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Economic reforms in China


March 16, 2017

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


In a CUTV segment (2:56-3:14) on China's recent “two sessions” earlier this month, Michael Plummer comments on the economic reforms the Chinese government has pledged to undergo. “These structural reforms will serve to integrate China better into regional supply chains at various levels, and hence will serve not only for industrial upgrading within the country, but also as means to integrate China with the world and with Asia in particular,” Plummer said.


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Poll position: Which European countries would be hit hardest if a populist leader is elected?


March 14, 2017

Erik Jones Director of European and Eurasian Studies; Professor of European Studies and International Political Economy

Erik Jones told CNBC that there's one commonality among many European countries as they head into a year of elections. “The similarities have to do with the exhaustion of the traditional political parties…the problem has been building for a long time,” Jones said. “Voters have little or no loyalty left to parties and politicians have lost much of the faith of the electorate.”


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Brexit (in Italian)


March 14, 2017

Justin Frosini Adjunct Professor of Constitutional Law

Justin Frosini was interviewed by RAI Radio 1 (52:00 -57:00) on the topic of Brexit and Scotland's recent call for a new independence referendum. In the interview, Frosini also mentions how UK Prime Minister Theresa May is reacting to the latest developments.


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Débâcle laburista: la lezione dei seggi dimenticati (in Italian)


March 8, 2017

David W. Ellwood Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

For AffarInternazionali, David Ellwood writes about the challenges faced by the UK's Labour Party. Ellwood agrees with film director Ken Loach's recent comments about how the alleged shortcomings of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn aren't wholly to blame for the recent setbacks faced by the party. Rather, the current situation is the legacy of leadership decisions made by Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and the philosophy and priorities of Thatcherism.


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China's role on the international stage and potential developments in Sino-American relations


March 6, 2017

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


A CUTV segment (4:06-4:38) about China's role on the international stage and potential developments in Sino-American relations includes an interview with Michael Plummer. According to Plummer, China's One Belt, One Road initiative is an important part of China's foreign policy. “One of the reasons least developed regions remain poor is because they aren't able to take advantage of international trade. By having this infrastructure and by lowering transport costs, this is going to be really positive for growth in least developed countries,” he said.


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Europe is turning around as economies grow faster


March 5, 2017

Filippo Taddei Fellow
Director of the Bologna Institute for Policy Research
Academic Director, Master of Arts in Global Risk


Filippo Taddei was interviewed for an article published in the Khaleej Times about the Eurozone economy's turnaround after a nine-year recession. According to Taddei, recent figures on revenues and factory orders in Italy point to growth in consumption and investment, and a recovery in industrial production in Italy. “It is good news because it confirms the gradual recovery of the Italian economy,” Taddei said.


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Asian Integration: Risks and Opportunities for the US


February 23, 2017

Michael G. Plummer Director, SAIS Europe
Eni Professor of International Economics


On invitation from the Chief Economist of the U.S. State Department, Michael Plummer gave a presentation on “Asian Integration: Risks and Opportunities for the United States” to the State Department last week. According to Plummer, leaving the TPP has important opportunity costs for the U.S., however, these costs can be mitigated by a well-developed Asia-Pacific cooperation strategy.


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News Analysis: Italy political divisions could come to a head in Democratic Party leadership vote


February 17, 2017

Gianfranco Pasquino Senior Adjunct Professor of European and Eurasian Studies

As Italy's Democratic Party debates who will lead the party into the next national elections, former PM Matteo Renzi – who currently leads the Democratic Party – has been pushing for the vote to take place as early as April. Renzi will have several challengers come spring, but experts say that Renzi remains a strong favorite. “If the vote is held in April or May, Renzi would almost surely win,” Professor Gianfranco Pasquino said.


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Iran president Rouhani visits Oman and Kuwait


February 14, 2017

Sanam Vakil Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies

Sanam Vakil is quoted in a Dotemirates article on Iran's effort to lower tensions with the GCC as Tehran braces for increased tensions with the U.S. under the Trump Administration. According to Vakil, dialing down tensions with the GCC is to Iran's advantage. “I think that there is more confidence particularly from the Saudi side to engage [because] they are aware that there is going to be increased pressure on Iran going forward,” said Vakil.


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Iran trains thousands of mercenaries each year to fight in Syria and Iraq wars claims PMOI


February 14, 2017

Sanam Vakil Adjunct Professor of Middle East Studies

In an International Business Times article about allegations that Iran is training mercenaries to fight in Syria and Iraq, Sanam Vakil says that these claims speak to the extent of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's (IRGC) training scheme. The White House recently said that it is considering designating the IRGC as a terrorist entity. "What I take from this is that this is a very sophisticated operation," Vakil said. "Iran's strategic strength is in asymmetrical proxy relationships.”


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