating the continent as a single economic, strategic and diplomatic space.
Such integration raises the prospect that Asian growth could help support the world economy. But tension between the three, protectionism in Europe and America, and the challenge in Asia of coping with inflation, social unrest and environmental damage, make such a soothing outcome look increasingly unlikely- Gresham College
Bill Emmott was the editor of The Economist from 1993 untilÂ March 31st 2006, when he stood down to become an independent writer, speaker and consultant.
He is a member of the executive committee of the Trilateral Commission,Â a director of Development Consultants International, a member of the Swiss Re Chairman's Advisory Panel, an adviser to JR Central, a member of the President's Council of the University of Tokyo, a director of the UK-Japan 21st Century Group, and co-chairman (with the Hon Roy MacLaren) of the Canada-Europe Roundtable for Business.
He was a director of The Economist Group from 1993 until 2006. He is a trustee of the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation.
He has honorary degrees from Warwick and City Universities, and is an honorary fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford. As well as his regular contributions to the The Guardian, the Washington Post, BusinessWorld and other newspapers and magazines in Britain and America, Bill Emmott writes regular columns on international affairs for leading daily newspapers and magazines in Italy, Brazil and Japan.
He has numerous books including six on Japan. His latest book, Rivals: How the Power Struggle between China, India and Japan will Shape our Next Decade, was published in 2008.
Dr Mainelli is Executive Chairman of Z/Yen, a City-based risk/reward firm, where he works on strategy, technology, finance and business development. His early research was in aerospace and computer graphics, which led to work in seismology, cartography and energy information.
He spent seven years as a partner and board member of an accountancy firm directing their financial services consultancy work in the UK and overseas, followed by a position as Corporate Development Director of the MoD’s Defence Evaluation and Research Agency.
From November 1995 to July 1997 Dr Mainelli was Chief Scientist of the Financial Laboratory, a DTI project undertaking research into the visualisation of financial risk.
Dr Mainelli is a qualified accountant, computer specialist and management consultant with a degree from Harvard in government with economics, plus a further year of mathematics and engineering at Trinity College Dublin and a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London.
Bill Emmott argues the process of Asia's rise is bringing about a rivalry not between East and West, but "between East and East." Emmott details the competition between India, China and Japan, the "three major powers" of Asia.