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Welcome

I am an independent writer and consultant on international affairs, write columns for La Stampa in Italy, Nikkei Business in Japan and Project Syndicate worldwide, and was narrator and co-author, with the director Annalisa Piras, of a documentary film about Italy's 20-year decline, Girlfriend in a Coma, in 2013 and then executive producer of a documentary directed and written by Annalisa, "The Great European Disaster Movie", in 2015. In May 2016, the documentary won Germany's prestigious CIVIS Media prize. In April 2016, the Japanese government awarded me the "Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon".
Annalisa Piras and I run The Wake Up Foundation, a charity dedicated to using film, text and data for public education about the decline of Western societies. Our first big initiative, Wake Up Europe!, was launched in October 2015, aiming to start a pan-national conversation about the future of Europe, and has already generated more than 100 screening-debates, ranging from Durham University to a Ukrainian town hall and to the Italian Parliament.

My new book, "The Fate of the West: The Battle to Save the World’s Most Valuable Political Idea", was published in Britain on April 27th and is available to order now and also on Amazon. On May 9th it was published in the US by Public Affairs, on May 18th in Italy by Marsilio, and on July 10th will be published in Japan by Nikkei Books. The book is about the threat, largely self-inflicted, to the future of the open, liberal societies of Europe, America and Japan, and how we can – and must – fight to save them and the values that have built them.
From 1993 until 2006 I was editor of The Economist, the world's leading weekly on international current affairs, a publication for which I had worked since 1980 in Brussels, Tokyo and London. More biographical information can be found here.

Girlfriend in a Coma is now available on DVD from Amazon in the UK here
and in the USA here.

Or it can be found online: watch it here


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