Unexploded Ordinance in an Old Trade War

By Phil Elwood, SEC Newgate US Independence Day was celebrated in the US over the weekend and for #TradeTuesday, our US colleague Phil Elwood penned an opinion piece about the implications for the US and its international trade policy of an historic dispute between the US and Antigua. Nearly a decade ago ago, the United…

100 Days of President Biden

100 Days into the new administration, Nick Jessup examines how Joe Biden is doing as president. Since the transformative days of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, American presidents have been judged by the first 100 days of their presidency. In some ways, this is an unfair benchmark, as the size and complexity of both the…

Letter from… America

By Megan Kovach From racial justice and gun violence reform, to rising coronavirus cases and vaccine rollouts, and a new presidential era committed to combatting climate change, the United States remains a worldwide focus as the country navigates its way through a tumultuous 2021. During a historic trial last night, the jury reached a verdict…

The Outsiders – Obama and Trump – an American story

By Dafydd Rees American politics has a fascination and a drama all of its own. And yet, no one has a story quite like Barack Obama. As this week’s podcast compelling conversation with that other American legend Bruce Springsteen reveals, the former President was, and still remains, something of an outsider to the political system…

“It’s a new day in America” – Joe Biden, 8.20am EST, 20 January 2021

By Emily Holtzman As of today, January 20, 2021, the United States of America has a new President. This afternoon, the world watched as Joe Biden became inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, swearing the oath to uphold the fundamental principles of democracy, and to represent one of the world’s largest superpowers….

View from the USA

By Megan Kovach On Wednesday January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol was attacked during an attempted siege by rioting Trump supporters desperate to demonstrate American ‘freedom’ against US Congress, however, their actions achieved quite the opposite. Our country has not witnessed such hateful and violent acts since the 9/11 terrorist attack on New York…

Capitol Hill Down

By Tim Le Couilliard I imagine that most reading this watched the dramatic scenes unfolding at Capitol Hill yesterday. Beyond the immediate consequences of the chaos, with four protesters now confirmed dead, pipe bombs being found and trucks with guns and ammunition now seized, there are many accusing President Trump of inciting a coup. You…

Democrats have turned the populist tide

By Jamie Williams In just four years, the Democrats have done what was thought to be impossible. It appears that, at the time of writing this piece, Biden and his party have won back the White House, the House, and as of today, the Senate. This spectacular achievement climaxed today, as the Republican Party in…

How to talk together again in Phoenix, Arizona

By Paul Kelly Having been a small-town teenager in the Seventies my nascent views about the USA were informed and constructed by a range of different sources. It probably says something about me that primarily these were episodes of The Fonz, an unrequited passion for Stevie Nicks and thanks to my mother’s love for Radio…

View from the USA: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.”

By Megan Kovach Abraham Lincoln declared this truth on a June summer day in Springfield, Illinois during his speech at the Republican State Convention in 1865.  Over 150 years later, I can’t think of any wiser words that apply to the current state of America. As I took off from Heathrow Airport and traveled back…