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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.

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MENA economies: Positioning for a new world (dis)order

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

    Economic Times: It was 25 years ago today...

    21 July 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy It was on a wet monsoon day, 25 Julys ago, that I left a staid university campus to enter the happening world of journalism, joining the editorial team at The Economic Times. Few would have anticipated at the time that the year ahead would in fact be as momentous, perhaps the most exciting, 12 months for an Indian economic journalist. In July 1990, Vishwanath...

  • Expert Commentary

    RSTV: State of the Economy with Sanjaya Baru

    20 July 2015.  Rajya Sabha TV interview with Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economic and Strategy

  • 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...

  • IISS Voices

    Mahmood Abdulla: The New Normal for Oil Prices - A Wake-Up Call for Gulf States

    06 July 2015. 

  • 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...

  • Conference Proceedings

    The IISS Cartagena Dialogue 2015

    28 June 2015.  The IISS Cartagena Dialogue: The Trans-Pacific Summit was held from 6–8 March 2015 in Cartagena, Colombia.

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Lessons to Learn (and Not to Learn) from the Greek Crisis

    24 June 2015.  Europe’s heads of state and government held an emergency summit on Greece at roughly the same time that European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled a report he had drawn up with support from the presidents of the European Parliament, European Council, European Central Bank and Eurogroup for ‘Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union’. This juxtaposition is only partly coincidental. The ‘five presidents’ have been working on their report because the...

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: Finance and Britain's EU Referendum

    08 June 2015.  A big unknown in the debate over the UK's planned referendum on European Union (EU) membership is the impact it will have on the City of London, in its role as the financial capital of Europe. There are three reasons that the impact could be negative. The UK referendum debate and European reform negotiations will lessen British influence on the design of Europe’s capital union; they will eliminate any incentive...

  • Expert Commentary

    The Hindu: When the traveller returns

    21 May 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-economics and Strategy If Year One was about diplomacy, Year Two has to be about the economy. The world is waiting to see what India has to offer in real terms. At the end of a year of hectic diplomacy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi may well have come to the same conclusion that his predecessor Manmohan Singh did when he told the India Today Conclave in...

  • Strategic Comments

    European defence spending rises, but well short of NATO target

    20 May 2015. 

    Although NATO’s European member countries have begun to increase defence spending, there is a $100bn deficit between aspirations and actual spending levels. In the context of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, states are seeking to heighten military readiness.

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.