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News & Highlights

  • OpEd: G20 Must Help Low Income Countries Get Out of Debt Crises 14 October 2021 On the occasion of the G20 Finance Ministers meeting in Washington DC, our Policy Brief on the modernization of the African Banking sector was mentioned in an OpEd in Diplomatic Courier by Joel Ruet. This paper suggests that, in addition to sovereign aid, commercial banks in Africa get a fairer… Read more
  • Issue Brief: AUKUS – A storm in the Pacific 5 October 2021 On 15 September 2021, Australia terminated a contract with France to supply conventional submarines, in favor  of a nuclear military-technology collaboration with the United States and the United Kingdom. This breach of contract highlighted the nascent AUKUS (Australia, United Kingdom and United States) military alliance, which was created in response… Read more
  • Liberal International 204th Executive Committee Meeting Elects The Bridge Tank as an Observing Member to LI 4 October 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
  • Our board member, Irina Bokova, is part of the “Leaders pour la Paix” delegation received by Pope Francis 22 September 2021 The Bridge Tank's board member and former Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, was received at the Vatican on Saturday, 4th of September by Pope Francis as part of the official "Leaders pour la paix" (Leaders for Peace) delegation.In his speech, Pope Francis acknowledged the Covid-19 pandemic and the particular difficulties… Read more
  • “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
  • 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
  • TRT World – The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economies of France and the EU 9 August 2021 In July 2021, The Bridge Tank's President Joel Ruet, economist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), joined David Foster on Turkish television channel TRT World to discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economies of France and the EU. Comparing the pandemic to previous crises,… 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
  • US are back on stage: so what for Asia – Symi Symposium’s conversation with George Papandreou, Kevin Rudd and Madeleine Albright 16 July 2021 The Bridge Tank’s chairman, Joël Ruet, was a participant and speaker of the 23rd International Symi Symposium, held on 11-15 July 2021 in Lagonisi, Greece.   He notably took part to the “Balance of power in Asia” conversation session between George Papandreou, f. Prime Minister of Greece and Kevin Rudd, f.… 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
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