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A Conversation with Ambassador Alice Wells on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Ambassador Alice Wells will offer remarks on China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in South and Central Asia, with emphasis on BRI's Pakistan component, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Ambassador Wells, a top South Asia official at the State Department, will discuss CPEC’s implications for Pakistan’s development, and she will contrast the Chinese approach with the U.S. model for sustainable economic growth.

New Leadership and Challenges for the IMF

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW we speak with Meg Lundsager and Shihoko Goto on the International Monetary Fund’s new leadership under Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva. We also focus on the tenure of former Managing Director Christine Lagarde, the changing role of the IMF in a shifting global order, and that institution’s biggest worries headed into 2020.


Farm Labor and Mexico's Export Produce Industry

The Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, along with CIESAS and Migration Dialogue, are pleased to launch a report on farm labor in Mexico’s export produce industry.

The U.S.-China Trade War and Options for Taiwan

The 2018 U.S. National Security Strategy noted that “economic security is national security.” The report stated that the White House would “no longer turn a blind eye to violations, cheating or economic aggression.” In order to address these concerns, the Trump administration adopted a number of concrete measures aiming to weaken the link between economic and security ties that have bound U.S.-China relations tightly until now.

Democrats' Clashes with Trump Must Not Imperil Trade with Mexico and Canada

It is increasingly urgent that the United States achieve stability and predictability with its two largest trading partners. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warns of a “synchronized global slowdown” powered significantly by trade tensions, and the Institute of International Finance flags 20-year highs in global trade and economic uncertainty. 

“Getting to Yes” on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) this year would diminish these threats in North America.

Calling For a Multilateral Approach to Tackle Political Risk

From ongoing trade wars to monetary policy hitting a wall, the outlook for the global economy is hardly rosy. But following its annual meeting in Washington, the International Monetary Fund was quick to point out the rocky road ahead limited what could actually be done to prevent the slowdown from escalating further. The convening power of the IMF, bringing together central bankers and finance ministers from across the world, remains indisputable. Yet how the IMF and other international financial institutions may be able to preempt the risks ahead remain unclear at best.

Will Loans Become a Lifeboat for Ukraine’s Economy?


How Brazil Measures up to Latin America’s Biggest Economies

Assessing Latin America as a monolith is a terrible mistake. Besides being extremely diverse in cultural, social, and even political terms, the region's economic aggregates often hide significant country differences. Average results are pulled by a handful of larger economies which perform as outliers in a region filled with smaller markets.

A Conversation with Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez, Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute was pleased to host a conversation with Arturo Herrera Gutiérrez, Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, on fiscal policy, labor reforms, and economic development in Mexico.

Ice-Diminishing Arctic Interview: Tero Vauraste

Tero Vauraste discussed the role of economics in developing the Arctic Region. Vauraste highlights the region's 1 trillion USD investment potential, and the need for infrastructure to support increased activity as the Arctic enters into a new era. He also touched upon the importance of Arctic Council cooperation and dialogues to mitigate security concerns. Vauraste is the President of Mariadi Ltd, and former Chair of the Arctic Economic Council.