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Brexit risks harming African economies that trade with the UK

Peg Murray-Evans

The UK must pay urgent attention to the complexities of African trade in order to avoid Brexit having damaging effects In my last SPERI blog I outlined my concern that despite the UK government’s commitment to reinvigorating the Commonwealth, African countries would be sidelined in favour of larger and more important markets in the UK’s post-Brexit ‘Global Britain’ trade strategy. … Continue reading

27 July 2017 by
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Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative dividing Europe?

China’s grand geopolitical project threatens a new East-West divide in Europe The recent Belt and Road Forum in Beijing ushered in a new phase in China’s global repositioning. In his opening speech China’s president, Xi Jinping, reaffirmed the importance of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive investment project launched in 2013 to dramatically expand land and sea trade across Asia and beyond. At … Continue reading

11 July 2017 by
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Learning from China’s success? Europe in the 21st century global economy

Europe can learn lessons from China’s development and should agree a new common approach on trade Following the election of President Trump on an ‘America First’ and anti-globalisation platform the debate about the future of international trade and international competition policy became a hot political issue. Some commentators had hoped that the issue might disappear from the front pages after … Continue reading

7 July 2017 by
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The EU a year after the UK referendum: new momentum and optimism?

Simon Bulmer

With the EU issue in the UK far from settled, reports of the demise of the EU and the Eurozone have been greatly exaggerated It is now exactly 12 months since the British people voted to leave the European Union and this week Brexit negotiations finally started.  While Theresa May’s minority government seeks to sort out its negotiating strategy on … Continue reading

23 June 2017 by
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How to reform the UN Security Council?

Reform of UN Security Council must look to a ‘Weak Veto’ How to reform the troubled UN Security Council? This has been a question challenging policymakers, diplomats and academics for decades.  There is widespread agreement that reforms for the Security Council (UNSC) are needed but no consensus on the best way forward. To consider this question Matthew Gould and I … Continue reading

18 May 2017 by
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The political economy of the White Paper on the Future of Europe: Part One

Owen Parker

The Commission’s new White Paper offers some interesting post-Brexit scenarios for ‘the future of Europe’, but realising any of these will be difficult in a context of political divisions among the remaining 27 states At the beginning of March the European Commission published a White Paper (WP) on The Future of Europe at 27 (i.e. the current EU-28 minus the … Continue reading

21 March 2017 by
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What ASEAN needs to learn from Brexit

Ahmad-Risky-Umar

ASEAN needs to develop stronger leadership and become more democratic. Failure to do this will mean it continue to be fragmented and vulnerable to the danger of ‘breaking up’ Recent crises in the European Union, from Brexit to the recent Italian Constitutional referendum have sparked debate about the future of the EU, not only in the Europe, but also outside … Continue reading

31 January 2017 by
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2016 and the return of the nation-state

Whilst the turbulence of this year has caused political shocks the apparent resurgence of the nation-state should be no surprise Much of the political rhetoric that has been deployed during this period of political turbulence can make 2016 appear as the year the nation-state returned.  Yet for all the shock value associated with the year’s political events this apparent resurgence … Continue reading

21 December 2016 by
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Britain’s future referendum on EU membership: lessons from Scotland

Jim Buller

Economic arguments in favour of Europe may not resonate with a sceptical public ‘If anyone thinks after this that an EU referendum is a good idea, they must be off their heads’ (Better Together campaigner, quoted here). Last month, after a vibrant and passionate referendum campaign, the Scots voted to stay in the UK by a majority of 55 to … Continue reading

4 December 2014 by
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What does the Ukraine crisis mean for Russia and the West?

Peter Rodger

Caught in a balancing act, Ukraine’s new leadership faces tough political and economic choices In November 2013 Ukraine rejected the signing of a European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA).  Since then, the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has left Ukraine in a quickly organised referendum with strong backing from Moscow.  Such an outcome has been cheered in Moscow and created outcry in … Continue reading

17 July 2014 by
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New SPERI Paper by Ben Clift

You can now download the next in the SPERI Paper series Paper No.10 – The Hollande Presidency, the Eurozone Crisis & the Politics of Fiscal Rectitude by Ben Clift (SPERI Honorary Research Fellow & Professor of Political Economy, University of Warwick). The paper analyses the political economy of the Hollande Presidency in France, evaluating the economic policies pursued by the French Socialist … Continue reading

20 March 2014 by
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Understanding ‘Europessimism’

In the aftermath of the crisis this new scholarly position in the debate about the EU has become an increasingly important strand of thinking There are many signs that the EU is a political system in crisis. The past few years have seen a succession of popular protests in Eurozone countries against the imposition of austerity, while political elites, especially … Continue reading

4 March 2014 by
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SPERI Paper No.8 published – The Crisis of the Euro: The Problem of German Power Revisited

SPERI Paper No.8 has arrived. The paper entitled The Crisis of the Euro:  The Problem of German Power Revisited by Helen Thompson (Reader in Politics & Director of Studies at Clare College, University of Cambridge and SPERI Honorary Research Fellow) was published today. The paper argues that the durability of the euro appears to rest on the impossibility of abandoning it, … Continue reading

10 December 2013 by
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Video of David Marsh book launch

Thank you to all of those who attended what turned out to be a very interesting and insightful book launch. For those of you who couldn’t make it, David Marsh (Financial Times journalist and Chairman of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF)) launched the paperback version of his book Europe’s Deadlock : How the Euro Crisis could be … Continue reading

26 November 2013 by
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Beyond Austerity vs Growth: The Future of the European Political Economy

The SPERI Annual Conference ‘Beyond Austerity vs Growth: The Future of the European Political Economy’ will take place on 1-3 July 2013 at Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield. As the EU reaches a political deal on seven-year budget, the conference is particularly timely. Over 100 delegates will be in attendance, including leading academics, policy makers and journalists from across the … Continue reading

28 June 2013 by
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One week to register under early bird rate for SPERI Conference

The second SPERI annual conference ‘Austerity vs Growth: The Future of the European Political Economy’ is now just over 5 weeks away. The conference will take place on 1 – 3 July 2013 at Halifax Hall, University of Sheffield. The programme features an exciting list of speakers including Peter Katzenstein (Cornell University), Vivien Schmidt (Boston University), Iain Begg (LSE), Stuart … Continue reading

24 May 2013 by
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