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27 Feb '15  17:07
International Trade
On the subject of collapsing civilisation.

Advice to Washington on foreign policy is published this week in 'Foreign Affairs'.
Continue as you're doing and conclude the TTIP and TPP trade agreements is the essence.

However the proposed trade agreements face big hurdles. Lots of opposition in Europe. And in the US, The Trans-Pacific Partnership clause everyone should oppose
Who will benefit from the TPP?

One strong hint is buried in the fine print of the closely guarded draft. The provision, an increasingly common feature of trade agreements, is called “Investor-State Dispute Settlement,” or ISDS. The name may sound mild, but don’t be fooled. Agreeing to ISDS in this enormous new treaty would tilt the playing field in the United States further in favor of big multinational corporations. Worse, it would undermine U.S. sovereignty.

ISDS would allow foreign companies to challenge U.S. laws — and potentially to pick up huge payouts from taxpayers — without ever stepping foot in a U.S. court.

27 Feb '15  10:01
Middle Eastern Political Economy
Sticking with the theme here of "How low can you go in defense spending?".

Fight or flight will be the UK’s choice on defence is an FT editorial.

Britain is losing its standing as a world power is a regular criticism these days. Our inability to continue meeting the defence spending target of 2 percent of GDP will seriously damage America's view of Britain as a trusted European ally.

And the world is becoming systemically less stable. But . . .
What the party leaders cannot do, however, is to go into this election without addressing defence spending head on. They assume that the public is wearied by foreign affairs . . .

27 Feb '15  09:10
Middle Eastern Political Economy
Interesting link.

A sub-heading in the US article is "How low can you go in defense spending?"
27 Feb '15  08:36
International Trade
Should international politics have a role in creating civilisation?

UK Arctic ambassador called for by House of Lords
The United Kingdom should create an ambassador for the Arctic or risk being pushed out of key decisions for the region, a House of Lords report says.

Recent comments here on the lack of a satisfactory mechanism to resolve disputed property rights around the world:
In the British forum, "Ukraine, China seas, Arctic etc - in the same category of disputed property rights." In the Middle East forum, 'the reports from China have echoes of Mandie Rice-Davies's phrase. . . First, China's declaration of undying love for Russia. Second, China saying the Arctic resources should be globally shared, but at the same time unwilling to follow its advice on the disputed resources in the China seas.'

And Russia's Plans for Arctic Supremacy
Militarizing the Arctic will be a key imperative for the Russian military throughout 2015 and beyond . . . In stark contrast to previous dictums, the Arctic region was officially put on the list of Russian spheres of influence for the first time.
The same recognition applies to Russia's maritime doctrine, which has two major geopolitical imperatives: a thrust toward the Black Sea and dominion of the near Arctic.

26 Feb '15  20:10
Transportation, Energy & Science
No, I think this is covered.
26 Feb '15  18:44
International Trade

An important precedent on territorial rights is being set in Ukraine with ramifications all over the globe.
26 Feb '15  18:40
Transportation, Energy & Science

"I want the energy that underpins our economy to be resilient, reliable, secure and increasingly renewable and sustainable."
26 Feb '15  16:05
British Political Economy
We'll see.
26 Feb '15  13:18
British Political Economy
Yes, how they must have laughed that their renaming ruse was successful.
26 Feb '15  13:15
Transportation, Energy & Science
The participation of Scotland in a renewables grid?

The commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, unveiled proposals for an EU energy union this week. "I want the energy that underpins our economy to be resilient, reliable, secure and increasingly renewable and sustainable."

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