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Who Will Succeed Amidst Global Economic Fragmentation?

By Lukas Fiala It’s hard to go a day without reading about new economic security measures on either side of the Atlantic. From EU tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles to the U.S. Treasury’s sanctions on China’s dual-use trade with Russia, the ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Does Europe Want to Compete With China in the Global South?

By Lukas Fiala When Ursula von der Leyen took on the top job in Brussels back in 2019, she vowed to transform the European Union’s quasi-government—the European Commission—into a “geopolitical Commission.” Little did EU bureaucrats ...

The Infrastructure Cold War 

This week, the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee heard testimony about foreign investments channeled by the Development Finance Corporation (DFC), an agency founded in the late Trump era and key to the implementation of the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII), the Biden administration’s global infrastructure rollout ...

Bridging the $3 Trillion Investment Gap: Debt Relief and the Race to Achieve the SDGs and Paris Agreement

By Marina Zucker-Marques This week, policymakers, civil society leaders, researchers, and others will gather in Washington, D.C., for the 2024 International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank Group Spring Meetings. The meetings come as many ...

China Claps Back at U.S., EU Support for the Philippines Over South China Sea Confrontations

The Chinese Foreign Ministry fired back at critics in the U.S. and the European Union after both expressed support for the Philippines following last Saturday's confrontation with the China Coast Guard in the South China Sea. Spokesperson Lin Jian on Monday ...

Author Jeremy Garlick on China’s Strategic Advantage in the Global South

U.S. and European officials often lament that they've fallen behind China when it comes to engaging Africa, Asia, the Americas, and other developing regions. Western governments aren't set up to rapidly deploy the kind of money and resources that Beijing's done ...

Does China Own the Future?

The FT columnist Gillian Tett argued this week that global markets are revealing an interesting paradox: on the one, hand, rising stock prices show that investors are feeling somewhat more optimistic about the future. On the other, gold and bitcoin (both seen as hedges against losses and volatility) ...

Making Sense of Competing Narratives on Debt and Climate Change

By Tim Hirschel-Burns If you are a casual observer trying to keep up with the news on sovereign debt right now, you have every right to be confused by last month’s stories. According to Bloomberg, ...

The Overwhelming 2024-Ness of It All

In so many ways, 2024 feels like an inflection point — one of those years that carries within it a future yet unformed. The U.S. election is of course the most prominent of these trends. If Donald Trump becomes the Rublican ...

Chinese Demand for Kenyan Avocados Surged in 2023

Kenyan avocado exports to China jumped tenfold last year from 443 tons to 4,324 tons. But even with this booming demand from China, the European Union remains Kenya's largest export market for avocados. (BUSINESS DAILY)

Why the Africa-China Relationship Poses a Climate Challenge to Europe

Thinking about Africa in the context of the climate crisis makes for some cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, the continent’s massive potential for renewable energy, its stocks of critical minerals, and its storehouses of oil, gas, and coal make it a huge “ka-ching” in continental form. ...
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