Daily Archives: February 15, 2020


EU, UK Set Out Conflicting Red Lines For Post-Brexit Deal

On Monday, February 3rd, the European Union’s Chief Trade Negotiator, Michel Barnier, released its goals for Brexit. They envision the United Kingdom and the European Union to be on an equal playing field in terms of trade, with no advantages to either side. The EU also seeks “non-regression” in terms […]


Why Has U.S. Trade Policy Changed Under The Trump Administration?

Since WWII, the U.S. trade policy has sought to liberalise markets by reducing trade and investment barriers through agreements and negotiations. Its key components are trade rules-setting, liberalisation and enforcement, export promotion, and controls, customs, trade remedies, trade adjustment, trade preferences, and investment. This includes fostering an open and non-discriminatory […]


Russia And Turkey Agree To Observe Peace Deal In Idlib

Amidst renewed airstrikes by Russia-backed Syrian government forces on Idlib, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu agreed on Monday, 27th January 2020, that a peace deal over the northwestern province be observed. That same day, President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, Deputy […]


Hunger Levels Reach A Record High In Southern Africa: A Continuing Trend?

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) reported last week that 45 million people in the 16-nation Southern Africa Development Community are facing hunger due to the climate emergency. In Zimbabwe, 7.7 million people –around half the population– are food insecure, just like 20% of the Zambian and Basotho populations. […]


Trump Unveils Peace-Less Plan For The Middle East

On Tuesday evening, U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his ‘peace to prosperity plan’ for the Middle East; by Wednesday morning, Trump had united world opinion, in near-consensus, that the ‘deal of the century’ would never work. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas immediately dismissed the plan, telling a press conference in Ramallah: […]