Geopolitics

Little England, Little Thinking

Joel Durston | Posted 18.04.2017 | UK Politics
Joel Durston

So let's speak up for foreign aid...even if selfishly.

Muhammad Ali's Brexit Insights

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

"It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe" Muhammad Ali The Greatest champion of all times passed away ...

The Strategic Calculations Shaping Sino-British Relations

Gregor Irwin | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Gregor Irwin

The British government learnt a valuable lesson when Premier Wen visited the UK four years ago. In the run up to that visit Chinese officials were so ...

China to Pull Up a Chair or Overturn the Conference Table?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 02.07.2016 | UK
Andy Langenkamp

Dangerous war aversion? In 1914, the global economy collapsed because the then superpowers declared war; whereas today, it is precisely the aversion ...

Scrap Trident - Thinking The Unthinkable

Paul Blanchard | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Politics
Paul Blanchard

In my view, those countries with a nuclear deterrent are putting themselves more at risk from today's threats. We're not spending our money wisely. We're taking the heat off those countries without nukes. They're letting us spend the cash on Trident while they focus on what matters: tackling terrorism and stopping the growth of terrorist groups.

Pyrrhic Victory Over Greek Monster

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 22.06.2015 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Without a deal between Athens and Brussels and the IMF on economic reforms and repayments of loans within the next couple of months a Grexit or Graccident would be the most extreme outcome. We cannot rule out that the parties will fail to find a solution seeing as how the Greeks are dawdling and in the light of the harsh words uttered by, among others, Germany.

Britain's Place in the World Is Under Threat

Jack Curtis | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Politics
Jack Curtis

This May brings a General Election more unpredictable than any in recent memory. With both major parties remaining neck and neck in the polls and the continuing strength of the fringe parties, the likelihood of an outright majority for either seems remote.

Collision Between Geopolitics and Markets

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

"We come together at a crossroads between war and peace; between disorder and integration; between fear and hope," said US President Obama during his address to the United Nations. Stock markets still do not feel the same urgency. There is a huge gap between geopolitical reality and the financial markets.

Markets Blind to Geopolitical Risks?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 08.11.2014 | UK
Andy Langenkamp

Monetary blinders Neither stock markets nor oil prices have responded strongly to geopolitical unrest. On the contrary, recently stock indices have b...

Russia's Unfinished Business

Paul Newman | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Newman

"From time immemorial, Russia has been a colourfully exotic, and to some extent unknown, country to the world at large. This unknown quantity - repres...

ISIS: From Egyptian Goddess to Iraqi Devil

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK
Andy Langenkamp

What's in a name? Isis used to be an Egyptian goddess. The ideal mother and wife; patroness of nature and magic. Now ISIS refers to brutal violence, extremism, and war. Will the Islamist movement cause oil prices to explode?

Geopolitics and Globalization Endanger Project Europe

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Should optimistic views about globalization like those of Michael Mandelbaum hold true, Europe may manage to defuse the crisis as new markets open, economic ties strengthen, and member states realize they have a common goal. Namely, to increase prosperity and profit from the ongoing technological innovation.

From Crimean Crisis to Geopolitical Fires in Asia?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

Weakening growth in China and other emerging economies and geopolitical tensions are the biggest risks to financial markets. Those two are dangerously interconnected right now.

2014 - Central Bankers Making Way for Politics?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

2013 was the year of all-powerful central banks, fragile economic recovery, and financial market euphoria. 2014 will be all about politics: political economics, geopolitical developments, and electoral politics.

Materials Are Key Challenge for Europe in Resource-Constrained World

Dirk Jan van den Berg | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
Dirk Jan van den Berg

In the build up to February's European Council Summit on industrial competitiveness, Brussels is in the midst of a major policy review. Industrial strategy is the right topic for Europe to be debating and now is exactly the right time to address it...

War Is Coming: What the Politicians Can't and Won't Tell Us

Jason Holmes | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jason Holmes

A third world war - nuclear or conventional - is a good bet and not far off and, other than to make another cup of tea, nothing can be done to stop the next global convulsion...

Allegations of Chemical Weapons Use by Syrian Government Forces Don't Stack Up

John Wight | Posted 23.10.2013 | UK
John Wight

At a time when after two and a half years of an unrelentingly brutal conflict, Syrian government forces are on the front foot, enjoying continuing suc...

BRICS Bank to Herald End of International System?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 16.06.2013 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

The BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - have decided to set up their own development bank to rival the World Bank. This initiative is not happening in a vacuum.

Margaret Thatcher and the Falkland Islands

Professor Klaus Dodds | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Klaus Dodds

The Falklands Referendum of March 2013 owes much to Margaret Thatcher. She created and maintained a political orthodoxy which remains unchallenged today. Every subsequent British government has publicly reaffirmed the right of the Falklands community to self-determine their future.

White Puffs of Smoke? The Falkland Islands Referendum

Professor Klaus Dodds | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Politics
Professor Klaus Dodds

The legacy of the referendum will be much more difficult to predict than the voting itself. For the Falkland Islanders, they have both reaffirmed the status quo but also prepared the ground for possible future referenda, which might one day include independence as an option.

A Trans Caspian Project May Lead to Military Confrontation Within the Region

Jamila Mammadova | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jamila Mammadova

Azerbaijan stands out as the only former Soviet republic that can neither be described as pro-Russian or pro-Western.

Oil Instead of Euro to Fuel Fears?

Andy Langenkamp | Posted 22.04.2012 | UK Politics
Andy Langenkamp

The financial sector is preoccupied with the potential break-up of the eurozone. Yet the dramatic developments in the Middle East and North Africa (together called MENA) could lead to turmoil in the markets.

US, China and the Rest - Is the Global Order Really Changing?

Kirsty Hughes | Posted 30.03.2012 | UK Politics
Kirsty Hughes

This year, the elites in Davos - debating the future of capitalism - faced a little more self-doubt than usual as to whether they have the best ideas to run the world, not least in the face of the intractable euro crisis. But the future of capitalism is just one big global challenge among many facing today's world including climate change, poverty, conflict, instability and oppression.