Blog Post

Sep 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.

China Economy & Business

Blog Post

Sep 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.

Digital Currencies Economy & Business

Blog Post

Sep 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.

China Economy & Business

New Atlanticist

Sep 21, 2021

Evergrande’s place in China’s house of cards

By Jeremy Mark

The market uncertainty around China’s teetering property giant is decidedly political, a reflection of President Xi Jinping’s shifting policies.

China East Asia


Sep 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.

Afghanistan Belarus

New Atlanticist

Sep 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.

Afghanistan Conflict

New Atlanticist

Sep 9, 2021

Sanctions alone won’t tame the Taliban

By Brian O’Toole

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.

Afghanistan Economic Sanctions

Blog Post

Sep 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

Afghanistan Economy & Business


Sep 7, 2021


By Niels Graham

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?

East Asia Macroeconomics

Fast Thinking

Aug 31, 2021

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

By Atlantic Council

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

Afghanistan Conflict