Monthly Archives: January 2011

It has taken just six weeks for the arrest of a fruit-and-vegetable seller in Tunisia to spark a chain of events that now threatens to topple the government of Egypt. Watching the revolt against autocracy spread across the Arab world is exciting, uplifting – and also deeply alarming for the world’s major powers, all of which are, in different ways, fond of the status quo.

Sir Martin Sorrell

As many depart on Saturday morning (including myself), time for assessment of my Davos 2011 four day experience. Read more

Jasmine Whitbread

Over the last couple of days delegates have been following the unfolding events in Egypt and Yemen and speculating on the wider significance across the region. I saw one man carrying his laptop open down the snowy street watching the news. Last night at Bono’s One party an earnest young Iranian American woman told me why she was convinced this was a tipping point for the whole region.  Read more

Gideon Rachman

There are times when even  “masters of the universe” are reduced to impotent silence. I spent yesterday in the bubble of the Davos convention centre, talking to political and business leaders. Almost to a man, they seemed virtually oblivious to the dramatic events unfolding in Egypt. Read more

Jasmine Whitbread

I know there is a tendency to hear what you want to, and I’m clearly not disinterested, but it does seem possible that inequality and dealing with the world’s wrongs may have broken through the side-events into the mainstream this afternoon. Read more

Sir Howard Davies

Another day, another embattled prime minister. As kick-off time approached the crowd for David Cameron was smaller than Sarkozy’s, but Our Man didn’t empty the room with his As to Qs, as Sarkozy had done. He fielded the questions himself, they weren’t planted (or didn’t seem to be), so in the second half England edged ahead. As was evident last year, with the Davos audience Cameron has a certain je ne sais quoi. Read more

Martin Wolf

Mood. The improvement in optimism at Davos is palpable from last year, as I argued before. Interestingly, the group showing the greatest caution seems to be the CEOs of non-financial corporates. My experience over the years is that these people are a lagging indicator. What drives them is their recent performance. However, there seems to me to be a real return of confidence among bankers, who are back in force. That does make me quite nervous. Read more

Jasmine Whitbread

Technology generally and social media specifically are pervasive in every session. The majority of entrepreneurs I talk to here have, in the last few years, grown huge global businesses usually in complicated layered relationships with other tech providers. Read more

In a special edition of the podcast, we assess the significance of the demonstrations in Egypt, the threat they pose to the ruling regime and the implications for dynastic succession in the Arab world. Read more

Sir Martin Sorrell

Overall economists seem more optimistic than ceos – probably a good sign, given the fact that boards, non-executive directors and chairmen and ceos are so cautious post-Lehman. Good the operators are keeping their powder a little dry. Read more