Geo-economics and Strategy

Geo-economics and Strategy

Regional economic shifts are changing the global balance of power. Is the West’s decline terminal? What sort of new world order is emerging? IISS research explores such geo-economic themes

Regional Security and Business Opportunity

IISS Bahrain Bay Forum 2015

The IISS Bahrain Bay Forum 2015 brought together economic policymakers, business leaders, diplomats and experts in the field of geo-economics from around the world. Key speakers included Kátia Abreu, Brazil’s Minister of Agriculture, UAE Minister of State Reem Al Hashemi, and Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry of India.

  • Strategic Comments

    US–Saudi relations: between friction and accommodation

    18 March 2016. 

    US–Saudi relations have always been transactional, driven by US strategic interests and Saudi threat perceptions. After decades of relative stability, greater US energy independence and differences over the Iran nuclear deal, the Arab Spring and Syria have caused their interests and policies to diverge. 

  • Expert Commentary

    The Hindu: India, Japan chart Asia’s peaceful rise

    15 December 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy Standing next to him on the banks of the Ganga, Prime Minister Narendra Modi could well have recalled the words of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, uttered a hundred years ago in July 1916, to an audience of young students in Tokyo: “I offer, as did my ancestor rishis, my salutation to that sunrise of the East, which is destined once again to illumine the whole...

  • IISS Voices

    Imran Khan: India and Japan - evolving strategic and economic ties

    15 December 2015.  The deepening bilateral ties between India and Japan are expected to boost two objectives; one is economic, the other strategic, says Imran Khan

  • IISS Voices

    Giri Rajendran: IMF puts China’s yuan RMB into its currency basket

    02 December 2015.  By Giri Rajendran, Research Associate for Defence and Economics The Chinese yuan renminbi (RMB) reached another milestone on its long march towards global reserve-currency status when the board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) voted on 30 November to incorporate the RMB into its basket of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) from 1 October 2016 onwards. SDRs are reserve assets used by the IMF and central banks worldwide to manage international...

  • IISS Bahrain Bay Forum

    Emerging Economies and the Middle East

    29 November 2015. 

    IISS Bahrain Bay Forum Second Plenary Session
    Chair: Dr Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy, IISS 
    Dr Felipe Larraín Bascuñán, Former Minister of Finance, Chile 
    Dr Taeho Bark, Former Minister of Trade, South Korea 
    Dr Haihong Gao, Director, Research Center for International Finance, 
    China Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing

  • IISS Bahrain Bay Forum

    The Gulf and the Global Tech Economy

    29 November 2015. 

    IISS Bahrain Bay Forum Fourth Plenary Session
    Chair: Jens Tholstrup, Director, Oxford Economics; Trustee of the IISS 
    Teresa Carlson, Vice President, Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon
    Andre Pienaar Founder and Director, C5 Capital 
    Abdulrahman Al Hajri, Business Development Manager, TAQNIA

  • IISS Bahrain Bay Forum

    Business Opportunity and Political Risk in the Middle East

    29 November 2015. 

    IISS Bahrain Bay Forum Third Plenary Session
    Chair: Sir John Jenkins, Executive Director, IISS-Middle East 
    Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board 
    Tadashi Maeda, Senior Managing Director, Japan Bank for International Cooperation; Member of the Council, IISS 
    Majid Jafar, Chief Executive Officer, Crescent Petroleum 
    Dr Nelly Lahoud, Senior Fellow for Political Islamism, IISS

  • IISS Bahrain Bay Forum

    Perspectives on the Global Economy

    29 November 2015. 

    IISS Bahrain Bay Forum First Plenary Session
    Chair: Dr Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy, IISS 
    Huw Pill, Managing Director, Global Investment Research Division, Goldman Sachs 
    Dr Haihong Gao, Director, Research Center for International Finance, China Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing 
    Dr Alia Moubayed , Head of Research, Middle East and North Africa Region, Barclays Bank

  • IISS Voices

    Mahmood Abdulla: Focused diversification - a long-term strategic tool

    28 November 2015. 

  • Events

    IISS Bahrain Bay Forum

    28 November 2015. 

    Middle East: Regional Security and Business Opportunity
    Bahrain Bay Hotel, Manama
    28-29 November 2015

Strategic comments

China’s currency: faster steps towards global use

The arrival of the renminbi as a global reserve currency seems inevitable, underlining China’s position as a global economic power.