Global Business & Economics Program

  • What's Next for the Global Economy?

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  • Multilateral Sanctions: Brexit Wrecks-it?

    On October 3, 2017, the Atlantic Council hosted a conference with experts from the public and private sector to discuss the impact of Brexit on economic sanctions policymaking. The United Kingdom (UK) currently plays a considerable role crafting and implementing sanctions policy in the European Union (EU). Transatlantic cooperation and sanctions alignment are vital to ensure the effectiveness of this essential foreign policy tool. 

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  • Atlantic Council Names Bart J. Oosterveld as Director of the Global Business and Economics Program

    Appointment comes as NAFTA renegotiations continue, China increasingly asserts its presence on the world economic stage, the impact of Brexit remains uncertain, and protectionist and anti-globalist sentiments threaten the Western world.

     – The Atlantic Council today named Bart J. Oosterveld as the new director of its Global Business and Economics Program and as the C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Finance and Growth. Mr. Oosterveld brings two decades of expertise in capital markets and credit ratings with Moody’s Investors Service, giving him unique insights into the ways governments, markets and companies interact in the global economy.

    Mr. Oosterveld served in myriad roles at Moody’s Investors Service over the course of a nearly twenty-year tenure. His work at the nexus of finance and government will be an invaluable asset to the Global Business and Economics Program, which promotes transatlantic...

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  • Trump Administration's Significant Action on Russia Sanctions

    The Trump administration on October 26 issued a robust list of Russian defense and intelligence sector entities plus public guidance, which together seem to indicate its intention to robustly implement the new Russia sanctions. Although the list does not itself impose sanctions, it is a significant action, which, if implemented carefully, could impose new restrictions on Russian military and intelligence apparatus. 

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  • The US Infrastruct-cure

    Infrastructure investment stimulates economic growth. According to McKinsey & Company, an increase in infrastructure investment equal to 1 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) would convert into an additional 1.5 million direct and indirect jobs in the United States. America’s infrastructure is in a state of disrepair. The American Society of Civil Engineers scored the country’s infrastructure a collective “D+” in 2017.

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  • Aligning Economic Sanctions

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    In Aligning Economic Sanctions,author John Forrer, associate research professor of strategic management and public policy at the School of Business at George Washington University, explains why developing better aligned economic sanctions is critical for this vital foreign policy tool to achieve its desired outcomes.


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  • Why Multilateral Trade Matters

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  • Trump and the Art of the [Iran Nuclear] Deal

    As expected, US President Donald J. Trump on October 13 announced that he will not certify Iran’s compliance with the terms of a multilateral nuclear deal, accusing the Islamic Republic of “not living up to the spirit” of the agreement.

    While Trump did not take the United States out of the deal, he asserted the right to do so and warned that he would if the US Congress does not make amendments to the agreement.

    At the top of the list of amendments Trump would like is for Congress to address the issue of the “sunset clauses” in the deal. These clauses lift certain restrictions placed on Iran ten to fifteen years after the agreement took effect in January of 2016. However, even at that...

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  • Wayne in Forbes: U.S. Endangers Fight Against Mexican Drug Trade With NAFTA Hardball

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  • Brexit & the New Geopolitical Order – Moving Forward, Charting the Economic Relationship Between the UK, EU and the US

    On Thursday, October 5, 2017, the Atlantic Council co-hosted a Brexit seminar, in collaboration with the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia.

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