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Alastair Newton, Senior Political Analyst, Nomura International was at IDSA on April 6 between 1415 - 1545 hours for an interactive session on "MENA's '1989 Moment' and its global implications". Apart from his other charges, Alastair is also President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES). He has written a series of incisive political analyses predicting the upheavals and analysing their origins and impact and it will be highly stimulating to hear his analysis and exchange views with him on this important and current topic. He is also an expert on US-China relations and global financial issues. He has been travelling widely in that region and advises clients of the global financial house Nomura International on financial and political risk.
He has had a long association with India and in his previous incarnation at Lehman Brothers, where he occupied a similar position and helped to publish the prescient report – “India Everything to Play For” in which he predicted that India’s growth rate could remain above 10% in view of structural changes that had taken place in the economy in preceding years. That analysis has been picked up and popularized subsequently.
The session was chaired by Ambassador Niranjan Desai, a distinguished diplomat who is also President of OSIAN’S Connoisseurs of Art Pvt.Ltd. and is publishing the G-Files, which stands for probity and integrity in public affairs.
The session was held in Seminar Hall I, IDSA.