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

Thu, Jan 21, 2021

Addressing African debt burdens

Across the world, COVID-19 has ravaged economies and government revenues. For many sub-Saharan African (SSA) nations, that has tipped the delicate balance of debt. Zambia was the first affected, defaulting on debt obligations in November. Many more must take action to avoid the same fate, including Angola, Gabon, Ghana, and Kenya, among others.

EconoGraphics by Stefan de Villiers

Africa Fiscal and Structural Reform

Tue, Jan 5, 2021

Tracking the COVID-19 economy

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

EconoGraphics by Nitya Biyani

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Tue, Jan 5, 2021

How much money is the G20 spending?

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

EconoGraphics by GeoEconomics Center

China Economy & Business



Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Biden and Belarus: A strategy for the new administration

Joe Biden has an historic opportunity to bring Europe together and reverse the tide of dictatorship by building an international coalition to support democracy in Belarus. This strategy lays out key recommendations for the Biden as it prepares its policy toward Belarus.

Issue Brief by Anders Åslund, Melinda Haring, John E. Herbst, Alexander Vershbow

Belarus Democratic Transitions

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Nawaz joins Dawn News to discuss Pak-US relationship in Joe Biden precedency

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Pakistan

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Varshney joins Brown University to discuss Evolving news media landscapes in India and Pakistan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Digital Policy India

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Nooruddin joins Brown University to discuss Evolving news media landscapes in India and Pakistan

In the News by Atlantic Council

Civil Society Digital Policy

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Why companies are getting more involved in the campaign against climate change

BP, the world’s fourth-largest energy conglomerate, and Bank of America, the world’s ninth-largest bank are among the companies endorsing a charter likened to a recovery plan for the planet. Dubbed the Terra Carta, the charter commits them to working toward goals related to meeting global net-zero emissions targets by 2050.

New Atlanticist by Larry Luxner

Economy & Business Energy & Environment

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Xi Jinping at the virtual Davos: Multilateralism with Chinese characteristics

While international cooperation within multilateral frameworks is indeed crucial in addressing many of the serious challenges presently facing the world, it is important to recognize that not all calls for multilateralism are the same. And Xi’s vision of multilateralism differs in key respects from the conceptions of multilateralism espoused by much of the world.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

China Economy & Business

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Why funding America’s local governments could have a global impact

Now that Joe Biden has entered the White House with a razor-thin Democratic majority in Congress, the United States has an opening as narrow as the eye of a needle to contribute meaningfully to a global economic recovery. But they still face an uphill battle to secure resources for local governments.

New Atlanticist by Benjamin H. Bradlow

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Double Vision

In Season 1, Episode 3 of empowerME Conversations podcast, host Amjad Ahmad interviews eyewa Co-Founders and Co-CEOs Anass Boumediene and Mehdi Oudghiri about the mindset that will create more entrepreneurs in the Middle East, policy changes that will lead to more unicorns, the acceleration of online payments and e-commerce, and new technologies that will soon replace in-person fitting rooms and eye tests.

empowerME Conversations by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Middle East

Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Navalny’s arrest is Biden’s first big test. Here’s how he can pass it.

What happens next matters. The US response (or lack of response) will show how much Russian President Vladimir Putin’s internal repression—including assassinations—will factor into the Biden team’s overall Russia policy. The trick for the Biden administration will be to respond with sufficient firmness and cross-Atlantic coordination to puncture Putin’s apparent sense of impunity while leaving space for cooperation with Russia where that makes sense.

New Atlanticist by Daniel Fried, Anders Åslund

Economic Sanctions Russia

Mon, Jan 25, 2021

Busch in The Hill: Biden’s trade ‘reset’ depends on what happens with trade promotion authority

Marc Busch writes that Biden must request and retain a trade promotion authority if he is to solve long-term trade issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a US-UK deal, and the Airbus-Boeing dispute.

In the News by Marc L. Busch

Economy & Business Political Reform


Wed, Feb 3, 2021

Tech-enabled misinformation, social platforms, and geopolitics

Online Event An episode of the GeoTech Hour, jointly produced by both the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensics Research Lab and GeoTech Center, exploring the impacts of tech on propagating misinformation at increasing velocity and volume as well as the influence of geopolitics on the virality of misinformation amid our tech-enabled world.

12:00pm Digital Policy Disinformation Extremism International Norms

Tue, Feb 2, 2021

A conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron

Online Event AN #ACFRONTPAGE EVENT - The Atlantic Council officially launches the Europe Center featuring a conversation on Europe and transatlantic relations with His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.

12:00pm Economy & Business European Union France International Organizations

Thu, Jan 28, 2021

The complexities of unraveling US sanctions and returning to the JCPOA

Online Event A new paper written by Brian O'Toole, discusses the complexities of sanctions relief in particular and the prospects for US diplomacy with Iran under the Biden administration.

12:00pm Arms Control Economic Sanctions Economy & Business Iran

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