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As Climate Disasters Pile Up, a Radical Proposal Gains Traction

This article was first published in the New York Times. The idea of modifying Earth’s atmosphere to cool the planet, once seen as too risky to seriously consider, is attracting new money and attention. As the effects of climate change become more devastating, prominent research institutions and government agencies are focusing new money and attention on…

Can the Honda e convince us to go electric?

This article, written by Simon de Burton, was originally published in The Spectator. In recent weeks I’ve been fortunate enough to have driven the new Rolls-Royce Ghost,  Bentley’s latest Bentayga and even the first completed example of Aston Martin’s £3.5m recreation of James Bond’s DB5 from the ‘Goldfinger’ film – but none turned heads quite…

COVID-19 and European small and medium-size enterprises: How they are weathering the storm

Jonathan Dimson, Zdravko Mladenov, Ruchi Sharma, and Karim Tadjeddine – McKinsey & Company Small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) have been the lifeblood of the European economy, accounting for more than two-thirds of the workforce and more than half of the economic value added. Yet the results of a recent McKinsey survey, conducted in August 2020,…

Is it the end of ‘Made in China’?

Corporate Q&A, Mike Tolentino – Week in China This article was originally published in Week in China. Sideshow Collectibles is a specialty manufacturer of collectible figures and statues, making goods based on characters from Marvel, Star Wars, DC Comics, Disney and others. Mike Tolentino oversees production, working with Chinese factories to assess whether their capabilities meet Sideshow’s standards. Here he…

The deception and detriment of US-China cultural and educational decoupling

Cheng Li and Ryan McElveen – Brookings This article was originally published in China-US Focus. As the United States insignia was stripped and the American flag was lowered over the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China, in late July, a bridge that had connected America with western China for 35 years was severed. Soon thereafter, the U.S. embassy…

Beijing Believes Trump Is Accelerating American Decline

Public intelligence assessments of China’s 2020 election preferences only tell half the story. This article by Rush Doshi, the director of the Brookings China Strategy Initiative, was first published by Foreign Policy. In August, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence claimed publicly that China “prefers that President Trump – whom Beijing sees as unpredictable…

Iraq’s New Independence Day: Reclaiming a Nation’s Lost Identity

 Luay al-Khatteeb – The Navigator for Center for Global Policy This article was first published in the Navigator, from the Center for Global Policy. “In this regard and with sadness, I have to say that it is my belief there is no Iraqi people inside Iraq. There are only diverse groups with no patriotic sentiments.…

England’s contact-tracing system needs better data handling to beat COVID-19

Mengdie Zhuang, UCL and Ed Manley, University of Leeds An anxious Jane receives a text message from the NHS confirming she has tested positive for COVID-19. She had called in sick to work that morning, after she first began to experience a dry cough and mild fever. But she’d spent the previous week running around…