Andrew Hammond
Andrew Hammond was formerly a UK Government Special Adviser and Senior Consultant at Oxford Analytica

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Landmark European Elections Deliver Political Earthquake

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 6:37 PM

Voters from the 28 member nations of the European Union delivered an election earthquake on May 25. Results show major gains in the European Parliament for anti-integration, Euroskeptic parties which span the ideological spectrum from the extreme-right National Front which won the ballot in France, to the far-left Syriza Party...

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As IPCC Launches Landmark Study, Is the Tide Turning on Tackling Climate Change?

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 5:20 PM

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released last Friday the most comprehensive ever study on global warming. The landmark report, prepared by more than 200 scientists over two years, concludes that global temperatures could rise by up to 4.8 Celsius (8.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of this century compared...

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Five Years On, Financial Crisis Has Transformed China's Reputation as a Global Power

(0) Comments | Posted September 19, 2013 | 6:10 PM

September 2008, the month that Lehman Brothers went bust, was the time which many of us realised we were in the midst of an international financial crisis. As dazed workers clutching cardboard boxes streamed out of offices in Wall Street and other financial centres, regulators and politicians rushed to stem...

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US Surveillance Controversy Underlines Importance of Corporate Foreign Policy

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 1:01 PM

In a 2011 report, which was declassified last week (August 21), then Chief Judge John Bates of the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court expressed concern at US government surveillance programmes. He asserted that "the volume and nature of the information [that was being collected as of 2011] is fundamentally different...

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Obama Team's New Resolve Underlines That the Tide May Be Turning on Tackling Climate Change

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 4:21 PM

In her first big speech since becoming administrator of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA), Gina McCarthy asserted on July 30 that climate change is an "opportunity of a lifetime" to create jobs and boost innovation. In rhetoric that pulled no punches, she promised that the administration would engage extensively on...

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Long-Term Strategy, Nor Short-Term Politics, Is Key to Realising London 2012 Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 4:54 AM

To a flurry of publicity, several reports were released last Friday which claim Britain has received in the last year a significant 'bounce' from London 2012. Most prominently, the Government asserts that the economic benefit of hosting the games (which it estimates at £9.9 billion in 'new' international trade and...

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Diplomatic Firestorm Underlines Why 'Foreign Policy' Is Key for Corporates, Not Just Countries

(0) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 12:36 PM

Google unintentionally sparked a diplomatic row earlier this month following its decision to change the name on its "Palestinian territories" homepage to "Palestine". The move, which Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly called a "victory for Palestine and a step toward its liberation", provoked immediate complaint to the firm from Israeli...

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Key Iraq Legacy Is the Biggest Disruptive Shift in Foreign Attitudes Toward U.S. for More Than a Generation

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 2:08 PM

Ten years on, it is clear that the Iraq invasion fuelled a sea-change in international opinion toward the United States. These movements in foreign sentiment are the most significant since at least the Vietnam War, and hold key present day implications for US policymakers.

Over the course of the past...

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Hosni Mubarak In Failing Health: Saudi Report

(67) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 9:47 AM

CAIRO (Reuters) - The health of former Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak is deteriorating and he has refused to travel abroad for treatment, the Saudi-owned daily Asharq al-Awsat said on Tuesday.

A military source told Reuters Mubarak was "breathing" but would not give details about...

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