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Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Iranian central bank designation: What does it mean?

The only appreciable impact of the September 20 designation will be to further impair the delivery of food and medicine to the Iranian people, who are already struggling to get needed supplies and to antagonize US partners around the globe.

New Atlanticist by Brian O'Toole

Economic Sanctions Iran

Fri, Sep 20, 2019

Sultoon quoted in Reuters on Iran’s central bank sanctions

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Economic Sanctions Iran

Thu, Sep 19, 2019

Secondary sanctions’ implications and the transatlantic relationship

The term secondary sanctions provokes strong reactions from allies and markets. Due to the power of the US dollar, breadth of the US market, and dominance of the US financial system, even the threat of secondary sanctions prompts many non-US companies to change their behavior to avoid the risk of such sanctions. Although this approach has furthered US policies, it has resulted in transatlantic political divergence and enhanced compliance uncertainty among private sector actors.

Issue Brief by Samantha Sultoon & Justine Walker

China Economic Sanctions

Thu, Aug 15, 2019

SheEO: How female executives power profit in the new economy

Numerous studies demonstrate the statistically significant relationship between increasing the number of women in senior management and on corporate boards, and accelerating company performance.

New Atlanticist by Dr. Alexis Crow

Economy & Business Women

Tue, Aug 13, 2019

The winners and losers of the US-China trade war

The world continues to become more economically intertwined as each day passes, and as the US-China conflict escalates, more countries will find themselves impacted for better or for worse via supply chains, foreign demand and investment, and insecurity.

New Atlanticist by Andrew LaScaleia

China Economic Sanctions

Fri, Aug 9, 2019

Breaking Down France’s Digital Tax

n July, France’s parliament ratified a new law to tax big digital tech firms making it the first country to pass a tax law of this manner. Paris’ new tax scheme triggered criticism from the Trump Administration and is further complicating the transatlantic relationship. This edition of the EconoGraphic explains the motivation behind taxing digital technology firms more aggressively, the way that the French tax will work, and the potential impacts and response to the tax.

EconoGraphics by BY ANDREW LASCALEIA, EDITED BY OLE MOEHR | GRAPHICS BY MARIANNA ASLUND AND ANDREW LASCALEIA

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

Tue, Aug 6, 2019

O’Toole quoted in Bloomberg on financial transaction between Chinese banks and North Korea

In the News by Atlantic Council

Economy & Business Financial Regulation

Tue, Jul 23, 2019

My Way or the Huawei: 5G at the Center of US-China Strategic Competition

On July 22, President Trump met with a group of major tech CEOs to discuss the easing of some restrictions on US companies supplying high-tech parts to Chinese telecommunications company Huawei. In May, the US Commerce Department banned US companies from selling any products to Huawei. The Chinese company’s position as the world’s leading provider of 5G technology has made it a focal point of the escalating great power competition between China and the United States. This edition of the EconoGraphic explains the US government’s move to blacklist Huawei, outlines the ban’s potential costs, and describes why US allies are conflicted about banning Huawei.

EconoGraphics by OLE MOEHR | GRAPHICS BY MARIANNA ASLUND, NICK BROWN, ANDREW LASCALEIA

China Economy & Business

Fri, Jun 28, 2019

Tran in The Financial Times: Two proposals for WTO reform

In the News by Atlantic Council

China International Financial Institutions
BRexit Sanctions

Wed, Jun 12, 2019

Britain’s sanction post-Brexit

On June 12, the Global Business and Economics Program’s Economic Sanctions Initiative hosted a private roundtable on the implications of Brexit for the United Kingdom’s sanctions policy, featuring Qudsi Rasheed, sanctions envoy for the UK government. He explained in detail the UK’s new institutional set-up for sanctions policy. Mr. Rasheed also discussed UK-US-EU cooperation on […]

Program Impact Story by Atlantic Council

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