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Fri, Aug 9, 2019

Breaking Down France’s Digital Tax

In July, France’s parliament ratified a new law to tax big digital tech firms making it the first country to pass a tax law of this manner. Paris’ new tax scheme triggered criticism from the Trump Administration and is further complicating the transatlantic relationship. This edition of the EconoGraphic explains the motivation behind taxing digital technology firms more aggressively, the way that the French tax will work, and the potential impacts and response to the tax.

EconoGraphics by BY ANDREW LASCALEIA, EDITED BY OLE MOEHR | GRAPHICS BY MARIANNA ASLUND AND ANDREW LASCALEIA

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

Tue, Jul 23, 2019

My Way or the Huawei: 5G at the Center of US-China Strategic Competition

On July 22, President Trump met with a group of major tech CEOs to discuss the easing of some restrictions on US companies supplying high-tech parts to Chinese telecommunications company Huawei. In May, the US Commerce Department banned US companies from selling any products to Huawei. The Chinese company’s position as the world’s leading provider of 5G technology has made it a focal point of the escalating great power competition between China and the United States. This edition of the EconoGraphic explains the US government’s move to blacklist Huawei, outlines the ban’s potential costs, and describes why US allies are conflicted about banning Huawei.

EconoGraphics by OLE MOEHR | GRAPHICS BY MARIANNA ASLUND, NICK BROWN, ANDREW LASCALEIA

China Economy & Business

Mon, Jun 3, 2019

US Cuba policy: EU and Canadian firms to suffer?

On April 17 2019, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo announced an important change in the United States’ policy toward Cuba: Title III of the Cuban Liberty and Democracy Solidarity Act of 1996 (LIBERTAD Act) would no longer be suspended. As a result of this decision, US claimants can now seek compensation for property confiscated by the Castro government. The move has important implications for US and foreign companies doing business in Cuba. This edition of the EconoGraphic explains the history and purpose of the LIBERTAD Act, evaluates the policy’s potential impact on US allies’ economic interests in Cuba, and highlights its implications for the pressure campaign against the Maduro regime in Venezuela.

EconoGraphics by BY OLE MOEHR | GRAPHICS BY SHIQING HUA, FRANCIS AUBEE, AND NICK BROWN

Cuba Economic Sanctions

Ole Moehr serves as an associate director at the Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program. In this capacity, he manages the Council’s flagship Economic Sanctions Initiative and coordinates research on global trade, growth, and finance. As editor of the EconoGraphic blog, which visualizes complex economic and political ideas in a compelling and intuitive fashion, Mr. Moehr delivers the Council’s timely take on important issues pertaining to the global economy.  Mr. Moehr’s project portfolio includes work on digital policy, infrastructure investment, global value chains, the EU’s economic architecture, and inclusive economic growth.

Prior to joining the Council, Mr. Moehr served as a Brent Scowcroft Award Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He holds a master’s degree in international economics from the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in global governance and public policy from the University of Passau in Germany.