Bill Emmott

Writer & Consultant

Bill Emmott is an independent writer and consultant on international affairs. He was editor of The Economist, the world’s leading weekly magazine on current affairs and business, from 1993 until 2006, having worked for that publication since 1980. The author of 13 books, on Japan, Asia, Italy and the 20th century, his latest was “The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Successful Political Idea”, published in 2017. His next will be “Japan’s Far More Female Future”, to be published first in Japanese by Nikkei in May 2019.

Now he is chairman of The Wake Up Foundation, a charity dedicated to using film and journalism to foster understanding of the challenges around the decline of western societies, which he co-founded in 2013 with an Italian film-maker, Annalisa Piras; chairman of the board of Trinity College Dublin’s Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Research Institute; chairman of the Japan Society of the UK; and chairman of the trustees of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

In 2016, the Japanese government awarded him the “Order of the Rising Sun: Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon” for services to UK-Japan relations.



Robert Fisk in conversation

Seafront Marquee

Robert Fisk has lived in the Arab world for more than 40 years, covering Lebanon, five Israeli invasions, the Iran-Iraq war, the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the Algerian civil war, Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, the Bosnian and Kosovo wars, the American invasion and occupation of Iraq and the 2011 Arab revolutions. Occasionally describing himself […]


When Britain Breaks Up

Secret Garden

Is the British project, kicked off 400 odd years ago by Henry 8th, over? It spanned the globe at its height but is now a deeply divided entity, undermined – perhaps fatally – by English nationalism. In the next decade, as a result of Brexit, it is highly likely that Britain will break up. Will […]


Understanding Russia

Secret Garden

This year is the twentieth anniversary of Putin coming to power in Russia. While America and its President have become a laughing stock, Putin has reinvented Russia. It is taken seriously. He inherited a bankrupt, collapsing country, and in 20 years he has made it into a superpower again. Geo-politically – from Syria to Venezuela […]