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Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Reconciling sanctions and humanitarian need during COVID-19

As the world economy shuts down to try to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the humanitarian collateral effects of sanctions become more pronounced and potentially deadly. But the argument that the United States should unilaterally roll back sanctions draws a false dichotomy; sanctions do not have to be suspended or rolled back for the United States to better address humanitarian concerns.

New Atlanticist by Brian O’Toole

Cuba Economic Sanctions

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

The coronavirus economic crisis: Supporting the weak links

In the present pandemic crisis, major countries have moved more quickly, offering more substantial monetary and fiscal support packages, including better targeted programs than in 2008-09. The challenge now is to quickly deliver the help to the weak entities which need liquidity the most. After all, any system is only as strong as its weakest link.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

Coronavirus International Financial Institutions

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Europe needs a quick economic coronavirus response: The ESM can provide it

A rapid and flexible deployment of the €410 billion lending capacity of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is urgently needed to support the policy initiatives launched to combat the coronavirus crisis throughout Europe. The sooner the Eurogroup of finance ministers can return to something akin to this sensible compromise position suggested by its President Mario Centeno last week, the better.

New Atlanticist by Bart Oosterveld

Coronavirus European Union

Wed, Apr 1, 2020

Coronavirus versus financial crisis: US policy responses compared

A look at the economic harm done so far and contrasts the measures taken by the Federal Reserve (Fed), Congress, and the G20 in response to coronavirus.

EconoGraphics by Ole Moehr | Graphics by Nikolai Albishausen

Economy & Business Macroeconomics

Tue, Mar 31, 2020

Europe’s economic emergency is also a geopolitical one

European leaders are deciding the future of European power on the world stage. If Europeans can’t ensure solidarity with each other after so much pain and sacrifice, it will not only be a devastating loss for Europe. It will also be a blow to a world looking for the political shape of a post-coronavirus world.

New Atlanticist by Benjamin Haddad and Josh Lipsky

Coronavirus European Union

Mon, Mar 30, 2020

What COVID-19 means for the United States’ economic and financial statecraft

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, monetary authorities at the US Federal Reserve have undertaken unprecedented actions to support liquidity in global markets. These steps have included support for domestic debt markets, including a recent expansion in the corporate bond market, as well as swap lines targeting the global dollar shortage. Beyond these moves, the broader policy response during and after the COVID-19 outbreak may drive longer-term changes in the global trading system.

New Atlanticist by Michael Greenwald

Coronavirus International Markets

Fri, Mar 27, 2020

US coronavirus stimulus package offers some relief, but economic pain will remain

US lawmakers are near final passage of an unprecedented stimulus package to help the US economy weather the storm of the coronavirus crisis, but that does not mean that all of the economic damage can be prevented. Jason Furman said he was “impressed by how much Washington has done, how quickly it has done it, how comprehensively it has done it,” but added that he is “worried that all of that won’t be enough for…an economy that is shutting down in such an unprecedented way.”

New Atlanticist by David A. Wemer

Coronavirus International Financial Institutions

Thu, Mar 26, 2020

Coronavirus crisis sends shockwaves through US labor market

The US Department of Labor’s unemployment release on March 26 gave fresh numbers to display the shocking and historic impact of the spread of the coronavirus and the resulting economic collapse in the United States. Initial weekly unemployment claims through March 21 came in at 3.28 million, a historic high surpassing all but the most pessimistic forecasts as well as the experiences in prior sharp downturns such as the oil crisis and global financial crisis.

New Atlanticist by Bart Oosterveld

Economy & Business Macroeconomics

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

The Fed ramps up its coronavirus response

On March 23, the Fed announced meaningful additional measures to support the US economy, following dire predictions from some senior policymakers over the weekend. In its statements, the Fed restated its commitment to deploy “its full range of tools to support the US economy,” and its next steps do not by any measure exhaust those tools. The Fed, in other words, has multiple “kitchen sinks” to throw at problems.

New Atlanticist by Bart Oosterveld

Coronavirus Macroeconomics

Sun, Mar 22, 2020

What the G20 needs to do to combat the global coronavirus economic crisis

The stakes for the upcoming G20 virtual summit are quite high. Either it succeeds in presenting a plausible global approach to deal with the pandemic and its impact, thus stabilizing public confidence and financial markets, or it can leave the world rudderless in the storm.

New Atlanticist by Hung Tran

Coronavirus International Financial Institutions


Fri, Apr 3, 2020

Live reaction to US March jobs report and the impact of the coronavirus on global economy with Dr. Carmen Reinhart

ONLINE EVENT - A virtual discussion reacting to the US March Jobs Report with Dr Carmen Reinhart.