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What Surprised You the Most About 2022?

Two soldiers in camouflage are in a large green tank in the middle of a residential street. One soldier sits in the front of the tank. The other is standing on the vehicle, waving a blue and yellow Ukrainian flag.

To round out this year, we asked a cross-section of BRINK contributors to name — in a couple of sentences — what had been the most significant development in their areas of expertise over the last year. Here’s what they had to say.

The Inflation Reduction Act that the U.S. Congress passed, enacting the first-ever climate fee on oil and gas methane emissions of USD 900 per ton in 2024, rising to USD 1,500 after 2026.

Deborah Gordon, Senior Principal at Rocky Mountain Institute

The increase in labor union organizing. 

— Robert Bruno, Professor of Labor and Employment Relations at University of Illinois

The rise of new technologies and finance for combatting climate change. 

Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director, Research Strategy and Innovations at Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia

Disruptions to the world economy from COVID and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

— Sarah Y. Tong, Senior Research Fellow at the National University of Singapore

The major focus on supply chain resilience, and the realisation of the importance of labour relations and working conditions to attract people, given issues like truck driver shortages, the strikes of dock workers, etc.

— Sarah Schiffling, Senior Lecturer in Supply Chain Management of Liverpool John Moores University

The EU’s monetary policy and Europe’s fiscal response to war and inflation. 

— Alexander Privitera Fellow at UniMarconi, Rome

The agreement reached by advanced countries at COP27 to set up a loss and damage fund to compensate developing countries for the adverse effects of climate change – a request that developing countries have been making for 30 years without success until this year. 

— John Asafu-Adjaye, Senior Fellow at the African Center for Economic Transformation

China’s decision to scrap its Zero Tolerance approach toward COVID-19. 

— Bart Édes, Distinguished Fellow at Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Without a doubt, the war in Ukraine, which has impacted the international community more than anything else.

— Peter Schechter, Host of Altamar Global Issues Podcast and BRINK columnist

The property insurance reform package that was passed by the Florida Legislature in December 2022. 

— Mark Friedlander, Director of Corporate Communications at Insurance Information

The Digital Markets Act, the Digital Services Act, and other regulation of online platforms by the European Union 

— Mario Mariniello, Author of “Digital Economic Policy”

Thomas Carver

Executive Editor of BRINK News

Thomas Carver is the executive editor of BRINK News. Thomas leads the editorial output on BRINK, supported by the team at Long Dash, a creative consultancy grown from journalistic roots. Thomas is a former journalist who worked as the BBC’s Africa and Washington correspondent.

Following the BBC, he ran the Washington office of Control Risks, where he led risk mitigation projects for clients in emerging markets. Thomas was subsequently head of external relations at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the global think tank. During his tenure, Carnegie’s external relations operation was ranked #1 out of 6,500 think tanks worldwide.

Thomas is a British army veteran with a BA Honors in Modern History. He has British and American nationality.

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