Europe’s Thirst for Virtual Water: Blueberry Fields Forever?

May 27, 2021

Blueberries have long established themselves among the superfoods. They are tasty, low in calories and full of beneficial nutrients. Most importantly, they are a rich source of antioxidants that serve to protect against a range of diseases, most notably cancer. This might explain why the demand...

The Pacific Alliance at 10: A Global Future Beckons
May 14, 2021

The Pacific Alliance at 10: A Global Future Beckons

Why a Focus on Green Hydrogen Is a Mistake
May 12, 2021

Why a Focus on Green Hydrogen Is a Mistake

What the UAE-Turkey Rivalry Means for Europe’s Energy Security
April 30, 2021

What the UAE-Turkey Rivalry Means for Europe’s Energy Security

The Risk of a No-Deal Brexit Remains

The Risk of a No-Deal Brexit Remains

April 09, 2021

The risk that we will wake up on May 1 to find we have a no-deal Brexit after all has not disappeared. The deadline for the ratification by the European Parliament of the trade deal between the European Union and the United Kingdom was due to be February 28. But Parliament postponed the deadline...

The Brexit Deal Presents Opportunities for a New Partnership

The Brexit Deal Presents Opportunities for a New Partnership

February 03, 2021

It was agreed almost at the last minute: The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) between the European Union and the United Kingdom, signed on December 30, 2020, prevented a no-deal Brexit just one day before the end of the transition period. Four and a half years after the referendum, relations...

No, the RCEP Is Not All About China

No, the RCEP Is Not All About China

January 25, 2021

Following the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) on November 15, 2020, media reporting around the world has entered into fanfare mode. Western and Chinese media in particular are reporting on the free trade deal through the narrow lens of US-China competition,...

Forecasting the US-China Relationship

Forecasting the US-China Relationship

January 18, 2021

With a new US administration about to be inaugurated, it is prudent to look at the dynamics and variables shaping the future of one of the world’s most important relationships, that between Washington and Beijing. President Donald Trump came into office looking to take a more aggressive approach...

Brexit Trade Deal Brings Temporary, If Not Lasting, Relief

Brexit Trade Deal Brings Temporary, If Not Lasting, Relief

January 13, 2021

“What we call the beginning is often the end / And to make an end is to make a beginning.” So said Ursula van der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, announcing the completion of Brexit negotiations on Christmas Eve, quoting from T.S. Eliot’s “Little Gidding,” the final...

Was It Wise for India to Reject the RCEP?

Was It Wise for India to Reject the RCEP?

December 21, 2020

Last month, 15 Asia-Pacific countries formed the world's largest trading bloc. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is China’s response to the US jettisoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) under President Donald Trump. The deal excludes both India and the US. Though the...

Will Bolsonaro Leave Trumpism Behind to Embrace a Biden-led US?

Will Bolsonaro Leave Trumpism Behind to Embrace a Biden-led US?

December 16, 2020

Joe Biden’s victory in the US election is distressing news for Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil's right-wing populist president who admires Donald Trump. Five days after the American media called the race in Biden’s favor, Bolsonaro was yet to congratulate the Democrat. Since Brazil became a democracy...

The Road Leading to the India-China Standoff

The Road Leading to the India-China Standoff

December 02, 2020

The reason for the China-India standoff in the Galwan Valley may not be the oft-mentioned construction of the Darbuk-Shyok-Daulat Beg Oldie (DSDBO) road. The new thoroughfare improved Indian logistics in the Ladakh area, meaning that supplies and troops can be deployed with far greater speed....

Why Is Foreign Investment Flooding Into India?

Why Is Foreign Investment Flooding Into India?

December 01, 2020

For years, India suffered from what came to be called the “Hindu rate of growth” — a result of Jawaharlal Nehru’s policy choices. India’s first prime minister had a fascination for the Soviet Union and championed socialism. In India, this socialist economic model was incongruously...

In Asia, a New Kid on the Trade Bloc

In Asia, a New Kid on the Trade Bloc

November 16, 2020

History undergoes serious change thanks in particular to slow events that fly below the media’s radar. Focusing on dramatic, immediate events, the media tends to neglect the major shifts that unfold over time. Paradoxically, slowly developing events that often go unreported tell the true story...

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