Alastair Newton

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Alastair Newton, an alumnus of the LSE, is a professional political analyst who was based in the City of London from 2005 to 2015. As such, he sought to anticipate, analyse and explain political and geopolitical events worldwide which may impact on financial markets. In addition to regular commentary on current political “issues” he is also co-author of major studies on China, India, Indonesia, Israel/Iran and North Korea.

Prior to his move to the City, Alastair spent 20 years as a career diplomat with the British Diplomatic Service. He served in Sub-Saharan Africa, Paris (at the OECD) and in the United States. In London, he worked in intelligence co-ordination (including during the 1990/91 gulf War), policy planning and economics relations, as well as running the Prime Minister’s G7/8 team from 1998 to 2000. He was on secondment from the Diplomatic Service to the City from 2000 to 2002.

In addition to his mainstream work, Alastair was Chair of the Supervisory Board of African Development Corporation from 2013 to 2015; President of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies from 2010 to 2012; and a member of the Council of Chatham House from 2010 to 2015.

In July 2015 he moved to Livingstone in Zambia where he is Co-founder and Director of Alavan Business Advisory Ltd (www.alavan.biz) specialising in business development in Sub-Saharan Africa in general and Zambia and its neighbouring countries in particular. In parallel, he continues to analyse political and geopolitical events globally as a consultant and remains a frequent commentator on television and radio and a regular speaker at conferences and other events worldwide.

For further information on Alastair’s political and business development work please contact him at adbnewton@gmail.com

Post Archive

18 September 2017
Once the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China is behind us next month, Xi Jinping may be willing and able to strike a deal with Donald Trump under the terms of which…
19 June 2017
The outcome of the UK’s 8 June general election has re-opened the question of whether to go for a hard or soft Brexit. But the balance has certainly not tilted decisively…
05 April 2017
Alastair Newton argues that, although the military option against North Korea cannot be ruled out, it looks unlikely to be pursued by the US for now. Rather, more sanctions and,…
29 February 2016
Although one should always be cautious about what is said on ‘the stump’, the few clues we have point to renewed US isolationism under a President Trump. The ‘…
29 September 2015
Alastair Newton explores recent politics in Catalonia, the region’s relations with Madrid and its future potential EU membership. Contrary to the claims of its president,…
20 February 2013
In this column Alastair Newton and Ritika Sen argue that although the three elections – in the US in November 2012, in Israel in January 2013 and in Iran in June 2013…
02 February 2011
The phrase “indispensible power” is most closely associated with Madeleine Albright, who first used it publicly to describe the United States shortly after she was…
01 February 2011
“Egypt’s army…may now be developing a new vision of how the state’s interests ought to be preserved – one that need not include Mr Mubarak.…
29 October 2010
In an echo of then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s famous “TINA” maxim from the 1980s, UK Chancellor George Osborne, presenting the outcome of the…
27 September 2010
“In the gap between Washington’s and Jerusalem’s views of Iran lies the question: who, if anyone, will stop Iran before it goes nuclear, and how?”…
22 August 2010
“Something unusual seems to be happening in Pyongyang and it’s probably time to think about the future a bit more seriously. We are heading towards serious changes,…