Atlantic Council

  • Roundtable Discussion with Ambassador Daniel Fried on Russia Sanctions:

    On Wednesday, September 5, 2018, the Atlantic Council’s Economic Sanctions Initiative hosted a private roundtable discussion on US Sanctions towards Russia with the Ambassador Daniel Fried.

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  • Russian Sovereign Debt in the Crosshairs

    On September 6, the US Senate Banking Committee will hear expert testimony on draft Russia sanctions legislation, including the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act introduced this summer following US President Donald J. Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki and amid reports that Russia continues to interfere in the run-up to the midterm elections in November.

    The late Sen. John McCain praised this bill in an August statement, saying “until Putin pays a serious price for his actions, these attacks on our democracy will only grow. This bill would build on the strongest sanctions ever imposed on the Putin regime for its assault on democratic institutions, violation of international treaties, and siege on open societies through cyberattacks and misinformation campaigns.”

    McCain was right. As noted...

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  • Oosterveld in Market Watch: Investing Markets are on High Alert Over Italy’s Budget and Debt Load

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  • Trump's New Trade Agreement: What's In It?

    On August 27, US President Donald J. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto announced an initial agreement on a new bilateral trade relationship. The negotiations were initially intended to be a start for wider conversations on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), including the third treaty partner, Canada. During the announcement, however, Trump implied that he may choose to negotiate bilaterally with Canada instead of reviving the tripartite agreement.

    Trump openly criticized NAFTA during his August 27 call with the Mexican president and declared his desire to rename the new deal “the United States-Mexico Trade Agreement.”

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  • Alvaro Morales Salto-Weis

    Álvaro Morales Salto-Weis

    Program Asisstant, Global Business and Economics Program

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  • NAFTA: The End?

    Now that the United States and Mexico have reached a bilateral trade agreement, the focus shifts to Canada—the third partner in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

    “Reaching a US-Mexico trade deal is critical for the US and Mexican economies and for the millions of US workers who depend on trade with our southern neighbor. But it would be a real loss to not incorporate Canada—the number one destination of US exports,” said Jason Marczak, director of the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.

    “Across the United States, communities depend on US-Mexico trade and also a smooth functioning trilateral accord,” he added.

    NAFTA, which was signed in 1993, however, may well be entering its final days.

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  • Will International Uncertainty Thwart the Fed's Plans?

    On August 24, Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell delivered a much-awaited speech concluding the traditional annual gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Investors watched closely for clues on the future path of monetary policy, which in turn carries deep implications for US and worldwide economic activity and capital markets.

    Mr. Powell struck a cautiously optimistic tone, defending the current path of gradual rate increases. Market reaction was muted, with the dollar declining slightly following the dovish remarks. But while many are focused on the strength of the US economy, the current fragility of the global economy could eventually derail Powell’s hopes for a gradual draw down of interest rates.

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  • Oosterveld in MarketWatch: Gear up for a no-deal Brexit: 5 areas investors should watch

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  • O'Toole Quoted in WSJ on US Targeting Russian Firms over Undersea Cables

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  • Oosterveld quoted in Minneapolis Star Tribune on End of Greece Bailouts

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