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Andrew Hammond

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

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Biden’s dilemma in US backyard

Joe Biden’s foreign policy has so far been defined by decisions taken toward far-flung nations such as China and Afghanistan, but events closer to home are now demanding his greater attention. 

July 31, 2021

Biden’s eyes on Indian ties

While Joe Biden’s first overseas presidential trip was to Europe, it is becoming clearer by the day that his administration’s foreign policy priority is the Asia-Pacific region and the rise of China.

July 24, 2021

World watching as ‘freedom day’ flops in England

As England casts aside almost all its remaining coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the world is watching the experiment to see whether it shows a pathway back to “normality” or a new warning that even heavily vaccinated countries are not out of the crisis.

July 22, 2021

A vacuum in the Asia Pacific region

The Asia Pacific Economic Council (APEC) held the first extraordinary leadership meeting in its history on Friday as the region recovers from the pandemic after the biggest economic and political shock since the Second World War. 

July 17, 2021

EU’s balancing act between Beijing and Biden

The surprise signing in December of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), despite the coronavirus chill in bilateral relations, was always likely to cause ratification headaches for Brussels and Beijing.

July 15, 2021

Stability in US-Germany ties key as Merkel visits White House

Angela Merkel visits Washington on Thursday for the last time in her long chancellorship, with US-German ties at a historic post-Trump, post-Brexit pivot point.

July 11, 2021

Cities must plan for emergencies to secure their future

As the UK government finalizes plans for the forthcoming COP26 climate summit, this Sunday’s World Population Day will underline how much demographic issues have risen up the political agenda in recent years, especially on the sustainability front.

July 08, 2021

A state of flux in UK politics

England’s third by-election in as many months took place last week, with another surprise result in a nation where politics have shown unprecedented volatility after a series of shocks from the 2016 Brexit referendum to the aftermath of the 2008-09 financial crisis.

July 03, 2021

Influential Merkel begins long goodbye

Europe’s dominant politician, Angela Merkel, on Friday heads to the UK to begin a series of foreign farewells as she seeks to consolidate her legacy amid one of the most fluid political and economic landscapes in decades.

July 01, 2021

Why your company may need its own ‘foreign minister’

One of the success stories of the pandemic has been the fast speed of vaccine development, but this has not stopped some of the companies developing them from becoming political footballs.

June 26, 2021