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Global Month Ahead: Nigerian elections, EU Green Deal Industrial Plan, and the state of the Ukraine war

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Alexander van der Wusten
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Welcome back to the Global Month Ahead, Global Counsel's briefing on the events and stories that will define the month to come. In each episode, Global Macro Associate Director Isabelle Trick will hear from different members of the GC team to preview the month's stories before they are in the headlines.

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The Politics of Food with Dr. Jewel Bronaugh

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Peter Mandelson
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Recorded earlier this month at our Politics of Food conference in Washington DC, GC Chairman Peter Mandelson speaks to Dr. Jewel Bronaugh, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture. They discuss the state of American food production, Bronaugh's policy priorities in her role, and the impact that the Russian invasion of Ukraine has had on global food supplies.

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Top in Tech: The UK tech startup scene with Leo Ringer

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Conan D'Arcy
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This week on Top in Tech, Conan D'Arcy speaks to Leo Ringer, Founding Partner at Form Ventures. They discuss the state of the UK tech startup scene, how it compares to other countries and Form Venture's contributions to Atomico's State of European Tech Report.

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Global Month Ahead: The Politics of Food

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Isabelle Trick
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This year, Global Counsel's flagship policy conference is exploring the Politics of Food. Events throughout the month of January will offer a chance to debate and discuss the technological, regulatory and geopolitical challenges testing food systems around the world in 2023.

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Top in Tech: On the ground at CES and the UK Media Bill

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Bart Myners
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This week on Top in Tech, Conan D'Arcy is joined by Michelle Ryang to hear about what she saw at last week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. What does the biggest show in tech tell us about the new trends emerging in 2023 and how are US companies reacting to newfound regulatory scrutiny?

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Guy Parker on tech and advertising regulation

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Conan D'Arcy
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This week on Top in Tech, Conan D'Arcy speaks to Guy Parker, Chief Executive of the Advertising Standards Authority, the UK regulator of advertising in media. They discuss recent questions around advertising in the technology sector, Parker's long career regulating the sector, and the policy questions raised by new advertising technology. 

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What's next for China's covid policy?

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Jens Presthus
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Associate Director Jens Presthus is joined by Senior Practice Director Thomas Gratowski to discuss China's remarkable reversals regarding covid policy.

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Top in Tech: Regulating the Metaverse

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Conan D'Arcy
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The ‘metaverse’ term was coined thirty years ago, and until recently was part science fiction, part speculation. But with Facebook’s rebranding as Meta last year, an increasing consumer acceptance of virtual interactions post-Covid, and a steady uptick of interest from new sectors (ranging from retail to public services), the metaverse suddenly seems very real. Against…

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Across the west, a new push to combat forced labour

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Beata Stepantchenko
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Beata Stepantchenko, Giulia Pasquali, and Varsha Shankar explore new proposals in the US, EU, and UK that seek to combat forced labour and the associated implications for business.

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The Global Month Ahead: China-Arab summit, US-Africa Leaders meeting and interest rate decisions

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Ahmed Helal
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Welcome back to the Global Month Ahead, our monthly podcast looking at the stories that will define the month to come.

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Top in Tech: Elizabeth Denham on UK data privacy

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Conan D'Arcy
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Today on the podcast, Conan D'Arcy talks to Elizabeth Denham, the former UK Information Commissioner at the ICO and current International Adviser at Baker McKenzie. They talk through the past and future of UK data privacy, Elizabeth's time at the ICO, and how the UK policy stance compares to the US and EU.

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The future of summit diplomacy: an Asian perspective

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Dedi Dinarto
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Following several leader-level summits in Asia, including ASEAN in Cambodia; G20 in Bali, and APEC in Thailand, Asian countries continue to take an increasingly active role in dealing with global challenges and brokering a pathway between US-China competition. What does the future of Summit diplomacy look like from Asia and what did we learn after the first set of in…

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The role of digital technology in supporting and treating mental health

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Rosie Hill
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In the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by a massive 25%, according to research by the World Health Organization. Is there a role for digital technologies in treating and supporting patients with mental health conditions?

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Unpacking the UK's Autumn Statement

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Alex Dawson
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UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced the long-awaited Autumn Statement yesterday, detailing the new government’s tax and spend commitments alongside the OBR’s economic forecast. The delay of the budget provided Sunak and Hunt with more time to agree on areas of public spending to potentially cut. It seeks to demonstrate the economic competence and fiscal credibility that…

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Top in Tech: Policy implications for Musk's Twitter and a tour of Southeast Asia's tech sector

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Conan D'Arcy
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This week on Top in Tech, Conan D'Arcy is joined by Senior Associate Ugonma Nwankwo to check in on the policy implications of the US midterms and Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter. Then, we survey Southeast Asia's growing tech sector with Senior Associate Nicholas Lee.

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Unpacking the surprising US midterm elections

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Max Mandich
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Joe Biden's Democratic Party overperformed expectations in the United States midterm elections, surprising Washington and European observers and plunging Donald Trump and the Republican Party into newfound turmoil. While Democrats are expected to narrowly lose the House, it was the most robust midterm performance for a Democratic incumbent in forty years. The weakened…

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The geopolitics of: the G20

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Jon Garvie
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In the latest in our geopolitics series, practice director Jon Garvie is joined by Paola Subacchi, Professor of International Economics and Chair Advisory Board at the Global Policy Institute at Queen Mary, University of London. Paola co-chaired the T7 think-tank task force on economic recovery, which fed academic and think-tank perspectives into the G7 and G20…

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Top in Tech: Ofcom CEO Melanie Dawes on regulating the metaverse

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Conan D'Arcy
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Last week, we hosted an event in central London presenting the initial findings of our new report on public attitudes to the metaverse and its regulation.  Today, we're presenting a recording from the event: Ofcom CEO Melanie Dawes joined GC Chairman Peter Mandelson for a discussion on the role of regulators in online safety and emerging technologies like the…

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