Seven Years of China’s Belt and Road Initiative: How are Developing Countries Benefiting?

By Ssemanda Allawi. In 2013 – seven years ago, Chinese president Xi Jinping gave a set of speeches where he announced the proposal of the now famous Belt Road Initiative (BRI). Xi delivered the first speech about BRI during his Read More …

Sickening thy neighbour: Export restraints on medical supplies during a pandemic

By Simon Evenett Given the centrality of China to many international supply chains, there is considerable interest in the impact of COVID-19 on global trade flows. And a troubling trade policy dimension is now coming to light. This column reports on and assesses a finding Read More …

U.S – UK Huawei Ban: Tecnationalism or a Looming New Tech Cold War?

    By Ssemanda Allawi.  After several months of U.S’ campaign against Chinese telecom giant Huawei claiming the move was due to security concerns, United Kingdom (UK) gave in to Washington’s fear-mongering as London announced a decision to lock Huawei Read More …

Taiwan-Somaliland Ties bad for Africa: It’s a Catalyst for New Cold War Between U.S and China on African Soil.

In what appears to be a bizarre and unprecedented occurrence in International Relations, earlier this week, Taiwan announced that Taiwan had established diplomatic relations with Somaliland – a self-declared independent region on the coast of the Gulf of Aden. Ironically, Read More …

Desperate Measures: The Effects of Economic Isolation on Warrying Powers.

Erik Sand. Scholars and strategists have long debated whether cutting off an opponent’s trade is an effective strategy in war. In this debate, success or failure has usually been judged based on whether the state subjected to economic isolation surrenders Read More …

Revelations and Opportunities: What the United States Can Learn From The Sino-Indian Crisis.

By Sameer Lalwani. Strategists of governance, economics, and geopolitics have long known that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste. The Sino-Indian border crisis, which now seems under control, is no different. Scuffles in mid-May between Chinese and Indian troops appeared to escalate with People’s Liberation Read More …