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Why trade couldn’t buy peace

We thought globalisation was immune from geopolitical risk. We were wrong

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Why trade couldn’t buy peace

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John Plender “The story of the human race is war,” said Winston Churchill. “Except for brief and precarious interludes, there has never been peace in the world; and before history began, murderous strife was universal and unending.” In recent decades, policymakers and business leaders who attended gatherings at Davos and had the ears of western leaders were inclined to think otherwise. After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, a near-consensus prevailed among them that peace was the natural condition...

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