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Robert Shrimsley

Editorial Director of the Financial Times

Robert Shrimsley is editorial director of the Financial Times and has recently been appointed its chief political commentator. He writes a weekly column on British politics and for the FT weekend magazine. Before this, he served as the FT’s chief political correspondent, news editor and managing editor of FT.com.

Events

The World in 2025

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2025 is not that far off. Six years in fact. Now think about the changes that have happened in the past six years? Back then Donald Trump was an estate agent and  reality TV star, frequently bankrupt, with a weakness for wives. Brexit was a glint in the eye of radical English nationalists.  ISIS had […]

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New Cold War: The Era of Democratic Despots?

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The US is now in a trade war with China. India and Pakistan are squaring off in Kashmir. In Syria and Yemen a proxy war is being fought between Iran, backed by Russia and China, and Saudi Arabia, backed by America. Meanwhile in Africa, China is out-spending the USA to gain future influence. In Venezuela, […]

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How to Lose A Country: a few short steps from Democracy to Dictatorship

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At first it happens slowly, and then very quickly. How do stable countries become unstable? Ece Temelkuran witnessed how democracy in her home country Turkey has become progressively weaker. Her book How To Lose A Country has become an international phenomenon. Join her and the FT’s political editor Robert Shrimsley and the brilliant American writer […]

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Artificial Intelligence

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What happens when our computers get smarter than we are? We are in the process of building superhuman machines, terrifyingly intelligent robots. If we just keep going, we will continue to improve these intelligent machines, and we will eventually build general intelligence into our machines. We will build machines that are much, much smarter than […]

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