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TEDxTbilisi - Donald MacLaren - The Long View: Scotland's Future

Donald MacLaren discusses the future of Scotland from his unique experience as a politician, diplomat and Scottish Clan Chief.Formerly the British Ambassador to Georgia, Donald MacLaren is a foreign policy consultant specialising in post-Soviet countries. He is also a partner in "Perfect Pitch", offering training in the skills of persuasive speaking and formal presentations. Since succeeding his father in 1966, Donald has been Chief of Clan MacLaren.Donald joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in 1978 and served until 2008. During his tenure, he was posted in Berlin (1980-83); Moscow, as Press Attach? and 1st Secretary responsible for US/Soviet relations and arms control negotiations (1984-87); Strategic Policy Planning Staff in FCO, advising on German unification (1987-89); Deputy Head of Mission, Havana (1990-93); Caracas (1995-97); seconded to Oxford Analytica (1998-99); Kiev (2000-03); H.M. Ambassador, Tbilisi (2004-07).Donald has an M.A. in Classics and English Literature from Edinburgh University and a B.A. from Trinity College, Glenalmond (1967-72). He is married and has three sons, two daughters, and two grand children. He enjoys rugby, playing the Great Highland Bagpipe, and keeping governments honest.In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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