How to Stop ISIS and Defeat the Global Conspiracy
Monday, 23 November 2015
As part of its “Beyond Propaganda” series, the Legatum Institute hosted two panel discussions that offered an analysis of the threat to democracy posed by the internet and conspiracies—particularly when used by extremist groups such as ISIS.
Happy Days: Britain’s 'Great' Depression
Thursday, 19 November 2015
As part of its History of Capitalism series, the Legatum Institute hosted an experts’ seminar on the UK Government’s response to the Wall Street Crash of 1929.
An Exchange of Views with Zhanna Nemtsova
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Zhanna Nemtsova, journalist, human rights activist and daughter of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, was guest speaker at discussion to launch the Legatum Institute's new partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Foreign Affairs.
In Defence of the 'C' Word
Monday, 16 November 2015
Capitalism is a force for good—Sajid Javid, the Business Secretary, told an audience of entrepreneurs and media at the Legatum Institute—but it faced its biggest challenge ever in the shape of public opinion.
Borderlines: A Conversation with Michela Wrong
Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Should the West engage with Africa, and if so, how? Journalist and author Michela Wrong has spent two decades writing about the continent. She joined Alanna Putze, Senior Programme Director at the Legatum Institute, to discuss her latest book, ‘Borderlines’.
2015 Launch of the Global Legatum Prosperity Index™
Monday, 2 November 2015
The Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith, MP launched the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index™ on 2 November. The Index, which has been endorsed by Chancellor George Osborne, ranks 142 countries in terms of wealth and wellbeing.
Business and Infrastructure: A Conversation with Lord Adonis
Tuesday, 20 October 2015
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.
Winter is Coming: A Conversation with Garry Kasparov
Tuesday, 6 October 2015
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'.
Putin’s Useful Idiots: Russian Media and the European Far Right
Thursday, 24 September 2015
At a recent lunch discussion moderated by Anne Applebaum, Anton Shekhovtsov, Visiting Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum, exposed the increasingly strong ties between the Russian media and the European far right.
From Rags to World’s Richest: The Ambani Story
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Sam Wilkin, a senior advisor to Oxford Economics, analysed how Indian entrepreneur Dhirubhai Ambani completed one of the most unlikely "rags to riches" stories of modern times, and what lessons his experience holds for entrepreneurs in India today.
Fixing the Fight Against Corruption
Thursday, 17 September 2015
Christian Caryl, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow and Managing Editor of Democracy Lab, moderated a panel that explained why a focus on ‘ideas that work’ is the route to tackling global corruption.
Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital, Enriched the World
Wednesday, 16 September 2015
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 that argued ideas, rather than capital, play a crucial role.
The Urban Escalator
Thursday, 10 September 2015
The Legatum Institute’s paper The Urban Escalator, was launched with a seminar that examined why and how slums should be redefined, and whether or not utopic settlements are realistic—or even a good idea.
Terror in Tunisia: Security, Politics, and Democratic Reform
Tuesday, 8 September 2015
Fadil Aliriza, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Legatum Institute, presented the findings of his recent research trip examining Tunisia’s response to terrorism and the risks to both democracy and security in the country.
International Tax Reform Opportunities and the US Elections
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
Congressman George Holding, Representative for the 13th District of North Carolina, spoke to a group of bankers, journalists, and London-based US business leaders about the danger inherent in America’s isolationist foreign policy, the need for tax reform, and the surprising popularity of Donald Trump among even moderate Republicans.
Heritage as a National Asset
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Sir Laurie Magnus, Chairman of Historic England, delivered a lecture explaining why we should rethink the management of our heritage, and approach it as we would any long-term asset.
Can Television Be a Force for Good?
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
The Legatum Institute's Transitions Forum was delighted to welcome BBC Media Action for a discussion on the role of television in the context of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
How Churchill Learnt to Love the Free Market
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Andrew Roberts, historian, author and presenter, gave an insightful commentary on the development of Churchill’s support of the free market, one of the less-studied facets of his well-documented career.
The Strange Death of Liberalism
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Speaking at a roundtable discussion at the Legatum Institute, Paddy Ashdown, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, argued that the key problem in advanced western societies was not capitalism but the failure of democracy.
What Does a One Nation Justice System Look Like?
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Speaking at the Legatum Institute, the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove called for reform of the justice system in England and Wales, in his first speech since being appointed as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.
What Transition? The Strange Case of Hungary and Romania
Tuesday, 16 June 2015
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—at a roundtable discussion.
Capitalism as a Moral Force
Monday, 15 June 2015
As part of the Legatum Insitute's Prosperity for All project, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks discussed the contribution of social institutions like the family to economic growth.
A New Defence Policy?
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
In his first public speaking engagement as Minster of State for Defence Procurement, Philip Dunne addressed a Legatum Institute Business Forum breakfast on defence procurement policy and the priorities ahead.
London Needs to Build the Right Housing—Not Just More Housing
Thursday, 4 June 2015
The Legatum Institute and Create Streets were pleased to host a livestreamed panel with Evan Davis, housing experts and some of London's prospective mayoral candidates, to discuss how to solve the capital's housing crisis and boost wellbeing by building homes people want to live in.
The Future of Higher Education
Thursday, 4 June 2015
The Legatum Institute was pleased to host a roundtable with Stephen Trachtenberg, President Emeritus of George Washington University, for a discussion on the future of higher education in the UK and the rest of the world.
The Road to Character
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
The Legatum Institute was delighted to host best-selling author and 'New York Times' columnist, David Brooks, for a discussion that celebrated his new book, 'The Road to Character'.
Post-Election Debate: Did Voters Make the Right Choice?
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Three hundred and forty years after Charles Street, home to the Legatum Institute, was laid, guests gathered for a panel discussion to launch the '1675 Club', a new society for young leaders and thinkers.
Why the Humanities Drive Prosperity
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
Azar Nafisi, author of the best-selling 'Reading Lolita in Tehran' was joined in conversation by the Legatum Institute's Anne Applebaum, for a conversation about the enduring relationship between literature and prosperity.
Can Architecture be (Im)Moral?
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
As part of the Legatum Institute's Architecture of Prosperity series, architect Charlotte Skene Catling shared her thoughts on why entrepreneurial architects matter in policy and how they can contribute to lasting prosperity as we grow our cities.
2015 Africa Prosperity Summit: Promoting Wealth and Wellbeing
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
GDP growth across the continent has fed an “Africa Rising” narrative. But many Africans have failed to benefit from the current economic boom. The Legatum Institute, with the support of the Ford Foundation, hosted a conference in Tanzania with experts from academia, civil society, business and politics to discuss how to promote true prosperity.
The Digital Challenge from Iran
Thursday, 14 May 2015
Ilan Berman, Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council, led an off-the-record discussion about Iran’s use of new media (and old) to manipulate the political sphere and shape global perceptions.
The Age of Plunder: How We Traded Africa
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
As part of the Legatum Institute's History of Capitalism series, Bronwen Everill, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Kings College London, gave a lecture on the Royal African Company and Atlantic commercial enterprise in the 18th century.
Lessons from the Ebola Crisis
Thursday, 30 April 2015
Peter Piot, a member of the small team who discovered the Ebola virus in 1976, gave a talk that offered lessons for business and governments affected by the current crisis.
Capitalism Question Time
Thursday, 23 April 2015
In conversation with Hywel Williams, and an invited audience, Victoria Bateman, Benedikt Koehler and Nicholas Crafts, the illustrious historians who contributed to the 2014 History of Capitalism series, retraced and further investigated various questions on the evolution of capitalism—past, present and future.
What is the Future of Russia's Opposition?
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
Leonid Volkov, a member of Russia's Central Council of the Party of Progress, gave 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.
India 2015: Towards Economic Transformation
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Hosted at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC, Rajiv Kumar, Indian economist and former government adviser, launched his new Transitions Forum paper, which examines whether India's developing democracy can achieve rapid economic reform.
Libya: Whose Land Is It?
Thursday, 16 April 2015
The Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion to launch a new Transitions Forum paper, 'Libya: Whose Land Is It?'. The panel debated the many layers of grievance and administrative chaos which fuel Libya’s conflict, and focused on property rights as a key element of a democracy in transition.
Magna Carta: The Greatest Bargain Ever Struck
Thursday, 16 April 2015
Daniel Hannan, the Conservative MEP for South East England, spoke about ‘freedom and liberty’ at an off-the-record lunch hosted at the Legatum Institute.
How To Be Dutch, the Modern Way
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
The latest History of Capitalism event hosted Maarten Prak, Chair of Economic and Social History at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), for a lecture on why the Dutch Republic flourished in the 17th century.
America's Presidential Race—2016
Tuesday, 14 April 2015
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.
Blueprint for Revolution
Thursday, 9 April 2015
Self-confessed “rock kid who turned to a life of activism”, Srdja Popovic, led a roundtable discussion at the Legatum Institute on how nonviolent movements can bring about democratic transitions and revolutions.
A Capitalism for Individual and National Flourishing
Thursday, 26 March 2015
As part of the Legatum Institute's Prosperity for All project, the Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, led an inaugural gathering of economic and political commentators for a discussion on the challenges facing capitalism—examining its capacity to continue to generate prosperity and to do so for every person.
Is the Modern State Killing Scientific Creativity?
Thursday, 19 March 2015
As part of its Roads to Freedom series, the Legatum Institute convened a seminar on 'Venture Research'. Topics for debate included whether the state is encouraging—or stunting—creative science research and how scientists might source funds to pursue their endeavours.
Pensions, Retirement and Taxation—with David Gauke, MP
Tuesday, 17 March 2015
On the eve of the Spring Budget, David Gauke MP, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, addressed a small table of Business Forum members about pensions, tax reform and the future of Britain as a business centre.
The Shadow Economy—Impact on Innovation, East and West
Monday, 16 March 2015
In partnership with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education—Economics Institute (CERGE-EI), the Legatum Institute hosted a panel discussion on how informal and sometimes illegal economic activity can pose problems but also offer innovative solutions.
Is There a Future for Ukraine?
Friday, 13 March 2015
Yevhen Hlibovytsky, Ukrainian lawyer and member of the Nestor Group, discussed a strategy for nation building in Ukraine—and how to win the information war against Putin.
Whatever Happened to Compassionate Conservatism?
Thursday, 12 March 2015
"We are warriors for the dispossessed," said Michael Gove, the Chief Whip, as he delivered a speech at the Legatum Institute to launch the book, 'The Good Right'.
Is Ed Miliband Ready for No. 10?
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
The Legatum Institute was delighted to host the Westminster Policy Institute for a panel discussion that examined some of the most talked about questions in Westminster: Is Ed Miliband ready for Downing Street and what will his top priorities be if he wins the election?
Global Trade: The Beginnings
Wednesday, 4 March 2015
In the latest History of Capitalism lecture, David Abulafia, Professor of Mediterranean History at the University of Cambridge, discussed the role of merchants from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and the ways in which they fostered the roots of global trade.
Mr Putin: Operative in the Kremlin
Tuesday, 3 March 2015
Fiona Hill, Director of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution, discussed the new edition of her book, 'Mr Putin: Operative in the Kremlin'.
Finding What Works: Building Reform Coalitions in Brazil
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Marcus Melo of the Federal University of Pernambuco joined the Legatum Institute's Anne Applebaum in a discussion that explored post-authoritarian reform in Brazil, and shared insights for countries facing similar development challenges.
A Latter Day Domesday Book
Monday, 23 February 2015
, co-author of the forthcoming ‘The Public Wealth of Nations
', discussed with Tim Montgomerie, Legatum Institute Senior Fellow, how central governments alone could generate additional annual returns of 3 trillion US dollars, through better management of their assets.
Workshop on the Usage of Data for Driving Social Entrepreneurship
Thursday, 19 February 2015
The Legatum Institute was proud to host the first in a series of workshops organised as part of the EU FP7 Web-COSI project. The Web-COSI project, part of the Europe2020 strategy, analysed how data can be used to drive social entrepreneurship.
Nothing is True and Everything is Possible: Adventures in Modern Russia
Wednesday, 11 February 2015
To celebrate the launch of ‘Nothing is True and Everything is Possible’, Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow to the Transitions Forum, joined Ferdinand Mount, political commentator, and Anne Applebaum, Director of the Transitions Forum, to discuss the book’s themes: Russia’s super-rich, authoritarianism, and media control.
Theresa May MP for Women2Win
Wednesday, 4 February 2015
The Legatum Institute was delighted to host Theresa May, the Home Secretary, and the Women2Win campaign group for their "First-Time Fighters and 40/40 Seats" fundraiser event.
Tackling Iranian Propaganda Through Online Education
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
The Legatum Institute hosted a lunch discussion with Mariam Memarsadeghi, Co-Director of Tavaana, an e-learning institute for Iranian civil society. The roundtable discussed the ways in which her organisation tackles Iranian propaganda by empowering Iranian citizens with access to knowledge on human rights and democracy.
Television: Still Relevant After All These Years
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
The Legatum Institute was delighted to welcome Archie Norman, Chairman of ITV, for a lunch discussion. Norman, a former head of ASDA and Conservative MP for Tunbridge Wells, argued that despite new platforms, television remains the one medium that allows for a national conversation.
Doing Good Great
Monday, 26 January 2015
The Legatum Institute was pleased to host Doug Balfour, CEO of Geneva Global, for the launch of his new book, ‘Doing Good Great'. The book shares Balfour's remarkable story, and promotes the principles of "performance philanthropy" to make a lasting, significant difference in the lives of people in need.
Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova: Corruption and Challenges of Transition
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine are striving to strengthen the rule of law and democratic accountability within their borders, following their commitment to the EU Association Agreements last year. However, entrenched corruption continues to pose a potent threat to their democratic development. As the people of Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova struggle to rebuild their states, what is the contribution the West can make?
Chloe Smith: Would You Employ a Young Person?
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
On Democracy Day, youth unemployment and societal disengagement were up for discussion at a Legatum Institute business breakfast that hosted Chloe Smith MP, former Treasury Minister.
Rome’s Economic Revolution
Thursday, 15 January 2015
In the first History of Capitalism lecture of 2015, Philip Kay, Supernumerary at Wolfson College (Oxford) and Head of Asia at City Financial, detailed the economic developments of Republican Rome between the war against Hannibal (218 to 201 BC) and Julius Caesar’s dictatorship in the middle of the first century BC.
Philanthropy in Transitions
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
What role can philanthropy play in post-conflict and post-authoritarian transitions? Why do these unique moments in history require a different level of creativity, flexibility and willingness to take risk? What are the biggest challenges on the ground?