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Success or failure? Unpacking the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference

Trade & Manufacturing

Daniel Capparelli
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From 12-17 June, trade ministers gathered in Geneva for the long-awaited 12th WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) and achieved agreement on a series of reforms after several years of deadlock. These include an intellectual property waiver for covid-19 vaccines, the WTO response to the pandemic, a moratorium on e-commerce duties, and the partial elimination of fisheries…

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“Nothing and no one is off the table”: a new UK approach to individual sanctions and dirty money?

Financial Services

Felix Cazalet
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UK foreign secretary Liz Truss has declared that nothing is off-limits in terms of sanctioning individuals to put pressure on Putin and his Ukraine policy. In this week’s podcast, we ask how far this no-holds barred approach is true, not just in Russia but also more broadly. Has Russia’s invasion of Ukraine fundamentally changed the UK’s willingness to go after “the bad…

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Top in Tech: Mobility policy in the UK and privacy debates in the EU

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Conan D'Arcy
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Welcome to Top in Tech, your guide for navigating and understanding the European 'tech-lash', the frontline of a new push to regulate the technology sector. Each month, the Global Counsel team will bring you inside the latest debates, proposals, and laws shaping the conversation in Brussels, London, and across the world.

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General Politics

Australian elections: the international implications

General Politics

Stephen Adams
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After almost a decade of centre-right leadership, Anthony Albanese emerged as Australia’s new Prime Minister following this week's elections. Yet uncertainty remains; Albanese's Labor Party ran on few policy specifics beyond a repudiation of incumbent Scott Morrison's guarded approach to climate, and surging turnout for the Greens prevented them from securing an outright…

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General Politics

The geopolitics of: technology standards

General Politics

Jon Garvie
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Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, there’s been a lot of talk about the return of history. post-1989 assumptions that liberal democracy and open markets were the single models on which most countries would converge now look naïve at best.

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Decoupling of data flows: perspectives from the US and EU

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Franck Thomas
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The modern internet runs on the free flow of data across the Atlantic ocean. But as policymakers push toward different systems for the regulation of data collection, what are the implications of a decoupling of data between the US and EU?

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Are we entering a nuclear energy renaissance?

Energy & Commodities

Geoffrey Norris
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As technology advances and the world pushes to reduce emissions, are we entering a new age of nuclear power?

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General Politics

Macron wins a second term; what's next for France?

General Politics

Denzil Davidson
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On Sunday, French President Emmanuel Macron won a second term in the French elections. But his victory is complicated by the record showing of his far-right opponent, Marine Le Pen. With legislative elections looming in June and the intensifying Russia-Ukraine war threatening European cooperation, what did Sunday night tell us about the future of France?

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Top in Tech: The Online Safety Bill and US/EU Privacy Shield

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Conan D'Arcy
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‘Top in tech’ is a monthly episode from the GC tech policy team. Each month, the team lift the lid on the latest in Europe’s ‘techlash’, identifying where the debate is heading in London and Brussels, the politics behind it, and what this might mean for the apps and online services we use every day. 

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How exposed is the global health system to geopolitical tensions?

Health and Life Sciences

Mark Loughridge
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The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a light on the fragility of the public health systems that we take for granted. As the virulence of the pandemic begins to abate across much of the world, how exposed – or prepared – are counties for the impact of war, economic sanctions, political isolation and new migratory patterns on existing health structures and systems? 

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General Politics

Six weeks later: how the Ukraine invasion has changed the world

General Politics

Alexander van der Wusten
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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has entered its second month, and Global Counsel continues to go beyond the headlines to cover the crisis through interactive events, in-depth analysis, and daily briefings.

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General Politics

History as it happens: Mary Elise Sarotte on Russia and Ukraine

General Politics

Denzil Davidson
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Global Counsel Advisor Denzil Davidson is joined by historian Mary Elise Sarotte, author of the new book 'Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of the Post-Cold War Stalemate.

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General Politics

Ukraine-Russia: Inside Kyiv and Moscow

General Politics

Benjamin Wegg-Prosser
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Global Counsel Managing Director Benjamin Wegg-Prosser is joined by Owen Matthews, Newsweek’s former Moscow correspondent, and Sergii Drobysh, a Ukraine-based political analyst, to discuss Russia's shifting internal politics and the mood inside a besieged Ukraine.

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Top in Tech: Russia-Ukraine and the EU's Data Act

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Conan D'Arcy
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‘Top in tech’ is a monthly episode from the GC tech policy team. Each month, the team lift the lid on the latest in Europe’s ‘techlash’, identifying where the debate is heading in London and Brussels, the politics behind it, and what this might mean for the apps and online services we use every day.

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The challenges of making supply chains green

Sustainability

Alessandro Gangarossa
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Global Counsel members Alessandro Gangarossa and Felicity Hall are joined by Anders Rehnberg to discuss the EU's proposal Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence.

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General Politics

Russia-Ukraine: the impact on Asia with Bilahari Kausikan

General Politics

Benjamin Wegg-Prosser
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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has provoked one of the strongest non-military reactions from the West seen in decades. What explains Asian reactions to the invasions, and how are their economies coping with the fallout on global supply chains and energy markets? And what lessons will China take from this in regard to its rivalry with the West?

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Russia – Ukraine: how much worse can it get?

Financial Services

Benjamin Wegg-Prosser
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Benjamin Wegg-Prosser and Rebecca Park are joined by Chris Weafer, a Moscow-based investment strategist and founding partner of Macro-Advisory, to talk through the sanctions’ impact on corporates and investors and the specific challenges they face in Russia and the wider region.

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The Ukraine invasion - a global perspective

General Policy

Alexander Smotrov
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On Wednesday morning, Russian troops entered Ukraine. As stressed by policymakers in London, Washington, and Brussels, everything is now on the table in terms of further sanctions against Russia. Whatever new measures might ensue-and depending on Russia’s counter-response-the immediate costs and possible risks for investors and corporates in the region have never been…

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