Issue BriefNov 2, 2023
Asking the right questions: Can digital currency enable financial inclusion?
By Ananya Kumar
Cryptocurrencies and CBDCs have the potential to enhance financial inclusion. However, the lack of quantitative data makes it challenging to evaluate their impact. To assess their financial inclusion capacity, this paper builds a rubric for policymakers which includes layers of consideration.
Issue BriefOct 24, 2023
Why COP28 is right to prioritize global methane and flaring reduction
By Mark Davis, Landon Derentz, and William Tobin
Flaring and methane emissions from oil and gas are a substantial source of greenhouse gas emissions globally, but the funding, technology, and business practices are available to bring these emissions to near-zero. The COP28 platform can accelerate these solutions.
Issue BriefOct 18, 2023
Designing a US-EU industrial and trade policy
By Erik Brattberg, Frances Burwell, Jörn Fleck, Charles Lichfield, Zach Meyers, James Batchik, and Emma Nix
Both sides of the Atlantic are confronting the geopolitical necessity of adapting trade and industrial policies to be fit for purpose in an increasingly competitive world. To avoid competition between Washington and Brussels, policymakers must recognize each side’s priorities and commit to further cooperation to bridge the transatlantic economic relationship, not widen it.
Issue BriefOct 13, 2023
Where do US Army special operations fit in a world of strategic competition?
By Richard Angle, Leo Blanken, and Philip Swintek
General Richard Angle, Leo Blanken, and Lieutenant Colonel Philip Swintek argue that building and maintaining relationships is the true competitive advantage of Army Special Forces (ARSOF).
Issue BriefOct 9, 2023
The Bretton Woods institutions under geopolitical fragmentation
By Martin Mühleisen
Given China’s current resource advantage, Western countries need to make better use of the IMF and World Bank where doing so is in their interest. If applied more broadly, this approach could provide incentives for other governments to return to multilateral institutions, instead of China, for support.
Issue BriefOct 9, 2023
Reimagining Africa’s role in revitalizing the global economy
By Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou
The African continent potential to revitalize the world economy and reverse the downward trend in global growth. However, for this to materialize, it needs substantial investments in its physical and social infrastructure.