The New Global Economic Landscape: Opportunities and Challenges

John Micklethwait
19 June, 2008

Why you should listen

John Micklethwaite

In this exclusive Sydney Ideas lecture, John Micklethwait, the editor-in-chief of highly regarded global weekly The Economist, gave his insights into the worldwide impact of globalisation. According to Micklethwait, the16th Editor-in-chief of The Economist and co-author of A Future Perfect: the Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalisation (2000), one of the most pressing issues of globalisation was the rise of the Asia Pacific. In this lecture, Micklethwait, who was in Australia as an invited participant of the ninth Foreign Investor Roundtable with the Federal Government in Canberra, discusses the impact this shift would have on the superpowers of China, the European Union, Russia and the United States. He also explains why, despite the many challenges a global economy faces, he remains a globalisation optimist. John Micklethwait has been at the helm of The Economist since 2006 and the publication now has a worldwide circulation of more than 1.3 million. It was recently described as “the most successful magazine global brand in the world on and off the web”. Micklethwait is a leading commentator on globalisation and American politics and as well as A Future Perfect, is also the co-author, with Adrian Wooldridge, of The Right Nation: Conservative Power in America (2004). He was awarded the Wincott Award in the UK for financial journalism and is a frequent commentator on BBC, CNN and ABC News in the US.

“John Micklethwait has an exceptional grasp of American politics and his views are all the more important because he edits The Economist, one of the most influential titles in the US”The Independent