Blog PostSep 29, 2021
The inaugural Trade and Technology Council Meeting — groundhog day or great leap forward?
By Barbara C. Matthews
Following the commencement of the Biden presidency, there were high hopes of a resurgence of transatlantic ties. This week’s inaugural meeting of the TTC highlights that policymakers on both sides will have difficulty meeting that expectation.
Blog PostSep 27, 2021
Inclusive growth needs financial inclusion. Can Central Bank Digital Currency help?
By Amin Mohseni-Cheraghlou
1.7 billion adults remained unbanked as per the 2017 wave of Findex dataset, with large disparities in financial inclusion still existing across countries, gender, income, education, and rural-urban lines. CBDCs have the potential to enhance financial inclusion and reduce these disparities.
Blog PostSep 24, 2021
Evergrande’s debt distress: Withdrawal symptoms of China’s debt-fueled growth model
By Hung Tran
On September 24th China’s giant property developer Evergrande Group entered a 30-day grace period before being declared in default. Although they may not default, this slowdown highlights the key contradiction in China’s policy goals.
EconoGraphicsSep 17, 2021
Global Sanctions Dashboard: Summer Edition
By Julia Friedlander, Michael Albanese and Castellum.AI
The Global Sanctions Dashboard aims to inform economic statecraft policies by analyzing sanctions globally and identifying trends across lists in partnership with Castellum.AI.
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.
Blog PostSep 9, 2021
Afghanistan’s economy under the Taliban: the challenges ahead
By Inbar Pe’er
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