Undercurrents: Episode 17 – Alastair Campbell on New Labour and Brexit, Alistair Darling on the Financial Crisis (Chatham House)

Ben and Alastair Campbell discuss the art of political leadership, while Agnes speaks with Alistair Darling to mark 10 years since the 2008 financial crisis.


Bolton’s Attack on the International Criminal Court May Backfire (Chatham House)

The US national security advisor’s recent threats look damaging but they may in fact strengthen support for the ICC from other states.


Max du Plessis

Water is getting scarce in India — but not for everyone (East Asia Forum)

A recent report by the National Institute for Transforming India presented an alarming picture of India’s looming water crisis. The study aggregated a Composite Water Management Index, which measured both water outcomes (groundwater sustainability and rural drinking water coverage) and management (efficiency measures and regulations). The report found that most states scored below 50 per cent on the index and that 21 cities are likely to run out of groundwater by 2020. If current trends continue, in 20 years an estimated 60 per cent of all India’s aquifers will be at critical or over-exploited levels. India could experience a drop of 6 per cent in its GDP due to water scarcity alone.

Water is getting scarce in India — but not for everyone

Veena Srinivasan, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment

Good Politics, Bad Economics (Project-Syndicate)

Advocates of liberalism find it hard to accept that populist and authoritarian governments could ever formulate sound economic policies, and they often assume that “free markets” will always provide widespread prosperity and accountability. They’re mistaken on both counts.



Trump’s Currency Confusion Continues (Project-Syndicate)

Ever since the 2016 US presidential campaign, Donald Trump has falsely accused the Chinese of keeping the renminbi artificially weak. But the fact is that Trump’s own economic policies are driving up the value of dollar – an outcome that would have been foreseen by anyone with a basic understanding of economics.


MAD About Sino-American Trade (Project-Syndicate)

If China responds to Donald Trump’s latest trade tariffs by withholding intermediate goods from US producers, as some Chinese are suggesting, the disruption to the US economy would be severe. But the damage to China’s economy would be even worse.



US-China trade war: top quotes from the World Economic Forum in China (World Economic Forum)

Trade was top of the agenda at our Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, as news broke of a further escalation in the tit-for-tat trade war between the world’s two largest economies, the US and China.


Ross Chainey