Competition and Nationalism in Vaccine Diplomacy

by Helen Ramscar ‘Vaccine diplomacy’ is becoming nasty. Last week UK, US and Canadian intelligence agencies together pointed to Russia as almost certainly behind the ongoing cyber-attacks by APT29 (‘The Dukes’/‘Cozy Bear’) on national and international organisations striving for a Covid-19 vaccine.[1] In May, Reuters reported that Iranian-linked hackers ‘Charming Kitten’ have been cyber-attacking pharmaceutical …

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British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce webinar: Emerging from Multiple Crises – Strategies for a More Successful Britain

The British-Swiss Chamber of Commerce's latest webinar discussion, entitled Emerging from Multiple Crises: Strategies for a More Successful Britain, with British analysts and authors Michael Clarke and Helen Ramscar, was held on 15th July 2020. The webinar was moderated by international broadcaster and journalist, Hannah Vaughan Jones and can be viewed in full below. https://videopress.com/v/146G1hj6?preloadContent=metadata

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Base a Carrier in East Asia? Brave Decision Minister….

‘Brave decision Minister’. Those were the words of Sir Humphrey in Yes Minister when he wanted to put the fear of God into Jim Hacker and kybosh some hobbyhorse scheme the minister had dreamed up over the week-end. ‘Brave decision’. Does the idea of habitually basing one of Britain’s new aircraft carriers somewhere in the …

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Defence chiefs go to the Tower; Army waits for the axe. By Michael Clarke

Defence cuts are back in fashion and the Army is again in the Treasury’s sights. The Army is currently 74,000 strong. But that is the wrong number in any case. It will need to be either bigger or smaller to fit into a coherent defence strategy. Michael Clarke outlines the problem. Defence Chiefs went to …

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Britain can be picked off – even by its friends. By @MikeClarke2020s

A triple hit of weakness ‘Please believe these days will pass’, said David Hockney and other international artists as the world went into COVID-19 lockdown. Indeed, they will. But equally, when these days finally pass, they will also usher in a new political world, both at home and abroad. It will have changed a good …

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‘The Surveillance Pandemic’ by General Sir Richard Barrons KCB CBE

The following comment and analysis by General Sir Richard Barrons, Commander Joint Forces Command (2013-2016), now Co-Chairman of Universal Defence & Security Solutions, is published here too by the Global Security Forum of which General Barrons is an Advisory Board member. The Surveillance Pandemic All eyes are focused on the extraordinary effects of the COVID-19 …

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Time for Some Hard Thinking About Soft Power, by Michael Clarke

Most people talk about ‘soft power’ as somehow the opposite of military or coercive ‘hard power’. But it is much more complex than that. Britain has relied on its subtle soft power capabilities for a long time. But if it does not think more carefully about it very soon, there is a danger that complacency …

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A Call for Commentary: British ‘Soft Power’ in the 2020s

The concept of ‘Soft Power’ will be increasingly important to all European ‘middle powers’, and not least to Britain, in the troubled years to come, as the world deals with the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasingly antagonistic relations between the major powers. The western liberal democracies will have to rely …

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Vaccine Nationalism in the Age of Coronavirus, by Helen Ramscar

The following article was first published here by the RUSI (Royal United Services Institute) on Monday 19 May 2020. A scientific gold rush is underway for the first Covid-19 vaccine but, as the world is anxious and impatient for its arrival, medical protectionism and vaccine nationalism could rise considerably if unchecked. Outwardly, most governments recognise …

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