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Political Risk Advisory Briefing: a growing geopolitical force?

Introduction Issues of unity and belonging dominate the political consciousness right now. These are expressed in the sense of Ukraine’s nationhood versus Russia’s desire to eradicate it, in the perhaps-to-be-expanded continental bodies of the EU and NATO, and the ‘global family’ that, still tackling the coronavirus pandemic together, could yet be plunged into a global …

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Frosty relations: Great powers in an age of war

The invasion of Ukraine by Russia led to a collaborative Western response that targeted Moscow’s economic infrastructure, diplomatic status, and cultural reach. Of these, the economic action was the most intense, with the USA banning all Russian oil & gas imports and needing to find alternatives options for commodities. Understandably, the search quickly led them …

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China: Mutiny On The Buses

It was supposed to be yet another sign of China’s new industrialised dawn, but has ended in acrimony and embarrassment for all concerned. The Beijing Transit Elevated Bus (TEB), or ‘straddling bus’, a bold plan to allow public transport to run over cars, thus reducing travel time and congestion, has this week been revealed as …

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