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China, Europe, and optimal currency zones – Michael Pettis

5 November 2014

I typically think of four main factors that determine whether or not an economy can function efficiently as a single currency or economic zone. They primarily determine the level of adjustments costs and how these costs are to be shared, so that regions more able to bear the costs absorb a larger [read more]

Deflation trap – Andrew Gamble

2 September 2014

Andrew Gamble, Chair of SPERI International Advisory Board & Professor of Politics, University of Cambridge The European Central Bank has consistently denied that there is any chance of the eurozone falling into deflation.  The ‘deceleration of prices’ in recent months has been dismissed [read more]

Sir Richard Dearlove’s talk at RUSI 7 July 2014

13 July 2014

Sir Richard Dearlove, is the former head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6, and as such has insights into the developments of the last twenty years that few can rival. At The Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Sir Richard gave a talk entitled, Terrorism and National Security: [read more]

Future Strategic Challenges for Britain

3 April 2014

In February 2008 The Strategy Unit in the UK Cabinet Office published a report setting out the challenges that Britain faces, it is called “Realising Britain’s Potential:Future Strategic Challenges for Britain”. What is interesting about this report, and why it has relevance outside [read more]

Optimum Population Trust Critical of UK Population Policy (2008)

2 November 2008

The UK government’s national security strategy recognises many of the new environmental symptoms of global insecurity but ignores their root cause, the Optimum Population Trust said on March 19, 2008. David Nicholson-Lord, OPT research associate, said: “Talking about threats to national [read more]

Nicholas Stern – A Policy Framework for Climate Change

23 February 2008

Lord Stern, author of the review on the economics of climate change (“The Stern Report”, 2006) wrote in The Times (London) on the 22 February 2008 pointing out the need for a clear policy framework to deal with the threat posed by climate change. He wrote, “Climate change is the [read more]
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