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EXPERTISE
Diplomacy & International Affairs
Politics & Current Affairs
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BIOGRAPHY
Robert Schrire,described by the former editor of the New York Times as "one of South Africa's leading political analysts," is an internationally recognized expert on international and African affairs whose views have been published by The Economist, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times amongst many others. He has been a regular contributor to the BBC, ABC and SABC television networks and has worked closely with presenters such as Ted Koppel and David Dimbleby.He was the original host of the public affairs television programme "Talking Politics." His key areas of expertise are global trends, global conflicts,and African and South African politics.

Robert Is presently based on Cape Town and he has also held faculty positions at many universities including Princeton, Johns Hopkins,Western Australia, Kent and Sciences Po in Paris.

He was educated in economics and business at Cape Town and Columbia universities and in politics at the American University and the University of California where he received his doctorate.

The author/editor of some thirteen books and monographs,including "Wealth or Poverty" and Critical Choices", he recently edited the UNESCO project on international relations.

Robert has also been an important expert witness in key trials including the case of the Soviet naval spy,the bombing of Planet Hollywood,and the Soweto uprising in South Africa.

His recent talks are based upon the series on global change developed and presented to the CEOs of major international corporations.

He lives in Cape Town with a Dutch wife, a Russian grey wolf, and a Great Dane.
TALKS
PLEASE NOTE: Topics 1,2, 3 and 4 have been structured so that they can be delivered in several different versions for cruises in Europe, North America and Asia. The themes, examples and case studies will therefore differ significantly depending upon the geographical area of the cruise.

1. WHY ARE WE SO ANGRY?
An examination of the factors behind the anger in the US and EU against the status quo. Inequality, rapid changes, and the influence of social media will all be dissected and examined.

2. THINKING ABOUT THE FUTURE
An amusing survey of past predictions of the future that went spectacularly wrong! An examination of the way we should look at the future and the factors which will shape our destiny including population changes, technology and politics.

3. DOOM AND GLOOM?
Rapid changes threatens to destroy many of the values which guide our societies. Will it become possible to re-engineer the human race and give an impetus to a new human evolution? Will genetic engineering and the elimination of aging be the next revolution? The political challenges are awesome.
so that they have several different versions that are more relevant for cruises to Europe, North America or Asia.

4. GLOBALIZATION - THREAT OR CHALLENGE?
We now live in a global village. With China and India ready to work for 10% of American wages, will workers in the West have jobs in the future? Will America have an economy when even the "made in America" labels are made in China?

5. ISLAM AND THE WEST - THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS?
The rise of Islamic terrorism has raised the question of whether a new and more deadly cultural war with no rules will replace the relatively orderly Cold War. Or has America already won the war of ideas and all we are witnessing are the noisy death throes of a backward order?

6 THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION.
In a globalized world,problems in one area can spill over into others creating hardships and unrest.If the Euro was 'deformed from birth,' can the EU find the will and the economic clout to manage the fallout successfully? What are the implications of Brexit for both the UK and the EU?

7. THE PROSPECTS FOR DEMOCRACY IN RUSSIA.
Despite earlier optimism,Russia under Putin seems to be moving away from democracy towards greater state led authoritarianism. What are the longer term prospects for democracy in a post Putin Russia?

8/9/10. CHINA: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
A three part series on China based upon extensive research conducted in China. The roots of modern China are traced to the earlier rule of the Manchus and the rise and fall of empires. Part Two explains the failure of traditional China and the struggle for modernity which includes the Japanese invasion and the Chinese civil war. Part Three analyses contemporary China with an emphasis on the economic challenges and the dynamics within the Communist Party.
CRUISE HISTORY / EXPERIENCE
Robert regularly lectures for Crystal Cruises, Silversea, Regent and Seabourn.
RECENT PAST CRUISES COMPLETED
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
SHIP REF CRUISE DESCRIPTION NIGHTS SAILING FROM DEPARTURE DATE
Crystal Symphony V7226 South African Holidays 16 Cape Town Friday, December 22, 2017
Crystal Serenity V7304 Antarctic Adventure 23 Valparaiso (for Santiago) Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Crystal Symphony V6218 North Sea Circle 14 Amsterdam Saturday, July 9, 2016
Crystal Symphony V6217 North Sea Medley 10 Berlin (from Hamburg) Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Crystal Serenity V6307 Glacial Grandeur 22 Tokyo Thursday, April 14, 2016