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.

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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

    Indian Express: A 21st century Indian city

    24 October 2015.  Amaravati offers Chandrababu Naidu an opportunity to redefine his politics and policies

  • Expert Commentary

    The Hindu: Engaging with an aspirational Africa

    19 October 2015.  India’s attitude towards Africa cannot remain imprisoned in the ‘dark continent’ stereotype. Neither can it be defined solely by the legacy of the colonial era. Our language of engagement needs to create a new edifice defined by an aspirational Africa’s quest for a good life

  • Events

    China's Role in the Global Economy and China-US Relations

    13 October 2015. 

    IISS-US New York Discussion
    Cheng Lei, Deputy Consul General of the People's Republic of China in New York
    The Princeton Club of New York
    Tuesday 13 October 2015
    Reception: 6:00-6:30pm EST
    Discussion: 6:30-7:30pm

  • Expert Commentary

    Straits Times: US and TPP: Losing balance in the rebalance

    12 October 2015.  By William Choong, Shangri-La Dialogue Senior Fellow for Asia-Pacific Security With the conclusion of talks for the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), what had begun as a humble experiment between Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore in 2006 is now poised to free up trade in 40 per cent of the world economy. Arguably, it would also bolster Washington's much-touted "pivot" or "rebalance" to the Asia-Pacific, announced with much fanfare in 2011. That's the good...

  • Strategic Comments

    China’s currency: faster steps towards global use

    07 October 2015. 

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

  • Expert Commentary

    The Hindu: Towards a shared Weltanschauung

    02 October 2015.  A strong Germany, in Europe, like a strong India in Asia, will facilitate a more balanced global dispersal of power and prevent the return of hegemony. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit is the perfect moment to take this alliance aheadA shared view of the world will unlock many doors. It can help breathe new life into the negotiations on an India- European Union (EU) free trade agreement (FTA)

  • Expert Commentary

    Economic Times: G4 Summit: Will India utilize the group’s strengths?

    28 September 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy In a world of multiple partnerships, there is always space for a new club of the willing. Knee-jerk criticism of the Narendra Modi government’s decision to breathe life into the moribund G4 — the alliance of Brazil, Germany, India and Japan — is misplaced. The G4 may not yet achieve their immediate objective of securing permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council...

  • Expert Commentary

    The Week: Dump on dunghill, deify as Deng

    27 September 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy Erasing the name and image of a political leader from public memory was a favourite pastime of leaders like Stalin. Modern science was deployed in the pre-Photoshop era to remove the faces of Stalin’s detractors, including Leon Trotsky, from official photographs. Indian politicians have been generally more benign. While Jawaharlal Nehru and his family can be accused of downplaying the role of some...

  • Events

    Press Launch - Strategic Survey 2015

    15 September 2015. 

    Press Launch
    Arundel House, London
    Tuesday 15 September 2015

  • Expert Commentary

    Economic Times: Stringent visa systems and immigration laws are anachronism that must go

    10 September 2015.  By Sanjaya Baru, Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy For a person escaping from persecution or poverty, borders are lines on a paper. How long can nation states deny people the right to free movement across our planet? Even the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises only the freedom of movement of people ‘within’ a ‘State’ of which one is a ‘citizen’. It recognises an individual’s ‘right to leave any country’. 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.