The Octavian Forum

The inaugural Octavian Forum — our theme was “OPPORTUNITY FROM CHAOS” — was held on October 17 2017 at Sotheby’s in New York. This one-day event offered our audience deep insight into the opportunities and risks arising from the world’s current inflection point. Attendees heard from chess master Garry Kasparov on artificial intelligence and Russia, Erica Jong on art and politics, former CIA analyst Sue Mi Terry on Kim Jong-Un, Nouriel Roubini and Jim Grant on interest rates, former Spanish prime minister Jose Maria Aznar on Europe, Dennis Ross and Elliott Abrams on Israel, John Currin on painting, former Pixar CFO Lawrence Levy on running a creative business, and many more.

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Jim Grant and Nouriel Roubini on macro risk

Luke Weber on surviving cancer

Tom Kaplan and Boaz Weinstein on the markets

Julian Fennessy on how to save the giraffes

Elliott Abrams, Steven Cook, Robert Danin, Yousef al-Otaiba, and Dennis Ross on the Middle East

Jose Maria Aznar and Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg on the future of Atlanticism

Sue Mi Terry on North Korea and Kim Jong-un

Kenneth M. Pollack on the Kurds

John Currin, Erica Jong, and Alexei Ratmansky on art and modern life

Garry Kasparov on Putin, Russia, and the possibilites of AI

Elliot Ackerman on the Anabasis

William Kristol, Bret Stephens, and Juan Zarate on our broken institutions

Lawrence Levy on Pixar, Steve Jobs, and the Middle Way