GeoEconomics Center

GeoEconomics Center

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  • Under Secretary Brian Nelson on reforms to curb dirty money flows in the US

    UNDER SECRETARY BRIAN NELSON ON KEY REFORMS TO CURB DIRTY MONEY FLOWS IN THE US - The Atlantic Council’s Economic Statecraft Initiative within the GeoEconomics Center hosted a conversation featuring Brian Nelson, Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence—on regulatory re...

  • Gina Raimondo and Margrethe Vestager on US-EU economic ties

    GINA RAIMONDO AND MARGRETHE VESTAGER ON THE FUTURE OF US-EU ECONOMIC TIES - The Atlantic Council hosted an #ACFrontPage conversation featuring Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of Commerce and Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for a Europe Fit for the Digital Age. ...

  • Reimagining global economic governance

    Please join the GeoEconomics Center to launch new research as part of the inaugural Bretton Woods 2.0 Fellowship. This Fellowship aims to cultivate a new generation of economists to help reimagine the shape of the international financial system. The goal of the project is to deliver a blueprint f...

  • Beyond the soft landing: The global economy in 2024

    One year ago, many economists were convinced the US was headed for a mild recession, Europe would face a deeper one, and China would enjoy a robust rebound.

    What a difference a year can make.

    In the Eurozone recession was avoided, in the US a soft landing is in sight, and today China is struggl...

  • Debating the dollar: Who wants it, who doesn’t, and what comes next

    DEBATING THE DOLLAR: WHO WANTS IT, WHO DOESN’T, AND WHAT COMES NEXT - Many countries around the world are reportedly pursuing efforts to “de-dollarize” and some have argued for a new financial architecture that bypasses or replaces the US & dollar-led system. China is particularly interested in e...

  • The challenge of Taiwan’s economic ties to China

    RELYING ON OLD ENEMIES: THE CHALLENGE OF TAIWAN’S ECONOMIC TIES TO CHINA - Please join the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub and GeoEconomics Center for the virtual launch of Jeremy Mark and Niels Graham’s new report, “Relying on Old Enemies: The Challenge of Taiwan’s Economic Ties to China”.

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  • The third-party problem: Countering sanctions circumvention

    THE THIRD-PARTY PROBLEM: COUNTERING SANCTIONS CIRCUMVENTION - In response to the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, the European Union (EU) in close coordination with its like-minded partners and allies has imposed unprecedented sanctions. To date, eleven packages have been ...

  • Running out of road: China Pathfinder 2023 launch

    RUNNING OUT OF ROAD: CHINA PATHFINDER 2023 LAUNCH - Over the past year, views on the trajectory of the Chinese economy have seen significant shifts. Initial expectations of a robust recovery post-zero-COVID have given way to increasing skepticism about the enduring strength of the Chinese economi...

  • Geopolitics, food security, and the clean energy transition

    FRAGMENTING COMMODITY MARKETS: GEOPOLITICS AND THE IMPACT ON FOOD SECURITY AND THE CLEAN ENERGY TRANSITION - War in Europe and heightened geopolitical tensions between the world’s largest economies have put new strains on global economic integration, particularly in commodity markets. Ahead of th...

  • Is US friend-shoring really happening? | Guide to the Global Economy

    On this episode of Guide to the Global Economy, Josh and Neils take a look at the latest data on manufactured goods exports to the US—cell phone and car parts, for example. Surprisingly, Chinese exports to the US have decreased nearly 2.5 percent between 2021 and 2022. Meanwhile exports from Viet...

  • New rules for stablecoins and the future of payments

    NEW RULES FOR STABLECOINS AND THE FUTURE OF PAYMENTS - After more than a year of negotiations, the House Financial Services Committee is set to move forward on stablecoin legislation. The bill would create new regulations for the issuance and oversight of stablecoins—one of the fastest growing di...

  • Sanctioning China in a Taiwan crisis: Scenarios and risks

    In recent months, growing tensions in the Taiwan Strait as well as the rapid and coordinated G7 economic response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have raised questions—in G7 capitals and in Beijing alike—over whether similar measures could be imposed on China in a Taiwan crisis.

    Over the past ye...

  • Oulimata Sarr, Senegal’s Minister of Economy, Planning and Cooperation

    A CONVERSATION WITH SENEGAL’S MINISTER OF ECONOMY, PLANNING AND COOPERATION, OULIMATA SARR - As part of its annual dialogue series—held each year during the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings—the Africa Center, in cooperation with the GeoEconomics Center, hosted Senegalese Minister of Finance and...

  • Alamine Ousmane Mey, Cameroon’s Minister of Economy

    A CONVERSATION WITH CAMEROON’S MINISTER OF ECONOMY, ALAMINE OUSMANE MEY - As part of its annual dialogue series—held each year during the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings—the Africa Center, in cooperation with the GeoEconomics Center, hosted Cameroon’s Minister of Economy, Planning, and Regiona...

  • Nadia Calviño, Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation of Spain

    A CONVERSATION WITH SPAIN’S MINISTER OF ECONOMIC AFFAIRS AND DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION, NADIA CALVIÑO - The Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center and Europe Center hosted a conversation with Spain’s First Vice President and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño. Min...

  • President of the World Bank Group David Malpass

    SPECIAL EVENT WITH PRESIDENT OF THE WORLD BANK GROUP DAVID MALPASS - The Atlantic Council GeoEconomics Center hosted an AC Front Page event featuring David Malpass. Malpass participated in this keynote event at the Atlantic Council studios one week before the world’s finance ministers and central...

  • Under Secretary Nellie Liang on US Leadership in the Future of Money

    US LEADERSHIP IN THE FUTURE OF MONEY: A CONVERSATION WITH UNDER SECRETARY NELLIE LIANG - March 2023 marked the one-year anniversary of President Biden’s Executive Order on Ensuring the Responsible Development of Digital Assets, which addressed both the risks and the potential benefits of digital ...

  • A Governance Agenda for a Digital-first Future

    The Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center and GeoEconomics Center, in partnership with the Mastercard Policy Center for the Digital Economy hosted a roundtable discussion on the governance agenda for a digital-first future.

    The roundtable explored the emerging World Bank governance agenda agains...

  • African perspectives on Bretton Woods

    AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES ON BRETTON WOODS AND URGENCY OF REFORMS IN 2023 - The 2023 Spring Meetings focused on reshaping development for a new era, which included discussions on reforms that could help the Bretton Woods monetary institutions better address development needs on the African continent. ...

  • Sanctions Enforcement Against Russia

    IMPROVING SANCTIONS ENFORCEMENT AGAINST RUSSIA: THE CHALLENGE OF 2023 - The most intense year in the history of sanctions listings is over, leaving an intense implementation challenge for 2023. In 2022, Western sanctions programs expanded by forty-two percent. It will not be a surprise to anyone ...

  • Assessing Risks to Hong Kong’s Business Environment

    FRACTURED FOUNDATIONS: ASSESSING RISKS TO HONG KONG’S BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT - Hong Kong’s legal and political structure has fundamentally changed since the implementation of the National Security Law in 2020. When changes of this magnitude occur, it is difficult for anyone to know what shifts are ...

  • Free Markets and Global Development

    HOW FREE MARKETS SHAPE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT - One of the defining questions of our time is whether free markets or economies controlled by authoritarian regimes are better at delivering prosperity for their people.

    A panel of distinguished experts held a discussion on free markets and development ...

  • Sustaining and rebuilding Ukraine's economy

    HOW TO SUSTAIN AND REBUILD UKRAINE’S ECONOMY - Russia’s war on Ukraine is the greatest violation of international order and the greatest direct challenge to American interests in the past twenty years. As Russia’s military has failed on the battlefield, the Kremlin had waged a deliberate war on U...

  • The real impact of Western sanctions on Russia

    THE REAL IMPACT OF WESTERN SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA
    - In 2022, sanctions formed a critical element of the West’s response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Those sanctions led to a contraction of the Russian economy, cut off Putin’s cronies from their lavish lifestyles in the West, and degra...