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Breakfast Session under Chatham House Rule

De-Risking our Economies – Is It Too Late and Too Risky?

May 17, 08:15-09:45
Room: Shanghai

In the era of global interdependence and growing geoeconomic rivalry, control of supply chains and flows of resources can be used for political leverage and as a tool of economic coercion. The West has become extremely vulnerable to the weaponization of economic dependencies. The quest for economic security has led to calls to reduce critical dependencies and vulnerabilities by de-risking and diversifying supply chains and repatriating production where appropriate. This also means the recalibration of industrial and trade policy in strategic sectors. What are the opportunities and risks of reducing existing dependencies? How could this affect Western competitiveness on global markets?


Emily Benson

Director of Project on Trade and Technology at Center for Strategic and International Studies  

Charles Grant

Director of the Centre for European Reform

Barry C Lynn

Executive Director of the Open Markets Institute 

Sergey Vakulenko

Non-Resident Scholar at Carnegie Russia and Eurasia Center


Alan Riley
Alan Riley

Visiting Professor at the College of Europe