Trade deal or no deal?

Dr. Rebecca Harding   29th April 2019 For some time it has been clear that the US’s stance on trade is less about individual bilateral relationships than it is about recalibrating the world’s rules-based trade system on its terms. This will become ever-clearer this week, as trade talks between the US and China resume. There is plenty to be discussed still between the two countries and the US’s stance towards China has not diluted. It sees the success of China…

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Strategic Trade is here to stay

Dr. Rebecca Harding   Just as trade talks between Washington and Beijing appear to be reaching a form of resolution, the potential for a new front in the global trade war to open between the US and the EU looks more likely. On Monday 15th April, the EU will approve the re-commencement of trade talks with the US. This is against a backdrop of threats from President Trump that $11bn of tariffs will be imposed on European helicopters, and cheese,…

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Why it’s time for a positive message about trade

Dr. Rebecca Harding Yet another week, yet another blog saying that the UK is in crisis and the next week will be critical for the Brexit outcome. The political process is incapable of making choices at the moment; the economics of trade in all of this has been forgotten as politicians vie for power and influence with each other using their own pre-conceptions of what the electorate voted for to create power for themselves. In short, with barely a reference…

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Time to focus on Strategic Trade

Rebecca Harding CEO Coriolis Technologies The last week of March will be one of the most important weeks for trade in a long time. But think again if you think this is because the UK may, or may not, have a way forward on Brexit by the end of the week. Rather, this is an important week for trade because it will confirm that trade has become strategic. What does this mean? Strategic Trade is trade deployed for reasons of…

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Competing Oil Interests and the Strategic Challenge of the Eastern Mediterranean

Jack Harding Head of Political Risk   On Wednesday this week (20th March), US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to visit Jerusalem as part of a trip that will also include visits to Lebanon and Kuwait. While in Israel, Pompeo will hold talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as Cypriot and Greek leaders, Nicos Anastasiades and Alex Tsipras.   Pompeo’s visit has attracted criticism that the US is attempting to influence the outcome of the elections…

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