December 2014

A decade ago, Thomas Friedman’s The World is Flat popularised globalisation as a process where Apple, Dell, IBM, and other giant corporations offshored manufacturing to low-cost economies, and outsourced parts and components from suppliers around …

This paper provides an overview of the intersection between oceans and fisheries issues, and trade policy. It surveys the current state and major trends in global fisheries and trade in fishery products; the environmental and …

Head of Strategic Foresight, World Economic Forum
Kristel van der Elst
Associate Director of Strategic Foresight, World Economic Forum
Natalie Hatour
December 2014

Not so far in the future, resources might no longer be closely linked to territories, it might be possible to visualise another person’s thoughts and predict the actions and decisions of world leaders before they …

Demand for services go hand in hand with rising incomes as the productive fabric of countries moves away from industrialization to services. In addition, ongoing digitalization has changed consumer behavior. This leads to changes in …

November 2014

The extraction of fossil fuels, as opposed to their emissions, has barely made it on relevant international policy agendas as the issue is closely intertwined with sensitive energy supply decisions that are usually left to …

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Hanne Melin
November 2014

Since the WTO’s Doha Round stalled, the world has been awash with mega-regional preferential trade negotiations. These agreements will improve market access by lowering tariffs to firms in participating states. But not all firms will …

October 2014

The subject that I have been following the most closely during these last few years in the frenetic international negotiating activities in which the US is currently engaged is the extent to which state-owned enterprises …

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