STEAR Dialogue with James Crabtree, Executive Director at IISS–Asia

To Whom It May Concern,

I hope this email finds you well. I am writing on behalf of the Student Think Tank for Europe-Asia Relations (STEAR) to inform you about one of our upcoming events that may be of interest to your institution and we would be grateful if you could share this with your network should that be the case:

STEAR ( aims to be the first and leading youth policy institute strengthening relations and deepening cultural ties all over Europe and Asia.

We will be hosting our first STEAR Dialogue on the 20th of September, 3pm CEST / 9pm Singapore Time. The STEAR Dialogue is our event series format which invites high level speakers under the broad umbrella of international relations across Eurasia to engage with our youth audience in an interactive question-and-answer format. We will focus on more personal, experience-oriented and diverse themes including career development, advice for young people, culture, activism and more. This time, we’re in conversation with James Crabtree, the Executive Director at IISS–Asia, who will share his personal insights and experiences in the field of Europe-Asia relations.

About Our Guest:

  • James Crabtree is the Executive Director at IISS–Asia. James plays a leading role in organising the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue and the IISS Fullerton Forum: The Shangri-La Sherpa Meeting, as well as the IISS Fullerton Lecture series. He also leads the growing IISS research team in Singapore focused on the Asia-Pacific and contributes to IISS publications. Prior to joining the IISS, James was a Singapore-based author and journalist, and an Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. His best-selling 2018 book, The Billionaire Raj: A Journey Through India’s New Gilded Age was shortlisted for the FT / McKinsey book of the year. Prior to academia, James worked for the Financial Times, most recently as Mumbai bureau chief, and has written for a wide range of global publications. He also worked as a senior policy adviser in the UK Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He was educated at Harvard and the London School of Economics.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please register through the following link: and join us on September 20th! We would be delighted to have you and look forward to the questions you have for our speaker.

Additionally, we are also looking for team members to support our various portfolios for our newest recruitment drive, with various positions open to students and young professionals across Eurasia looking to make a real impact on the discussions shaping the future of Europe and Asia who are keen to work with a diverse international team as part of a multinational think tank. Find out more here: 

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