Beginning the conversation with a remembrance of Queen Elizabeth II, Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Blair, Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, reminisced on her remarkable efforts to steer the country through massive change with dignity, decency, and duty. Nicholas Logothetis, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board of Concordia, then turned the conversation to a very different sort of leader, Vladimir Putin. He asked Blair whether the use of chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons was beyond the realm of possibility. Blair said that it was possible, though still unlikely. He reflected that the invasion demonstrated that democracy was a better system because leaders are able to access more accurate information.
Logothetis pressed Blair to assess the state of Europe’s unity against this war. Blair expressed confidence that Europe will hold. This crisis has given NATO, the European Union, and the United Kingdom a renewed sense of purpose and unity. Looking toward China, Blair noted that although the geopolitical conflict with China will be a challenge, we must maintain the person-to-person relationship with the Chinese people. Finally, Blair noted the recent changes in leadership in the United Kingdom and explained that the 21st century will be won by whomever can provide practical solutions to practical problems.
“The public opinion in the UK is threatened and we are in for a tough time this winter […] we need less ideology and better policy to address top issues.”
Rt. Hon. Sir Tony Blair, Executive Chairman of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, TBI and Former Prime Minister, United Kingdom
“She has been the queen for my whole life […] so it’s certainly the end of an era.”
Nicholas Logothetis, Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board, Concordia