Rebecca Harding (CEO)

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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Why the G7 matters to Boris Johnson

Why does the G7 matter? In the recent past, it has been largely a talking shop for the leaders of the world’s biggest economies, who gather for a couple of days before sendingout a communiqué generally agreeing that the western consensus should be maintained, and that globalisation is a good thing socially and economically.   Last year, all that changed. Who will forget the picture of Angela Merkel, surrounded by the leaders of Japan, Canada, the UK, France, Italy and the EU, standing behind a table with both hands forcefully…

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Where’s the beef? Why we aren’t out of the woods in US-EU trade talks just yet

On August 2nd, the US and the EU announced a trade deal. The two parties have been locked in discussions since Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Trump agreed to work towards a free trade agreement in 2018. But on Friday, the EU agreed to buy 45,000 tonnes more hormone-free beef from outside of the EU over the next seven years. Around 80% of this beef will come from the US. This was announced to cheers and celebrations all round, especially on the Trump campaign trail. …

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