U.S. security policy toward Europe: The next phase
One of the most frequently asked questions about President Donald Trump’s foreign policy is what it plans to do about Europe. The answer to that is now clearer, though not necessarily the disaster for transatlantic relations that the G7 summit in Quebec appeared to be. What Washington has in mind is unsettling enough – regional stability and security, yes, but through bilateral engagement, and with much more combative economic policies.
Opinion: Statesmanship in short supply
Today’s politicians seem to be reacting to events rather than leading. Part of the problem is the plethora of high-profile international summits, which make for good photo opportunities but don’t offer any occasion for deeper discussions. The whirlwind trips give them little time to think through strategy and future scenarios, making them more likely to act in terms of political expedience.
Buying time with other people’s money
Last week's G7 summit in Ise-Shima shows the developed world's leaders are still kicking the can down the road. LIke central banks, they seem to believe there's no problem that a little helicopter money won't solve.
Obama’s face-to-face briefings reflect the new state of Europe
US President Barack Obama has been busy on his hectic trip to Europe, holding head-to-head talks with a range of national leaders and even, briefly, meeting Vladimir Putin. His talks in Warsaw were particularly significant, as they reflect the strategic and economic importance of Poland to the US and its allies in the wake of Russia’s seizure of Ukraine. His clear ...
Political pitfalls threaten Japan’s entente with Russia and India
The crisis in Crimea and Ukraine is one of a series of setbacks to the emerging accord between Japan, Russia and India. Tokyo has developed an ‘axis of democracy’ with India, but is in dispute with Moscow over the Kuril islands, annexed by Soviet leader Joseph Stalin in 1945. A unifying factor for the three countries is the uncertainty caused by China’s growing eco...
Geopolitics: Global economic leadership - a shift from the West?
While the global financial crisis causes havoc in the world economy, the role of global leader has gradually, but quite definitely, slipped from the grasp of Western Europe and North America. But which country has the strength and credibility to take up the mantle – and what profound changes are likely to follow? asks GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund in this spe...
Economics: Does Russia deserve its place in the BRICS?
The emerging economies of the world are powering ahead using different strategies. But is Russia's performance sufficient for it to hold its place in this special group. GIS expert Professor Stefan Hedlund investigates in this special report. LABELS are needed because they help identify and sell products. But they are als...