Friends of stars meeting
Business Risks in a World of Uncertainty and Insecurity
John R. ALLEN, President of The Brookings Institution, retired US Marine Corps four-star general, Washington, DC
14 September 2019, 11.30-14.00
Vienna House, Bleicheplatz 1, Schaffhausen

From refugees on the move to populist revolts, trade wars and digital disruption, turmoil is roiling all nations. In the wake of anti-globalization, the process of decoupling from an integrated world is now underway on many fronts. The aim of the White House trade hawks is to dismantle supply chains and to decouple the economies of the United States and China from each other. The aim of the Brexiteers is to de-integrate from the European Union. And now Turkey and NATO may be parting ways. At the planetary level, the cascading consequences of a warming climate are melting the ice caps and fomenting extreme weather.

At this Friends of stars meeting, John R. ALLEN, President of The Brookings Institution, which is consistently ranked as the world’s Nr. 1 think tank, will discuss geostrategic megatrends shaping economies and political alliances around the globe. As a retired Four-star General and Former Commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, ALLEN will share his experience in tackling a perplexing welter of crosscurrents and daunting challenges to lead successfully through uncertainty and insecurity.

  • Date: Saturday, 14 September 2019, 11.30-14.00
  • Programme:
    11.30: Welcome Drinks
    12.00: Welcome Address: Toni SCHOENENBERGER, Executive Chairman of stars
    John R. ALLEN: “Business Risks in a World of Uncertainty and Insecurity”
    12.45: Lunch, continuation of discussion
    14.00: Closing words by Benjamin SCHOCH, Head of Asset Management, Albin Kistler AG, Zürich
  • Venue:
    Vienna House, Bleicheplatz 1, Schaffhausen,
  • Registration:
    Please write to until 12 September 2019 if you can make it.

John R. ALLEN, President, The Brookings Institution; Retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star General; Former Commander, International Security Assistance Force; Former Commander, United States Forces-Afghanistan; Former Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition against IS, Washington, DC, United States

John Rutherford ALLEN assumed the presidency of the Brookings Institution in November 2017, having most recently served as chair of security and strategy and a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. The Brookings Institution is a non-profit public policy organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to conduct in-depth research that leads to new ideas for solving problems facing society at the local, national and global level.

ALLEN is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

ALLEN holds a Bachelor of Science in operations analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Arts degree in national security studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University), and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National Defense University.

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