Mark Fleming-Williams is a Senior Global Economics Analyst at Stratfor, following political economies, trade and financial trends around the world. He joined the company with more than a decade of experience working in London's financial sector.
Mr. Fleming-Williams' background includes experience as head of the Scotland desk for Broker Profile and as an account manager and asset management public relations representative for Quill Communications, whose clients include global asset management firms and specialist venture capital trusts. Mr. Fleming-Williams hold's a master's degree in international business from Leeds University Business School and an investment management certificate from the CFA Society of the U.K. He has studied and worked in both Madrid and Australia. He speaks French at an advanced level and has an intermediate command of Spanish.
The country's most important alliance is showing signs of strain in the new world order. But as Tokyo looks for alternative arrangements, it can't neglect Washington.
Stratfor Analysts Emily Hawthorne and Mark Fleming-Williams discuss some of the notable aspects of our trade profile series, and provide a preview of the EU profile, which will be published on Monday
If the history of multilateralism is any indication, it often takes hierarchy to get things done.
Sometimes an election resonates far beyond the place it directly concerns. Voters in one nation can create problems for foreigners, or voters in one region can shape the fate of an entire country. This is what the citizens of Uttar Pradesh have just done for India for the second time in three years. By delivering a resounding victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in elections held between Feb. 11 and March 8, the country's largest state has not only set the ruling party on the path toward another victory in general elections set for 2019. It has also upheld a multidecade pattern that will define the shape of the country for many years to come.
For the first time since World War II, the Bank of Japan's bond purchases will now be directly linked to the government's issuance of debt. With unlimited funds at its disposal, Tokyo will probably be able to spur economic growth, but at what cost?
It is not yet possible to say exactly how the European Union will fail. It is possible, however, to foresee what blocs of countries with more closely aligned interests will emerge across the Continent when it does.
It is hard to think of a time in the last 300 years when the banker's position in society has been more at risk. If the Swiss proposal to strip commercial banks of the ability to create money catches on, it could shred core business assumptions that have underpinned the banking model around the world.
The yuan has become the first SDR basket currency to belong to a country that is not a clear U.S. ally. This is important because it is part of a wider trend, reflecting increased economic power in new parts of the world. The important question now is how the United States, as architect and leader of the existing system, will cope with these new challenges.
As long as these currents persist and barriers continue to be removed and as long as drawbacks to small statehood continue to be eroded and national centers continue to weaken their hold over their peripheries, separatist movements like those in Scotland and Catalonia will surely continue to spread.
The European Union is under threat. It is sometimes easy to lose sight of the fact that behind the scenes, the joints and hinges that hold the Continent together are under great stress. To discover which fate might await the union, perhaps it is useful to break the institution down to the most basic building blocks that make it up: Europeans themselves.