On June 13, the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program hosted a breakfast roundtable discussion on the present and future of the European Monetary Union (EMU). The event featured José Leandro, director of policy, strategy, coordination, and communication and directorate general for economic and financial affairs at the European Commission; and Gabriele Giudice, head of the unit on EMU deepening and macroeconomy of the Euro area and directorate general for economic and financial affairs at the European Commission. It was moderated by Bart Oosterveld, C. Boyden Gray fellow on global finance and growth and director of the Global Business and Economics Program at the Atlantic Council.
Once a thriving hub for trade and a major agricultural producer, the State of Rakhine in western Myanmar has more recently become better known as a crucible for an ongoing humanitarian, security, and developmental crisis. Violence between majority Buddhists and minority Rohingya Muslims -- who speak a distinct Bengali dialect and have lived in Rakhine for generations -- has led to an estimated one million Rohingya fleeing west for the comparative safety of Cox’s Bazar, in eastern Bangladesh, the vast majority of whom are women and children. In a campaign of sexual violence, arson, and mass murder waged by the Burmese military, or Tatamadaw, the number of Rohingya killed is currently unknown.