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  • “Transatlantic Talks: Reflections for Europe with French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin 21 September 2021 On 21 September 2021, The Bridge Tank and the France-Amériques Circle inaugurated the "Transatlantic Talks". The objective of these meetings is to bring together decision-makers around a personality in a closed format, and aim to feed into proposals ahead of the French Presidency of the European Union.This first meeting gathered… Read more
  • Liberal International 204th Executive Committee Meeting Elects The Bridge Tank as an Observing Member to LI 21 September 2021 The 204th executive committee meeting of Liberal International took place online from 1 – 3 October 2021, with 132 registered delegates from 45 countries and 6 regions of the world. The Bridge Tank was one of think tanks to be officially welcomed to the LI family, demonstrating the growing appeal… Read more
  • The Bridge Tank participates the 2021 edition of the Summit of Minds 20 September 2021 The 2021 edition of the Summit of Minds forum took place at Chamonix, from the 17 – 19th of September. This year, the Summit was focused on two main ideas: key macro issues and wellness and wellbeing, with a particular spotlight on natural capital (nature as a productive asset). In… Read more
  • Malaurie Le Bail, analyst at The Bridge Tank, speaks at the conference: “Between Russian and Chinese covetousness, what place for the European Union?” 17 September 2021 The conference on Central Asia at Sciences Po Strasbourg, on 17 September 2021, "Between Russian and Chinese covetousness, what place for the European Union?", was for The Bridge Tank the opportunity to recall that the land silk roads are first of all a vast operation to open up the provinces… Read more
  • When bad controversies drive out the good ones: rehabilitating scientific controversy 14 September 2021 At a time when Covid variants are multiplying, what is known genetically about this virus, from the processes of its emergence, to the role of virology in the analysis of its current evolution, to the genetic origins of its transformation into a pandemic, as well as the hypothesis of the… Read more
  • Sustainable Energy transition trajectories in large countries 31 July 2021 By Baudouin Becker, Antoine Goutaland, Xieshu Wang,  Joël Ruet, Laure Elise Wargnier and Malaurie Le Bail.The ecological emergency has caused a sharp pressure on policy makers to concentrate their efforts on elaborating public policies to organize the passage from the existing fossil fuels based system, that is unsustainable, to another… Read more
  • The making of Hydrogen – Definition and acceleration of a sector 28 July 2021 By Joël Ruet, Baudouin Becker, Antoine Goutaland and Xieshu Wang.Hydrogen is a subject in trend and announcements of breakthrough hydrogen technologies have been multiplying in the last couple months. Indeed, it seems hydrogen, as an energy vector similar to electricity, has imposed itself in most government’s eyes as an indispensable… Read more
  • The current state of the hydrogen ecosystems in the world 28 July 2021 By Florian Dommergues and Joël RuetRetrospectively, 2021 might well prove to be the breakthrough year for the ecological transition towards climate neutral societies. With the election of Joe Biden, who reinstated the United States in the Paris Agreement hours after coming into office, the ecological transition has gained new momentum.… Read more
  • EU strategic interests vis-à-vis China: our article published in the National Defence Review and published by China Today 23 July 2021 As the strategy of European autonomy in the face of Chinese power gathers traction, The Bridge Tank published an issue brief in both the National Defense Review and China Today. An indication that rigorous discussion for a tight negotiation remains possible?After two years of work, The Bridge Tank has positioned… Read more
  • China’s policy on strategic materials – impact on the batteries ecosystem and industry recommendations 15 July 2021 By Xieshu Wang and Joël Ruet.Strategic materials, such as rare earth, lithium, cobalt or nickel, are indispensable inputs for green transition technologies such as wind turbines or batteries for electric vehicles. With more and more governments aiming to reach climate neutrality by 2050 and as the necessity to transition to… Read more
  • Policy Brief – Hydrogen, a new commodity, a ‘magic’ energy carrier, or a prescriber of demanding public policies? 7 July 2021 By Antoine Goutaland and Joël Ruet "Hydrogen" is seeing its industrial and energy uses differ while its synthesis processes abound. But in reality, there are hydrogens whose promoters constitute a heterogeneous club with more or less convergent interests, present at different geographical, sectoral and temporal levels. A unified and stabilised… Read more
  • Joël Ruet participates in the 2021 edition of the Horasis Global Meeting 7 July 2021 Joël Ruet, President of The Bridge Tank, was one of the speakers at the 2021 edition of the Horasis Global Meeting, an annual meeting of the world’s leading decision makers from business, government and civil society. He intervened during a panel addressing global climate change. He stated that COP26 will… Read more
  • Tribune: The Winners and Losers of the Australian-China Trade War 5 July 2021 The current trade war between Australia and China has heavily impacted the position and importance of China’s global trading partners, particularly within the beef and wine industry. Whilst Australia has undoubtedly suffered, other countries such as USA and Brazil are taking this opportunity to fill in the market gap. The… Read more
  • ‘China, new Atlantis between the United-States and Europe?’ Joël Ruet deciphers the triangular power-play in his latest article in Euraktiv and The Tribune 28 June 2021 There is no longer denying that America, under Biden’s new administration, is preparing to confront the growing presence of China within the global arena by waging what many have called the ‘new Cold War’. Despite growing concerns over what America’s aggressive stance could bring to the future, as echoed by… Read more
  • 4th Nanjing/Paris Forum on innovation: towards state-regulated technological partnerships? 25 June 2021 On Thursday the 24th of June 2021, the Nanjing/Paris Innovation Partnership and the 4th Sino-French Innovation Cooperation Conference was held in Nanjing, China within the context of Nanjing Techweek 2021. The forum aims at deepening strategic partnerships between China and France through the cities of Nanjing and Paris, with a particular… Read more
  • EU-US Summit : towards a new transatlantic partnership ? 16 June 2021 “America is back” and the Trump years are behind us, as evidenced by the holding of the EU-United States summit in Brussels on June 15, 2021: being the first meeting of this type since 2017, it marked the launch of a renewed partnership and a joint program for cooperation between… Read more
  • The African diaspora recalled by the continent? 15 June 2021 The sustained growth of the last two decades and the two global crises of 2008 (Subprimes) and 2020 (Covid-19) have revealed new challenges on a global scale, which are illustrated in Africa by a sustainable modernisation challenge. The role of the diaspora in accessing international finance is one of the… Read more
  • Contradictory trends on EU-China, relations? The case of industry 8 June 2021 The paradoxical observation of deep disagreement and necessary cooperation Relations between the EU and China are conditioned by a double observation : observation of a deep disagreement on political values, in terms of human rights and democracy, but also observation of the need for the two powers to cooperate on… Read more
  • Our analysis of Morocco’s New Development Model 1 June 2021 Context: Ambassador and former Interior Minister Chakib Benmoussa, Chairman of the Special Commission on the Development Model (CSMD), presented his general report on Tuesday 25 May 2021 at a ceremony presided over by King Mohammed VI. The latter will give rise to a national pact for development - an unprecedented… Read more
  • Financing the African economy: Supporting the Modernization of African Economies 17 May 2021 By Clarisse Hida & Joël Ruet As the Summit on the financing of the African economy will be held on May 18, 2021 in Paris, at the invitation of Emmanuel Macron and with the African heads of state and government, solutions must go well beyond refinancing of sovereign debt, to… Read more
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