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Thu, Apr 22, 2021

Vaccines and TRIPS: The new trade policy challenges

Economic growth trajectories and human health vulnerabilities will be defined by a successful global vaccination rollout. Central to this will be the TRIPs Agreement, which helps govern global cross-border trade, innovation, and technology transfer, and compulsory licenses.

TradeWorld by Barbara C. Matthews

European Union Trade

Tue, Mar 9, 2021

Transatlantic trade: Tectonic shifts ahead for 2021

The Biden-Harris administration has signaled an intention to hit the ground running with the March 2 release of the president’s 2021 Trade Policy Agenda alongside the 2020 Annual Report. However, trade tensions loom on the horizon. How can the US and EU work together to address digital and data policy issues and the growing economic influence of China?

TradeWorld by Barbara C. Matthews

Digital Policy European Union

Tue, Dec 22, 2020

The global economy in 2020, by the numbers

The pandemic has made this a historic year for the global economy, now beset by a recession the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. To make sense of it all, our GeoEconomics staff and senior fellows have selected the numbers behind the headlines, organized around our three pillars of work, that best capture the global economy’s journey in 2020—and what lies in store for 2021.

New Atlanticist by GeoEconomics Center

Economy & Business Future of Work

Barbara C. Matthews is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s GeoEconomics Center. She is an accomplished global and transatlantic regulatory policy expert with significant experience in the public and private sectors.

Barbara was the first banking adviser and regulatory counsel to the Institute of International Finance (IIF) during the 1990s, until 2004. While at the IIF, she was an internationally-recognized expert regarding derivatives, regulatory capital, and cross-border regulatory policy. During this period, she chaired meetings with senior executives at global banks in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States while helping to craft consensus on global regulatory policy issues. She also negotiated with senior central bank and regulatory policy makers around the world.

From 2004 to 2008, Barbara served in senior US government positions both in Washington and in Brussels. In Washington, she was the senior counsel for international issues at the House Financial Services Committee under Chairman Michael G. Oxley. During that period, she pioneered the first appearance by a European Commission official before the Committee (Director-General Alexander Schaub) and the first visit to the Committee by the European Parliament’s ECON Committee.

In Brussels, Barbara was the first US Treasury Department attaché to the European Union with the US Senate-confirmed diplomatic rank of minister-counselor within the Department of State. During her time in Brussels, Barbara worked on financial regulatory policy issues in the Transatlantic Economic Council, participated in the Financial Markets Regulatory Dialogue, and organized the first visit by the House Financial Services Committee (under Chairman Barney Frank) to the European Parliament.

From 2008 to 2016, Barbara ran a boutique consultancy providing geopolitical and regulatory policy analysis to a broad range of financial market participants in the United States and Europe. During that period, she also created a process to quantify policy risk and anticipate regulatory outcomes. That process was awarded a patent in the United States in September 2016.

In 2016, Barbara joined KPMG to manage the firm’s internal regulatory policy think tank (the Americas’ Financial Services Regulatory Center of Excellence). She left KPMG in the April 2017 and re-joined BCM International Regulatory Analytics where she is pursuing patent development.

Barbara holds a JD and an LLM in comparative and international law from Duke Law School.  She holds a BScFS. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is a member of the New York Bar, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Cosmos Club. She has been listed in multiple Who’s Who publications for over a decade. She is also a member of the GeoEconomics Study Group at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, which will present the outcome of its deliberations to the German G20 Presidency later in 2017. She served as part of the Expert Group on Capital Markets Union at the Centre for European Policy Studies during 2014 to 2015, which published its recommendations to the European Commission in 2015.

Barbara and her husband live in Virginia with their teenage daughter.