Britain is going through a difficult time, when its sustained ability to punch above its weight, economically and diplomatically, is ebbing. The end of irrational exuberance found the country ill at ease with itself, with rising inequalities and unhealthy nationalism, just when it needs to be fleet-footed in recognising that many of the traditional pillars of its strengths have changed. The need is to recognise other supports and partners and find a new common purpose after the pandemic. I live in hope.

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Spent the weekend at the nexus global europe summit in barcelona. An eye-opening weekend, with an amazing and eclectic group of very much future-facing leaders, whose company I was warmly welcomed into. I was speaking about building resiliency and foundations for an elusive peace in israel and palestine, especially during this most terrible and challenging of times. Hard to be hopeful, but engaging such a group of next generation investors, entrepreneurs, pioneers and philanthropists did feel a tad part of the answer, and credit to them for embracing this tough topic in what was a very real session. I think all agreed there really are lessons to be learnt from other seemingly-intractable conflicts like northern ireland, and economic prosperity, financial security, job creation and the other components of long-term sustainable economic growth are an absolute precondition for peace and stability, albeit necessary but not sufficient. All elements of "HOPE" are required: Horizon for politics, Overseas help, People and leadership, and Economic development. Diplomacy is 700 days of failure, and one of success. I also learnt tremendously from the other talks and sessions, especially on AI. A little more intelligence and impact needed in the region too.