Daniel Wagner

Daniel Wagner

Daniel Wagner is CEO of Country Risk Solutions and a widely published author on current affairs and risk management. He has published seven books and more than 700 articles. His latest book is The America-China Divide. He holds master's degrees in international relations from the University of Chicago and in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix. He received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Richmond College in London. He can be reached at: [email protected]

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Opinion | US presidential election: between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, China is likely to prefer the devil it knows

Neither Trump nor Biden will change US policy on China but there is one key difference: Biden will repair ties with US allies, many of whom are also wary of Beijing and more inclined to take collective action against it in the future.

20 Jun 2020 - 1:35AM

Neither Trump nor Biden will change US policy on China but there is one key difference: Biden will repair ties with US allies, many of whom are also wary of Beijing and more inclined to take collective action against it in the future.

US presidential election: between Donald Trump and Joe Biden, China is likely to prefer the devil it knows
Opinion | Coronavirus pandemic is hastening the death of the globalised order and the rise of a ‘me first’ world

Control of critical resources will provide new sources of power for the short list of countries that possess them. Meanwhile, the accelerated shift to digital and gig economies will highlight the gap between those who can adapt and those who cannot.

23 May 2020 - 1:34AM

Control of critical resources will provide new sources of power for the short list of countries that possess them. Meanwhile, the accelerated shift to digital and gig economies will highlight the gap between those who can adapt and those who cannot.

Coronavirus pandemic is hastening the death of the globalised order and the rise of a ‘me first’ world
Opinion | Coronavirus pandemic may sow the seeds of political revolutions as lockdowns drag on and food supply chains are tested

The absence of critical health care coupled with food insecurity in highly indebted poor countries could set off social and political unrest. People from the developed world may find they have something in common with their developing world brethren – survival.

27 Apr 2020 - 4:23AM

The absence of critical health care coupled with food insecurity in highly indebted poor countries could set off social and political unrest. People from the developed world may find they have something in common with their developing world brethren – survival.

Coronavirus pandemic may sow the seeds of political revolutions as lockdowns drag on and food supply chains are tested
Opinion | China’s coronavirus success shows up poor pandemic preparedness in the rest of the world

The rest of the world had up to two months’ notice of the coronavirus but few governments took even basic steps to prepare for it. China, in contrast, took swift, bold steps, and may be rewarded economically when the looming depression is over.

9 Apr 2020 - 10:45AM

The rest of the world had up to two months’ notice of the coronavirus but few governments took even basic steps to prepare for it. China, in contrast, took swift, bold steps, and may be rewarded economically when the looming depression is over.

China’s coronavirus success shows up poor pandemic preparedness in the rest of the world
Opinion | Could a global coronavirus pandemic trigger an economic depression, forcing us to reckon with the downside of globalisation?

Since the last pandemic, globalisation has ensured a world more interconnected than ever, from supply chains to mass air travel. With the world on the cusp of a coronavirus pandemic, the drawbacks of a tightly linked global economy are becoming clear.

28 Feb 2020 - 8:21PM

Since the last pandemic, globalisation has ensured a world more interconnected than ever, from supply chains to mass air travel. With the world on the cusp of a coronavirus pandemic, the drawbacks of a tightly linked global economy are becoming clear.

Could a global coronavirus pandemic trigger an economic depression, forcing us to reckon with the downside of globalisation?
Opinion | China’s dreams of world leadership are fading as its belt and road projects start to sour

The Belt and Road Initiative, hailed for promoting development, is coming under fire as debt burdens grow, reflecting a growing wariness of Beijing’s posturing as a global leader-in-waiting on an international stage that seeks to promote debate rather than censor it.

5 Feb 2020 - 5:48AM

The Belt and Road Initiative, hailed for promoting development, is coming under fire as debt burdens grow, reflecting a growing wariness of Beijing’s posturing as a global leader-in-waiting on an international stage that seeks to promote debate rather than censor it.

China’s dreams of world leadership are fading as its belt and road projects start to sour
Opinion | As the US wakes up to China’s ambition, expect an epic arms race – even if neither wants war

The power struggle is on as America and China enter a competitive relationship the likes of which the world has never seen, with military spending the centrepiece. Neither side wants war, but the competition will be bruising.

17 Feb 2020 - 8:44PM

The power struggle is on as America and China enter a competitive relationship the likes of which the world has never seen, with military spending the centrepiece. Neither side wants war, but the competition will be bruising.

As the US wakes up to China’s ambition, expect an epic arms race – even if neither wants war
Opinion | China’s military is building up its advanced weaponry, and the US certainly will, too

The formidable arsenal on display at China’s 70th anniversary parade announces to the world its ambition – backed by hefty investment – to be a global leader in futuristic weapons technology. The US, which has already torn up its nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, won’t be far behind.

5 Oct 2019 - 4:06AM

The formidable arsenal on display at China’s 70th anniversary parade announces to the world its ambition – backed by hefty investment – to be a global leader in futuristic weapons technology. The US, which has already torn up its nuclear weapons treaty with Russia, won’t be far behind.

China’s military is building up its advanced weaponry, and the US certainly will, too
Opinion | As US, China and Russia fight for AI supremacy in new hyperwar battlefield, will good sense prevail?

In this ‘who dares wins’ race, the US has a lead in deep-learning algorithms but China and Russia are making greater strides in applications, unencumbered by privacy or rights concerns.

10 Dec 2019 - 11:06PM

In this ‘who dares wins’ race, the US has a lead in deep-learning algorithms but China and Russia are making greater strides in applications, unencumbered by privacy or rights concerns.

As US, China and Russia fight for AI supremacy in new hyperwar battlefield, will good sense prevail?
Opinion | Whether it’s China or Iran, Donald Trump deserves some credit for his foreign policy doctrine

In calling off a strike against Iran, the US president has demonstrated his ability to keep a cool head. His critics won’t acknowledge it, but his foreign policy doctrine has so far served him well with Iran, North Korea and China.

26 Jun 2019 - 5:43AM

In calling off a strike against Iran, the US president has demonstrated his ability to keep a cool head. His critics won’t acknowledge it, but his foreign policy doctrine has so far served him well with Iran, North Korea and China.

Whether it’s China or Iran, Donald Trump deserves some credit for his foreign policy doctrine
Opinion | In an era of disruption, China is positioning itself as the next foreign policy leader

As the world’s governments grapple with uncertainties, China, with its belt and road strategy, growing military muscle and AI ambitions, is preparing to emerge as a leading force in diplomacy.

21 May 2019 - 11:05AM

As the world’s governments grapple with uncertainties, China, with its belt and road strategy, growing military muscle and AI ambitions, is preparing to emerge as a leading force in diplomacy.

In an era of disruption, China is positioning itself as the next foreign policy leader
Opinion | After Sri Lanka bombings, security screenings could be coming to a shopping centre near you

As terrorists increasingly turn their attention to soft targets, governments and businesses must move quickly and collaborate to fund and put in place enhanced security measures, especially in locations that have been terrorist targets in the past.

27 Apr 2019 - 3:39AM

As terrorists increasingly turn their attention to soft targets, governments and businesses must move quickly and collaborate to fund and put in place enhanced security measures, especially in locations that have been terrorist targets in the past.

After Sri Lanka bombings, security screenings could be coming to a shopping centre near you
Opinion | Amid China’s port buying spree, Europe needs to ensure its own interests are protected too

Europe is the prime destination for finished goods along the trade routes of the Chinese infrastructure plan, and crucial to the success of ‘Made in China 2025’. To ensure fairness, the Europeans must have a stake in the Chinese trade strategy.

28 Mar 2019 - 9:37PM

Europe is the prime destination for finished goods along the trade routes of the Chinese infrastructure plan, and crucial to the success of ‘Made in China 2025’. To ensure fairness, the Europeans must have a stake in the Chinese trade strategy.

Amid China’s port buying spree, Europe needs to ensure its own interests are protected too
Opinion | China’s head start in cyberwarfare leaves the US and others playing catch-up

Xi Jinping’s foresight that the future is digital helped China push ahead in the race to harness the power of the internet, much of it in covert operations, to sharpen its military edge and economic competitiveness.

7 Mar 2019 - 3:57AM

Xi Jinping’s foresight that the future is digital helped China push ahead in the race to harness the power of the internet, much of it in covert operations, to sharpen its military edge and economic competitiveness.

China’s head start in cyberwarfare leaves the US and others playing catch-up
The View | Donald Trump’s pick to head the World Bank means US-China rivalry has a new front: development aid

China continues to take World Bank aid despite its growth and the founding of alternative institutions like the AIIB. Trump’s nominee to lead the bank, David Malpass, may have been chosen to stop that.

7 Feb 2019 - 10:21PM

China continues to take World Bank aid despite its growth and the founding of alternative institutions like the AIIB. Trump’s nominee to lead the bank, David Malpass, may have been chosen to stop that.

Donald Trump’s pick to head the World Bank means US-China rivalry has a new front: development aid
Opinion | Ethics and the pursuit of artificial intelligence

Failure to propose solutions about how the ethical dilemmas raised by AI will be addressed could pose an existential threat to the human race

6 Aug 2018 - 7:32AM

Failure to propose solutions about how the ethical dilemmas raised by AI will be addressed could pose an existential threat to the human race

Ethics and the pursuit of artificial intelligence
China’s cybersecurity law is biased and open to abuse, but it may not stop others copying it

Critics are right to say the law gives Chinese companies an unfair edge and raises important privacy concerns. The fear is that other countries are more likely to adopt this model than the EU’s more cumbersome one favouring rights protection.

26 Jun 2018 - 12:51AM

Critics are right to say the law gives Chinese companies an unfair edge and raises important privacy concerns. The fear is that other countries are more likely to adopt this model than the EU’s more cumbersome one favouring rights protection.

China’s cybersecurity law is biased and open to abuse, but it may not stop others copying it
Your Facebook data is in greater danger than you probably know

The Cambridge Analytica drama should be an opportunity to inform people of how easily criminals, terrorists and others can access their personal data, as well as how frequently hacking and security breaches happen. 

15 Apr 2018 - 6:10PM

The Cambridge Analytica drama should be an opportunity to inform people of how easily criminals, terrorists and others can access their personal data, as well as how frequently hacking and security breaches happen. 

Your Facebook data is in greater danger than you probably know
Governments and business must work together to patch cybersecurity holes

Defending against cyberattacks is an unending cat-and-mouse game, and public-private partnerships would help in communicating risks and options for addressing them.

24 Mar 2018 - 11:00AM

Defending against cyberattacks is an unending cat-and-mouse game, and public-private partnerships would help in communicating risks and options for addressing them.

Governments and business must work together to patch cybersecurity holes
China rewrites the rules on how to rise in influence in the Middle East

Beijing, by increasing its oil consumption, maintaining an open posture towards competing actors in the region and letting the US handle the security burden, has made itself into a massive player in the region.

1 Feb 2018 - 9:29AM

Beijing, by increasing its oil consumption, maintaining an open posture towards competing actors in the region and letting the US handle the security burden, has made itself into a massive player in the region.

China rewrites the rules on how to rise in influence in the Middle East
Now a leading nation, China must shed its ‘poor cousin’ persona

Xi Jinping’s forceful speech at the party congress gives notice of the country’s arrival as a global power.

22 Oct 2017 - 1:03AM

Xi Jinping’s forceful speech at the party congress gives notice of the country’s arrival as a global power.

Now a leading nation, China must shed its ‘poor cousin’ persona
How greed, money and power are fuelling the Rohingya’s suffering in Myanmar
Why the next great war is likely to be fought in space

Daniel Wagner says tech advances are helping countries like China to develop space capabilities that can be turned into a military advantage, hastening a likely race to ‘weaponise’ space

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM

Daniel Wagner says tech advances are helping countries like China to develop space capabilities that can be turned into a military advantage, hastening a likely race to ‘weaponise’ space

Why the next great war is likely to be fought in space
Why Theresa May’s call to arms on terrorism via social media could be blocked by reality
Can Asia remain stable amid the political shock waves from the West?
Trump underlines his bulldozer diplomacy by choosing Tillerson as US secretary of state
After the Duterte whirlwind, brace for more dramatic political change in Asia
America’s falling global standing is no cause for glee
Realistic expectations must guide China-US relations
Does the Philippines really want Asia’s Donald Trump as its next president?