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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.

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IISS Bahrain Bay Forum

The next IISS Bahrain Bay Forum will take place on 16–17 September 2017 in Manama, Bahrain.

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  • Expert Commentary

    The Week: A century in search of a name

    23 August 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy If the 19th century was Britain’s and the 20th was America’s, many assume the 21st would be China’s. Even Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz wrote a column calling the present century “The Chinese Century”. Interestingly, economist Arvind Subramanian, currently chief economic adviser in the ministry of finance, wrote the highly acclaimed Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance in which he speculated...

  • Expert Commentary

    The Hindu: The sprouting of the ‘Look West’ policy

    19 August 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week has the potential to be remembered like Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao’s visit to Singapore in September 1994. Through his famous Singapore Lecture, Narasimha Rao unveiled India’s “Look East” Policy. Through the joint statement that he signed with UAE’s leadership, Mr. Modi has unveiled India’s "Look West" Policy. Narasimha Rao’s “Look East” Policy succeeded...

  • IISS Voices

    Alan Wheatley: China’s long march to reserve-currency status

    14 August 2015. 

  • IISS Voices

    Mahmood Abdulla: New opportunities for the Gulf along China's new Silk Road

    29 July 2015. 

  • Events

    A new era of GCC geo-economic opportunity with China and India

    27 July 2015. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Workshop
    IISS-Middle East, Manama, Bahrain
    Monday 27 July 2015

  • Events

    The past, present, and future for GCC investment in China

    27 July 2015. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Workshop
    A new era of GCC geo-economic opportunity with China and India
    Third Session
    Mahmood Abdulla, Research Assistant, Geo-economics and Strategy Programme, IISS          

  • Events

    The past, present, and future for GCC investment in India

    27 July 2015. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Workshop
    A new era of GCC geo-economic opportunity with China and India
    Third Session
    Imran Khan, Consultant, Geo-Economics and Strategy Programme, IISS

  • Events

    China and India’s Opportunity in GCC Economic Development

    27 July 2015. 

    IISS Geo-economics and Strategy Workshop
    A new era of GCC geo-economic opportunity with China and India
    First Session
    Chair: Sanjaya Baru
    Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy Programme, IISS
    Farzam Kamalabadi
    Founder and President, Future Trends Group
    Talmiz Ahmed
    Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi
    Jarmo Kotilaine
    Chief Economist, Bahrain Economic Development Board

  • Survival

    The Economics of Multipolarity

    22 July 2015.  Deepak Nayyar’s Catch Up describes the role of 14 developing economies in transforming the structure of world economic output. If the trends of the past half-century persist, the twenty-first-century distribution of power will be multipolar.

  • Expert Commentary

    The Hindu: An agreement that was called a deal

    21 July 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy Ten years ago, on the morning of July 19, 2005, the readers of The Hindu would have seen a boxed news item next to the front page lead story with an innocuous headline that read “Manmohan expresses satisfaction over talks”. It was not just the byline of the writer (N. Ravi, the newspaper’s former Editor-in-Chief) that justified the placement of that report, but...

Business and Conflict in Fragile States

Even acute conflict can be manageable, says this Adelphi. It provides key insights for business leaders, policymakers and community advocates.