Economic Security Screening: A Discussion on Geopolitics, Markets, and Compliance

November 4, 2021

Kharon and the Atlantic Council hosted a virtual roundtable exploring investment screening regimes and their interaction with geopolitics, defense, international markets and compliance. Both of our organizations have observed growing interest in hearing more about the inner workings of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and global partner regimes.

Over the last few years, the expanded application of investment screening as a key policy tool has become one of the most striking trends in economic statecraft and national security. With countries around the world adopting varying screening models, government decisions risk working at cross-purposes with partners, and compliance is becoming increasingly complicated for the private sector.

As countries refine their policies and application, our event takes a fresh look at their purpose, effectiveness, and implications for government policy and how national security plays out in the private sector. The topic is especially timely after the first meeting of the Transatlantic Trade and Technology Council.


Peter Harrell
Senior Director for International Economics and Competitiveness
White House National Security Council (NSC), United States

Kazeki Jun
Director-General, Trade Control Department and Economic Security Policy
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan

Huw Walters
Director, Economic & Investment Security
Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom

Julia Friendlander
C. Boyden Gray Senior Fellow and Director, Economic Statecraft Initiative
Atlantic Council GeoEconomics Center

Kit Conklin
Vice President, Global Client Engagement