Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond

Andrew Hammond is an associate at LSE IDEAS (the Centre for International Affairs, Diplomacy and Strategy) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He was formerly a UK goverment special adviser at a time when Britain last held the presidency of the European Union.

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Opinion | US-China rivalry is the biggest threat to Apec cooperation

As it moves away from security preoccupations, such as Afghanistan, the US is diverting attention and resources to shaping the regional order through bodies such as Apec. This is a strategy China has already adopted through the Belt and Road Initiative and RCEP.

As it moves away from security preoccupations, such as Afghanistan, the US is diverting attention and resources to shaping the regional order through bodies such as Apec. This is a strategy China has already adopted through the Belt and Road Initiative and RCEP.

US-China rivalry is the biggest threat to Apec cooperation
11 Nov 2021 - 10:30PM
Opinion | Why Germany’s coalition talks matter for China, Europe and the world

Three German political parties are negotiating a new coalition, which will have implications for Berlin’s foreign policy. The recent election indicated a relative political consensus on topics like global warming, but a sharper divergence over China and related human rights issues.

Three German political parties are negotiating a new coalition, which will have implications for Berlin’s foreign policy. The recent election indicated a relative political consensus on topics like global warming, but a sharper divergence over China and related human rights issues.

Why Germany’s coalition talks matter for China, Europe and the world
15 Oct 2021 - 1:30AM
Opinion | COP26: time for countries to raise their climate game for Glasgow, and beyond

The Paris and future climate agreements should be implemented through national laws, where politically feasible. While summit success hangs in the balance, Glasgow still has the potential to create a foundation of global sustainable development for billions of people.

The Paris and future climate agreements should be implemented through national laws, where politically feasible. While summit success hangs in the balance, Glasgow still has the potential to create a foundation of global sustainable development for billions of people.

COP26: time for countries to raise their climate game for Glasgow, and beyond
31 Oct 2021 - 5:10PM
Opinion | As climate change makes itself felt through heatwaves and floods, are our mega-cities ready?

World Population Day is an occasion to reflect on how the world can best address the challenges posed by the combination of urbanisation and climate change.

World Population Day is an occasion to reflect on how the world can best address the challenges posed by the combination of urbanisation and climate change.

As climate change makes itself felt through heatwaves and floods, are our mega-cities ready?
10 Jul 2021 - 1:00AM
Opinion | Amid worsening China ties, can Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with the US flourish?

As Joe Biden visits the UK, he and Boris Johnson will discuss global challenges, including China and Russia, as well as bilateral issues like a trade deal, which would be a significant victory for Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’ agenda.

As Joe Biden visits the UK, he and Boris Johnson will discuss global challenges, including China and Russia, as well as bilateral issues like a trade deal, which would be a significant victory for Johnson’s ‘Global Britain’ agenda.

Amid worsening China ties, can Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with the US flourish?
10 Jun 2021 - 3:41AM
Opinion | China-EU investment deal: fruits of Brussels-Beijing partnership outweigh growing tensions

The EU sees the agreement as part of a constructive long-term approach, and the decision to push forward with it reflects China’s calculus that the window to seal the deal might not remain open indefinitely, given the impending Biden presidency.

The EU sees the agreement as part of a constructive long-term approach, and the decision to push forward with it reflects China’s calculus that the window to seal the deal might not remain open indefinitely, given the impending Biden presidency.

China-EU investment deal: fruits of Brussels-Beijing partnership outweigh growing tensions
3 Jan 2021 - 3:34AM
Opinion | With Brexit, the UK may be bolstering the EU and seeding its own disintegration

While the 2020s could see a more federal, centralised EU, the opposite may be true for the UK. With pressures growing for Scottish independence and potentially even Irish reunification, these are uncertain times for the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

While the 2020s could see a more federal, centralised EU, the opposite may be true for the UK. With pressures growing for Scottish independence and potentially even Irish reunification, these are uncertain times for the union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

With Brexit, the UK may be bolstering the EU and seeding its own disintegration
29 Dec 2020 - 7:43PM
The View | Trump vs Biden: how the US election result could influence Brexit talks

If Donald Trump wins a second term, Boris Johnson is more likely to feel emboldened to plump for no deal with the EU. Joe Biden, however, has long been opposed to the UK’s departure from Europe.

If Donald Trump wins a second term, Boris Johnson is more likely to feel emboldened to plump for no deal with the EU. Joe Biden, however, has long been opposed to the UK’s departure from Europe.

Trump vs Biden: how the US election result could influence Brexit talks
2 Nov 2020 - 10:20PM
The View | Will the European Union’s US$2 trillion trillion deal herald a new era of solidarity?

The package is distinguished not only by its size and the long drawn-out negotiations that led up to it, but also by its commitment to mutualised debt that paves the way for greater, future EU supranational powers.

The package is distinguished not only by its size and the long drawn-out negotiations that led up to it, but also by its commitment to mutualised debt that paves the way for greater, future EU supranational powers.

Will the European Union’s US$2 trillion trillion deal herald a new era of solidarity?
22 Jul 2020 - 11:11PM
Opinion | The future of Brexit and Britain just got more uncertain, after the Supreme Court’s rebuke of Boris Johnson

The verdict that the British PM’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful is just one hinge point in the coming weeks. Britain is facing risks of a no-deal Brexit, Scottish independence and more.

The verdict that the British PM’s suspension of Parliament was unlawful is just one hinge point in the coming weeks. Britain is facing risks of a no-deal Brexit, Scottish independence and more.

The future of Brexit and Britain just got more uncertain, after the Supreme Court’s rebuke of Boris Johnson
25 Sep 2019 - 8:55PM
Opinion | Why a no-deal Brexit is a big deal for Britain and the rest of the world

With Boris Johnson tipped to become Britain’s prime minister, a no-deal Brexit is suddenly likelier than ever, but few people really understand what that means for businesses and the economy.

With Boris Johnson tipped to become Britain’s prime minister, a no-deal Brexit is suddenly likelier than ever, but few people really understand what that means for businesses and the economy.

Why a no-deal Brexit is a big deal for Britain and the rest of the world
21 Jul 2019 - 11:02PM
Opinion | Hong Kong protests are growing into yet another thorn in relations between China and Britain

London regards strong economic ties with Beijing as vital for its post-Brexit future, but China’s ire over the support for the protests by the two candidates seeking to be the next leader of Britain underlines the difficulty of the task.

London regards strong economic ties with Beijing as vital for its post-Brexit future, but China’s ire over the support for the protests by the two candidates seeking to be the next leader of Britain underlines the difficulty of the task.

Hong Kong protests are growing into yet another thorn in relations between China and Britain
5 Jul 2019 - 8:14PM
Opinion | China and Donald Trump both want a trade agreement soon, but it’s far from a done deal

With Trump riding high after the Mueller report, he and China see a need to strike a deal soon. But the US president faces pressure at home to stay tough, and has proven willing to walk away before.

With Trump riding high after the Mueller report, he and China see a need to strike a deal soon. But the US president faces pressure at home to stay tough, and has proven willing to walk away before.

China and Donald Trump both want a trade agreement soon, but it’s far from a done deal
28 Mar 2019 - 4:34AM
The View | Mixed pre-Brexit messaging with Japan and China has muddled the UK’s post-Brexit future

Trade with major partners like Tokyo and Beijing was a major selling point for Brexit, but a series of faux pas has officials scrambling to undo the damage before the EU departure date.

Trade with major partners like Tokyo and Beijing was a major selling point for Brexit, but a series of faux pas has officials scrambling to undo the damage before the EU departure date.

Mixed pre-Brexit messaging with Japan and China has muddled the UK’s post-Brexit future
27 Feb 2019 - 10:32PM
The View | Brexit apart, Spain’s political uncertainty is a microcosm of the euro zone’s deepening troubles

The Spanish prime minister’s call for an early general election is symptomatic of governmental instability and stagnating growth across the euro zone. A no-deal Brexit is not a shock the single currency region could bear easily.

The Spanish prime minister’s call for an early general election is symptomatic of governmental instability and stagnating growth across the euro zone. A no-deal Brexit is not a shock the single currency region could bear easily.

Brexit apart, Spain’s political uncertainty is a microcosm of the euro zone’s deepening troubles
18 Feb 2019 - 10:23PM
Opinion | As Theresa May’s Brexit deal lies in tatters, the EU should remember it’s not blameless

The incompetence of Theresa May’s government has been on full display this week, but the EU has also displayed a lack of imagination in negotiations.

The incompetence of Theresa May’s government has been on full display this week, but the EU has also displayed a lack of imagination in negotiations.

As Theresa May’s Brexit deal lies in tatters, the EU should remember it’s not blameless
16 Jan 2019 - 3:46PM
Opinion | Theresa May’s vote failure leaves her on the brink and the UK on a collision course with hard Brexit

British PM’s hasty postponement of her proposal before Parliament shows how hard it is to craft a Brexit deal that the public, and EU, can support.

British PM’s hasty postponement of her proposal before Parliament shows how hard it is to craft a Brexit deal that the public, and EU, can support.

Theresa May’s vote failure leaves her on the brink and the UK on a collision course with hard Brexit
11 Dec 2018 - 8:30PM
Mike Pompeo must navigate a minefield in South Asia: soothing Pakistan while embracing India

The US secretary of state, on his back-to-back visits to the two neighbouring nations with fraught relations, will have to court Pakistan’s new prime minister while securing closer ties with India as part of America’s Indo-Pacific strategy.

The US secretary of state, on his back-to-back visits to the two neighbouring nations with fraught relations, will have to court Pakistan’s new prime minister while securing closer ties with India as part of America’s Indo-Pacific strategy.

Mike Pompeo must navigate a minefield in South Asia: soothing Pakistan while embracing India
4 Sep 2018 - 4:39AM
Donald Trump searches for a lasting foreign policy legacy at summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore

If it unfolds as hoped, Trump’s new deal with the North Korean leader would provide some substance to a foreign policy platform that has thus far been more about tearing down the achievements of his predecessors.

If it unfolds as hoped, Trump’s new deal with the North Korean leader would provide some substance to a foreign policy platform that has thus far been more about tearing down the achievements of his predecessors.

Donald Trump searches for a lasting foreign policy legacy at summit with Kim Jong-un in Singapore
12 Jun 2018 - 5:54PM
Don’t overhype Singapore: the Trump administration should see North Korea negotiations as a process, not a peak

The Trump administration has built expectations to extraordinary heights for a single summit with Kim Jong-un, when the most effective agreements are the product of a laborious process.

The Trump administration has built expectations to extraordinary heights for a single summit with Kim Jong-un, when the most effective agreements are the product of a laborious process.

Don’t overhype Singapore: the Trump administration should see North Korea negotiations as a process, not a peak
8 Jun 2018 - 10:18PM
The View | China must boost its soft power to balance economic brawn

While China is now perceived as an economic powerhouse, it must do more to burnish perceptions of its global ambitions.

While China is now perceived as an economic powerhouse, it must do more to burnish perceptions of its global ambitions.

China must boost its soft power to balance economic brawn
3 Apr 2018 - 10:31PM
What Xi Jinping needs to hear from Kim Jong-un in China

The Chinese president will probably want to discuss Kim Jong-un’s planned summits with the leaders of South Korea and the United States and emphasise how quickly tensions may return if they go badly.

The Chinese president will probably want to discuss Kim Jong-un’s planned summits with the leaders of South Korea and the United States and emphasise how quickly tensions may return if they go badly.

What Xi Jinping needs to hear from Kim Jong-un in China
28 Mar 2018 - 9:33AM
Three ways Putin could stay in power after 2024 following his re-election as Russian president

Russian President Vladimir Putin has consolidated his power domestically with his re-election on Sunday but his relationship with the West remains more challenging.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has consolidated his power domestically with his re-election on Sunday but his relationship with the West remains more challenging.

Three ways Putin could stay in power after 2024 following his  re-election as Russian president
19 Mar 2018 - 6:28PM
North Korea returns to talks with South Korea, this time with higher stakes
8 Jan 2018 - 7:46PM
On Brexit negotiations, the European Union may not be that united
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How the flexible Paris climate accord can become a foundation for sustainable development
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Donald Trump can still have a successful presidency despite low poll numbers
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Can Trump see beyond North Korea and focus on a broader Asia strategy?
6 Nov 2017 - 3:25PM
The next test of China-Russia cooperation: containing the North Korea crisis
10 Dec 2019 - 11:48PM
Four issues Theresa May must tackle to salvage Brexit talks
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM