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TEDxYaleWorldFellows - Alexander Evans - Why Pessimism is Good

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Uploaded on Jul 21, 2011

Yale World Fellow Alexander Evans OBE is a British diplomat, academic and expert on Pakistan. He is a counsellor in the British diplomatic service and a visiting senior research fellow at King's College London. He is currently working in Washington DC as a senior advisor to Ambassador Marc Grossman, the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (and formerly to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke until his death in December 2010). He has previously served as a British diplomat in Pakistan and India and as a member of the U.K.'s policy planning staff. Before joining the Foreign Office Alexander was research director at Policy Exchange and director of studies at the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, both London think-tanks. He has contributed to books and periodicals including Foreign Affairs and from 2006-2010 held a fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford. He is speaking at TEDx in a personal capacity.

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