OZY is pleased to have former Prime Minister Tony Blair present today’s Presidential Daily Brief. These stories, handpicked by Blair, touch on key world issues and the topics most important to him.
The Presidential Daily Brief
As a Middle East envoy, I spend a huge amount of time in the region. There are rarely clear and simple right or wrong answers — only difficult decisions. But that does not mean inaction is the answer. We must base our policy decisions on sound analysis and understanding. This is an important article in that respect.
Source: Foreign Policy (sub. req.)
It’s no secret that when I was prime minister, I was passionate about the positive role Britain could play on the world stage and the importance of our membership in the E.U. With the global recession and our increasingly interconnected world, closing the door on opportunity and shutting up shop would be narrow-minded and a retrograde step. We are a great nation — creative, dynamic, clever — and we should add open-minded and ambitious to that list!
Source: The Economist
We are living in a time of uniquely low political predictability. We are also, I believe, seeing a seismic shift of power from the West to the East. The role that China has to play in this is of global significance, and the question now is how it opens up its potential to the benefit of its people and the world.
Ohio school officials are charged in the case of a 16-year-old’s rape. (USA Today).
Thousands march against the government in Thailand, break into finance ministry. (BBC).
Honduras ruling party candidate leads presidential vote. (Al Jazeera).
Deadly storm moves east in U.S., threatening Thanksgiving travel. (USA Today).
Israeli leader calls Iran nuclear deal ”historic mistake.” (CNN).
Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. (U.N.).
I have retained my interest and involvement in Africa, and my charity (the AGI) will by the end of the year be working in 10 African countries. I see in the continent enormous potential and reason for hope. There is a whole generation of new leaders who are not only transforming their countries for the benefit of their people but who also could perhaps teach us in the West something about courageous, bold leadership.
Source: The Economist
Since I left political office, during which I didn’t even have a mobile phone, I have learned a vast amount about how technological advances are transforming our lives. As with all great advances, these can be used for good and for ill. The vast increase of data of all kinds is a perfect example of this — we must engage with how it can work to our benefit and mitigate how it can harm. This is a clever article that puts that case in a very smart way.
Source: Foreign Affairs
Cheaper, faster prosthetics. Lifelike copies that allow doctors to practice techniques before entering the operating room. Grade-school children who can see their creations become reality. Last year’s promises of the power and usage of 3-D printing have become this year’s science-fiction bought to life. Technology is changing economies, how we live our lives, how we educate our children. And 3-D printing has moved so quickly from the margins of innovation to the mainstream that it fascinates me.
This is a brilliant concept and an example of how ancient notions in health care (smell) combined with huge advances in technology can transform treatment. This is also something that is rather close to my heart; it’s an invention of the partner of the founding CEO of my Africa charity. I wish them the very, very best with it.
Source: Wired UK
What are the hot shows in the U.K. at the moment? OZY hears that MasterChef Australia, a show where cooks wield their culinary skills in a series of themed challenges, is one to watch. And there’s also Montalbano, currently broadcast in the U.K. on BBC4 on Saturday nights. It’s a drama series based on the books featuring Sicily’s intrepid inspector Salvo Montalbano.