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The Economics of Prosperity—With Digby, Lord Jones
Digby Jones, former head of the CBI and Minister of Trade under Gordon Brown, discusses the need for politicians to "change the mood music" surrounding business in Britain today, saying the left—and too many young people—feel hostile to big business and believe 'profit' is a dirty word. He also discussed the "taboo" subject of privatising parts of the "broken" NHS. In conversation with Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute.
Feb 16, 2015
Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia
Peter Pomerantsev,Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute discusses his new book, 'Nothing is True and Everything is Possible'. In conversation with Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
Feb 11, 2015
The Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP in Conversation with Eve Pollard
Theresa May, the Home Secretary, discusseschallenges before women politicians, and the support that mentors and groups like Women to Win can offer a would-be female candidate. She also warned about the threat ISIL and other terror groups in the UK still pose. Hosted by the Legatum Institute and the Women2Win campaign group. Interviewed by journalist Eve Pollard.
Feb 04, 2015
Tackling Iranian Propaganda Through Online Education with Mariam Memarsadeghi
Mariam Memarsadeghi, Co-Director of Tavaana, an e-learning institute for Iranian civil society, discusses how to tackling Iranian propaganda through online education. In conversation with Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
Feb 03, 2015
Character and Values in Society and Education with Sir Anthony Seldon
Sir Anthony Seldon, Headmaster of Wellington College and political historian and commentator,discusses why academic attainment is only part of the purpose of education. Interviewed by Sian Hansen, Executive Director of the Legatum Institute.
Feb 05, 2015
Would You Employ a Young Person? with Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North
Chloe Smith, MP for Norwich North and former Treasury Minister discusses youth unemployment and societal disengagement.
Jan 20, 2015
The Future of Free Schools with Baroness Evans of Bowes Park
Natalie Evans (Director of the New Schools Network) discusses the free school movement in the UK, including their achievements so far, early success indicators and the future of the movement after the 2015 General Election. The conversation was hosted by Sian Hansen, Executive Director at the Legatum Institute. More informationwww.li.com/events/the-future-o…evans-of-bowes-park
Jan 14, 2015
Who Was the 'Real' Machiavelli?
William Connell, historian and Seton Hall University professor, discussed his research into the 'real' Machiavelli. This podcast followed a lecture given by Connell, titled 'Machiavelli’s Utopia: New Light on Machiavelli, Erasmus and More'. Conversation hosted by Hywel Williams,Senior Adviser, Legatum Institute.
Jan 19, 2015
Rome's Economic Revolution
In the first of the 2015 History of Capitalism lectures, Philip Kay discussed research into how the expansion of credit contributed to the collapse of the Roman Republic. Kay is Supernumerary Fellow at Wolfson College, University of Oxford and Head of Asia at City Financial. He is the author of 'Rome's Economic Revolution'. In conversation with Stephen Clarke, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute.
Jan 15, 2015
Magna Carta—800 Years On: Constitutional Conventions and the Process of Negotiation (Session 3/3)
In anticipation of 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Legatum Institute hosted a half-day seminar on the international history and present day realities of constitutions and constitution building. This session discussed constitutional conventions and the process of negotiation.
Nov 20, 2014
Magna Carta—800 Years On: Western Constitutional Tradition (Session 1/3)
In anticipation of 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Legatum Institute hosted a half-day seminar on the international history and present day realities of constitutions and constitution building. This session discussed Western cultural tradition.
Nov 20, 2014
Magna Carta—800 Years On: The Middle East and North Africa Region (Session 2/3)
In anticipation of 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta, the Legatum Institute hosted a half-day seminar on the international history and present day realities of constitutions and constitution building. This session discussed constitutions and the Middle East and North Africa region.
Nov 20, 2014
Launch of the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index™ and the 'British Enterprise Spirit'
The Legatum Institute launched its 2014 Prosperity Index at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. The event included a presentation of key findings, followed by a high-profile panel discussion on the 'British enterprise spirit'. Speakers included Ed Conway of Sky News, entrepreneur Luke Johnson, Edward Lucas of The Economist and Baroness Wheatcroft. The discussion was moderated by James Barty, Senior Adviser to the Legatum Institute, with introductory remarks from Sian Hansen, Executive Director at the Legatum Institute.
Nov 04, 2014
Why Do Societies Prosper? With Martin Vander Weyer, Emma Duncan and Victoria Bateman
The Legatum Institute's 2014 Charles Street Symposium, an annual forum and essay competition and forum for young researchers, analysed the question ‘Why do societies prosper?’. Here, Martin Vander Weyer (The Spectator), Emma Duncan (The Economist) and Victoria Bateman (University of Cambridge) discuss this theme with the Legatum Institute's Stephen Clarke
Dec 04, 2014
Where is Africa Now? Launch of the 2014 Africa Prosperity Report
The Legatum Institute hosted the launch of it's 2014 'Africa Prosperity Report', a region-specific index which analyses the overall prosperity of 38 countries. Speakers included Richard Dowden, Director of the Royal African Society and Marieme Jamme, CEO/Founder, Spotone Global Solutions. Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute moderated. Introductory remarks were provided by Sian Hansen, Executive Director and Solene Dengler, Research Analyst, both of the Legatum Institute
Dec 11, 2014
Defining Opportunity and Prosperity Beyond Economic Growth
What does opportunity look like in the US today? The Legatum Institute and the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC hosted a panel discussion which looked beyond economic growth to understand what else is important for national prosperity.Speakers included: Carol Graham, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Global – CERES Economic and Social Policy in Latin America Initiative; John Prideaux, Washington Correspondent, The Economist; Richard Reeves, Fellow, Economic Studies; Policy Director, Center on Children and Families; Charles Murray, W. H. Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute. The discussion was moderated by Nathan Gamester, Programme Director to the Legatum Prosperity Institute.
Nov 18, 2014
Building for the Future: What Does Legacy Really Mean
Jonathan Meades, writer, journalist, and film-maker, debates the concept of architectural legacy. Introduction by Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser, Legatum Institute
Nov 24, 2014
Industrialisation: Why Britain Got There First
Nicholas Crafts, Professor of Economics and Economic History and the Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick, explores the question of why Britain was the first country in the world to experience the transition to an industrialised economy. Introduction by Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser, Legatum Institute.
Nov 26, 2014
Ukraine Crisis: What it Means for the West - with Andrew Wilson
Andrew Wilson in conversation with Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum.
Dec 02, 2014
Using the Word “Genocide”: How to Fight Genocide Denial Without Infringing Free Speech
Geoffrey Robertson QC discusses his new book 'An Inconvenient Genocide: Who Now Remembers the Armenians?', the politics of genocide and how to prevent the worst of all crimes.In conversation with Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
Nov 26, 2014
Combatting Russian Disinformation in the 21st Century with Michael Weiss and Janis Karkins
Speakers: Michael Weiss, Editor-in-Chief, 'The Interpreter' and Janis Karklins, Director of the Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, NATO.
Oct 30, 2014
Combatting Russian Disinformation in the 21st Century with Boris Reitschuster and Joerg Eigendorf
Speakers: Boris Reitschuster, Moscow Correspondent for 'Focus', and Joerg Eigendorf Head of Investigative Team of 'Die Welt'.
Oct 30, 2014
The Consolations of Economics - with Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Adviser to the Mayor of London
Speaker:Gerard Lyons, Chief Economic Advisor to Boris Johnson.Interviewed by Harriet Maltby, Government and Economic Policy Researcher at the Legatum Institute.
Sep 12, 2014
What is Suburbia? Session 2: The Suburban Cutting Edge with Ed Vaizey, Fred Manson and James Fischelis
Speakers included: Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy, Fred Manson, Urban Renewal Specialist, and James Fischelis, Urban Consultant. Moderated by Crispin Kelly of Baylight Properties Ltd. Introductory remarks by Hywel Williams, Legatum Institute.
Oct 16, 2014
What is Suburbia? Session 1: The Roots of Suburbia - with Rupa Huq and Oliver Green
Speakers included: Rupa Huq, Sociology Lecturer at Kingston University; former Deputy Mayor of Ealing, and Oliver Green, Research Fellow, London Transport Museum. Introductory remarks by Hywel Williams, Legatum Institute.
Oct 16, 2014
What is Suburbia? Session 3: Thinking about the Future - with Adam Greenfield
In this podcast, Adam Greenfield of LSE Cities discusses innovations in the pipeline that may redefine suburban living and urban relations.Moderated by Sian Hansen, Executive Director, Legatum Institute.
Oct 16, 2014
Beyond GDP: The True Roots of Prosperity
Speakers included: Lord Adebowale, People's Peer and CEO of Turning Point; Sean Worth, former Downing Street Advisor; Damian Green MP, and Tim Montgomerie, Columnist, The Times. The discussion was moderated by James Barty, Strategy Director, British Bankers Association, with introductory remarks from Cristina Odone, Director of Communications, Legatum Institute.
Sep 28, 2014
Revolutionary Tactics: From Georgia to Ukraine?
Panellists included the report's author, Peter Pomerantsev, human rights barrister Geoffrey Robertson QC, and Giorgi Badridze, Senior Fellow, Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies. The discussion was moderated by Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum.
Jun 22, 2014
What's Gone Wrong with the EU? Part 2, with Roger Bootle
In part two of the lecture, Roger Bootle drew on themes from his book to outline what, in his view, has gone wrong with the EU.
May 26, 2014
What's Gone Wrong with the EU? Part 1, with Graeme Leach
In part one of the lecture, Graeme Leach spoke about the economics of EU membership for the UK, showing that from the outset, when the UK joined the then Common Market, membership was projected to be net negative. He was joined in conversation by Roger Bootle, Managing Director of Capital Economics (separate podcast) who discussed his book 'The Trouble with Europe'.
May 26, 2014
Athenian Civilisations: The Glory That Endures
The mayor’s lecture examined how the experiences of democrats in the 5th century BC can help us to preserve London’s unique metropolitan character today. He warned against “the challenge, global in its extent, to democratic freedoms. We must fight these enemies”, and defend democracy, the rule of law and an open welcome to talented incomers that made Athens the eternal glory of the Western world – in stark opposition to the "ghastly, self-whipping, olive-spitting, xenophobic Spartans".
Sep 03, 2014
Looting Ukraine: the East, the West, and the Corruption of a Country
Panellists included Oliver Bullough (journalist and author of the paper), Anthea Lawson (Deputy Campaigns Director at Global Witness) and moderator Anne Applebaum (Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute).
Jul 17, 2014
A Global Transition: From the Mediterranean to the Atlantic with David Abulafia
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'History of Capitalism' series, Professor David Abulafia of the University of Cambridge delivered a lecture exploring how European trade, and distinctive business practices, spread westwards along the coasts of the Mediterranean, both Christian and Islamic, to become a global phenomenon.
May 23, 2014
The Nationalisation of Language with Simon Heffer
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Roads to Freedom' series, author and columnist Simon Heffer delivered a lecture on 'The Nationalisation of Language', arguing that the expansion of state control in the years after 1945 also witnessed an insidious subversion of English usage.
May 23, 2014
Launch of the Commission on 'Wellbeing and Policy' Report
The Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion with Lord (Gus) O'Donnell and others to mark the launch of 'Wellbeing and Policy', a report which aims to stimulate debate around if, and how, wellbeing analysis should influence government policy.
Apr 30, 2014
The Second Arab Awakening with Marwan Muasher
The Legatum Institute in cooperation with the Council for Arab-British Understanding (Caabu), hosted Marwan Muasher, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment and former Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of Jordan, to launch his new book 'The Second Arab Awakening and the Battle for Pluralism'
Apr 30, 2014
Architecture of Prosperity - The Built Environment and Creative Capacity 2/2
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Architecture of Prosperity' series, this inaugural seminar explored the role of urban landscapes in shaping our wellbeing and creativity.
Apr 30, 2014
Architecture of Prosperity - The Built Environment and Creative Capacity 1/2
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Architecture of Prosperity' series, this inaugural seminar explored the role of urban landscapes in shaping our wellbeing and creativity.
Apr 30, 2014
Anne Applebaum on Libya today and advice for Syria
LI's Director of Political Studies, Anne Applebaum, joined a discussion to mark the one year anniversary of the liberation of Libya (BBC Radio 4, World at One, 21 August 2012)
Aug 21, 2012
Greg Barker MP discussion at Legatum Institute
Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change, Greg Barker, discusses the possible future evolution of environmental policies in an age of economic austerity. The conversation took place as part of the Legatum Institute's 'Salon Series', a host of lectures which promote a discourse between cultural, philosophical, economic and political modes of enquiry.
Sep 11, 2012
Gus ODonnell - Legatum Institute
Gus O'Donell, former UK Cabinet Secretary and Chair of LI's new 'Commission on Wellbeing Policy' appeared on BBC Radio 3's Night Waves programme to discuss the value of happiness as a measure of our quality of life, and overall prosperity.
Sep 01, 2012
Christian Caryl Interview - US Embassy Attack in Libya
Democracy Lab editor, Christian Caryl, discusses the 11 September US embassy attack in Benghazi and protests in Cairo over a US-made film that mocks the Prophet Mohammed. The interview was broadcast on Southern California Public Radio.
Sep 12, 2012
Gurcharan Das - India Grows at Night
Leading Indian writer, commentator, and former CEO of Procter & Gamble in India Gurcharan Das introduces his new book at the Legatum Institute.
Sep 19, 2012
Anne Applebaum - Radio 4
A new survey published in the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily showed that 63 per cent of Germans were more concerned about inflation than any other national issue or threat. In a discussion with Radio 4's Today programme, LI's Anne Applebaum shares her views on what causes such preoccupations and psychoses among citizens.
Sep 25, 2012
Anne Applebaum - Andrew Marr BBC Start the Week
LI's Anne Applebaum discusses internationalism from a post-1945 Eastern European perspective (BBC Radio 4's Start the Week with Andrew Marr)
Oct 01, 2012
Rethinking the Good - Larry Temkin - Legatum Institute
In a conversation at the Legatum Institute, Rutgers University Professor of Philosophy Larry Temkin discusses his original and unsettling works of sceptical philosophy that mounts an important new challenge to contemporary ethics.
Oct 11, 2012
Anne Applebaum - BBC Broadcasting House
LI's Director of Political Studies participates in Radio 4's Broadcasting House review of the Sunday papers, discussing Obama, Syria, education and the EU.
Oct 14, 2012
Grey Gowrie - Poetic Enterprise and the Flourishing Society (Legatum Institute)
Grey Gowrie discusses the parallels between poetry and music, in his poetic tribute to Billie Holliday, "Lady Day" as part of the Legatum Institute's 'Salon Series'
Nov 01, 2012
B.H. Fraser - Poetic Enterprise and the Flourishing Society (Legatum Institute)
B.H. Fraser reads "Observation" which reflects of the build-up to the financial crisis. The reading took place as part of the Legatum Institute's 'Salon Series'.
Nov 01, 2012
Preparing for a Syrian Transition - Legatum Institute Panel (Ashraf Ghani & Clare Lockhart)
The Legatum Institute hosted a live webcast and panel discussion with Dr Ashraf Ghani, former finance minister of Afghanistan and Clare Lockhart, who worked with him on the 2001 Bonn Agreement and later on the Afghan transition. The panel discussed their new paper on Syria - Preparing for a Syrian Transition - which sought lessons from the global experience of transition in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. The discussion was moderated by the Legatum Institute's Director of Political Studies, Anne Applebaum
Nov 29, 2012
Discussion with Carl Gershman at the Legatum Institute
Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), visited the Legatum Institute (LI) to discuss current democracy challenges with a group of invited attendees.
Nov 29, 2012
Is National Identity Best Served by the Nation State? Michael Goldfarb - Legatum Institute
Has the nation state, a political unit with internationally recognised boundaries, had its day? Does it matter if it disappears? A discussion with author, journalist and broadcaster Michael Goldfarb as part of the Legatum Institute's Salon Series.
Nov 30, 2012
The Rise of American English with David Skinner - Legatum Institute
As part of the Legatum Institute's Salon Series, author and editor of 'Humanities' magazine, David Skinner, discussed his book 'The Story of Ain't', which looks at the spread of American English in cultural history.
Jan 13, 2013
The History and Future of Guerrilla Warfare - Max Boot - Legatum Institute
In an event at the Legatum Institute, Max Boot, author and Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations discussed his most recent book 'Invisible Armies: An Epic History of Guerrilla Warfare from Ancient Times to the Present'.
Feb 19, 2013
Where Are We Now - Are The Arts Any Use Lord Grey Gowrie Legatum Institute
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Promise of Freedom' series, (Lord) Grey Gowrie delivered the inaugural lecture on the question of poetry and its centrality to the conversation that has taken place between English and American literature in the decades since the Queen's coronation in 1953.
Feb 26, 2013
Five Traps for Putin: Report Launch - Ben Judah & Oliver Bullough Legatum Institute
At the launch of a new Legatum Institute Transitions Forum report 'Five Traps for Putin', journalist and authors Ben Judah and Oliver Bullough discussed the sources of Russia's coming instability.
Mar 04, 2013
The Relationship Between Growth & Democracy - South Africa, Legatum Institute
The Legatum Institute and its partner think tanks held the second workshop of the 'Democracy Consensus', this time in Johannesburg, South Africa. Speakers included Anne Applebaum (Legatum Institute), Ann Bernstein (Centre for Development and Enterprise), Edwin Ritchken (Department of Public Enterprises, South Africa), Simon Schwartzman (Instituto de Estudos do Trabalho e Sociedade, Brazil), Adrian Wooldridge (The Economist). The Democracy Consensus is a partnership between the Legatum Institute and think tanks in South Africa, India and Brazil. The project aims to understand better the relationship between democracy and market capitalism in the developing world
Mar 18, 2013
The 11th Kirti Rinpoche - Tibet in Transition: Violent Methods, Peaceful Change?
The Legatum Institute hosted a discussion with His Eminence the 11th Kirti Rinpoche on the crisis of self-immolation that has swept through Tibet during the last four years.
Mar 22, 2013
Is the British Press a Model for the World? Chris Blackhurst & Anne Applebaum
The Legatum Institute and Editorial Intelligence were pleased to co-host a very timely breakfast discussion on media freedom, post-Leveson, with Chris Blackhurst, Group Editorial Director at The Independent and Anne Applebaum, Director of Global Transitions at the Legatum Institute.
Mar 27, 2013
Dalibor Rohac - Reforming Egyptian subsidies
Subsidies to consumer goods, including fuels and food, account for almost one third of Egypt's public spending. They have been an inefficient method of helping the poor and represent an unsustainable drain on Egypt's public finances. On this rationale, Dalibor Rohac presented his paper, 'Towards a Reform of Egyptian Subsidies - The Political Feasibility of Unconditional Cash Transfers', arguing for an immediate elimination of subsidies and their replacement with a stream of unconditional cash transfers.
Apr 19, 2013
Adel Al-Toraifi - Subsidies Reform in Egypt
Subsidies Reform in Egypt
May 10, 2013
Jane Kinninmont - Reform of Egyptian Subsidies
Reform of Egyptian Subsidies
May 10, 2013
Fiona Samuels - Reform of Egyptian Subsidies
Fiona Samuels - Reform of Egyptian Subsidies
May 10, 2013
The Relationship Between Growth & Democracy - Brazil, Legatum Institute
The Legatum Institute and its partner think tanks held the third and final workshop of the 'Democracy Consensus', this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In this podcast, LI's Anne Applebaum interviews Adrian Wooldridge (The Economist), Ann Bernstein (Centre for Development and Enterprise, South Africa) and Eswaran Sridharan (UPIASI) on their reflections from the workshop.
May 31, 2013
Professor Steven Pearlstein on 'Morality and Capitalism' - Legatum Institute
As part of the Legatum Institute's 'Morality and Capitalism' series, George Mason University professor, Steven Pearlstein, shared his views on why we may need to re-examine the concept of capitalism and markets. Earlier this year, Professor Pearlstein stirred debate and discussion with a Washington Post commentary piece entitled "Is Capitalism Moral?". While establishing that socialism and communism have been thoroughly discredited since the Cold War, he indicated that stagnant incomes, growing economic inequality, and the recent financial crisis is beginning to force us all to re-examine the functioning of capitalism and markets.
Jun 13, 2013
The Future of Conservatism and the Fate of Free Enterprise - Legatum Institute
As part of its continuing program exploring the moral foundations of capitalism, the Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion with prominent American and British conservative commentators on the future of free enterprise. Panellists Bill Kristol (editor of The Weekly Standard), Yuval Levin (editor of National Affairs) and Tim Montgomerie (opinion editor and columnist for The Times), engaged in a transatlantic dialogue on the roots of the persistent economic crisis in the US and Europe, and how to formulate a politically durable and innovative conservative reform agenda in response.
Jul 15, 2013
Freedom House present 'Nations in Transit 2013' report - Legatum Institute
How can the Euro-Atlantic community protect democratic development in the new EU states and the Balkans while confronting aggressive authoritarianism further east? In conversation with 'The Economist's' Edward Lucas, representatives from Washington DC-based Freedom House presented their annual publication, 'Nations in Transit'. Includes Q&A.
Jul 15, 2013
Sir Edward Grey & the Crisis of July 1914 with Vernon Bogdanor - Legatum Institute
As part of the Legatum Institute's latest Salon Series 'Prosperity on the Edge: 1913-14 The Last Year of Peace' King's College London Professor Vernon Bogdanor examined the role and contribution of the British Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey, in the last months of peace. Introductory remarks from Hywel Williams, Senior Advisor at the Legatum Institute
Sep 26, 2013
Strange Rebels: 1979 & the Birth of the 21st Century with Christian Caryl
In an event at the Legatum Institute, author, veteran journalist and 'Democracy Lab' Editor, Christian Caryl, discussed his new book which shows how the world we live in today-and the problems that plague it-began to take shape in the pivotal year of 1979. The discussion was moderated by Anne Applebaum, Director of Global Transitions at the Legatum Institute
Oct 03, 2013
Consumers at the Heart of Markets with Laura Sandys MP & Richard Lloyd - Legatum Institute
As part of its 'Policy Dialogues' series, the Legatum Institute hosted Laura Sandys MP for a discussion on the policy proposals outlined in her paper 'Consumers at the Heart of Markets'. The paper calls for radical reform to ensure that consumers are centre stage in policy-making. Responding to Laura's view was Richard Lloyd, Executive Director of Which? magazine. The conversation was moderated by Hywel Wiliams, Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute.
Oct 08, 2013
The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality with Angus Deaton (Legatum Institute)
Princeton University Professor of Economics and International Affairs, and Legatum Institute Wellbeing Commissioner, Angus Deaton gave a talk on his new book, The Great Escape: Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality. Interviewed by Zachary Courser, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute
Oct 15, 2013
A Century of Chanel with Justine Picardie - Legatum Institute
As part of the Legatum Institute's latest Salon Series 'Prosperity on the Edge: 1913-14 The Last Year of Peace', Justine Picardie, Editor-in-chief at 'Harper's Bazaar UK' and Coco's most recent biographer, discussed how the designer's entrepreneurial rise to fame in 1913 created an explosive impact that continues to reverberate today. The discussion was moderated by Legatum Institute Senior Adviser Hywel Williams.
Oct 17, 2013
The Role Of Economics In Democratic Transitions - Kenya with Carole Kariuki Legatum Institute
Speaking as part of the Legatum Institute's ongoing series with the National Endowment for Democracy's International Forum for Democratic Studies, and 'World Affairs' magazine, Kenya Private Sector Alliance CEO, Carole Kariuki, was optimistic about the role the private sector can play in securing Kenya's democratic progress. The discussion was moderated by Peter Lewis and was hosted at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC.
Oct 17, 2013
American Foreign Policy In An Age of Transitions with William Inboden
A conversation with William Inboden, William P. Clements, Jr. Center for History, Strategy, and Statecraft, University of Texas-Austin, on American foreign policies. The discussion was moderated by the Legatum Institute's Nathan Gamester.
Oct 18, 2013
The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East Josh Muravchik Legatum Institute
In a discussion at the Legatum Institute Josh Muravchik, Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School for 23 October 2013: In a discussion at the Legatum Institute Josh Muravchik, Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies, presented and discussed ideas from his latest book, 'The Next Founders: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East'. The discussion was moderated by Jeffrey Gedmin, President and CEO of the Legatum Institute.
Oct 23, 2013
Smart Power: The Missing Middle of National Power with Christian Whiton
In association with The Henry Jackson Society, the Legatum Institute hosted Christian Whiton, Principal of D.C. International Advisory for a discussion on his book which offers new solutions to the foreign threats the UK and US face today, including radical reform of the national security bureaucracy. The discussion was moderated by the Henry Jackson Society's Douglas Murray.
Oct 31, 2013
Thinking Through a Regional Bank for Reconstruction and Development in West Asia - North Africa
The Legatum Institute was pleased to host the West Asia - North Africa (WANA) Forum chaired by His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal for a private roundtable discussion about the concept of a Regional Bank for Reconstruction and Development (RBRD) in the WANA region. In this short clip, LI Director of Global Transitions interviews Prince El Hassan on the themes discussed at the roundtable.
Nov 14, 2013
What Makes Entrepreneurship Thrive?
A livestreamed discussion to launch the first of the Legatum Institute's Global Fellow's papers, beginning on the series with a paper on entrepreneurship in the developing world. Authored by Reuben Abraham, the paper 'Learning by Doing: What Makes Entrepreneurship Thrive?' presents lessons learned and findings from over six years' experience combining research and practice to engineer entrepreneurial solutions to pressing socio-economic problems. Panellists included: Reuben Abraham, Partner and Head of Urbanization at the IDFC Foundation in Mumbai, Guy Rigby, Head of Entrepreneurs at Smith & Williamson, and Gunilla Carlsson, former Swedish Minister for International Development. The discussion was moderated by Jeffrey Gedmin, President and CEO of the Legatum Institute. The event was hosted in partnership with the Centre for Entrepreneurs.
Nov 25, 2013
The Role of ICT in Promoting Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Toomas Ilves, President of Estonia
Estonian President Toomas Ilves delivered a keynote address for the Legatum Institute. He discussed how Estonia went from a "a non-digital society with no hardware, no software and a completely different form of communication, to a world where we cannot imagine living without this technology".
Nov 26, 2013
Reforming Libya's Financial Sector, and the Politics That Go With It
To mark the launch of its latest 'Transitions Forum' paper on "Libya in Transition: Reforming the financial sector to spur economic growth", the Legatum Institute, in partnership with Brehon Advisory, will host a livestreamed panel discussion with Mark Dempsey, Dr Fatima Hamroush and Mary Fitzgerald. The discussion was moderated by LI Director of Global Transitions Anne Applebaum. Further information: http://www.li.com/news-events/events/2013/11/27/default-calendar/reforming-libya-s-financial-sector-and-the-politics-that-go-with-it
Nov 27, 2013
The Next Big Thing: A Historical Approach to Thinking About the Future - Session 2
The Legatum Institute, Harvard Business Review and USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study hosted an intensive half-day conference on how different disciplines think about the future. The second session of the day, entitled 'Revolutions in the Pipeline', looked at future innovations and potential shifts in technology and economics, which may have a disruptive impact. Discussants: Diane Coyle, President of Enlightenment Economics and Ben Hammersley, writer and futurist.
Dec 12, 2013
The Deadly Simplicities of Adolf von Harnack with former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams
As part of the Legatum Institute's Salon Series, 'Prosperity on the Edge: 1913-14 The Last Year of Peace', former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams delivered a lecture on historian Adolf von Harnack's influence at the time, as well as the way in which post-war thought was shaped by the reaction against his kind of liberal religion. The discussion was moderated by Legatum Institute Senior Adviser Hywel Williams.
Jan 08, 2014
The Importance of Culture in a Prosperous Society
The Legatum Institute hosted a panel on the cultural aspects of prosperity at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. The discussion was based on Dorothy Kosinski's global fellowship paper, 'A Case for the Importance of Culture in a Prosperous Society'. Speaking on the panel was Dorothy Kosinski, Director of The Phillips Collection and Steven Knapp, President of George Washington University. The discussion was moderated by Jeffrey Brown, correspondent for the arts, culture and society at PBS Newshour. All speakers were introduced by Alanna Putze, Senior Programme Director at the Legatum Institute.
Feb 07, 2014
The Next Big Thing: A Historical Approach to Thinking About the Future
The Legatum Institute, Harvard Business Review and USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study hosted an intensive half-day conference on how different disciplines think about the future. The first session discussed how different disciplines approach forecasting, and how science, technology and human judgement are interlinked to determine the best outcomes when making predictions and tracking behaviour. Discussants: Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador to the UK, Ben Page, CEO of Ipsos Mori and Mikkel Rasmussen, Europe Director of ReD Associates. The conversation was moderated by Jeffrey Gedmin, President and CEO of the Legatum Institute.
Feb 07, 2014
History of Capitalism Series: Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism with Benedikt Koehler
As part of a new three-year 'History of Capitalism' course, historian and former banker Benedikt Koehler, delivered an inaugural lecture based on his forthcoming book, Early Islam and the Origins of Capitalism.
Feb 28, 2014
The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence
The Legatum Institute hosted the International Justice Mission (IJM) for a discussion and pre-launch of a new book authored by Gary Haugen, Founder and CEO of IJM, and Victor Boutros, Federal Prosecutor for the US Department of Justice. Speakers included Gary Haugen and Kevin Bales, lead author of the Global Slavery Index and Co-Founder and former President of Free the Slaves. The discussion was moderated by the Legatum Institute's Director of the Transitions Forum, Anne Applebaum.
Mar 14, 2014
London, Kiev, Moscow - What Next? Legatum Institute Panel Discussion
The Legatum Institute's Anne Applebaum hosted a conversation with author and journalist, Peter Pomerantsev, The Economist's Edward Lucas, and Chatham House's Orysia Lutsevych to discuss the potential consequences of Russia's invasion of Crimea, both for Russia and the international community.
Mar 14, 2014
The Shadow Economy—Impact on Innovation, East and West with Edward Lucas and Jan Svenjar
The Economist's Edward Lucas and Jan Svenjar of the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education—Economics Institute (CERGE-EI) discuss the role the shadow economy can play in a country’s prosperity, and the best policies to promote the ‘right kind’ of shadow economic activity.
Mar 16, 2015
Is There a Future for Ukraine with Yevhen Hlibovytsky
Yevhen Hlibovytsky, Founder of Pro.Mova and member of the Nestor Group, gave a talk at the Legatum Institute on a strategy for nation building in Ukraine—and how to win the info war against Putin. In this short podcast, Hlibovytsky discusses Ukraine's position now and what should be done to assist the country's utopian transition. Interviewed by Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
Mar 13, 2015
Whatever Happened To Compassionate Conservatism? With the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove, MP
The Rt. Hon. Michael Gove, Chief Whip, delivered a rousing speech in praise of the Coalition’s record in promoting prosperity. Gove was on hand to launch the new book 'The Good Right', Tim Montgomerie’s and Stephan Shakespeare’s collaborative effort to restore public faith in the Conservative Party. Introduction by Sian Hansen, Executive Director, Legatum Institute.
Mar 13, 2015
Launch of The Good Right with Michael Gove, MP, Syed Kamall, MEP and Tim Montgomerie
In conversation with Tim Montgomerie, the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove, MP and Syed Kamall, MEP discussed the importance of making the "positive case for government"; the government's role in Briton's lives; and why we should be embracing and celebrating the society we live in today, rather than hark back to a mythical golden age in the 1950s. The podcast followed a speech by Gove, to launch a new book 'The Good Right', which argues for radical change in how conservative parties and movements think of themselves and how they present themselves to the world.
Mar 13, 2015
Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security with Sarah Chayes
Sarah Chayes, veteran reporter and former government advisor, discussed her new book 'Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security'. She was joined in conversation by Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
Mar 06, 2015
Global Trade: The Beginnings with David Abulafia
David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, discusses the role of merchants from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance with Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute.
Mar 04, 2015
Mr Putin: Operative in the Kremlin with Fiona Hill
Fiona Hill, Director of the Centre on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, discussed her book, 'Mr Putin: Operative in the Kremlin'. She addressed Russia's foreign policy, Putin's background in the KGB and the state of the Russian economy today. Interviewed by Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
Mar 03, 2015
You Heard It Here First—A Pollster's General Election Forecast with Ben Page
Ben Page, Chief Executive of Ipsos-MORI, shared his predictions for the 2015 UK General Election. He also discussed the relevance of the 'youth vote', and whether the UK economy's recent growth-spike will translate into votes. Interviewed by Sian Hansen, Executive Director at the Legatum Institute.
Feb 24, 2015
Pensions, Retirement and Taxation with David Gauke, MP
On the eve of the 2015 UK Spring Budget, David Gauke MP, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, spoke to the Legatum Institute's Cristina Odone about pensions, tax reform and the future of Britain as a business centre.
Mar 17, 2015
America's Presidential Race—2016 with Jacob Heilbrunn
As America gears up for its 2016 General Election, Jacob Heilbrunn, Editor of The National Interest, gave an insider's account of the runners and riders in the US election. Interviewed by Sian Hansen, Executive Director at the Legatum Institute.
Apr 14, 2015
Blueprint for Revolution with Srdja Popovic
Self-confessed “rock kid who turned to a life of activism”, Srdja Popovic, discusses how nonviolent movements can bring about democratic transitions and revolutions. Popovic is the author of 'Blueprint for Revolution', a "handbook for anyone who wants to effectively (and peacefully) improve your neighborhood, make a difference in your community, or change the world". Interviewed by Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute.
Apr 09, 2015
Boris Johnson Launches the Legatum Institute's Vision of Capitalism Project
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, gave a rousing speech to launch the Legatum Institute's new Vision of Capitalism project. In his talk, Johnson claimed it is time to "reclaim capitalism as a moral force". Johnson was introduced by the Legatum Institute's Tim Montgomerie. The Vision of Capitalism, led by Montgomerie, will deliver an agenda for restoring faith in the free market.
Mar 30, 2015
Magna Carta: The Greatest Bargain Ever Struck
Dan Hannan, MEP and author of 'How We Invented Freedom and Why It Matters' gave a talk on the importance of the Magna Carta, whose signing 800 years ago will be celebrated in June 2015. Hannan hailed the English-speaking people for introducing the rule of law—and in this way, freeing men and women from arbitrary rule. Interviewed by Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute.
Apr 16, 2015
How to Be Dutch, the Modern Way with Maarten Prak
As part of the Legatum Institute's History of Capitalism series, Maarten Prak of the University of Utrecht, gave a lecture on why the Dutch Republic flourished in the 17th century. In this short podcast, Prak is joined in conversation by Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute.
Apr 14, 2015
The Age of Plunder: How We Traded Africa
Bronwen Everill, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, King's College London, gives an overview of her History of Capitalism lecture for the Legatum Institute which discussed the Atlantic commercial enterprise and the Royal African Company. In conversation with Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute.
May 05, 2015
Libya: Whose Land Is It?
Rhodri Williams, a rule of law expert with experience in transitional justice issues in fragile and post-conflict settings, discusses property rights in Libya, four years on fromthe uprising that deposed Muammar Qaddafi. He was the Legatum Institute to speak on a panel that launched the latest Transitions Forum paper titled, Libya: Whose Land Is It? Interviewed by Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
Apr 16, 2015
What Is the Future of the Russian Opposition? With Leonid Volkov
Leonid Volkov, a member of Russia's Central Council of the Party of Progress gives an insider's perspective on the future of the Russian Opposition within the context of today’s challenges and in the lead up to the 2016 Parliamentary elections. In conversation with Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum, Legatum Institute.
Apr 21, 2015
Burma’s Transition: Moving Forward or Stepping Back? With Min Zin
Min Zin, Legatum Fellow and Democracy Lab blogger, discussed Burma's democratic progress and explained why this Autumn's general election will be a "litmus test" for the country's democratic transition. In conversation with Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
Apr 24, 2015
Smart Money: How High-Stakes Financial Innovation is Reshaping Our World for the Better with Andrew Palmer
Andrew Palmer (Business Affairs Editor at The Economist) discusses his new book, Smart Money. In this podcast, Palmer explains how financial innovation can make future crises less, not more, likely. He also discusses the role of pay-day lenders, and the developing relationship between technology and finance. Interviewed by Stephen Clarke, Research Analyst at the Legatum Institute.
May 14, 2015
Can Architecture Be (Im)Moral? with Charlotte Skene Catling
What is the role of architects in the 21st century? Can—and should—they have a moral responsibility in shaping the overall good of society? As part of the Legatum Institute's Architecture of Prosperity series, Charlotte Skene Catling, architect and Director at Skene Catling de la Peña, shared her thoughts on why entrepreneurial architects matter in policy and how they can contribute to lasting prosperity as we grow our cities. Interviewed by Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser, Legatum Institute.
May 19, 2015
The Future of Higher Education with Stephen Trachtenberg
Professor Stephen Trachtenberg,President Emeritus of George Washington University, discusses the challenges faced by the leadership running universities today. Interviewed by Sian Hansen, Executive Director at the Legatum Institute.
Jun 03, 2015
What Does a One Nation Justice System Look Like
The Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP called for reform of the justice system in England and Wales, as he delivered his first speech as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice at the Legatum Institute. Introduced by Sian Hansen, Executive Director at the Legatum Institute.
Jun 22, 2015
The Death of Liberalism with Lord Paddy Ashdown
Lord (Paddy) Ashdown discusses the position of Britain's main political parties today, how to make voters feel connected to politicians (through devolution of powers to local communities) and why so many people in the West feel that capitalism is not working for them. Interviewed by Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute as part of his Vision of Capitalism programme.
Jun 22, 2015
Capitalism as a Moral Force with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks discusses the contribution of social institutions—like the family—to economic growth. Interviewed by Tim Montgomerie, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, as part of his Vision of Capitalism Series.
Jun 14, 2015
Ukraine: The Broken Economic Model, Who Pays for It, and How to Fix It? with Andrei Kirilenko
The Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum hosted Andrei Kirilenko, Professor of the Practice of Finance, MIT Sloan School of Management, for a conversation on how to tackle Ukraine’s economic crisis. Interviewed by Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute.
Jun 24, 2015
Is Yemen Becoming the Next Syria? With Peter Salisbury
Peter Salisbury, freelance journalist and Democracy Lab blogger, gave a detailed analysis of the conflict in Yemen at a recent Transitions Forum breakfast. Salisbury described the local conflict that has been internationalised and turned into a complex regional security and humanitarian challenge with global implications. He explained the history of the conflict, the policy considerations, and the possible outcomes for the country. Interviewed by Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
Jun 03, 2015
What Transition? The Strange Case of Hungary and Romania with Anton Shekhovtsov
Anton Shekhovtsov, Transitions Forum Visiting Senior Fellow, shared insights from his research on Romania and Hungary’s democratic development—and the threats that might lie ahead. Interviewed by Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
Jun 15, 2015
How Churchill Learnt to Love the Free Market with Andrew Roberts
Historian, author and presenter, Andrew Roberts, discussed the development of Winston Churchill’s support of the free market, one of the less-studied facets of his well-documented career. Speaking to the Legatum Institute's Hywel Williams in this short interview, Roberts went on to give a lecture on the same subject at the Institute's offices in Mayfair.
Jun 24, 2015
Tax Reform and the US Elections with Congressman George Holding
Congressman George Holding, Representative for the 13th District of North Carolina, discusses why the next four years are so important in determining whether American can become "the aspirational entrepreneurial nation that made America great"—or not. He also discussed why there is an urgent need to support small business through comprehensive tax reforms. Interviewed by Sian Hansen, Executive Director at the Legatum Institute.
Sep 02, 2015
Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital, Enriched the World with Deirdre McCloskey
What makes us better off? Deirdre McCloskey, Distinguished Professor of History, Economics, English, and Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago, delivered a lecture at the Legatum Institute that argued ideas, rather than capital, play a crucial role. In this short clip, the Legatum Institute's Hywel Williams interviews McCloskey about her research.
Sep 16, 2015
The Urban Escalator with James Fischelis and Harry Mount
Why are some cities surrounded by slums and riddled with crime, while others are affluent, ordered and desirable places to live? The Legatum Institute's Hywel Williams interviewed urban consultant James Fischelis, who has authored a new LI report that explores why cities that are within close proximity to each other are so different from each other. They were joined in conversation by author and journalist, Harry Mount.
Sep 10, 2015
From Rags to World's Richest: The Ambani Story with Sam Wilkin
Sam Wilkin, a senior advisor to Oxford Economics, discussed how Indian entrepreneur Dhirubhai Ambani completed one of the most unlikely "rags to riches" stories of modern times, and what lessons his experience can teach entrepreneurs in India today. Interviewed by Alexandra Mousavizadeh, Director of Indices at the Legatum Institute.
Sep 22, 2015
Covering Burma's Historic Elections with Christian Caryl
Aung San Suu Kyi has been the face of Burma's pro-democracy opposition for more than 20 years—5 of them spent in detention. This week, her party has soared to victory in the country's historic 2015 elections. Christian Caryl, Democracy Lab editor and Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, reports from Rangoon.
Sep 22, 2015
Winter is Coming with Garry Kasparov
The Legatum Institute was pleased to host renowned democracy activist and chess master Garry Kasparov for a breakfast discussion of his upcoming book 'Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped'. Interviewed by Anne Applebaum, Director of the Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum.
Oct 06, 2015
Business and Infrastructure with Lord Adonis
Lord Adonis, the new Chair of the UK Government’s Infrastructure Commission, spoke at a Legatum Institute Business Forum breakfast where he discussed why Britain must invest in its infrastructure if it is to boost business across the UK. Moderated by Cristina Odone, Director of Communications at the Legatum Institute. More Information:www.li.com/events/business-and…on-with-lord-adonis
Oct 20, 2015
Prosperity for All: Restoring Faith in Capitalism with George Osborne
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, launched the Legatum Institute’s ‘Prosperity for All’ manifesto, written by Senior Fellow Tim Montgomerie. Montgomerie has published a series of chapters that unpick how capitalism has come to attract such negative public reaction, and what governments must do to prove to citizens that capitalism really can bring prosperity for all. Introduction by Sian Hansen, Executive Director at the Legatum Institute.
Nov 04, 2015
21st Century Information War How Should NATO and Democratic Governments Respond
'Beyond Propaganda Series' panel discussion to launch a collection of papers that look at how 21st century warfare is changing and what can be done to react to information warfare. Speakers included Ben Nimmo, former NATO Public Affairs Officer on Russia and Eastern Europe; Laura Jackson, Director of Research for US Defence Department Study on China’s new warfare; and Mark Laity, Chief of Strategic Communications, NATO European Headquarters. Moderated by Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
Sep 22, 2015
Defeating ISIS: Is There a Non-Violent Solution? With Srdja Popovic (Part 1)
Srdja Popovic—the man who brought down Milosevic, schooled the Arab Spring and has been called ‘The Secret Architect of Global Revolution’—discusses innovative ways to defeat ISIS using non-violent methods. Interviewed by Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute.
Nov 23, 2015
Conspiracy-mongering in the 21st Century—With Srdja Popovic (Part 2)
Srdja Popovic—the man who brought down Milosevic, schooled the Arab Spring and has been called ‘The Secret Architect of Global Revolution’—discusses ways to respond to authoritarian-led conspiracy theories. Interviewed by Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute.
Nov 23, 2015
After The Crash, Before The War: Culture And Society In 1930s Europe—With Philipp Blom
In the final lecture of the 2015 History of Capitalism series, Philipp Blom, author, journalist, lecturer and broadcaster, painted a picture of 1930s Europe to help uncover what it was like to live after the Wall Street Crash. Interviewed by Mary Schutzer-Weissmann, Project Coordinator at the Legatum Institute.
Nov 19, 2015
Happy Days: Britain’s 'Great' Depression
As part of its History of Capitalism series, the Legatum Institute hosted a seminar on the Great Depression of the 1930s. In this short interview, the Legatum Institute's Stephen Clarke challenges the speakers on the policies of the British Government in the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash and asks the big question: Did Britain really experience a 'great depression'? Speakers include: Nicholas Crafts of University of Warwick; Olivier Accominotti of the London School of Economics and Tobias Straumann of Zurich University. Interviewed by Stephen Clarke.
Nov 19, 2015
A World Transformed: Studies in the History of Capitalism—with Antony Beevor
A conversation with Antony Beevor, author and historian, to launch the Legatum Institute's latest History of Capitalism report, ‘A World Transformed: Studies in the History of Capitalism’. Interviewed by Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute.
Jan 27, 2016
The Public Wealth of Nations—with Dag Detter
Dag Detter, Legatum Fellow and CEO of Whetstone Solutions discusses his book 'The Public Wealth of Nations: How Management of Public Assets Can Boost or Bust Economic Growth', in conversation with Shanker Singham, Director of Economic and Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute.
Jan 12, 2016
Labour’s Economic Agenda for 2016
Seema Malhotra, Shadow Chief Secretary for the Treasury and MP for Feltham and Heston, spoke at a Legatum Institute Business Forum breakfast where she discussed the idea of shared prosperity with broader, inclusive economic goals, as opposed to short term economic policy-making. Interviewed Sian Hansen, Executive Director at the Legatum Institute.
Jan 20, 2016
What Does the Future Hold for China? with Kerry Brown
Professor Kerry Brown (Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau China Institute at King's College London) discusses China's current economic transition and the impact it may have on the country's future political landscape. He also discusses the use of political communication in terms of public belief. Interviewed by Alexandra Mousavizadeh (Director of the Prosperity Index, Legatum Institute).
Jan 21, 2016
Rollback: Central Europe’s Populist Tide
Anton Shekhovtsov, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Legatum Institute discusses his new paper 'Is Transition Reversible? The Case of Central Europe' with Anne Applebaum. The paper traces the development of Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Romania, with a very brief look at the current situation in Poland, identifying patterns of illiberalism and looking at what can be done to reverse this trend.
Jan 19, 2016
Crisis in Context: The Migrants' Story with Katya Andreyev
Katya Andreyev (The Russian and East European Studies Centre, University of Oxford) discusses the migration of Tsarist and revolutionary Russian refugees in the late 19th/early 21st century. Katya was at the Legatum Institute to take part in a special panel that looked at why migration has always been a constant feature of history, and how the motivations and mechanisms of people on the move have shaped the world as it is today. Interviewed by Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute.
Jan 27, 2016
Crisis in Context: The Migrants' Story with Peter Heather
Peter Heather (King’s College London and author of 'Empires and Barbarians: Migration, Development and the Birth of Europe') discusses the role of migrants in the early middle ages. Peter was at the Legatum Institute to take part in a special panel that looked at why migration has always been a constant feature of history, and how the motivations and mechanisms of people on the move have shaped the world as it is today. Interviewed by Hywel Williams, Senior Adviser at the Legatum Institute.
Jan 27, 2016
How to Stop Corruption with Alina Mungiu-Pippidi
Alina Mungiu-Pippidi (Hertie School of Government) discusses her new book, 'The Quest for Good Governance: How Societies Develop Control of Corruption' which shows why only so few succeeded in building control of corruption. Her research ranges from medieval Italy to contemporary Uruguay to illustrate what good governance means in practice and what a sound anti-corruption strategy looks like. Interviewed by Christian Caryl, Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute and editor of Democracy Lab.
Feb 04, 2016
The Role of Cities in the History of Capitalism with David Abulafia
The 2016 History of Capitalism lecture series throws the spotlight on the role played by cities and regions that stand out in particular moments within the History of Capitalism. In this short clip, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at Cambridge University, explains why London was key to the history of capitalism and human flourishing. Interviewed by Mary Schutzer-Weissmann, Project Coordinator at the Legatum Institute.
Feb 10, 2016
Media and Power The Chinese Way with Gary Rawnsley
Gary Rawnsley, Director of International Strategy at the University of Aberystwyth and co-author of 'The Routledge Handbook of Chinese', discusses China’s growing ‘soft power’ and how television, journalism, the Internet and social media has, over the last decade, been used to expand the country's cultural influence. Interviewed by Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute.
Jan 21, 2016
Austrian Economics in the 21st Century with Peter Boettke
The Legatum Institute's Economics of Prosperity programme hosted a breakfast discussion with Peter Boettke, one of the world’s most prominent Austrian economists. In this short clip, the Legatum Institute's Shanker Singham, Boettke discusses the US elections (in particular, the rise of populist candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump), the issue of inequality and economic distortion, which Boettke believes has come about because of the crony capitalism that has been spawned by a regulatory system that is captured by the elites, and why 'innovation' could be the 'magic bullet' for improving human capital.
Mar 04, 2016
A Conversation with Nobel Prize-Winner, Angus Deaton
In October 2015, Princeton University Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Angus Deaton, was awarded the Nobel Prize in economics for his work charting global developments in health, wellbeing and inequality. The Legatum Institute was delighted to host Professor Deaton, in conversation with Democracy Lab editor, Christian Caryl, for a discussion on what it was like to receive 'that' phone call from Stockholm. They also discuss the debate around 'wealth versus health', and the rise of 'big data'.
Feb 29, 2016
The Role of Cities in the History of Capitalism with Huw Bowen
The 2016 History of Capitalism lecture series throws the spotlight on the role played by cities and regions that stand out in particular moments within the History of Capitalism. In this short clip, Huw Bowen, Professor of Modern History at Swansea University, highlights the cities that he believes have had the biggest impact on the past, the present and the future of capitalism. Interviewed by Mary Schutzer-Weissmann, Project Coordinator at the Legatum Institute.
Mar 16, 2016
Race to the White House: Will Populism Trump Prosperity?
Tim Shipman, Political Editor of The Sunday Times, moderated a panel discussion that analysed the dynamics of the 2016 US elections. Speakers included Anne Applebaum (Director of the Transitions Forum at the Legatum Institute); Tim Montgomerie (Columnist for The Times and Legatum Fellow); and Shanker Singham (Director of Economic Policy and Prosperity Studies and economic advisor to the Marco Rubio Presidential campaign). Introduction by Sian Hansen (Executive Director at the Legatum Institute).
Mar 23, 2016
What Kind of Transition? Burma’s New Government and Directions for the Future? with Richard Cockett
Richard Cockett, former South East Asia Editor for The Economist, gave his insights into the prospects for Burma’s new government and discussed his book, 'Blood, Dreams and Gold: The Changing Face of Burma'. Framing his analysis in Burma’s history, as well as his own experience travelling through the country, Cockett found some cause for optimism at this critical juncture in the country’s trajectory. He cautioned that the recent triumph of Aung Sang Suu Kyi and the National League for Democracy (NLD) should be seen as a new phase in Burma’s transition, rather than the end of a long road towards democracy.
Mar 31, 2016
Shakespeare on the Road to Freedom
As part of the 'Roads to Freedom' series, A.N. Wilson, biographer, novelist and columnist, discussed the ways in which Shakespeare has been used by British and European admirers and detractors, particularly during the 19th century.
May 07, 2015
The Role of Cities in the History of Capitalism with Victoria Bateman
The 2016 History of Capitalism lecture series throws the spotlight on the role played by cities and regions that stand out in particular moments within the History of Capitalism. In this short clip, Victoria Bateman, Fellow in Economics at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, reflects on 800 years of history to understand which cities have been instrumental to 'the history of capitalism' and human flourishing. Interviewed by Mary Schutzer-Weissmann, Project Coordinator at the Legatum Institute.
Apr 19, 2016
Think the Unthinkable with Julia Peyton-Jones
In conversation with Hywel Williams, Julia Peyton-Jones, former Director of the Serpentine Gallery, discusses her experiences at the helm of one of the most successful public contemporary galleries in the world. She also explains how her motto “to think the unthinkable” has developed the range and reach of contemporary art and the gallery.
May 12, 2016
What Makes a Prosperous Nation? A Perspective from New Zealand
The Legatum Institute’s Prosperity Index programme hosted New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, the Hon. Bill English MP, for a discussion on New Zealand’s economy and the opportunities and challenges it faces looking forward. In this short interview with Alexandra Mousavizadeh, Director of the Prosperity Index at the Legatum Institute, Minister English explains some of the factor's behind the country's overall prosperity and shares successful policy lessons for the UK and beyond.
May 05, 2016
Growth and Prosperity in Africa: What's Worked, and What's Next? with Lord Malloch-Brown
With a decade of strong growth in Africa now at its close, where has that growth most delivered progress on prosperity, and why? To mark the launch of the ‘2016 Africa Prosperity Report', Lord Malloch-Brown gave a keynote speech on Africa’s prosperity, ahead of a livestreamed panel discussion with experts.
Jun 01, 2016
The Role of Cities in the History of Capitalism with Catherine Schenk
The 2016 History of Capitalism lecture series throws the spotlight on the role played by cities and regions that stand out in particular moments within the History of Capitalism. In this short video prior to her lecture on Hong Kong, Catherine Schenk, Professor of International Economic History at the University of Glasgow, shares her thoughts on which cities have played a key role in shaping human flourishing, and who will be the ones to watch in the future. Interviewed by Mary Schutzer-Weissmann, Project Coordinator at the Legatum Institute.
Jun 02, 2016
Should Ukraine Privatise its Energy Companies?
In conversation with the Legatum Institute's Anne Applebaum, Ilya Zaslavskiy (Senior Visiting Fellow to the Transitions Forum at the Institute) discussed the importance of fighting corruption and transitioning to the standards of the EU energy market. He also argues that Ukraine needs large-scale and quick privatisation of its hydrocarbon sector.
Jun 08, 2016
The Government’s Role in Creating a Prosperous Economy with Greg Hands, MP
The Rt. Hon. Greg Hands MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, discusses the government’s role in creating a prosperous economy. He also outlines the Treasury's immediate and longer-term priorities, including plans for public spending on the NHS and infrastructure. He also shares his thoughts on why Britain should remain in the EU, and why we must continue to make the case for 'free markets'.
Jun 13, 2016
Launch of the Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission with Shanker Singham
LI's Director of Economic Policy, Shanker Singham, launches a new Legatum Institute Special Trade Commission. The Commission, which has been set up in the wake of the British vote to leave the European Union, aims to present a roadmap for the many trade negotiations which the UK will need to undertake now. The STC will seek to re-focus the public discussion on Brexit to a positive conversation on opportunities, rather than challenges, while presenting empirical evidence of the dangers of not following an expansive trade negotiating path.
Jul 21, 2016
Global Trade Policy and Threats to the Global Economy with Jeff Schott
Jeff Schott, Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics discusses the challenges of negotiating new, open trade deals in the context of slow economic growth and risk averse industry. Interviewed by Shanker Singham, Chairman of the Special Trade Commission & Director of Economic Policy & Prosperity Studies at the Legatum Institute.
Sep 29, 2016
Growing and Sharing Prosperity—2016 Labour Party Conference
How we can spread prosperity throughout society? This panel at the 2016 Labour Party Conference discussed what enables and hinders life chances in the UK. The speakers also explored how policy-makers can make decisions that promote better cohesion at a national and a local level. Panellists: included Seema Malhotra MP; Julia Unwin, Joseph Rowntree Foundation; Louise Haigh MP and Shanker Singham, Legatum Institute.
Sep 27, 2016
The Role of Cities in the History of Capitalism with Anne Murphy
The 2016 History of Capitalism lecture series throws the spotlight on the role played by cities and regions that stand out in particular moments within the History of Capitalism. In this short interview, Dr Anne Murphy (Reader in History and Associate Dean for Research, School of Humanities, University of Hertfordshire) explains the influence of Venice in the history of international trade. She later gave a lecture on the origins and workings of The Bank of England and its intricate relationship with the unique ecosystem of the City of London. Interviewed by Alanna Putze, Senior Programme Director, Legatum Institute. More information:
Sep 27, 2016