Geopolitics

geopolitics Analysis

3rd May 2018

Entangled Alliances: The United States, Turkey and Syrian Kurds

In her address to the IIEA, Dr Sloat will analyse how the conflicts in Syria have affected Turkey’s relations with the United States.
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30th April 2018

Preparing for EU Enlargement to the Western Balkans

In advance of this summit, the European Commission has published a Strategy on the Western Balkans, which outlines six specific initiatives that aim to support the transformation of the Western Balkans and prepare the European Union for future enlargement.
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8th March 2018

The Economic and Development Challenges Facing Russia

In his address to the IIEA, Jacques Sapir will discuss the challenges facing the Russian economic and development model in the coming years.
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7th February 2018

In America: Tales from Trump Country

Ms Perry will draw on her critically acclaimed book, In America: Tales from Trump Country, in which she analysed the rise in support for Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election.
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15th November 2017

Implications of China’s 19th National Congress

In his address, Ambassador Yue analysed the outcomes of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China.
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2nd November 2017

The World Health Organisation – Addressing Health Emergencies Around the Globe

Dr Mike Ryan discussed the role of the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme and how it reacts to crises around the world.
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geopolitics Publications

23rd February 2017

US Border Adjustment Proposal – A Radical Departure?

This briefing examines the tax reform proposals made by Republican Party leaders in the United States and, in particular, the border adjustment measures advocated by Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House, and Kevin Brady, Chairman of the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee. If enacted, border adjustment would represent a radical change to the US corporate tax system. The briefing analyses the arguments for and against the proposed border adjustment measures, which have divided corporate America and led to concern among leading US trade partners. Its publication comes ahead of an expected announcement from the White House regarding President Trump’s plan for tax reform.
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16th January 2017

Finding Our Bearings: European Security Challenges in the Era of Trump and Brexit

The conventional view of Europe as a zone of peace, already shaken by Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, was further challenged by two generally unanticipated events in 2016: the referendum in the United Kingdom on 23 June to withdraw from the European Union and the election on 8 November of Donald Trump as President of the United States. This paper attempts to discern the direction of international security policy in 2017 and to set out the challenges for European security, and their implications for Ireland.
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11th January 2017

Celebrating 60 Years Japan – Ireland Diplomatic Relations

2017 marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan. This IIEA report, commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, examines relations between Ireland and Japan across politics, economics, trade and investment, tourism, education and culture. It outlines the many positive aspects of the Ireland-Japan relationship and identifies steps that could be taken to further strengthen ties between the two nations in the years ahead.
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16th August 2016

China’s Market Economy Status: A Political Issue

China’s Market Economy Status: A Political Issue The European Union is currently under pressure to decide as whether to grant Market Economy Status (MES) to China, when certain provisions in its World Trade Organisation Accession Protocol lapse on 11 December 2016. Although China’s quest for market economy status is presented as a technical issue, a lack of clarity in the legal text has left the issue open to both interpretation and politicisation. As the deadline for a decision approaches, this paper analyses the political dimension of the options facing the EU, and their implications for Europe and EU-China relations.
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25th May 2016

The Silk Road, XXI Century – One Belt, One Road

In late 2013, the Chinese leadership announced an initiative called One Belt One Road, consisting of a land element – development of infrastructure between central China and Western Europe, and a maritime element, starting from a port in South-Eastern China and ending in Venice.

There are many reasons for this breath-taking initiative: a change in orientation of the domestic economy, development of Western inland regions of China itself, security in Central Asia, accelerated access to markets and raw materials, and break-out from perceived US encirclement. The initiative is accompanied by the establishment by China of the Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank, and a $46 bn Silk Road Fund. Much more will be needed. The project involves some 60 countries and spans the whole of the Eurasian land mass, and includes one of the most neuralgic straits in the world, the Straits of Malacca. The geopolitical implications are huge – the interests of the US, Russia and the EU are in play. But there are potential benefits for everyone in freeing up an increasingly important channel for two-way trade and exchange.
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geopolitics Past Events

26th October 2017

Exploring Conservative America: Politics, Policy and Populism

In their addresses, Mr Fallows and Prof. Sracic explored various dimensions of conservative America, reflecting particularly on contentious policy issues as well as susceptibility to populism.
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25th October 2017

The US Presidential Elections: One Year On

On Wednesday, 25 October the IIEA hosted a seminar, entitled The US Presidential Elections: One Year.
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12th October 2017

Is De-Globalisation Underway?

In an era where a growing number of voices oppose globalisation, Mr Lamy examined the likelihood of the emergence of a period of so-called ‘de-globalisation’.
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12th October 2017

NATO-EU Relations from an International Law Perspective

In 2016, NATO and the EU issued a joint declaration outlining a series of areas, in which the two organisations would cooperate, including countering hybrid threats, enhancing resilience, defence capacity building, cyber defence, maritime security, and exercises.
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28th July 2017

China’s priority partner in the new global order?

In his address to the IIEA, Professor Godement discussed the re-emergence of China, and its increasingly prominent role on the global stage. He examined what he sees as China’s interest-driven view of the global order, and explored the implications of this trend for the European Union, particularly in light of the “America First” policy position of President Trump and his administration.
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