China Watch - 25 Jul 2018
Westerners beware the end of the “old world order” is nigh! The founder and CEO of the Hong-Kong based Global Institute for Tomorrow reflects on how rising Asia could leverage its relationship with old Europe. One idea is for Europe to create its own version of the “Trans-Pacific Partnership”, “albeit one that includes China as a key partner, rather than seeking to exclude it as part of a geopolitical chess game” (reads in 4-5 min).
Published in Weekly selection 28 July 2018
The New York Times - metered paywall - 26 Mar 2018
This article makes an obvious observation yet with far-reaching and mind-boggling consequences. The backlash against liberal democracy is in full swing and the model that has dominated geopolitics for more than 70 years is under great strain, being challenged by a surge of nationalism and its institutions under assault from some of the very powers that constructed them, in particular the current US administration. In place of shared approaches to global issues, ranging from trade disputes, to security and climate change, national interests have captured primacy (reads in 6-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 31 March 2018
Project Syndicate - 11 Oct 2017
For more than 50 years, pundits have been pronouncing the last rites for the dollar’s global dominance. They may finally be right because the greenback's continuing dominance has been sustained by geopolitical alliances that are now fraying badly. As a new book from Eichengreen demonstrates, a strong and under-appreciated link exists between geopolitical alliances and international currency choice. This suggests that where China leads geopolitically, the renminbi is likely to follow (reads in 4-6 min).
Published in Weekly selection 20 October 2017