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 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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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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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 19, 2021

How the rest of the world responds to the US-China split

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated fragmentation of the postwar world order. Its most poignant manifestation is in an intensifying competition between the United States and China for political and strategic influence. How countries respond to this split, unwelcome by most, depends on whether they see themselves as competitors to China, or as “price takers” in the international economic system.

Issue Brief by Hung Tran

China Digital Policy

Fri, Jan 15, 2021

A way out of America’s divergent realities

Biden's policy measures, if passed by Congress, could begin to tackle some of the challenges underlying the nation’s present predicament, that America’s schisms don’t continue to deepen and its realities don’t continue to diverge to the point of no return.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

Economy & Business Elections

Thu, Jan 14, 2021

FAST THINKING: Biden’s $1.9 trillion message to Congress

Joe Biden is unveiling a nearly two trillion dollar package aimed at beating back the pandemic and economic crisis. What’s the key thing to know?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Coronavirus Economy & Business

Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Busch in The Hill: The promise of AfCFTA

Marc Busch writes that the African Continental Free Trade Area offers an ambitious promise but needs substantially more work to achieve success and importantly complement the WTO.

In the News by Marc L. Busch

Africa Economy & Business

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, Dec 29, 2020

Busch in The Hill: Europe’s push for an animal welfare label risks an epic trade dispute

Marc Busch writes that Europe's push for a voluntary animal welfare label on animal goods could escalate into de-facto regulation, triggering an epic trade dispute.

In the News by Marc L. Busch

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Thu, Dec 24, 2020

What the Brexit deal solves—and what it doesn’t

After more than four years of contentious negotiations, last-minute compromises by the United Kingdom and European Union have finally pushed a post-Brexit trade agreement over the finish line. But the agreement leaves many details open for future disputes.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

Economy & Business European Union

Tue, Dec 22, 2020

The global economy in 2020, by the numbers

The pandemic has made this a historic year for the global economy, now beset by a recession the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. To make sense of it all, our GeoEconomics staff and senior fellows have selected the numbers behind the headlines, organized around our three pillars of work, that best capture the global economy’s journey in 2020—and what lies in store for 2021.

New Atlanticist by GeoEconomics Center

Economy & Business Future of Work

Tue, Dec 22, 2020

An EU-China investment deal is near—but is it ‘worth having?’

If signed, the CAI represents another major achievement for China in carving out an economic space for itself in the face of acrimonious contention with the United States, following last month’s signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership with other Asian nations.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

China Economy & Business


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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