STRATEGIC COMMENTS: LONDON

February 1, 2008 at 10:38 pm | Posted in Economics, Financial, Globalization, History, Military, Research, United Kingdom | Leave a comment

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IISS Strategic Comments

Volume 14, Issue 1

The International Institute for

Strategic Studies

Strategic Comments

Fri 2/01/08
Analysis and insight into a changing world …

Strategic Comments – Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2008

Volume 14, Issue 1 of

Strategic Comments, the

Institute’s online journal has just

been published

Climate change: from Kyoto to Bali

The December United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali, Indonesia, resulted in an agreement on a roadmap intended to lead towards a successor treaty to the Kyoto Protocol. While delegates did not agree that they would set targets for reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, the Bali accord – and the manner of its achievement – did offer hope that a groundbreaking agreement on combating climate change could be reached in two years.

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Georgia and NATO

Georgia’s progress towards membership of NATO hangs in the balance as the Alliance’s April 2008 Bucharest summit approaches. Divisions between members on whether to grant a Membership Action Plan widened after the Georgian government violently dispersed a rally in November and temporarily imposed a state of emergency. Although President Mikhail Saakashvili then called and won early elections, Georgia’s domestic instability and unresolved internal conflicts could mean that NATO will make it wait.

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Violence in Kenya

Previously regarded as an example of stability and democracy in conflict-ridden Africa, Kenya has suffered widespread ethnic violence following December’s presidential elections, which resulted in President Mwai Kibaki being declared the victor despite irregularities in vote-counting. International mediation efforts have so far failed to put an end to the crisis.

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China’s navy

The efforts of China’s navy to transform itself into a modern and professional force have been strongly backed by the country’s leaders. While its blue-water ambitions are not yet fulfilled, it has evolved from a purely coastal-defence force into one with growing capabilities. However, substantial hurdles remain to be overcome.

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The role of biofuels

The viability of biofuels as a partial solution to the world’s energy and environmental problems is the subject of intense global debate, centring around their ability to be price-competitive and to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.

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StrategicComments (Strategic.Comments@iiss.org)

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Analysis and insight into a changing world

Strategic Comments – Volume 14, Issue 1, January 2008

Volume 14, Issue 1 of Strategic Comments

the Institute’s online journal has just been

published

Fri 2/01/08

BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS BIS REVIEW NO. 13 2008: FINANCIAL TURBULENCE

February 1, 2008 at 7:12 pm | Posted in Economics, Financial, Globalization, Research | Leave a comment

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BIS Review

Bank for International Settlements

BIS Review No 13 available

Press, Service (Press.Service@bis.org)

Fri 2/01/08

Publications, Service (Publications@bis.org)

Please find BIS Review No 13 attached as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file.

Alternatively, you can access this BIS Review on the Bank for International Settlements’ website by clicking on http://www.bis.org/review/index.htm.

What’s included?

BIS Review No 13 (1 February 2008)

John Hurley: Financial stability and recent market developments in Ireland

Anselmo L S Teng: Risk management in financial services

Paul Jenkins: Impact of exchange rate movements on the Canadian economy

Ranee Jayamaha: Impact of IT in the banking sector

Thomas Jordan: Monetary policy and financial markets – what may we expect in 2008?

Hermann Remsperger: Financial market turbulences – some observations

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BIS Review

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BIS Review No 13 available

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