Cornerstone Capital Group hosted a call on Jan. 12 with geopolitical expert, Lionel Vairon, CEO of CEC Consulting. Dr. Vairon spoke about implications for the global economy given closer ties between Russia and China – including likely developments in energy, politics and the financial sector.

Click below to listen to the call.


Dr. Lionel Vairon is CEO of both CEC Consulting (Luxembourg) and Elysha Business Consulting (Tunisia), working on development strategies of companies and governmental institutions of various countries, assisting them in negotiations and finding partners in the investment sector. He has also been Special Advisor for the President of the Republic of Niger for the past two years. Dr. Vairon is well-versed on current events in China, including areas of politics, security, corruption, human rights, media and more. Dr. Vairon has worked as a journalist and editor, and served as a French diplomat for 17 years in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, and was assigned for five years at the French Ministry of Defense as an expert in the North Africa and Middle East department. He taught at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), the Institute des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) and was Head of Seminar on China Geopolitics at the Collège Interarmées de Défense (War College). He is currently a visiting professor at several institutions, including the China Executive Leadership Academy in Pudong (Shanghai) and lecturer at the Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale. Dr. Vairon is the author of “China Threat? The Challenges, Myths and Realities of China’s Rise” (CN Times Books, August 2013).