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The GPI draws on both a rich pool of international thinkers, academics, and professionals from diverse backgrounds, including international affairs, banking and finance, industry, technology and science, media and international organisations. What we all have in common is a strong belief that new and fresh ideas are needed for a rapidly changing world, and a shared dedication to devising innovative yet practical policy solutions to that can make a real difference.

Nationalism in the UK and Its Implications for the Westminster System of Governance

  According to the Economist, “English nationalism is the most disruptive force in British politics” (Bagehot 2021). While in a recent article in the Guardian, Peter Walker cites a report by the  Constitutional Society which concludes that  “an increased concentration...
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The UK’s Covid-19 failures

The UK’s successful rolling out of its vaccination programme, the attendant government and media hype, not least with respect to how our ‘world beating’ science, technology and enterprise culture ‘beat the virus’, should not be allowed to gloss over the...
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AUKUS: The Wider Perspective

The AUKUS (Australia-UK-US) alliance announced on 14 September 2021 will facilitate Australia building at least eight nuclear powered, but not nuclear armed submarines, collaboration and technology sharing on AI, cyber warfare,. With overall closer alignment of regional security policies. While...
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UK-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership Paves Way to Potential Future Trade Accord

Since leaving the European Union, the government of the United Kingdom has pivoted toward Southeast Asia and its regional bloc, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), recognizing it as one of the key dynamic economic regions of the world....
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AUKUS: A UK Perspective

There are two ways of looking at the “Aukus” initiative, recently launched by the US, Australia, and the UK. First, it may be seen, as it was described by Ben Wallace the UK Defence Secretary: as an important defence procurement...
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Executive Summary: Confusion in Covid-19 Communications in the UK

We should perhaps be comfited, at least partly, by the fact that the shift in some other European countries towards mandatory vaccination has not yet surfaced strongly in the UK. However, for some time now I have been concerned about...
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Confusion in Covid-19 Communications in the UK

For some time now I have been concerned about the often inadequate and misleading information presented to the British public over the past 18 months, by politicians, by the senior medical-science bureaucracy, and, unfortunately by a proportion of virologists, behavioural...
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Is the Current Inflation Transitory?

Part 1. Short-term Inflation and Risk Factors Although inflation (defined in nominal terms as an increase in the general price level) is increasing. in the US, UK, and the Euro area, following a long period of deflation and a pandemic...
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The G7 Meeting in Cornwall – A Distant Corner of Britain to Set New Rules for the Four Corners of the World

US President Joe Biden is a man on a mission.  He and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who’s hosting the Group of 7 (G7) top global economies, in the UK as this year’s presidency of the bloc, are looking to save...
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Michael Lloyd to speak at International Atlantic Economics Conference

The GPI Associate Director and Senior Research Fellow, Dr Michael Lloyd, will present a paper on the subject of “The Uncertain Future of the UK Outside Europe” at the 91st International Atlantic Economics Conference, hosted by the International Atlantic Economic...
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UK and Thailand to Cooperate in New Era of Smart City Development

The UK and Thailand have jointly launched the “UK Thailand Tech Export Academy”.  The purpose of the collaboration is to promote the development of “smart cities” to be constructed across Thailand.  So far, the initiative has involved the matching of...
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UK Exports to China Resume High Growth Trend in Q1 2021, After Plunging in 2020

UK companies are seeing a significant rise in exports of goods and services to China, in spite of the ongoing deterioration in political relations between the two governments. Indeed, China as a trading partner for the UK, overall, in terms...
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Why Are Russia’s Surging Gold Exports being Stockpiled in the United States, and not China?

As many geopolitical observers would note, China and Russia have formed a close strategic partnership in recent years, particularly since the ascension to power of China’s President Xi Jinping, in 2013, and that of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the year before.  This “special relationship” is reflected...
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Global Britain: Delusions of Grandeur?

Leaving aside the overblown rhetoric and repetitious structure of the document, the recently published UK strategic defence, security, and foreign policy review (SDSFR), Global Britain in a Competitive Age,1 is likely to encounter criticism from various quarters. This is perhaps...
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Annual CIPD Reward Management Survey

In the 17th annual reward management survey researched and written for the CIPD, published on March 5th, 2021, the focus is on the impact that COVID-19 and the ensuing economic turmoil have had on employee reward management practices in the...
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