Inflection PointsOct 17, 2021
We’re at the perilous beginning of an uncertain era in US-China relations
By Frederick Kempe
The United States and China represent the most significant bilateral relationship in human history—and neither side is managing their rising tensions with adequate skill or durable strategy.
New AtlanticistOct 13, 2021
The IMF needs to prepare for the post-COVID world
By Martin Mühleisen
The institution has shifted its focus toward climate policy and development finance in the last two years, but it should not stray from its global stability mandate.
SouthAsiaSourceSep 13, 2021
Afghanistan’s economy is in free fall mode
By Farshid Hakimyar
On August 18, Ajmal Ahmadi, the former governor of Afghanistan’s Central Bank, tweeted about the bank’s balance sheet, citing that all DAB assets are safeguarded in the US Federal Reserve, the World Bank, and the Bank of International Settlements in the form of US Treasury bills, bonds, gold and cash–a total of $9.6 billion that, just one day before the collapse, the US government had frozen and banned from all financial transactions.
New AtlanticistSep 10, 2021
Afghanistan’s ex-central bank chief: The Taliban has money to ‘run an insurgency but not a government’
By Dan Peleschuk
At an Atlantic Council event, Ajmal Ahmady discussed how the Taliban must govern a country short on cash and mired in multiple crises.
UkraineAlertSep 3, 2021
Broadening the pressure on the Lukashenka regime
By Daniel Fried
Recent news of fresh IMF financing for Belarus has sparked controversy at a time when the democratic world is seeking to impose sanctions on the country's Kremlin-backed dictator Alyaksandr Lukashenka.