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16 Feb 2024

ECOWAS in Turmoil as Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger Leave West African Regional Bloc

On January 28th 2024, the military juntas in the Sahelian nations of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger released a joint statement announcing they had “decide[d] in complete sovereignty on the immediate withdrawal” from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The statement denounced that the regional bloc “under the influence of foreign powers, betraying its founding principles, has become a threat to its member states and its population”. More specifically, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger – where military coups d’état occurred respectively in 2021, 2022, and 2023 – accused ECOWAS of failing to support their fight against “terrorism and insecurity”, while imposing “illegal, illegitimate, inhumane and irresponsible sanctions”. Combined with France's troop withdrawal from the Sahel following recent coups, this development raises concerns about wider regional stability.

ECOWAS in Turmoil as Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger Leave West African Regional Bloc

22 Jan 2024

Panama Canal Droughts Reshape the Shipping Industry

Maersk has announced it will begin using rail networks to transport cargo on select routes as an alternative to the Panama Canal, due to significant droughts. Since 40% of US container traffic travels through the canal, this disruption expected to have a considerable impact on inflation and the cost of living crisis. Most worryingly, this could exacerbate supply chain issues caused by the ongoing crisis in the Red Sea, which has forced shipping companies to reroute their traffic to the Panama Canal in order to avoid the Suez Canal. The droughts and impact on trade are expected to continue, and the impact on global trade depends on whether alternative routes can meet international demand and address current issues.

Panama Canal Droughts Reshape the Shipping Industry

12 Jan 2024

Junior Doctor Strikes Begin, London Underground Strikes are Cancelled Last Minute

The beginning of January has seen a renewal of strikes by the British Medical Association (BMA) on behalf of Junior Doctors, while expected strikes by the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) on behalf of several London Underground departments have been cancelled at the last minute following “positive discussions.” Although discussions between RMT and TfL are now expected to restart, there is currently no timeline for negotiations between the Department of Health and the BMA to begin once again.

Junior Doctor Strikes Begin, London Underground Strikes are Cancelled Last Minute

7 Jan 2024

Britain is stuck. How can we get it moving again?

This blog has been written by Thomas Barton, the Founder and CEO of Polis Analysis, as part of the Progress Prize, which promotes economic, scientific and technology solutions as an antidote to Britain’s malaise to offer a new way forward.

Britain is stuck. How can we get it moving again?

22 Dec 2023

2024 Lookahead Report

For the last four years, Polis Analysis has supported our readership to navigate the turbulence of geopolitics. To ensure our readers continue to stay ahead of the curve, our 2024 Lookahead report delivers forensic analysis of the global developments that are set to dominate the political scene in 2024.

2024 Lookahead Report

15 Dec 2023

Vietnam’s Rare Earth Industry is on the Rise

Vietnam houses roughly 20 million tons of rare earth materials, which are critical for advanced technologies such as smartphone screens, wind turbines, and electric vehicle magnets. Despite being the world’s second-largest rare earth reserve, these resources have remained mostly untapped. However, Vietnam aims to reopen major mines next year with Western support, intending to challenge China's stronghold in the industry. This move could provide a great source of revenue and economic growth for Vietnam, as well as represent a step forward towards renewable energy.

Vietnam’s Rare Earth Industry is on the Rise

24 Nov 2023

The Autumn Statement: What Happened and What It Means

The Autumn Statement is an opportunity for the Government to implement fiscal policy changes to reflect their objectives, and respond to economic conditions. This year, inflation-driven wage growth has caused fiscal drag by pushing millions of workers into higher tax brackets, which left the Treasury with £25 billion of extra revenue. As such, cuts to tax rates appealing to the traditional Conservative base were always on the cards for this year’s autumn statement.

The Autumn Statement: What Happened and What It Means

15 Nov 2023

The King’s Speech: A Strategic Analysis of the King's Speech and Its Impact on Business

With Parliament open, the announcements made in the King’s Speech will begin to make their way through the legislative process. The bills headed to Parliament will have direct impacts on businesses across all areas of the economy. The King’s Speech demonstrated the opportunities legislation can provide, with regulatory frameworks to support new industries, investment in renewable energy, and licences for oil and gas. However, as the tobacco industry will attest, there are also risks that new legislation could restrict businesses. 

The King’s Speech: A Strategic Analysis of the King's Speech and Its Impact on Business

2 Nov 2023

November Report on Accountability and Responsibility

British politics has arguably been at its most volatile point since the Second Word War. From unprecedented churn in our Prime Ministers, to economic shocks leading to multi-decade record highs in inflation and the cost of living, political developments in the UK have shaped businesses and individuals in a profound way. This report makes an important contribution in analysing some of the events that are shaping Britain’s political direction.

November Report on Accountability and Responsibility

20 Oct 2023

Starmer’s Plan for Businesses Explained

Closing out this year’s Labour Party Conference, Leader of the Opposition Keir Starmer set out his idea of what a Labour government would look like. Whereas his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, was most enthused by businesses when talking about nationalisation, Starmer set a rather different tone. 

Starmer’s Plan for Businesses Explained

29 Sept 2023

September Report on Global LGBTQIA+ Rights

It is with great pleasure that we introduce this first issue of Polis Analysis Youth Affairs Report which shines a light on one of the most dynamic social justice movements, LGBTQIA+ rights. This report delves into the progress, challenges, and legal developments with a special focus on Uganda, Taiwan, India, and the United States.

September Report on Global LGBTQIA+ Rights

27 Sept 2023

Rishi Sunak backtracks on net zero

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced on Wednesday a backtracking on a number of the UK’s current net zero policies. Although reiterating that he remains committed to the legally binding target of net zero by 2050, he has scrapped and delayed a number of initiatives that were intended to help the UK reach the target.

Rishi Sunak backtracks on net zero

11 Sept 2023

Labour’s reshuffle explained 

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer revamped his frontbench on Monday, in a reshuffle ahead of an annual party conference in October, fine-tuning his team for what is likely to be the final time ahead of the next general election. The reshuffle has seen promotions for the likes of Hilary Benn and Liz Kendall, with notable demotions for Lisa Nandy and Jonathan Ashworth.

Labour’s reshuffle explained 

23 Aug 2023

UK's Largest Opencast Coal Mine Has Closure Date Confirmed

Ffos-y-Fran, the UK’s largest opencast coal mine located in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, has received confirmation of its closure date after 15 years of operation.

UK's Largest Opencast Coal Mine Has Closure Date Confirmed

23 Aug 2023

PM Sunak Plans to Authorise Oil Drilling in the North Sea

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced his plans to grant over 100 licences across the coast of Scotland to undertake oil and gas drilling, and simultaneously unveiled two new locations for Carbon Capture Usage and Storage (CCUS) clusters in North East Scotland and the Humber.

PM Sunak Plans to Authorise Oil Drilling in the North Sea

23 Aug 2023

Montana Sued by Youth Activists Over its Climate Change Culpability

On August 14, the US saw a landmark ruling for climate change law. Led by young activists, the case saw the state of Montana sued for its promotion of fossil fuel use, marking the first time in US history that a youth-led climate case has gone to trial, as 14 previous youth-led cases were dismissed (as per the UN Environmental Programme Report).

Montana Sued by Youth Activists Over its Climate Change Culpability

22 Aug 2023

Surveillance Tech Can Help Save Endangered Species

Biologging, the practice of attaching devices to animals to collect scientific data, has been developing at an accelerated speed over the last 5 years. Now, scientists can use GPS-tracking devices to track an animal’s movement, migration patterns, food habits and much more. 

Surveillance Tech Can Help Save Endangered Species

22 Aug 2023

Whatsapp Voice Notes Revolutionise Farming in Senegal

In a country where nearly half of the population cannot read or write, WhatsApp's voice notes function has evolved into an essential tool for Senegalese farmers to collaborate and access information in local languages, thereby enhancing their agricultural practices and crop yields.

Whatsapp Voice Notes Revolutionise Farming in Senegal

3 Apr 2023

Daily Briefing: The Banking Crisis and Crypto Companies

From Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), Silvergate, Signature Bank in the US to Credit Suisse in Switzerland, the banking crisis in recent weeks has led to the collapse and acquisition of multiple banks. This has implications far beyond traditional finance.

Daily Briefing: The Banking Crisis and Crypto Companies

23 Mar 2023

Daily Briefing: Internet Regulations in Brazil

Brazil's new government, led by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, is planning new policies on regulating the internet. With over 200 million people, Brazil is the largest country in Latin America by both population and size.

Daily Briefing: Internet Regulations in Brazil
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