There is an urgent need to restore confidence in the open, rules-based system the US and its allies have championed over the past 75 years. On the current path, the United States and Europe will slowly cede global economic leadership to a rising power and a fractured world. The devastation wrought by COVID-19 will only accelerate these trends. Our ambition is to help change this trajectory. 

The GeoEconomics Center is organized around three pillars—the Future of Capitalism, Future of Money, and the Economic Statecraft Initiative. 

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Our three pillars

The future of capitalism

The system created in the aftermath of World War II unleashed the greatest period of economic prosperity the world has ever seen. But it is time for reform. Free markets and international cooperation provide the best architecture to rejuvenate capitalism.

The future of money

The race for the future of money is on and the West is falling behind. The GeoEconomics Center is focused on the rise of central bank digital currencies and the long-term health and future of the Euro and the Dollar.

The economic statecraft initiative

The US and its allies must determine new rules of the road for economics in national security. The most impactful and controversial tools of American power – from sanctions to tariffs – are misunderstood and often overused.


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China Economic Spotlight

China Economic Spotlight

Our experts review the individual China measures pursued by the US and its Allies and partners within their global political and economic context. Because taxation and accounting have never been so important. And because the whole is more than a sum of its parts, for the military and the markets alike.

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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.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

China Digital Policy

Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Why the G20 should do more for financial inclusion

As our societies build back better after the pandemic, vulnerable populations cannot be left behind. Financial inclusion will be crucial to making the global recovery more sustainable and its benefits more widely shared.

New Atlanticist by Emilie Bel

Inclusive Growth International Financial Institutions

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

FAST THINKING: It’s Yellen for Treasury

Janet Yellen could face an economy devastated by the coronavirus and the haphazard response to it in Washington. Josh Lipsky provides insight into how she might manage a difficult recovery.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Elections Financial Regulation

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Busch in The Hill: Biden’s trade policy should focus on Europe, not Asia or the Pacific

Marc Busch argues that despite the recent news of a trade deal in Asia, improving trade with Europe should be President-Elect Biden’s priority, and offers ideas for negotiation with the European Union.

In the News by Marc L. Busch

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

From debt relief to restructuring: The G20 wakes up to reality

As the pandemic-induced global recession continues to batter African economies, the Group of Twenty (G20) governments have sidestepped the pressing need for assistance to countries hardest hit by the downturn. Instead, they have focused on aligning their interests in preparation for the next stage of the region’s deepening crisis: the restructuring of unsustainable debt burdens.

New Atlanticist by Vasuki Shastry and Jeremy Mark

Africa Fiscal and Structural Reform

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Introducing the Young Global Professionals Program

Sat, Oct 24, 2020

Atlantic Council’s Young Global Professionals Program – Spring 2021 (Paid)

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The Young Global Professionals (YGP) Program, the Atlantic Council’s paid internship program, is designed to provide exceptional young people with in-depth exposure to international affairs and an opportunity to play an active role in shaping real-world solutions to global challenges. The Atlantic Council is non-partisan and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. International applicants are encouraged to apply.

Tue, Nov 3, 2020

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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.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

China Digital Policy

Tue, Nov 24, 2020

Why the G20 should do more for financial inclusion

As our societies build back better after the pandemic, vulnerable populations cannot be left behind. Financial inclusion will be crucial to making the global recovery more sustainable and its benefits more widely shared.

New Atlanticist by Emilie Bel

Inclusive Growth International Financial Institutions

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

FAST THINKING: It’s Yellen for Treasury

Janet Yellen could face an economy devastated by the coronavirus and the haphazard response to it in Washington. Josh Lipsky provides insight into how she might manage a difficult recovery.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Elections Financial Regulation

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Busch in The Hill: Biden’s trade policy should focus on Europe, not Asia or the Pacific

Marc Busch argues that despite the recent news of a trade deal in Asia, improving trade with Europe should be President-Elect Biden's priority, and offers ideas for negotiation with the European Union.

In the News by Marc L. Busch

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

From debt relief to restructuring: The G20 wakes up to reality

As the pandemic-induced global recession continues to batter African economies, the Group of Twenty (G20) governments have sidestepped the pressing need for assistance to countries hardest hit by the downturn. Instead, they have focused on aligning their interests in preparation for the next stage of the region’s deepening crisis: the restructuring of unsustainable debt burdens.

New Atlanticist by Vasuki Shastry and Jeremy Mark

Africa Fiscal and Structural Reform

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

Defending the United States against Russian dark money

Warfare has evolved and the United States now faces a major unconventional threat: Russia's estimated $1 trillion of dark money. With it, the Kremlin can wreak havoc if the US fails to act and recognize this national security threat for what it is.

Report by Anders Åslund, Julia Friedlander

Corruption Economic Sanctions

Mon, Nov 16, 2020

US sanctions policy: Lessons learned and recommendations for the new administration

WTO reform is especially important now since it would provide an efficient way to tackle China’s unfair trade practices head-on. This paper proposes concurrent measures that the United States and European Union can take to revitalize the WTO.

In-Depth Research & Reports by Daniel Fried

China Economy & Business

Mon, Nov 16, 2020

New Asian free trade agreement secures economic space for China

The RCEP’s main winner will be China, who has secured a dominant position in one of the world’s most dynamic economic regions, giving Beijing the opportunity to establish its preferred rules and standards, and providing a major advantage for its companies to exploit these valuable markets.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

China East Asia

Thu, Nov 12, 2020

Colossal ambition: How the Biden administration can revitalize the global economy

It would understandable, given the realities of a divided Congress, for a Biden administration to think small. But it would be a mistake. On both the international and domestic front the times call for colossal ambition.

New Atlanticist by Josh Lipsky

Coronavirus Future of Work

Wed, Nov 11, 2020

A new beginning: The case for incremental, confidence-building WTO reform

Member countries should be realistic about what a new WTO director-general can actually accomplish, beyond a formal facilitating role. Forward movement on any front requires initiative from its key Members, developed and developing alike, to find common ground and make the hard decisions needed to bridge gaps.

New Atlanticist by Mark Linscott and Stephen Kho

Macroeconomics Trade

Events

Tue, Dec 1, 2020

Leadership through crisis: A keynote conversation with Christine Lagarde

Online Event A keynote conversation with Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, to mark the launch of the new GeoEconomics Center.

12:00pm Economy & Business European Union Eurozone Fiscal and Structural Reform