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TTIP and its Effect on Southern Atlantic Countries

Peter Chase | Thu, 22 September 2016

This podcast is performed by Peter Chase. On June 17, 2013, the United States and the European Union formally announced the start of negotiations on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). The ambitious and comprehensive deal seeks to eliminate remaining existing tariffs between the EU and the United States, but also to eliminate non-tariff barriers, and work towards common or mutually recognized standards and regulations. The very prospect of TTIP is therefore raising a number of interrogations outside the United States and Europe; it resonates far beyond the transatlantic economic relationship. Countries in the South Atlantic, in particular, are left wondering what the deal would mean for them, and what the direct implications of a greater integration of the North Atlantic economy could be on their own prospect for economic prosperity.
The TTIP negotiations have lasted longer than was originally envisioned, in part due to signs of strong public concerns in Europe (especially in Germany), but also concerns about trade that have surfaced in the U.S. elections. That said, President Obama and Trade Representative Michael Froman, as well as their European counterparts, insist that they will try to conclude the talks in 2016. Questions therefore arise about whether TTIP will survive the British decision to leave the EU or, if it succeeds, how TTIP might affect the political economy of trade relations in the Atlantic? What will be its impact on existing and future economic relations with other global partners, especially in the South Atlantic? How have non-party states reacted to the TTIP negotiations? What is the political and economic impact of TTIP on ongoing bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations such as the Economic Partnership Agreements with African, Caribbean, and Pacific regions; the EU-Mercosur negotiations; and in the framework of the WTO? Join us for a briefing with Peter Chase, Senior Fellow at GMF as he discusses more broadly what the implications of TTIP and other mega-regional trade deals are for the Wider Atlantic relationship and the multilateral trading system.

Post-Brexit transition: implications on UK-Africa relations

Jonathan Eyal and Malcolm Chalmers | Thu, 15 September 2016

A significant degree of uncertainty remains on the consequences of Britain’s EU referendum. Once Article 50 is triggered, the Brexit will still have to be enforced and effective. British Prime Minister, Theresa May, stated that ‘Brexit is Brexit’ sending a clear message that the UK will have to figure out the future of its foreign policy outside of the European Union, eventually needing to review its interests and its diplomatic relations unilateraly.
To answer some of our questions on the future of the UK-Africa relations, we are pleased to welcome with us, two senior experts from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) in London; Dr. Jonathan Eyal, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Pr. Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director General of the RUSI.

L'émergence en question

Moubarack Lo | Wed, 07 September 2016

Ce podcast est délivré par Moubarack Lo. Cette présentation a pour objet de définir une théorie de l’émergence économique, qui constitue une étape vers la convergence avec les pays développés. Sur la base de cette définition produite, une méthode de mesure de l’émergence à travers un indice synthétique (ISEME) est proposée, en la testant avec un échantillon de 115 pays d’Afrique, d’Amérique, d’Asie et d’Europe. L’utilité potentielle de l’indice ISEME est enfin indiquée dans la dernière partie de ce podcast.

La crise des réfugiés en Europe, un an après : quelles réponses ?

Matthieu Tardis | Tue, 06 September 2016

Ce podcast est délivré par Matthieu Tardis. En août 2015, plus de 100 000 personnes arrivent sur les côtes européennes. S’ouvre alors une nouvelle crise existentielle pour l’Union européenne, qui, sous les yeux de la planète, a révélé la fragilité de son projet et les fractures au sein de ses États membres alors qu’un désastre humanitaire était en cours sur son territoire. Est-ce que la frénésie de réunions, de conseils et de mesures adoptées depuis septembre 2015 a apporté une réponse à la situation des réfugiés et des pays les plus affectés par cette question ?
Cette intervention a pour objectif de souligner les causes de cette crise européenne en revenant sur les promesses non tenues de la politique européenne de l’asile. Elle présentera ensuite les mesures d’urgence mises en place à partir de septembre 2015, analysera leurs impacts et abordera les prochains défis de l’Union européenne en matière d’asile et d’immigration.

Energy Cooperation : a Prerequisite for Sustaining Energy Security

Marcus de Freitas | Thu, 25 August 2016

This podcast is performed by Marcus de Freitas. Energy security is essential for securing growth and development in the future. It is even more relevant than military power. Countries should cooperate and reduce the risk of unstable supply. Current oil price decline is temporary and should represent an opportunity to save for the future.