EU, Russia and Chatham House

Through a paracetamol addled haze, I am watching Sir Andrew Wood (of the Russia and Eurasia Programme, Chatham House) giving evidence to the House of Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee regarding the EU and Russia.

On homogenisation of the force of application of EU law:

If you start to play by local rules, you will find out just how many local rules there are.

On the opening of the Russian archives in the early 90s and the concept of societal memory:

…and by the natural wish of anybody to forget the past. My own family comes from Jersey, which was occupied during the war… [on a] small scale, bad things happened – some relatives got imprisoned in Germany as a result of those bad things, but when you came back, you just had to pretend it didn’t really happen.

Being our better selves is the best thing we can do for Russia.

Some background reading around Chatham House (the organisation that Sir Andrew works for and the originator of the apparently renowned Chatham House Rule for creating a free speech environment) leads to a few observations and questions.

Pure Economics and Systems thinking at a global level is quite the discipline for participants. The suite of safeguards that go along with the primary rule might be an interesting investigation into Management Security.

Does the Chatham House discussion model work effectively and at what point do the enabling pillars of the open think tank become self regulators to innovation of the organisational viewpoint?

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