War in Europe and heightened geopolitical tensions between the world’s largest economies have put new strains on global economic integration. Ahead of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)-World Bank Spring Meetings, the IMF is releasing new research that helps quantify some of the possible costs.

How will geoeconomic fragmentation reshape the trajectory of cross-border capital flows? Would a further escalation of geopolitical tensions between countries impact foreign direct investment? And how would it affect other cross-border investments, such as portfolio flows and bank lending? What would be the short- and long-run implications for the global economy?

On April 5 at 9:30 am the IMF will launch two chapters from the forthcoming World Economic Outlook and Global Financial Stability Report that analyze the impact of geoeconomic fragmentation. This event will feature Mario Catalán, deputy chief in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department of the IMF, Andrea Presbitero, economist in the Research Department of the IMF, and Megan Greene, global chief economist at Kroll Institute and senior fellow at Brown University. This conversation is moderated by Josh Lipsky, senior director at the Atlantic Council GeoEconomics Center.


Mario Catalán
Deputy Chief, Monetary and Capital Markets Department
International Monetary Fund

Megan Greene
Senior Fellow
Brown University;
Global Chief Economist
The Kroll Institute

Andrea Presbitero
Economist, Research Department
International Monetary Fund


Josh Lipsky
Senior Director, GeoEconomics Center
Atlantic Council

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