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PodcastsMay 20, 2020 | 21:36 GMT
RANE Insights: Practicing Safe Cyber Hygiene While Working Remote
David Lawrence sits down with FBI Special Agent Brad Carpenter and former FBI Deputy Director and current President and CEO of Consortium Networks Tim Murphy to discuss best practices for remote work and ways that companies can protect their systems and data in the coming months.
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On GeopoliticsMay 10, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
A mother takes photos with her baby under cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo, Japan, on March 29, 2015.
The Geopolitics of Postmodern Parenting
During the two months I recently spent away from work to fulfill my demographic duty, I found that most of my conversations with visitors followed the same pattern. The talk quickly turned from the standard cooing over my baby girl to an intensive debate over parental leave: how much time and flexibility to grant new parents in the workforce, how to reconcile career ambitions with the responsibilities of human procreation, how to compensate for the crazy cost of child care and how to boost birthrates. As a white-collar, taxpaying working mother in the United States, I had become one of the statistics I used to pore over as an analyst pondering the implications of aging and shrinking populations. But you don't have to be a parent -- or an analyst, for that matter -- to care about this stuff. In fact, a lot of the global angst today over stagnant economic
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AssessmentsApr 13, 2020 | 10:00 GMT
A man wearing a protective mask walks in the empty square in front of a cathedral in Locri, Italy, on April 7, 2020.
Southern Europe’s COVID-19 Crisis Is Just Beginning
For many governments in Southern Europe, containing the COVID-19 contagion in the coming weeks may prove to be the easy part. After the immediate health crisis subsides in the region, much bigger economic and political troubles will quickly follow in the second half of the year. Countries including France, Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal will experience deep recessions and severe fiscal problems, which in some cases will be made worse by the return of political instability and the strengthening of nationalist opposition parties. 
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AssessmentsMar 24, 2020 | 14:59 GMT
Workers operate a production line of a new material company in Lianyungang, China, on March 23, 2020.
China's Economy Braces for a COVID-19 Double Hit
In China, the economic fallout of the COVID-19 outbreak will drag on 2020 GDP growth as the country endures the twin hits of both the early-year domestic slowdown and the as-yet-unknown drop in overseas demand in key markets. But the country’s high debt levels -- partly fueled by its massive stimulus during the 2008 financial crisis, in addition to the structural slowdown already underway before the outbreak -- means Beijing will hesitate to mirror the large-scale spending being implemented in other virus-ravaged economies, such as the United States, Japan and South Korea. China will now have to choose whether to help buoy its employment and annual growth targets through spending that could jeopardize long-term economic stability.
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AssessmentsJun 3, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Extinction Rebellion and Planete Amazone activists stage a "die-in" on May 14, 2019, in front of the Grande Arche de La Defense in Puteaux, northwest of Paris.
How a Climate Activist Group Is Following the Occupy Movement's Footsteps
Rising Up, a left-wing activist group based in the United Kingdom, launched its first Extinction Rebellion protest during November 2018, blocking four bridges in London. The group was reportedly founded by former members of the Occupy movement and is managed by Compassionate Revolution Ltd., launched in 2015. It is seeking to replicate that campaign's occupation and direct action tactics. Since that first protest, it has continued to stage small demonstrations across the United Kingdom, and it has increasingly targeted major cities across the world as its ideology has found a receptive audience online. This success makes it highly likely the group will stage additional major protests in hopes of matching or exceeding the London occupation, and may try to hold simultaneous demonstrations in several major cities worldwide.
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Partner PerspectivesApr 24, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Containerships in Saudi Arabia's Jeddah Islamic Port on Dec. 13, 2007.
Year-on-Year Deficits Brewing in Gulf Economies
More spending, low growth and recurring deficits are not a recipe for long-term economic sustainability, but this concoction may be a necessary pill for Gulf states to swallow as the hard work of economic reform sets in.
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AssessmentsOct 30, 2018 | 12:17 GMT
The skyline in London is all aglow as the sun sets on Aug. 16, 2018.
Banking After Brexit: Who Will Be the New London?
The United Kingdom's approaching departure from the European Union in March 2019 has raised concerns about how the split will affect London's bustling, heavily influential financial sector. The British government is currently focused on two negotiation topics: making sure that trade in goods remains unaffected by Brexit and ensuring that the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland remains open. The European Union has offered the United Kingdom a comprehensive free trade agreement similar to the one it recently signed with Canada. However, both proposals focus primarily on goods, leaving companies in all service sectors -- and especially the financial sector -- with open questions about Brexit's impact.
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AssessmentsJul 9, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
Chinese tourists take photographs at Mount Fuji in Japan.
China's Unlikely Weapon: Tourists
Decades of explosive economic growth has handed China numerous tools it can use to exert its influence abroad. Massive defense outlays, foreign direct investment and the sprawling Belt and Road Initiative are the most visible expressions of China's economic might. But amid these earthshaking projects, the Chinese consumer has slowly gained clout. And as the mounting U.S.-China trade tensions have shown, China can and will regulate access to its growing market. Beijing has already brandished the carrot and the stick of access to Chinese consumers for agricultural, luxury and manufactured goods. But one overlooked tactic is its control over how many of its citizens it allows to go abroad and where they can visit. Tourism is an unlikely tool of statecraft, but the massive growth in the number of outbound Chinese travelers means their combined economic weight can have sharp consequences that Beijing will continue to use.
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AssessmentsApr 6, 2018 | 22:41 GMT
A cargo ship carrying containers stops at Qingdao Port on April 6, 2018, in Qingdao, China.
Trump Tosses Out The Trade Rulebook With Latest Tariffs
U.S. President Donald Trump keeps nudging China toward a trade war. After markets closed on April 5, the White House announced in a press statement that Trump had directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider increasing the amount of Chinese goods subject to new U.S. tariffs by another $100 billion in value. This move triples the severity of the $50 billion in tariffs that Washington announced on March 22, which Beijing responded to in kind earlier this week. If implemented, the new tariffs could mark the beginning of an all-out trade war between the world's two largest economies.
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On GeopoliticsMar 20, 2018 | 09:00 GMT
A picture of U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office on Dec. 22, 2017, moments before signing tax reform legislation into law.
How Tax Reform Will Net the U.S. Big Returns
In December 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law his country's first major tax reform since the Reagan era. Sometimes new legislation is seismic in its effects, directly altering the playing field on which the citizens of the country operate. At other times, a new law can serve as a useful signpost for greater changes that are already underway. In this case, the tax reform represents a bit of both: It will have important ramifications itself, and it will form part of wider trends that are occurring over decades. From a geopolitical perspective, the move will have three main effects: It will lead to a repatriation of sizable amounts of cash by U.S. corporations, provide a stimulus for the domestic economy and increase the country's debt. The combined dynamics of these effects will play a key role in shaping the outlook for the U.S. economy – and its place
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AssessmentsJan 8, 2018 | 08:00 GMT
As a key component in lithium-ion batteries, cobalt has become an important commodity in the growing electronics and electric vehicle markets.
Cobalt: A Metal Poised to Peak
As the demand for electric vehicles increases over the coming decades, so, too, will the demand -- and the price -- for the raw materials required to produce them. Increased demand for elements such as lithium and cobalt will lead to potential supply bottlenecks over the course of the next several years. And while the media has touted the potential of lithium -- as the eponymous component of lithium-ion batteries -- to be the raw material that powers the gradual transition away from fossil fuel-reliant transportation, it has understated the significance of one element in the equation: cobalt. Lithium-ion batteries require lithium, yes, but they also require something else. Under the constraints of present technology, that something is more often than not cobalt.
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On GeopoliticsJan 3, 2018 | 17:50 GMT
For the economics of childbearing to make sense in an age when working women are critical to economic growth, more rational and flexible policies designed to share responsibilities between parents are needed.
The Geopolitics of Postmodern Parenting
During the two months I recently spent away from work to fulfill my demographic duty, I found that most of my conversations with visitors followed the same pattern. The talk quickly turned from the standard cooing over my baby girl to an intensive debate over parental leave: how much time and flexibility to grant new parents in the workforce, how to reconcile career ambitions with the responsibilities of human procreation, how to compensate for the crazy cost of child care and how to boost birthrates. As a white-collar, taxpaying working mother in the United States, I had become one of the statistics I used to pore over as an analyst pondering the implications of aging and shrinking populations. But you don't have to be a parent -- or an analyst, for that matter -- to care about this stuff. In fact, a lot of the global angst today over stagnant economic
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