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Artemis Accords: why many countries are refusing to sign Moon exploration agreement

Christopher Newman, Northumbria University, Newcastle Eight countries have signed the Artemis Accords, a set of guidelines surrounding the Artemis Program for crewed exploration of the Moon. The United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, the United Arab Emirates and the US are now all participants in the project, which aims to return humans to the…

The impact of COVID-19 on future mobility solutions

This article was written collaboratively by members of the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility. The authors include Saskia Hausler, Kersten Heineke, Russell Hensley, Timo Moller, Dennis Schwedhelm and Pei Shen. As the COVID-19 crisis rages, public life in many countries is grinding to a halt. The human toll is enormous, with the patient caseload and…

The Logic of Sino-Western Détente

Jim O’Neill – Project Syndicate It might be cathartic to opine noisily about another country’s standards and practices, but there is substantial historical evidence to suggest that a country’s citizens will tend to value economic opportunity over most other issues. That axiom applies as much to the US, the UK, and Europe as it does…

Global China: Global governance and norms

Tarun Chhabra, Rush Doshi, Ryan Hass and Emilie Kimball – Brookings China’s efforts to secure a larger role for itself in multiple international institutions have generated questions about the scale of its ambitions and the tools it will use to advance them. From human rights to energy to trade, China’s growing weight in the international…

How the Iran-Iraq war will shape the region for decades to come

Ranj Alaaldin – Brookings Forty years ago, a major war between Iran and Iraq set the stage for far-reaching and lasting regional dynamics. The conflict — which began in September 1980 when Saddam Hussein invaded Iran, and ended in a stalemate in 1988 — was the nascent Islamic Republic’s first major military test. It was…

Why America Must Lead Again – Rescuing U.S. Foreign Policy After Trump

Joseph R. Biden, Jr. – Foreign Affairs By nearly every measure, the credibility and influence of the United States in the world have diminished since President Barack Obama and I left office on January 20, 2017. President Donald Trump has belittled, undermined, and in some cases abandoned U.S. allies and partners. He has turned on…

Why a coronavirus vaccine is politically valuable to China

William Wang, Beijing Normal University and Holly Snape, University of Glasgow Hundreds of people have been queueing in the city of Yiwu in eastern China in recent days to get an experimental vaccine for COVID-19. Although the vaccine is yet to complete its clinical trials, it was reportedly given to hundreds of thousands of people…

Taxing financial winners from coronavirus to pay for the crisis – lessons from WW1

Janette Rutterford, The Open University The enormous impact of COVID-19 on the world has drawn comparisons with the first world war. Historian Niall Ferguson, for example, points to the financial panic, global reach, economic dislocation and popular alarm of both crises. Both events have cost the UK enormous sums, driving government debt today to over…