Category: Geopolitics

Starmer meets Macron: building ties for the future? 

In the run-up to a general election, being seen interacting with world leaders is an important element to building legitimacy and credibility for both the incumbent and challenger campaigning for the top spot. The meeting between Keir Starmer and Emmanuel Macron on 19 September is such a moment. It concludes an intense international week for […]
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19 Sep, 2023

Midterm in Germany: Where does the governing coalition stand halfway through its mandate? 

At the beginning of the 2023 summer recess, the “progress coalition” led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) and Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) appears increasingly tired, with the fallout from Russia’s war in Ukraine dominating much of the government’s attention and policymaking. The energy transition has been hampered by challenges, […]
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09 Aug, 2023

UK-US cooperation on the digital economy: reasons to celebrate?

Headlines coming out of Rishi Sunak’s recent visit to the US focused on the UK-US ‘Atlantic Declaration’. The Declaration covers a range of areas for bilateral cooperation, with a significant focus on digital and tech. This includes substantive commitments on the UK-US data bridge and cooperation on emerging technologies including AI, as well as a […]
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20 Jun, 2023

G7 summit: the challenges to Western unity 

The G7 Leaders’ Summit is taking place on 19 – 21 May in Hiroshima, Japan. Economic security and combating economic coercion will be the dominant themes, driven by the US as they push allies to curb dependencies on China.   Opposition to Russia and support for Ukraine will be the other main theme. Leaders will discuss a […]
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19 May, 2023

What the Integrated Review refresh means for British foreign policy

Last week, the Government published the long-awaited “refresh” to its national security and international policy, the Integrated Review (“IR23”). The Government also announced an additional £11 billion to the defence budget over the next 5 years, with £5 billion of that in the first 2 years.   The Integrated Review, initially published in March 2021 (“IR21”), […]
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24 Mar, 2023

What’s on the horizon for critical minerals

Over the next 25 years, demand for critical minerals like lithium, cobalt, and rare earth minerals will increase sixfold if countries are to reach their emissions reduction targets. Critical minerals are essential to the production of low-carbon technologies, such as electric vehicles, photovoltaic cells and wind turbines. The UK’s Integrated Review Refresh, released yesterday, announced […]
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14 Mar, 2023

The state of the Ukraine-EU relationship

With Zelenskyy coming to Europe last week to make a number of keynote speeches, from London to Paris and then finally the European Parliament in Brussels, now seems a timely moment to assess the state of the EU/Ukraine relationship. Let’s start by stating what should be clear to all. Zelenskyy is grateful to EU Member […]
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17 Feb, 2023

Flint Briefing Call: What does 2023 hold for Ukraine?

Managing Partner Simon Fraser is joined by guest speaker Sir Lawrence Freedman (Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London) alongside Flint Specialist Partner Sir Julian King (UK EU Commissioner 2016-19) and Partner Sam Lowe (expert in UK and EU trade policy) to take stock of where things stand and discuss how the conflict in Ukraine may evolve in its second year. You […]
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16 Feb, 2023

Navigating the Swedish Council Presidency 

On 1 January this year, Sweden assumed the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU for a period of six months. As expected, Sweden is staying true to its “honest broker” reputation, though this time it seems to be more out of necessity than choice.   The Swedish Government faces a difficult economic and political […]
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30 Jan, 2023

Geopolitics in 2023: a transition year 

2023 looks set to be a transition year for geopolitics. Developments this year will shape the political debate ahead of major electoral events in 2024: the US, Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan will face presidential elections, the UK will in all likelihood hold a General Election, and the EU will hold the European parliament elections. 2023 […]
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27 Jan, 2023

Sovereignty, security and the UK emerging tech outlook

For the first time in decades, security concerns are king in industrial and economic policy. Few sectors are more impacted by this trend than emerging tech. US offensive action targeting semiconductor exports to China, together with the defensive CHIPS and Science Act, is the most significant peacetime national security market intervention by a Western power […]
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19 Dec, 2022

Reshuffled MidCat pipeline puts sustainability first - at the cost of energy independence?

From MidCat to H2Med One of the biggest challenges for Europe to replace Russian gas is to get gas and hydrogen from southern to central Europe. When pressure from Berlin and Madrid at the height of the energy crisis brought the MidCat pipeline back into the spotlight after years at the back of the drawer, […]
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12 Dec, 2022
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