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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Bringing New Leadership to the OECD

“Bringing new leadership to the OECD” is a video series featuring the candidates nominated to be the next Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a position that is opening up for the first time in fifteen years.

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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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, Dec 17, 2020

How the US and Europe should rethink their economic relationship in the Biden years

If the Biden administration chooses a conventional approach to trade policy, it will not only deprive itself of a powerful instrument to shape international relations but also put US interests and the Western liberal order at a disadvantage.

New Atlanticist by Dr. Elmar Hellendoorn

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Thu, Dec 17, 2020

Busch in The Hill: Getting to ‘yes’ on a post-Brexit deal

Marc Busch writes that to get a final agreement on a Brexit deal, both sides need to make some concessions to allow for a win-win scenario.

In the News by Marc L. Busch

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Thu, Dec 17, 2020

To grow jobs, Washington must fight for US companies abroad

To expect US companies to match China’s resources and withstand its tactics without the full support of the US government is a farce. Washington needs a new approach—one that gives US companies a fair shot without adopting China’s style of state control or offering handouts to domestic companies.

New Atlanticist by Grant T. Harris

China Economy & Business

Wed, Dec 16, 2020

FAST THINKING: The Fed caps its most important year ever

The Fed increased QE to unprecedented levels to keep financial fallout from the pandemic at bay. That, combined with the Fed’s move to lower its benchmark interest rate to zero, made this the most important year in the history of US monetary policy.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

Mon, Dec 14, 2020

Trade policy priorities for a COVID-19 era and beyond

Transatlantic trade policy stands at a crossroads as 2020 draws to a close. Challenged by populists across the political spectrum, disrupted by COVID-19, and potentially rendered irrelevant by the distributed digital economy, it is fair to question whether the multilateral trading framework crafted at the tail end of World War II is fit for the […]

Report by Barbara C. Matthews

Economy & Business Eurozone

Thu, Dec 10, 2020

The European Magnitsky Law—A milestone with a lot of potential

The European Magnitsky Act has some limitations, but if implemented and enforced consistently, it has the potential to make a large impact in the global fight against human rights abuse because of the opportunity it creates for the United States and Europe to coordinate their efforts together.

New Atlanticist by Hagar Hajjar Chemali

Economic Sanctions European Union

Wed, Dec 9, 2020

China’s economic transformation must change its relationship with the world, says World Bank President David Malpass

China’s fourteenth five-year plan has set its aims high: achieving a majority middle-class country, through income redistribution, reducing economic inequality, and property reform and ownership. But China’s drive to reform its economy “means that China needs to also then have a different relationship with the rest of the world,” according to World Bank President David Malpass.

New Atlanticist by Katherine Walla

China Coronavirus

Mon, Dec 7, 2020

US investors face half-baked Trump restrictions on Chinese securities

As the Trump administration tries to accelerate economic decoupling from China before leaving office, it has turned its attention to international finance by targeting investments in Chinese companies designated as threats to US national security. In that process, it is injecting uncertainty into markets by forcing investors to adjust to rapidly evolving restrictions.

New Atlanticist by Jeremy Mark

China Economic Sanctions

Mon, Dec 7, 2020

Busch in The Hill: Feta cheese and the EU-China agreement on geographical indications

Marc Busch writes that the EU-China trade deal is a wake up call for the United States and an indication that the US agriculture industry needs an intellectual property strategy.

In the News by Marc L. Busch

Economy & Business Europe & Eurasia

Fri, Dec 4, 2020

The future of the United States dollar

The US economy and the power of the dollar have been unmatched since the time of the Bretton Woods agreement. The privilege of having the dollar serve as the global reserve currency enables the United States to weaponize its currency and leverage effective sanctions on rogue nations such as North Korea and Iran. However, some […]

Report by Michael Greenwald

Economy & Business Financial Regulation


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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