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Andrew Hammond

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

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Super-surge in climate diplomacy can tip the balance in Glasgow

The climate change agenda has had a lower profile since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the next month may see a global diplomatic super-surge given that success at November’s COP26 summit in Glasgow remains in the balance.

September 23, 2021

US must turn to soft power

As the 20th anniversary of 9/11 nears, Joe Biden has declared that US-led anti-terror efforts must continue post-Afghanistan. However, Washington would be wise to deploy a much “smarter” campaign.  

September 04, 2021

Biden’s Africa blitz to ‘catch up’ with Beijing

Antony Blinken will be warmly welcomed in Africa on Sunday, yet as he begins his first trip there as US secretary of state he will be in no celebratory mood.

August 26, 2021

Kamala Harris travels east in search of a role

US Vice-President Kamala Harris starts a tour of Asia on Sunday in a bid to recapture the Biden team’s foreign policy momentum after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. 

August 21, 2021

Afghanistan at the crossroads as civil war looms

Alarm is growing at the prospect of the Taliban unseating the Kabul government, but that outcome is just one of three scenarios for Afghanistan’s future amid mounting military uncertainty and an unfolding human tragedy.

August 12, 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

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

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

Why Biden will not return from Russia summit with love

Geneva is home to the European seat of the UN and the international headquarters of the Red Cross, yet its unofficial status as the world’s “peace capital” may not be borne out by Joe Biden’s big summit with Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

June 12, 2021