Expert View supplement GIS’s in-depth reports with incisive opinion. Written by top GIS experts, sometimes challenging and always thought-provoking, these brief commentaries provide an informed viewpoint on crucial geopolitical issues.
The U.S. and China’s ‘free trade’ agendas
The United States and China are not true champions of free trade. Beijing pushes exports but effectively curbs imports through a maze of administrative obstacles. Washington traditionally concentrates on job protection and creation; its trade policies reflect these priorities.
GIS adds new content formats: ‘Dossier’ and ‘Opinion’
GIS is introducing two new content formats to our analysis portfolio. “Dossier” aims to give readers a thorough overview of the analysis we have provided on particular topics, regions or conflicts, while “Opinion” is an expanded viewpoint essay by our founder, Prince Michael of Liechtenstein and some of our other top experts. We will also begin offering more of our content for free.
Kim Watch: Army men
The impeachment of South Korea's president has Kim Jong-un looking longingly across the border. For now, the North Korean leader has busied himself with staging mock commando assaults on a replica of the presidential palace in Seoul. But he would clearly like to do much more.
Brazil’s politics: a small step toward stabilization
Brazil’s President Michel Temer received a much-needed political boost from the outcome of country’s municipal elections, but the challenges that he faces in the crisis-devastated nation remain daunting.
Obama’s monetary diplomacy
The protectionist views of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump are well known, but there has already been a drift in that direction under the Obama administration. One of its favorite tools has been currency monitoring – a way to strong-arm trading partners into adopting tighter monetary policies.
Still the greatest
Tomorrow we can be sure that nearly half of all American voters will be greatly disappointed or even angry. The other half will not be particularly pleased, either, even though “their” candidate won. But if we forget about the election cycle and look ahead a decade or two, there are plenty of reasons to be optimistic.
Kim Watch: How China sold out its coal industry
A senior American diplomat let slip that North Korea makes $1 billion a year on coal exports, mostly to China. That will come as a surprise to anyone who puts faith in UN sanctions to block Pyongyang's nuclear program. It is also grim news for Chinese coal producers, who are on the verge of financial collapse.