Friendshoring: Rather a myth than reality

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has shown us that the world is in a period of upheaval. Long-standing international laws – like respecting national borders – are being broken. Millions of Ukrainians are fleeing.

And as a result of Russia’s aggression, traditional relations are being questioned. Countries are reconsidering with whom and how much trade and interdependence they still want to allow. And a new term is making the rounds: Friendshoring – trading with friends only.

What it means, how to interpret it, and where supply chains are heading in times of geopolitical rivalry – that is today’s topic of discussion. Our guest is Holger Görg, Interim President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and also Director of the Kiel Centre for Globalization.

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Holger Görg

Holger Görg
Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Kiel Centre for Globalization

Holger Görg is Professor of International Economics at the University of Kiel, Head of the Research Center “International Trade and Investment” at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), and Director of the Kiel Centre for Globalization (KCG). He is also affiliated with the Tuborg Centre for Globalisation and Firms at Aarhus University, GEP at Nottingham University and IZA. Before joining Kiel in 2008 he was on the staff at the University of Nottingham, the University of Ulster at Jordanstown and University College Cork. He completed a Ph.D. in Economics at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests are in empirical international trade and industrial organisation focusing in particular on the activities of multinational companies, foreign direct investment, and international outsourcing. Holger Görg has also worked as Consultant for, among others, The World Bank, European Commission, UNIDO, UN Economic Commissions for Europe and Africa, and various governments.

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