The Global Business & Economics Program works to build upon and strengthen the already deep economic integration between Europe and the United States as well as promote transatlantic leadership in the global economy.

The latest pieces from Econographics

Tue, Sep 8, 2020

The rise of Central Bank digital currencies

What exactly is a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) and how is it different than your credit card?

EconoGraphics by GeoEconomics Program and Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Digital Policy Economic Sanctions

Mon, Aug 31, 2020

Tracking the COVID-19 economy

Key economic indicators for Japan, UK, European Union, and the United States.

EconoGraphics by Nitya Biyani

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Sun, Jul 26, 2020

How much money is the G20 spending?

Our new fiscal firepower heat map, updated through June, shows how G20 COVID-19 crisis spending now compares to the Global Financial Crisis. While nearly every country is spending significantly more than a decade ago, China is still spending less.

EconoGraphics by GeoEconomics Center

China Economy & Business



Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Tackling the China threat with economic statecraft

Decoupling the US and Chinese economies does little to address the more fundamental threat posed by China’s efforts to rewrite the global rulebook.

New Atlanticist by David Mortlock

China Economic Sanctions

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Three Seas Initiative could help jumpstart Europe’s post-COVID recovery and green economy transformation

Buoyed by a new commercially managed investment fund and a $1 billion pledge from the United States, leaders from the Three Seas Initiative will convene for a summit on October 19 to move the project into its next stage.

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Central Europe Climate Change & Climate Action

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Government response to economic crisis now is pivotal—but will risk future financial stability

Governments deploying economic and financial support measures have been able to protect from a major pandemic era crisis, but the emergency measures have entrenched inefficiencies, imbalances, and vulnerabilities that suggest a future financial crisis.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Economic and financial risks after the pandemic

While huge fiscal and monetary support measures from governments have been necessary to avoid deeper damages being done to the economy and financial system by the pandemic, those actions—especially keeping interest rates low for long—have also reinforced many known areas of inefficiencies, imbalances, and vulnerabilities that will make the economy and financial system fragile and prone to crises going forward.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

Central America Economic Reactivation in a COVID-19 World: Finding Sustainable Opportunities in Uncertain Times

By: María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, María Fernanda Bozmoski, and Domingo Sadurní Contributing authors: Enrique Bolaños and Salvador Paiz Foreword As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, countries around the world face an unprecedented test: concurrent public health and economic crises coupled with the resulting political and social reverberations. In Central America, the […]

Issue Brief by María Eugenia Brizuela de Ávila, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, María Fernanda Bozmoski, and Domingo Sadurní

Americas Coronavirus

Mon, Sep 28, 2020

The illusion of decoupling the semiconductor industry: Latest US restrictions on China short-sighted

The action against SMIC, which reflects concerns about the use of US chip-making technology for military purposes and which follows steps put into effect on September 15 to choke off the supply of chips to Huawei Technologies Co., is likely to prove shortsighted. It will incur costs for US companies while failing to ensure them supply chain independence.

New Atlanticist by Jeremy Mark

China Digital Policy

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Debate prep: How the US economy compares to the rest of the world

As we prepare Tuesday night's debate, we need to be thinking about how quickly the US can recover – and how our rebound compares to the rest of the world.

Elections 2020 by Josh Lipsky, Nitya Biyani

Economy & Business Elections

Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Transfer of EU user data to the United States halted

Ireland’s Data Protection Commission, an EU privacy regulator, has issued a preliminary order to Facebook Inc. that demands a suspension of the transfer of EU user data to the United States, where regulations on user data are less stringent.

GeoTech Cues by Richard J. Cordes

Digital Policy European Union

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Hunter: Businesses don’t operate in a financial vacuum — don’t hamstring pension managers

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business United States and Canada

Thu, Sep 24, 2020

Herbst and Cagan in Morning Consult: Opposition to Nord Stream 2 sanctions is misguided

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economic Sanctions Germany


Wed, Oct 7, 2020

A conversation on transatlantic economic relations with Deputy Secretary of the Treasury, Justin Muzinich

ONLINE EVENT - An address by US Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Justin Muzinich on the future of the transatlantic economy, followed by a conversation moderated by former US National Security Advisor and Executive Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Council Stephen Hadley.


Mon, Oct 26, 2020

A conversation with Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa

ONLINE EVENT - A discussion with Qatar Development Bank CEO Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, who is spearheading many of Qatar's efforts to promote entrepreneurship and drive economic diversification and growth.


Mon, Oct 5, 2020

US-Brazil commercial relations: A deep dive into state-level economic engagement

ONLINE EVENT - As the United States and Brazil continue negotiations toward a chapter-specific trade agreement, Brazil’s commercial relations with key US states, like Texas, will be directly impacted in the event of a deal.