Fri, Sep 10, 2021

Afghanistan’s ex-central bank chief: The Taliban has money to ‘run an insurgency but not a government’

At an Atlantic Council event, Ajmal Ahmady discussed how the Taliban must govern a country short on cash and mired in multiple crises.

New Atlanticist by Dan Peleschuk

Afghanistan Conflict

Thu, Sep 9, 2021

Sanctions alone won’t tame the Taliban

The United States and its allies will need to wield both existing and new sanctions as strategically as possible, but changing the regime’s behavior will be difficult.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole

Afghanistan Economic Sanctions

Thu, Sep 9, 2021

Afghanistan’s economy under the Taliban: the challenges ahead

If their past is any indication of the future, the Taliban will find funds. But their ability to properly manage monetary policy remains to be seen. If they don’t, they’ll surely lose the economic war, and the people of Afghanistan along with it

Blog Post by Inbar Pe’er

Afghanistan Economy & Business

Tue, Sep 7, 2021


Since April, Asia has experienced a wave of COVID suppressing growth throughout the region. The key question to watch is: will supply chain contagion once again follow the virus west?

EconoGraphics by Niels Graham

East Asia Macroeconomics

Tue, Aug 31, 2021

FAST THINKING: The war is over, but the Afghanistan mission continues

What will continued US engagement in Afghanistan look like? How will the Taliban govern? What will become of the country’s refugees?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Wed, Aug 25, 2021

FAST THINKING: The clock is ticking in Afghanistan

Biden is sticking to his August 31 timeline for withdrawing all American troops from Afghanistan. How will the coming days play out?

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

Afghanistan Conflict

Tue, Aug 24, 2021

Could China become the Taliban’s new benefactor?

Beijing is eyeing major investments in Afghanistan—but it’s up to the Taliban to ease its concerns about security.

New Atlanticist by Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou, Niels Graham

Afghanistan China

Mon, Aug 23, 2021

They aren’t listed, but make no mistake: The UN has sanctions on the Taliban

As the militant group settles in to rule Afghanistan again, sanctions remain one of the only viable points of leverage for the international community. Here’s what the UN’s own rules say.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole

Afghanistan Economic Sanctions

Mon, Aug 23, 2021

IMF delivers fiscal firepower

On August 23 the IMF released a historic $650 billion allocation of Special Drawing Rights (SDRs)

EconoGraphics by Niels Graham and William Howlett

Inclusive Growth International Financial Institutions

Tue, Aug 10, 2021

Biden’s empty posts are a national security problem

The administration’s inaction on filling positions at the State and Treasury departments translates into real-world problems on everything from energy to rogue regimes to the US financial system.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole

Economic Sanctions National Security