• Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Countries Do Not Borrow, They Are Bought

    28 July 2015.  A lot of the criticism of peripheral countries in the euro area relies on an implicit comparison with households or firms. The argument goes like this: these countries borrowed excessively after they joined the euro at the end of the 1990s in order to live beyond their means, and then got in trouble when they could not pay back the money. This argument is usually directed at the public sector...

  • Events

    Europe after the Greek debacle

    22 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Erik Jones, Professor, European Studies and International Political Economy; Director, European and Eurasian Studies; Johns Hopkins University
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 22 July 2015, 12:30-1:30pm

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Sustainable Integration as a Response to Draghi’s ‘Imperfect’ Union

    20 July 2015.  When Mario Draghi was asked last Thursday (16 July) whether the recent crisis surrounding Greece had made the monetary union more vulnerable, he gave an astonishingly frank response. Draghi denied that the discussion about Greece made the union more vulnerable; nevertheless, he admitted that: this union is imperfect. And being imperfect, is fragile, is vulnerable, and doesn’t deliver all the benefits that it could if it were to be completed. So...

  • Expert Commentary

    APPG Briefing: A worthwhile Iran deal

    16 July 2015.  Remarks on the recent Iran nuclear deal to the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Security and Non-Proliferation on 15 July

  • Events

    The UK and the EU: Making the most of an awkward partnership

    15 July 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Rt Hon. Lord Garel-Jones
    Member, House of Lords, Former Minister of State, Foreign and 
    Commonwealth Office
    Managing Director, UBS; Chairman UBS Latin America
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 15 July 2015, 6.30-8pm

  • Events

    Members' Launch of The Armed Conflict Survey

    15 July 2015. 

    Book Launch
    Nigel Inkster
    Editor, The Armed Conflict Survey;
    Director, Transnational Threats and Political Risk, IISS
    Arundel House, London
    Wednesday 15 July 2015, 13:00-14:00

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: The ECB's Choice

    07 July 2015.  The Greek referendum has left the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) with a political choice that it should not have to make. The ECB will need cover from Europe’s political leaders no matter how this plays out. As with most important choices, this one will make some people very unhappy. We should expect to see opposition emerge both in the media and in the courts. Worse, the...

  • Expert Commentary

    Le Monde: Forcer la Grèce à sortir de la zone euro serait très compliqué

    06 July 2015.  Interview with François Heisbourg, Chairman of the IISS and of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy Dimanche 5 juillet, les Grecs ont dit non à la dernière proposition de réformes formulée par les créanciers du pays. Conseiller spécial à la Fondation pour la recherche stratégique, François Heisbourg analyse les conséquences géopolitiques de ce vote. Quelles seront, d’après vous, les leçons et les conséquences du vote grec sur le plan stratégique ? Il y aura des effets...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Broken Europe

    06 July 2015.  The Greek referendum was a postmodern event, and I don’t mean that in a good way. The question was an ‘empty signifier’: no one could understand its literal meaning, and that literal meaning was no longer relevant in any case. So you can think of referendum as a big symbol that Greek voters could fill with whatever they wanted; hopes, aspirations, worries and disappointments all fit in nicely. Moreover, there...

  • Expert Commentary

    The Hindu: The Greek crisis and an imperfect EU

    02 July 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economic and Strategy The European Union (EU) was never a union. Greece has called the bluff. At the heart of the economic crisis in the EU is a political failure. The inability, indeed the unwillingness, of the member nations of the “Union” to move beyond a single market and a monetary union to create a political entity. The economic crisis in Greece is a manifestation of...

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