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Andrew Hammond

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

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UN remains relevant despite Ukraine difficulties

Western countries and corporations’ unexpectedly strong rebuke of Russia following its invasion of Ukraine has surprised many, but now, two months into the conflict, the UN is facing growing criticism of its multilateral efforts to secure peace.

April 29, 2022

Why Sunday’s French election matters to the world

It is not just the French populace that is holding its breath as the final round of presidential election on Sunday sees incumbent Emmanuel Macron face off against far-right Marine Le Pen.

April 24, 2022

Why implementing Paris Agreement is a case of now or never

Climate change has long been seen as a challenge we have decades left to combat, yet a hard-hitting report released on Monday has the stark message that it is a case of “now or never.”

April 07, 2022

EU-China ties delicately poised ahead of summit

April Fool’s Day is an annual April 1 custom centered on practical jokes and hoaxes, but rarely is it the moment for an important political summit. However, that will change on Friday with a virtual EU-China summit, which comes at a crucial moment in relations between the two.

March 31, 2022

Biden looks for a European anchor in Berlin

With US-German ties at a potentially historic pivot point, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz makes his first major official trip outside Europe on Monday to meet US President Joe Biden. 

February 05, 2022

How Japan’s global role has been transformed

A major new defense pact signed last week between Japan and Australia highlights  Tokyo’s growing strategic importance as a partner in an emerging international, anti-China alliance.

January 09, 2022

What happened to the new world order?

Late December is traditionally a time to look forward to the hope of a new year, especially in the midst of the worst pandemic for a century. Yet, at a time of growing geopolitical disorder, this month is also a key historical moment to look in the rear-view mirror.

December 23, 2021

China should allay concerns over its intentions

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday criticized China for the failure of President Xi Jinping to show up at the COP26 climate change summit, amid wider international concern.

November 04, 2021

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