alain elkann interviews

POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

Simon Sebag Montefiore

Dr. Montefiore is an historian of Russia and the Middle East. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, he has been awarded the Literary Prize Lupicaia del Terriccio 2017 for his book ‘The Romanovs: 1613-1918’. He is the author of ‘Catherine the Great and Potemkin:...

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Jonathan Taplin

Jon Taplin wrote the book Move Fast and Break Things: How Google, Facebook and Amazon Have Cornered Culture and What It Means For All Of Us. The Guardian newspaper review described the book’s central argument as being that “the titans of the digital age frequently...

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Tamara Chalabi

Life in Iraq today is archaic and dysfunctional - and on show at the 57th Venice Biennale. Tamara Chalabi is co-founder and Chair of the Ruya Foundation for Contemporary Culture in Iraq. She is co-curator of Archaic at the National Pavilion of Iraq for the 57th...

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Gilles Kepel

In this August 2016 interview Gilles Kepel said: "I believe that the French political class must overcome its present state of mediocrity, and I hope that next year we will elect a President who is up to dealing with so many challenges." We republish the interview in...

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Athene Donald

The physicist at the head of Cambridge University's Churchill College has concerns about Brexit. Professor Dame Athene Donald, DBE, FRS is Professor of Experimental Physics at Cambridge University, where she is Master of Churchill College. She served as the University...

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Staffan de Mistura

Staffan de Mistura is the United Nations Special Envoy tasked with seeking a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Syria. We republish this interview from December 2014 on April 7th 2017 as President Donald Trump orders air strikes on a target in Syria. What is your...

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Gerard Baker

Gerard Baker is Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal. He served as Deputy Editor-in-Chief between 2009 and 2013. Previously, he was U.S. editor and an assistant editor of the Times of London. In 1994, he joined the Financial Times as Tokyo...

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Pasquale Terracciano

His Excellency Pasquale Terracciano was appointed Italian Ambassador to London in 2013. Alain made this Classic Interview in December of that year, when he had been in post for just 6 months. Is London the Capital of the World? Pasquale Terracciano, you have been...

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Jean d’Ormesson

Very sadly Jean d'Ormesson died on December 5th 2017. We send our condolences to his family and republish this interview in his memory. "The real victim of populism is democracy." Various countries of the world are living in a situation of increasing populism. In...

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Amit Sood

Combatting stress, the global epidemic of the 21st Century. Dr. Amit Sood was born and raised in Bhopal, India. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, and he is committed to decreasing suffering and increasing happiness. Dr. Sood is the author of The Mayo...

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John Micklethwait

The Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg News has an extraordinary platform of observation on what’s happening in the world. What do you think at Bloomberg about the new President Trump’s aggressive attitude towards journalists and the press? Do you think the freedom of the...

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Peter Lantos

We republish this Classic Interview in recognition of Holocaust Memorial Day 2017. The interview with Peter Lantos took place at the London Library in St James's Square in London.  He is a Holocaust survivor from Hungary and has lived in London for 45 years. He writes...

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Magdi Yacoub

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, OM, FRS, Founder and President of Chain of Hope, is one of the world’s greatest, and most famous, surgeons. Born in Egypt in 1935, he studied medicine in Cairo and then London, becoming a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at Harefield...

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Hanif Kureishi

Hanif Kureishi is the author of novels such as 'The Buddha of Suburbia' and 'Intimacy', story collections, plays and screenplays. 'The Buddha of Suburbia' was made into a BBC TV series with a soundtrack by David Bowie. 'My Beautiful Laundrette',  a story about a gay...

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Corinne Flick

Dr. Corinne Michaela Flick studied both law and literature, and is Founder and Chair of the Convoco! Foundation. Dr. Flick is Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Institute Germany, Co-Founder of the Friends of the Bavarian State Library, Munich, and a member...

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Hannah Rothschild

The Improbability of Love You are quite eclectic and your work has ranged from documentary films, to banking, to philanthropy, to biography, and now to a novel. Why do you think you have many different facets? I have that kind of restless, inquisitive mind. It’s...

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Shimon Peres

With great sadness we learn of the death of Shimon Peres, one of Israel's great leaders - a man who devoted his life to serving his country and the world. 28th September, 2016 "Looking back the only mistake we made was not dreaming big enough. Let's dream big, let's...

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Natalia Indrimi

Primo Levi opened a universal platform with his reflections on human nature. You are the Director and one of the founding members of the Primo Levi Center in New York. What is the purpose of this center? The Center was born in 1998 to sustain the conversation and...

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Ik-Joong Kang

Artists are the leaders of the 21st Century. Ik-Joong Kang is one of South Korea’s most renowned and celebrated multimedia artists. His works are poignant symbols of hope for reunification, particularly of North and South Korea. This September at Robilant+Voena’s...

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Eike Schmidt

“In Florence exhibitions on old masters are more successful than exhibitions on contemporary artists!” Eike Schmidt was appointed Director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence by Dario Franceschini, the Italian Minister of Culture. He is the first non-Italian to be...

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Hans Rauscher

Hans Rauscher is an author and a journalist at Der Standard, an Austrian national daily broadsheet newspaper that has been published in Vienna since 1988. Austria will re-run a Presidential election on October 2 that could produce the first far-Right Head of State in...

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Elie Wiesel

We re-publish this 2014 interview with Elie Wiesel in grateful commemoration of his life and his humanity. Elie has been a longtime friend  and an example of Jewish life. I will remember his voice, his words, his love for literature. When together we used to speak...

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Mark Regev

H.E. Mark Regev is the Ambassador of Israel to the United Kingdom since April 2016. He was the chief spokesman for the Prime Minister of Israel from 2007 to 2015. You have been Ambassador in the UK for a few months and had to face the Livingstone affair, when the...

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David Adjaye

The planetary architect of today delivers a well considered response to human, cultural and geographic diversity. The leading architect David Adjaye OBE set up his first office in 1994, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as...

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Robin Niblett

Consequences of a Brexit. Dr Robin Niblett CMG is Director of Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, one of the world’s most influential policy institutes. The University of Pennsylvania Global Think Tank Index 2015 ranked them number one in...

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Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon is the current Secretary-General of the United Nations. When I go to see him, I am accompanied to the 38th floor of the United Nations building with very little formality. It is October 2007. There is a large room with many photographs and leather chairs....

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Giorgio van Straten

The Italian Cultural Institute of New York is an office of the Italian government, dedicated to the promotion of Italian language and culture in the United States through the organisation of cultural events. You have now been Director of the Italian Cultural Institute...

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James Bradburne

Napoleon intended Brera Pinacoteca to be the Louvre of Italy. Dr. James M. Bradburne is a British-Canadian architect, designer and museum specialist who is the newly appointed Director General of Pinacoteca di Brera e Biblioteca nazionale Braidense in Milan. His aim...

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Geoffrey Garrett

"Trump has no experience of politics. The US people want outsiders." Dr. Geoffrey Garrett is Dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, and Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (PENN). Wharton was founded...

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Frederick Seidel

The Music and Energy of Poems. Why is "Widening Income Inequality" the title of your new collection of poems, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and coming out in America now? The title is used with some considerable irony. It is a very common phrase, used by...

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ANITA PALLENBERG

Anita Pallenberg is an actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in Italy in 1944 she was the partner of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones and then the partner of Keith Richards. Anita, you have worked in the worlds of cinema, music and fashion. Would you define yourself as an eclectic person? I would say... READ MORE

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