Policy area: Trade

Reports

Imperial measurement

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs offers a cost–benefit analysis of western colonialism. In recent years, we have seen a renewed interest in Britain’s imperialist past: the British Empire, the slave trade and the Caribbean slave labour plantations. More precisely, we have seen a revival of the idea that the...

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What about seafood?

This report from UK think tank IIED argues that seafood should play a more prominent role in debates about food systems transformation in the UK. This paper argues that seafood should play a more prominent role in debates about food systems transformation in the UK. We discuss the connections between seafood and the broader food...

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World traders

This report from UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute makes the case for the UK to join the Multi-Party Interim Appeal (MPIA) arbitration mechanism. This new paper makes the case for the UK to join the Multi-Party Interim Appeal (MPIA) arbitration mechanism, the alternative to the AB set up by the world’s leading economies...

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A vital partnership

This report from UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society will look at how strengthened UK-Taiwan ties can help maintain stable cross-strait relations. The success of the United Kingdom’s post-Brexit Indo-Pacific tilt and its security and economic interests throughout the entirety of the region are increasingly dependent on maintaining stable cross-Strait relations between Taiwan and...

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Exploring mechanisms for the return of proceeds of corruption

This report from UK think tank RUSI explores mechanisms for the return of proceeds of corruption. In the report, Maria outlines how the amount of assets returned by destination countries to countries of origin represents only a minimal fraction of the total amount of proceeds lost to corruption. In early 2022, it was estimated that...

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New energy supply chains: is the UK at risk from Chinese dominance?

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines what risks China’s position in global supply chains poses to the physical supply of materials. The report examines what risks China’s position in global supply chains poses to the physical supply of materials, components and final goods in the battery and EV, solar, wind and electricity grid...

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Unearthing environmental and human security risks

This report from UK think tank RUSI outlines how the extraction of critical minerals may pose a threat to the UK's energy transition. In the report, the authors outline how the extraction of critical minerals – while being essential to enable the low-carbon transition – also “poses various environmental and human security risks, many of...

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Saudi Arabia: Kingdom of oil

This report from UK think tank RUSI analyses Saudi Arabia’s oil policy and how it interacts with the Kingdom’s domestic and foreign and security policies. Tobias outlines how oil revenues – which have historically fuelled Saudi Arabia’s social contract – are now the indispensable source of funding for the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform agenda. He...

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Natural gas and the Energy Trilemma

This report from UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society examines the role of natural gas in the energy trilemma. In this report we examine the role of natural gas in the Energy Trilemma, focusing specifically on the situation in the United Kingdom. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, many countries found themselves in an energy...

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A European strategy for Labour

This report by UK think tank the Centre for European Reform looks at a European strategy for Labour. Britain needs a better deal with the EU than that negotiated by Boris Johnson’s government: the economy is taking a hit, opinion polls show that most Britons want a closer relationship and the tense geopolitical situation highlights...

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Reviewing the Trade and Cooperation Agreement: potential paths

This report from UK think tank UK in a Changing Europe looks at the potential paths for the Trade and Cooperation Agreement On Christmas Eve 2020 the UK and EU finally agreed a treaty to regulate their relationship post Brexit. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement was provisionally applied from 1 January 2021 and formally ratified...

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Future freeports

This report from UK think tank CLES looks at the claims on both sides of the debate and explores how freeports could be done differently. Freeports have been contentious since their announcement. Trade unions, public bodies, think tanks and commentators have all voiced concerns that they will accelerate the extraction of wealth from hard-pressed communities...

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Stronger together: How US–UK collaboration can address China’s growing geopolitical ambition

This report from UK think tank the Henry Jackson Society looks at Washington and London's approach towards China and it's changes.  Washington’s and London’s “business as usual” approach toward the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has fundamentally changed, as most transatlantic policymakers have finally realised the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has its own economic, security...

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Rare earths

This report from UK think tank the BFPG looks at the case for closer trading relations between the UK and Vietnam. In the current context, where China is seen by the UK government as an ‘epoch-defining challenge’ there are clear reasons for working with other powers in the region to reduce the UK’s supply chain...

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Getting in the spirit?

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at alcohol and the Scottish economy. This report from Social Market Foundation think-tank analyses the relationship between alcohol and the Scottish economy, as the Scottish Government is currently consulting on a range of regulations on alcohol marketing to reduce harmful drinking. Our analysis finds...

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Related Events

5 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: RUSI

Securing supply chains for decarbonisation

This event hosted by UK think tank RUSI discusses the critical questions facing the UK as it seeks to navigate the volatile industrial landscape of energy transition. The UK must navigate a new and uncertain industrial geography to support the rapid development and scaling of the supply chains required for global decarbonisation. Decarbonisation requires a...

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How does global trade work?

The growth and extent of world trade is staggering. In 1950, trade accounted for just 8.6% of world output (GDP). By 2008 it accounted for an astonishing 60% of world GDP, involving $20 trillion in goods and over $5 trillion in services. Despite setbacks — financial crises, wars (including Trump-style trade wars) and even pandemics...

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