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John Browne

John Browne

Contributor since: 26 Feb 2010


John Browne is the Senior Economic Consultant for Euro Pacific Capital, Inc. Mr. Brown is a distinguished former member of Britain's Parliament who served on the Treasury Select Committee, as Chairman of the Conservative Small Business Committee, and as a close associate of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Among his many notable assignments, John served as a principal advisor to Mrs. Thatcher's government on issues related to the Soviet Union, and was the first to convince Thatcher of the growing stature of then Agriculture Minister Mikhail Gorbachev. As a partial result of Brown's advocacy, Thatcher famously pronounced that Gorbachev was a man the West "could do business with." A graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Britain's version of West Point and retired British army major, John served as a pilot, parachutist, and communications specialist in the elite Grenadiers of the Royal Guard.

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    Published 02 July 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Last week, global attention was focused on Toronto as the G-20 gathered to confront the growing financial and economic worries darkening the global economic horizon.…

  • Suiting Up for a Post-Dollar World

    Published 25 June 2010 | viewed 0 times

    The global financial crisis is playing out like a slow-moving, highly predicable stage play. In the current scene, Western governments are caught between the demands…

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    Published 09 June 2010 | viewed 0 times

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  • Uncertainty Reigns Supreme

    Published 28 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

    Just a few weeks ago, most financial analysts continued to insist that the road to recovery stretched far into the future. Now, uncertainty has returned…

  • Stormy Seas on the Atlantic

    Published 23 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

    The European Union's debt crisis, the threatened collapse of its fledgling 'euro' currency, and the uncertainties created by the UK elections may seem very far…

  • Band-aids for Everyone

    Published 12 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

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  • Gold Heats Up as Athens Burns

    Published 05 May 2010 | viewed 0 times

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  • Reports of Our Recovery Are Greatly Exaggerated

    Published 25 April 2010 | viewed 0 times

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  • Europe Fiddles, Gold Sizzles

    Published 14 April 2010 | viewed 0 times

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  • Mr. Hu, Tear Down This Wall!

    Published 31 March 2010 | viewed 514 times

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    Published 24 March 2010 | viewed 756 times

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  • Unlocking the Jobs Dilemma

    Published 09 March 2010 | viewed 416 times

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  • The Dominos of Default

    Published 04 March 2010 | viewed 873 times

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  • Will the Pause Refresh?

    Published 26 February 2010 | viewed 934 times

    The world is currently in the eye of an economic hurricane. The leading edge of the storm, which made landfall in the second quarter of…

  • Paper Hangers

    Published 17 February 2010 | viewed 1,748 times

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    Published 10 February 2010 | viewed 2,532 times

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    Published 04 February 2010 | viewed 1,550 times

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    Published 28 January 2010 | viewed 3,645 times

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    Published 21 January 2010 | viewed 1,444 times

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    Published 12 January 2010 | viewed 4,251 times

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