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First Name
Beth
Last Name
Smits
Country
United States
University
Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Keywords
geoeconomics, financial statecraft, financial services, cross-border financial integration, fintech, payment systems, China, EU-China, Belt and Road Initiative, SWIFT, financial sanctions, renminbi internationalization
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About Me

I am an advisor and business leader who specializes in the intersection of financial services, technology, and public affairs, with 25 years’ experience in Asia, Europe, and the Americas in both the public and private sectors.  After spending thirteen years with SWIFT, the global financial messaging provider, I’m taking a slight detour to pursue a doctorate in international relations at my alma mater SAIS.  My research is in geoeconomics and geopolitics, looking at how the statecraft of the US, the European Union and China impacts the global financial system.  I am especially interested in telling the story of how the global payments architecture is under pressure to fragment – a transformation that has important implications for how we think about the evolution of global international society.

Recent Publications

Risk, Rebalancing, and Reward”  June 6, 2017

A Real “Win-Win” for All: China’s Leadership in Green Finance, March 22, 2017

The Document the Trump Administration Must Read, February 6, 2017

The Tortoise and the Hare: A Cautionary Tale for the Trump Administration in Asia, December 13, 2016

Paths to Greater Integration? The Silk Roads of China, Japan and South Korea, November 30, 2016

 

 

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