Trade Talks
Trade Talks
Jun 29, 2020
133. How one man and some metal boxes revolutionized global trade
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Malcom McLean spurred containerized shipping in the 1950s. The impact on people, ports, cities and, of course, trade, was massive. Historian Marc Levinson joins to tell the story from his book The Box (Princeton University Press).

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The China in Africa Podcast
The China in Africa Podcast
Laos and the Chinese Debt Crisis in Africa
The small, impoverished land-locked Southeast Asian nation of Laos is a focal point of China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative and also emerging a case study in how Beijing is handling a burgeoning debt crisis in the country. Just as in a number of African countries, Laos is increasingly unable to repay the massive infrastructure loans that it borrowed from China to build badly-needed infrastructure including railways and power transmission. But there are some interesting experiments going on in Laos that might shed some light on how China plans to handle some of its debts in Africa. Specifically, a debt-for-equity swap with the country's state-owned power company could be an option that is employed in places like Kenya where the government is already behind on some of its loan payments. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Research Assistant Professor Kelly Wanjing Chen has been closely following the debt crisis in Laos and published a paper on the topic this fall. She's also an expert on Chinese debt financing in the global South. Kelly joins Eric & Cobus to discuss the Chinese debt crisis in Laos and whether there are any lessons that can be applied to what's happening in Africa. JOIN THE DISCUSSION: Facebook: Twitter: @eolander | @stadenesque | @mostfamouskelly SUBSCRIBE TO THE CAP'S DAILY EMAIL NEWSLETTER FOR JUST $3 FOR 3 MONTHS. Your subscription supports independent journalism. Subscribers get the following: 1. A daily email newsletter of the top China-Africa news. 2. Access to the China-Africa Experts Network 3. Unlimited access to the CAP's exclusive analysis content on Try it out for just $3 for 3 months:
48 min
CSIS | Center for Strategic and International Studies
Europe and China as Partners or Rivals?: A Conversation with Mikko Huotari
In this episode, Dr. Mikko Huotari joins us to discuss the evolving relationship between Europe and China. He highlights the multifaceted relationship between China and the European Union, noting that the EU has labeled China as both a strategic partner and a systemic rival. Dr. Huotari argues that while the coronavirus has been a driver of recent tensions in the Europe-China relationship, there has been a longer-term negative trend of worsening ties and a lack of progress on policy agendas between the EU and China. In particular, Dr. Huotari examines China’s human rights record and discusses its impact on relations with European countries. He also evaluates the evolution of European sentiment towards China and security issues regarding China, and assesses the prospect for greater transatlantic cooperation between the United States and Europe on China policy. Lastly, Dr. Huotari analyzes the impact of the US election on Europe-China ties, saying that productive transatlantic collaboration is more likely under a Biden Administration than a second Trump administration.    Dr. Mikko Huotari is the Executive Director of MERICS. His research focuses on China’s foreign policy, China-Europe relations, and global (economic) governance and competition. He has published on China’s rise as a financial power, trade and investment relations with Europe, and geopolitical shifts related to China's emergence as a global security actor.
25 min
LSE: Public lectures and events
LSE: Public lectures and events
London School of Economics and Political Science
50 Years on From the Founding of the Gay Liberation Front: progress made since and applicability today
Contributor(s): Dr Jacob Breslow, Angela Mason, Dr Gillian Murphy, Professor Jeffrey Weeks | The GLF was formed as an international activist movement for the liberation of LGBT people after the Stonewall Riots in New York in 1969. The event will look back at its founding and early history and examine what progress has been made since and what learnings we can apply to the challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces today. Part of the event will include a short presentation from LSE’s archives that will be given by Dr Gillian Murphy, the Curator for Equality, Rights and Citizenship at LSE Library. Jacob Breslow (@jlbreslow) is Assistant Professor of Sexuality and Gender at the LSE Department of Gender Studies. He is author of Ambivalent Childhoods: Speculative Futures and the Psychic Life of the Child, forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press (2021).  Angela Mason is Labour councillor for Cantelowes ward and Camden’s Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families, a founder member of the Gay Liberation Front, and Executive Director Stonewall 1992-2002. Angela is an alumnus of LSE and was made an Honorary Fellow of the School in 2011. Gillian Murphy is the Curator for Equality, Rights and Citizenship at LSE Library. She moved to LSE with the Women’s Library in 2013, where she had worked as an archivist for many years. Gillian promotes the Women’s Library collection and the Hall-Carpenter Archives through exhibitions, talks, blogs and workshops. Jeffrey Weeks joined LSE as a research assistant in October 1970, and a few weeks later he got involved in GLF, taking part in the first demo in Highbury Fields in November. Involvement on the gay liberation movement changed his life. In the 1970s he was a pioneer of LGBT history, writing an account of the emergence of the movement, Coming Out. This was the first of many books on the history and sociology of LGBT life in particular and sexuality in general.  Minouche Shafik, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, will deliver welcoming remarks at this celebration. Rishi Madlani (@RishiMadlani) is Head of Sustainable Finance and Just Transition for the NatWest Group and is the Global Co-Chair of their Rainbow Network, the staff network for LGBT staff and allies.
1 hr 30 min
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