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Andrew Hammond

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

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The end of ANC dominance in South Africa

Future historians might look back on May 2024 as a pivotal moment in South Africa’s post-apartheid history, with potentially major implications not only domestically but internationally as well.

June 01, 2024

Global AI debate must focus on risks as well as opportunities

The massive economic opportunity of artificial intelligence is currently driving much market excitement, with many investors assuming the nascent technology will turbocharge productivity and rewire the global economy in the years to come.

May 26, 2024

A boost for Biden’s global democracy agenda

US President Joe Biden has faced criticism for making “revitalizing democracy the world over” a key goal of his administration. Yet his agenda might be taking stronger root across much of the West and beyond, and could outlive his administration, whether it ends in 2025 or 2029.

May 18, 2024

Euro-Chinese relations changed a lot in the 5 years between President Xi’s visits

Though 2019 was not so long ago by most reckonings, it must seem like a different political epoch for China’s President Xi Jinping, who has just concluded his first visit to Europe for five years.

May 11, 2024

Future of the UK, and wider world, is boosted by Scottish National Party’s decline

The union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has appeared highly prone to rupture over the past decade or so owing, primarily, to the rise of the Scottish National Party.

May 04, 2024

Why US voters are looking beyond Biden and Trump

As the 2024 presidential race heats up, a central paradox is becoming ever clearer: Many voters are growing disenchanted with, and are certainly not enthused, by the two main candidates, Joe Biden and Donald Trump, who are 81 and 77 years old, respectively.

April 20, 2024

EU must act decisively as geopolitical challenges grow

A red-letter day is one that is of special significance. The phrase’s origins date back to the days of the Roman Empire, when important occasions were colored red on calendars.

April 18, 2024

Germany’s quandary shows that China ‘de-risking’ is hard to do

De-risking has perhaps become the key buzzword in European policy on China in recent years. Yet, attempts to deliver on this ambition have been very uneven.

April 13, 2024