Rebecca Harding (CEO)

No particular place to go? Why riding along in my automobile is changing forever

  Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies What does the automotive sector mean to you? Power? Freedom? Affluence? Drive? Prowess? To an economist, and we’re not called the dismal scientists for nothing, the car sector is none of these. It is the bellwether for the global economy. It is the fourth largest sector in the world in trade terms: by the end of 2019 Coriolis estimates that it will account for roughly 10% of world trade in goods, or approximately…

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Why UK politicians should look before they leap when deciding on Brexit

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO, Coriolis Technologies With nine days to go until the UK is supposed to leave the EU, if ever there was a time to stop and think about the future of UK trade it is now. The “get Brexit done” mantra has taken hold of political rhetoric since Mr Johnson became prime minister, and as a result there is a real risk that some of the aspects of the current political declaration for trade will be at…

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From chess to Go: the US and China are heading towards a war of attrition

Dr. Rebecca Harding CEO, Coriolis Technologies 7th October 2019 Make no mistake, the trade war is a real thing. But it is being used as a proxy by China and the US to fight a bigger battle – one that transcends the orthodox definitions of hard and soft power, to one that incorporates sharp power – influence over finance, information, ideas, and even thoughts and behaviours. It is a fight for control of the new digital paradigm. Take last week…

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Gaming Trade: why escalating rhetoric may make win-win hard

Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies It may seem obscure to draw parallels between this week’s belligerence in the UK’s parliament and the US-China trade war, but they are a product of the same thing. Two years ago, it was clear that trade was being rhetorically weaponised. Politicians were using ever-more incendiary language to talk about former allies as “enemies across the table” or to talk about trade wars as being “quick and easy to win.” It was obvious at the…

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Did you see the gorilla? The how and the why of gaming trade

Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies Over the past two years, the notion that trade has been weaponised has become mainstream thinking. Its weaponisation is rhetorical – we have seen a marked increase in the belligerent language associated with trade. Between the middle of 2017 and the end of 2018, Donald Trump used the word “win” in tweet about trade disputes one in every four days, for example. This is dangerous for the multilateralism that the world has relied on since…

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