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

    16 September 2017. 

    16–17 September
    Four Seasons Hotel Bahrain Bay, Manama
    Select speakers:
    Mr Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister, Sweden; Member of the Council, IISS
    HE Mr Amr Al-Garhy, Minister of Finance, Arab Republic of Egypt
    Dr Joachim von Amsberg, Vice President, Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
    HE Mr Khalid Al-Rumaihi, Chief Executive, Bahrain Economic Development Board

  • IISS Voices

    Qatar dispute exposes regional food-security failures

    21 August 2017.  Recent acts of solidarity by Turkey and Iran to help Qatar feed its population are important reminders of just how dependent regional states are on food imports. As Sara Fouad Almohamadi explains, the current Gulf dispute has exposed the shortcomings of national food-security policies.

  • 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

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

    14 August 2015. 

  • Politics and Strategy

    Erik Jones: The EU Needs to Admit Mistakes

    10 August 2015.  The European Union (EU) is good at writing rules; what it needs is to strengthen the capacity to suspend, ignore or replace rules that are obviously not working or inappropriate in a given situation. In other words, the EU needs to get better at recognising when following the rules is a mistake. This is not going to be a popular argument. Rules are supposed to be rules, after all. Nevertheless...

  • 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...

  • 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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