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Mirrors (heliostats) circle a solar tower in the Negev desert, souther Israel

AP Photo/Oded Balilty

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Envisioning a New Economic Middle East: Reshaping the Gulf with Israel

| Jan. 31, 2019

The hope is that the greater economic cooperation incubating between the Gulf States and Israel will create a culture of entrepreneurship within Gulf economies. In that way, the Gulf States will begin to each adopt a “startup nation” mentality that has been championed in Israel over the past successful several decades.

A worker holds a sign promoting a sale for Huawei 5G internet services at a mobile phones retail shop in Shenzhen in south China's Guangdong province, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018. The chairman of Huawei challenged the United States and other governments to provide evidence for claims the Chinese tech giant is a security risk as the company launched a public relations effort Tuesday to defuse fears that threaten its role in next-generation communications.

(AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Future Financial War with China

| Jan. 02, 2019

The detention of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wangzhou last month has electrified Sino-American tensions, making 2019 a portentous year for debt markets. Her employer, Huawei, has been the target of China hawks’ ire dating back to the early 2010s, amid scandals tied to sanctions evasion in Iran and possible concerns about espionage. Yet in the buzz about its ties to the People’s Liberation Army, the company’s deep and extensive dollar exposures have received little coverage.

 

 

 

Photo of people crossing bridge in Shanghai that shows stock prices.

(AP Photo/Paul Traynor)

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

From Silicon Valley to Shenzhen: Dollar Exposures in Chinese Fintech

| Dec. 17, 2018

In the post-9/11 era, Washington has waged innovative campaigns against terrorism finance, sanctions evasion, and money laundering. Leveraging America’s heavyweight status in the international financial system, the United States Treasury has isolated and bankrupted rogue regimes, global terrorists, and their enablers. As financial technology transforms global business, the traditional financial system faces new competition across a suite of offerings, ranging from brokerage services to peer to peer lending. In no area is this clearer than in mobile payments, where a global hegemon lies ready to exercise its weight, and it is not the United States. 

A photograph of the U.S. dollar among international bank notes.

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Future of the U.S. Dollar in a Post Iran Deal World

| Oct. 26, 2018

The European Union’s announcement in September 2018 that it would begin to create a special payments channel with Iran in response to the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) once again raises the question of the role of the U.S. Dollar (USD) in the international economic order.  Under the surface of discussions of alternative payment mechanisms is the legitimate question of the negative impacts of American coercive economic statecraft on the USD status as the leading global reserve currency.

Left: The Louvre Museum's opening day in Abu Dhabi. | Right: The Museum of Islamic Art illuminated in Doha, Qatar

AP Photos: Hassan Ammar (right) / Kamran Jebreili (left)

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The New Race for Contemporary Arts Dominance in the Middle East

| October 2018

A new war is brewing in the Middle East in the fields of art and culture. Following years of instability and ethnic strife in the Middle East and the security consequences of the Arab Spring, Green Revolution, and the Islamic State, the traditional Middle East art leaders in Tehran, Baghdad, Beirut, Cairo, and Damascus have taken a backseat to the Gulf States.

President Donald Trump talks with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at a summit of heads of state and government at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Analysis & Opinions - Atlantic Council

Trump Extends Feud with Turkey: Now What?

    Author:
  • David Wemer
| Aug. 10, 2018

On August 8, US President Donald J. Trump announced the doubling of steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, escalating the tension between the two NATO countries that has reached a boiling point over the last several weeks.

What does this escalation mean for US-Turkey relations and what should Washington and Ankara do from here? Atlantic Council experts and staff provide their reactions.

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Press Release - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Michael B. Greenwald Named Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center

| July 12, 2018

Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has named Michael Blake Greenwald a Fellow. While at the Kennedy School, Greenwald, who has served the U.S. government in several senior diplomatic roles, will lecture, conduct research, and engage with students on a range of issues including economic sanctions, illicit finance, national security, intelligence, and global finance.

An image of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, is displayed on a building in Doha, Qatar on May 5, 2018. A year into the GCC blockade, Qatar is still economically healthy.

AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

The Economic Earthquake that Reshaped the Middle East

| June 05, 2018

Earthquakes often alter and sometimes even destroy the landscape. The economic earthquake that was brought upon the Gulf Cooperation Council comprising Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman in June 2017 has indeed reshaped the landscape in the Gulf forever.

This economic shock has only accelerated GCC competition, spawning a race for economic diversification, foreign investment, and new trade relationships. Every state is emerging from the crisis economically more proactive and with new ambitions.