international relations

January 9, 2024

Free Trade Vs National Security: Insights From Adam Smith

Classical liberals are rightly known for their fierce defence of free trade. Free trade makes us richer, fosters efficiency and technological innovation, and as David Hume pointed out in his essay Of the Jealousy of Trade (1758), it also promotes worthwhile cultural exchange.
June 10, 2022

Classical Liberalism Vs Liberal Internationalism

In his speech to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos last month, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that ‘protection of our values is more important than profit’, and that ‘freedom is more important than free trade’.
February 28, 2022

The Battle for Free Societies

Many classical liberals dedicate their professional lives to making their societies freer, fairer, and more prosperous. We are battling bad ideas that would impoverish our neighbours, we are combatting populists who would dismantle our liberal-democratic institutions, and we are outlining ideas for a world where merit and morals based on the ideas of freedom contribute to a better life for all.
April 14, 2021

From FTAs to MRAs: the Potential Pathway Forward for the EU and US

The United States lacks a comprehensive free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU, and the failed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations during the Obama-era proved that there are significant barriers to achieving one.
October 8, 2020

Finding the Right Balance EU-China Relations After COVID-19

The virtual meeting between top-level EU and Chinese officials on 14 September appears to be an ironic metaphor of the increasing distance in the relationship. The online meeting replaced the much-anticipated Leipzig Summit, which aimed to further integrate two key economies in the world.
July 3, 2020

Post-Coronavirus, How Should the West Approach China?

Covid–19 has done more than cause a medical and economic crisis. It is provoking a major reorientation of the foreign policy of both the United States and Europe. At the heart of this is the question of their changing relationship with China.
April 30, 2020

COVID-19: Who to Blame?

Much of the WHO rhetoric on COVID-19 has treated the pandemic as an unavoidable, natural disaster devoid of blame – this is absolutely not the case. The evidence overwhelmingly suggests there are two principal actors at fault, although admittedly to different extents: where the Chinese government is culpable, the WHO is complicit.