Professor Robert Wade from the LSE analyses the urge for de-dollarisation and why the US dollar hegemony unlikely ends soon. He argues that while people have been forecasting the end of dollar hegemony for over half a century, but large-scale alternatives face huge difficulties, and their emergence will stretch over decades.
Claire Milne offers reflections on AI safety from the perspective of consumers. She argues for giving consumers more control such as an “OFF switch” and going beyond voluntary standards to regulation.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine produced a mixed diplomatic response from Africa. This article explores the reasons why Africa did not vote as a bloc to condemn the Russian invasion and asks if Africa will be drawn into a new version of the old Cold War. How can that be avoided and what measures should the West take to revamp and refresh its relationships with Africa at a time when the international order is rapidly changing?
This article examines the reasons behind the challenge of democracy in Africa and the sources of democratic potential in the continent. In addition, it conducts a mapping of democracy in the region in terms of constitutional endurance and implementation.
Different approaches to cross-border data flows raises questions for international trade agreements. Is it possible for a multilateral and uniform international agreement on cross-border data flows?
In recent years, the term digital public goods (DPGs) has seen increasing use and been linked to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and concepts like digital sovereignty. Is it only a buzzword? This short paper introduces the concept of DPGs, discusses its implications, and asks whether the DPG movement will realise its potential.