Articles by Shaun Riordan

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Shaun Riordan
Shaun Riordan is Director of the Department for Diplomacy and Cyberspace in the European Institute of International Studies and a senior visiting fellow of the Netherlands Institute of International Relations, “Clingendael”. He is also an independent geopolitical risk consultant. A former British diplomat, he served in New York, Taiwan, Beijing and Madrid, as well as the departments of counter-terrorism and the Eastern Adriatic in the Foreign Office. Shaun has taught at diplomatic academies in the Dominican Republic, Spain, Armenia and Bulgaria. He is the author of “Cyberdiplomacy: Managing Security and Governance Online” (Polity, 2019), “Adios a la Diplomacia” (Siglo XXI, 2005) and “The New Diplomacy” (Polity, 2003). He maintains a blog (www.shaunriordan.com) and can be followed at @shaun_riordan

Russia: Where Macron and Trump agree

Shaun Riordan | We do not usually think of France´s dapper, sophisticated young president, the last hope of European liberal elites, pursuing the same objectives as America´s ageing and overweight bully, the sworn enemy of liberal internationalism. But both Macron and Trump agree on the need to end the conflict in Ukraine and re-integrate Russia into the international community.


Digital needs of asset and wealth managers

Digital needs of both asset and wealth managers

TJ Jetnil, Factset Insight | There is increased demand from the financial services industry to efficiently and effectively engage and communicate with clients. Two primary audiences in financial services are trying to solve different but related challenges: asset managers and wealth managers.


Corporate management and leadership training

Corporate management and leadership training for a VUCA world

Shaun Riordan │ The volatile and uncertain business world needs new forms of corporate management. This should be no surprise. In a Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) international environment, we also need new approaches to leadership and strategy training.


soft landing - central bankers´ holy grail

A soft landing: time to give up on central bankers´ holy grail?

A soft landing is the Holy Grail of central bankers. The glory that accrues from avoiding the economic costs of a recession by skilful manipulation of interest rates. But do such efforts to avoid, or mitigate, recessions simply store up trouble for the future? Does seeking to avoid a recession simply lead to a worse recession in the future?


New payment systems

New Payment Systems: A Growing Trend

Frank Schwarz, MainFirst │New payment systems are a growing area. In a digital and mobile world, it is natural that payments are also made easily just with a click. This is the idea behind the growing tendency in electronic and mobile payments.



US China exchange rate conflict

US-China exchange rate conflict looms

Iñigo Isardo, Link Analysis│An exchange rate conflict threatens to complicate US-China trade conflict. As we anticipated yesterday, the escalation of tensions in the trade conflict between the US and China impacted negatively on western markets. China has responded with the largest devaluation of its currency the yuan in more than a decade.


CUS China trade conflict

Trump seems to ignore the costs of trade conflict for the US

Íñigo Isardo (Link Securities) | This week will be affected by the uncertainties of the trade conflict between the US and China after the latest “turn of the screw” introduced by US President Donald Trump into the trade negotiations. Last Thursday Trump announced on Twitter the imposition of 10% tariffs from 1 September on 300 Bn$ of imports from China which so far have not had to pay tariffs.