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Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond is an Associate at LSE IDEAS at the London School of Economics.

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Big powers jockey for influence in eastern Europe

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo begins a tour of the Czech Republic, Austria, Poland and Slovenia on Tuesday, but the twin elephants in the room will be China and Russia.

August 08, 2020

Japan grows into new role on world stage

Victory over Japan (VJ Day) 75 years ago this month ended the Second World War. While Japan was a major US foe then, today Tokyo’s importance in the Western alliance is of significant and growing strategic importance.

August 01, 2020

Boris U-turn brings UK back into line on Huawei

The British government’s decision last week to ban all Huawei equipment from its 5G infrastructure by 2027 is likely to delay the network’s activation, but the much bigger impact is on international relations.

July 18, 2020

How luck ran out for Boris

Boris Johnson celebrates his first year in Downing Street next week. The British prime minister could be therefor much of the 2020s, but the wild ride that his term in office is proving could end it much sooner.

July 11, 2020

Boris’s bluster undermined by inconvenient truths

The UK’s multibillion-pound hospitality industry is springing back to life after a four-month coronavirus shutdown, but the country could yet be heading this autumn for a “perfect storm” of coronavirus case spikes and a hard, disorderly Brexit. 

July 04, 2020