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Tue, Aug 24, 2021

Could China become the Taliban’s new benefactor?

Beijing is eyeing major investments in Afghanistan—but it's up to the Taliban to ease its concerns about security.

New Atlanticist by Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou, Niels Graham

Afghanistan China

Thu, Aug 5, 2021

Foreign Direct Investment: A new strategy for the United States

With the recent inbound and outbound slowdown in US FDI, state-backed investment in strategic industries must be part of a US FDI strategy for the remainder of the twenty-first century.

Blog Post by Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou

Economy & Business International Markets

Thu, Jul 22, 2021

China and Sub-Saharan Africa trade: A case of growing interdependence

China’s total merchandise trade with Sub-Saharan Africa has increased by 1864% since 2001. Its increased presence in the region not only increases its access and influence, but also poses significant economic and security risks for the US and EU.

Blog Post by Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou

China East Africa

Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou is the macroeconomist at the GeoEconomics Center and an assistant professor of Economics at the American University in Washington, DC. He previously served as a research economist and consultant in different departments of the World Bank between 2007 and 2020. Most noticeably Amin was part of the core team at the World Bank working on several rounds and updates of Bank Regulation and Supervision Survey, Global Financial Development Report, and Global Financial Development Database.

Amin’s areas of expertise are development macroeconomics, energy economics, economies of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and international political economy with a focus on China and the MENA region. He has also written extensively on interest-free banking and finance and its potential role in reducing poverty in Muslim majority countries. A non-resident fellow at Gulf International Forum and a frequent contributor to Middle East Institute, he writes regularly on economics and climate related issues pertaining the MENA region.

Amin holds a Ph.D. in Economics and an M.A. in International Development from American University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Maryland, College Park. He is fluent in Farsi, Turkish, and has a working knowledge of Arabic. Amin, his wife, and their three children live in Maryland.