Project Expert

Benn Steil

Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics

About the Project

Can hidden Chinese or Russian buying of U.S. Treasuries through Belgium explain curious movements in asset prices or central-bank reserves? What is the impact of steel tariffs on auto employment? What can the price of iPad Minis tell us about currency wars? Benjamin Della Rocca and I examine these and other geoeconomic questions, with great visuals, in our regular Geo-Graphics blog posts.


United States



The CFR Global Imbalances Tracker can be used to gauge, through time, the vulnerability of individual countries and the global economy to the buildup of imbalances in the current account.

Financial Markets

The CFR Sovereign Risk Tracker can be used to gauge the vulnerability of emerging markets to default on external debt. 


Monetary Policy

CFR’s Global Monetary Policy Tracker compiles data from 54 countries around the world to highlight significant global trends in monetary policy. Who is tightening policy? Who is loosening policy? And what is the policy stance of the world as a whole?