Wed, May 12, 2021

Reading list: Central bank digital currencies

A comprehensive collection of the most relevant articles on central bank digital currencies.

Blog Post by Niels Graham

China Digital Currencies

Events

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Tue, May 25, 2021

Mali coup: White House official calls for ‘unconditional and immediate’ release of president and prime minister

Speaking at the Atlantic Council’s Africa Day celebration, White House official Dana Banks responded to topical issues in African affairs, including the coup in Mali, calling for “the unconditional and immediate release of the president and the prime minister.”

Event Recap by Africa Center

Africa Democratic Transitions
gtc photo of currencies in jars

Tue, May 26, 2020

Going deeper: Central Bank Digital Currencies and how best to design them to benefit everyone

On May 19, 2020 – Lisa Pollina, Gabriel Abed, George Bachiashvili, Shane Glynn, Aditi Kuma shared perspectives on “The digital dollar: Do we need it and how do we build it?” as part of a live video discussion moderated by Michael Greenwald. The discussion focused what exactly is a digital dollar? How would it work, how could it best be designed, and who would manage it?

Digital currencies

Cybersecurity Digital Currencies

Tue, Jul 16, 2019

Libra: Balancing Risks and Opportunities

Facebook has disclosed its plans to launch the ambitious new digital currency, Libra, in the first half of 2020. Operating on a version of blockchain, Libra hopes to become a widely adopted payment method, supported by Facebook’s 2.4 bn users and a coalition of global corporations including Uber, Visa, and Spotify that form the Libra Association.

Digital currencies by Global Business & Economics Program

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Mon, Nov 30, 2020

Can China’s digital yuan really challenge the dollar?

The DCEP will certainly bolster the Renminbi’s international position, but the weaknesses in China’s financial markets will prevent the Chinese currency from dethroning the US dollar anytime soon.

Digital currencies by Hung Tran

China Digital Currencies

Tue, Aug 25, 2020

Advanced economies under pressure in the central bank digital currency race

Advanced economy central banks are also actively engaged in CBDC research and development efforts. But as guardians of global reserve currencies, their approaches will necessarily be more deliberate and cautious than Beijing’s aggressiveness.

Digital currencies by Barbara C. Matthews, Hung Tran

Digital Currencies Digital Policy

Mon, Aug 24, 2020

China’s Digital Currency Electronic Payment Project reveals the good and the bad of central bank digital currencies

The development of the DCEP has revealed the significant advantages and potential drawbacks for both China’s digital currency project and the potential for widespread central bank digital currencies around the world.

Digital currencies by Hung Tran, Barbara C. Matthews

China Digital Currencies

Thu, Jul 30, 2020

Nikhil Raghuveera in Cointelegraph: China and US must learn from one another and collaborate on Central Bank Digital Currency

Mr. Nikhil Raghuveera, a GeoTech Center Nonresident Fellows, was recently featured as a guest author in Cointelegraph, a digital publication focused on the future of money. In his article, Mr. Raghuveera discussed Central Bank Digital Currencies in continuation of his previous research for the Atlantic Council.

Digital currencies by Atlantic Council

Digital Currencies Economy & Business

Wed, Jun 10, 2020

Central bank digital currency can contribute to financial inclusion but cannot solve its root causes

In Part II of the Central Bank Digital Currency Series series, the GeoTech Center and guest author Nikhil Raghuveera examine how CBDCs can contribute to financial inclusion in a post-COVID-19 world.

GeoTech Cues by Nikhil Raghuveera

Digital Currencies Digital Policy

Wed, May 27, 2020

A new era in financial diplomacy: The third evolution of Bretton Woods

China has made significant waves by introducing its own digital yuan this past month. The United States should turn to its allies for support and cooperation in building an alternative to the Chinese solution for digital currencies.

New Atlanticist by Michael Greenwald

China Digital Currencies
gtc photo of currencies in jars

Tue, May 26, 2020

Going deeper: Central Bank Digital Currencies and how best to design them to benefit everyone

On May 19, 2020 - Lisa Pollina, Gabriel Abed, George Bachiashvili, Shane Glynn, Aditi Kuma shared perspectives on "The digital dollar: Do we need it and how do we build it?" as part of a live video discussion moderated by Michael Greenwald. The discussion focused what exactly is a digital dollar? How would it work, how could it best be designed, and who would manage it?

Digital currencies

Cybersecurity Digital Currencies

Wed, May 13, 2020

Revamped Libra takes further steps to gain credibility

In hiring Stuart Levey, Facebook has exhibited a doubling down on their desire to create a digital currency that will be recognized and used by governments around the world.

Digital currencies by Michael Greenwald

Digital Currencies Financial Regulation
gtc photo of the dollar as a puzzle piece

Thu, Apr 23, 2020

Design choices of Central Bank Digital Currencies will transform digital payments and geopolitics

In this analysis, the Atlantic Council GeoTech Center examines the geopolitical implications of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) and calls for the United States to lead on setting standards for CBDC and financial technology.

Digital currencies by Nikhil Raghuveera

Civil Society Digital Currencies
Libra

Thu, Oct 10, 2019

Breaking the buck: What Libra’s demise means for central banks

There is little evidence to suggest that Libra can address the needs of those without bank accounts. With its structure working against the benefits of a central bank digital currency, Libra is less of a call to action and more a solution in search of a problem.

Digital currencies by Michael B. Greenwald

Digital Currencies Financial Regulation