• IISS Voices

    Chris Raggett: Corruption, security and the UK

    11 May 2016.  On 12 May, the UK government will host an anti-corruption summit in London. With the leaders of Afghanistan, Colombia and Nigeria set to attend, Chris Raggett asks whether this 'coalition of the willing' will mark a change from the slow progress to date.

  • Strategic Comments

    China’s shaky trade figures and their ramifications

    09 May 2016. 

    Statistical problems and anomalies are arising with respect to China's troubled economy, bringing into doubt some bedrock economic indicators. Perhaps the most important one is China’s trade surplus, which may be significantly overstated. This possibility makes a currency crisis, once considered highly improbable, less so. Such a crisis could reveal that much of what investors and analysts have assumed about China’s economy has been exaggerated.

  • Events

    ASEAN 2025: From Vision to Reality – Opportunities and Challenges

    09 May 2016. 

    IISS Fullerton Lecture
    HE Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Monday 9 May 2016, 10–11am SGT

  • Events

    The Global Goals – A Roadmap to a Sustainable, Fair and More Peaceful Future

    13 April 2016. 

    IISS Fullerton Lecture
    Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway
    Fullerton Hotel, Singapore
    Wednesday 13 April 2016, 5–6pm SGT

  • Expert Commentary

    Economic Times: Brics leaders should resist usual temptation of asking what world can do for them

    24 March 2016.  By Sanjaya Baru, Consulting Senior Fellow for India, Director of IISS-India March 2013. Barely three years ago, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma sported a big smile, standing in the middle, flanked by Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, China’s President Xi Jinping, Brazil’s President Dilma Roussef and India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. They had just concluded their fifth summit meeting in Durban, completing, as they called it, “the first cycle of summits”. They announced...

  • Strategic Comments

    The commodities supercycle’s end and political risk

    22 March 2016. 

    The commodities supercycle has ended, and commodity prices have dropped steeply. This has strained the economies of net commodity exporters, most of which are emerging-market and developing countries. Substantial reductions in export revenues have prompted budget cuts and other drastic remedial action that have in many cases reduced government assistance to general populations and produced shortages of basic goods and services. As a result, popular discontent and instability have broadly increased political risk.

  • Strategic Comments

    Argentina: a good start for Macri

    01 March 2016. 

    Argentina’s new president Mauricio Macri has moved quickly and decisively to mend the country’s ailing economy and fix its international debt problems, signalled his intention to usher in more pragmatic and open foreign and trade policies, and earned high approval ratings. But the country's domestic economic problems are daunting, and Macri's remedial measures will take time to bear fruit.

  • Events

    The Age of the Fragile City: Responses to Protracted Urban Violence in the Developing World

    11 December 2015. 

    Discussion Meeting
    Dan Lewis, Chief, Disaster and Post-Conflict Section, UN-Habitat
    Dr Robert Muggah, Research Director, Igarapé Institute
    Dr John De Boer, Senior Policy Advisor, Centre for Policy Research, United Nations University
    Dr Caroline Moser, Emeritus Professor, University of Manchester
    Friday 11 December, 11am-12 noon

  • 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

    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

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