Leading journalists and academics debate whether we should view the future of the global economy through the lens of optimism or pessimism.
Anatole Kaletsky, Journalist and Economist
Dr. John Kay, Economist
Dr. Parag Khanna, Director, Hybrid Reality Institute
Dr. Erik Jones, Professor and Director of European Studies, John Hopkins Sais
Chair: James Naughtie, Radio Presenter, BBC
Dr. Erik Jones
ERIK JONES is Director of European Studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research of the Johns Hopkins University. He is also Head of Europe at Oxford Analytica. In addition, Professor Jones is a Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford, United Kingdom. Jones is author of The Politics of Economic and Monetary Union (2002), Economic Adjustment and Political Transformation in Small States (2008), and, together with Dana Allin, Weary Policeman: American Power in an Age of Austerity (2012). He is editor or co-editor of more than twenty books or special issues of journals on topics related to European politics and political economy including The Oxford Handbook of the European Union (2012). He is also a regular columnist with E!Sharp. Professor Jones teaches on topics in international and comparative political economy with a particular focus on Europe and the transatlantic relationship. A US citizen, Professor Jones has lived in Europe for the last twenty years; he is married with three children.
Anatole Kaletsky is Anatole is chief economist of GaveKal Dragonomics, a Hong Kong-based financial group that provides investment analysis to investment institutions around the world and manages $1.5bn of Asian and US assets. He is also an award-winning columnist, writing a weekly column for Reuters and the International Herald Tribune on global economics and politics.
Before creating GaveKal and joining Reuters he worked as a journalist for the Financial Times. The Economist, and The Times in New York, Washington and Moscow, as well as in London. His writing has won many awards, including Newspaper Commentator of the Year and European Journalist of the Year. His recent book, Capitalism 4.0, about the reinvention of global capitalism after the 2008 crisis, was nominated for the BBC's Samuel Johnson Prize and was translated into Chinese, Korean, German and Portuguese.
In 2012 Anatole became Chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, a foundation he helped create after the 2008 financial crisis, with $150m of grants from George Soros, Paul Volcker, Jim Balsillie, Bill Janeway and other leading financiers, to support academic research in economics outside the dominant paradigm of "efficient markets" and "rational expectations".
Dr. John Kay
John Kay is one of Britain’s leading economists. He is a distinguished academic, a successful businessman, an adviser to companies and governments around the world, and an acclaimed columnist. His work has been mostly concerned with the application of economics to the analysis of changes in industrial structure and the competitive advantage of individual firms. His interests encompass both business strategy and public policy. Today he is probably most widely known for his weekly column in the Financial Times, which ranges over topical issues in economics, finance and business. A guide to his recent writing can be found on his website www.johnkay.com
Dr. Parag Khanna
Parag Khanna is a leading geo-strategist, world traveler, and author. He is Director of the Hybrid Reality Institute, Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation, Visiting Fellow at LSE IDEAS, Senior Fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, and Senior Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. He is author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012), the international bestseller The Second World: Empires and Influence in the New Global Order (2008) and How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” Parag is regularly featured in media around the world such as the New York Times, TIME, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal, and appears regularly on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, PBS, and NPR. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelors and Masters degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Born in India, Parag grew up in the United Arab Emirates, New York, and Germany. He has traveled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
In an argument in support of an optimistic global outlook, Dr. Parag Khanna of the Hybrid Reality Institute cites advancements in the ability for humans to communicate, innovate, and travel as drivers of a new world economy.