May 05, 2005 // 8:30am — 10:00am
with Gilbert Winham, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Dalhousie University
April 19, 2005 // 9:00am — 11:00am
"How could this happen?" Paul Blustein asked himself while dispatched to Argentina in the wake of its 2001 economic crash. Reports of shantytown residents in the street butchering Angus steers from an overturned truck and of starving children in a nation of agricultural plenty stood in stark contrast to previous impressions of the much lauded and booming Argentina—a country on its way, until late 2001, to joining the ranks of wealthy nations. Blustein explores Argentina's over-hyped rise and dramatic fall (which brought about 25% unemployment, the peso's collapse, and political and social chaos) and the role international financial institutions and market players played in both. His book reminds us that the path from developing nation to developed can be perilous, in this case yielding a Latin American Enron on the scale of the nation state.
April 19, 2005 // 9:00am — 11:00am
With author Paul Blustein, Staff Writer, Washington Post; and commentators Claudio Loser, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue; and Joseph S. Tulchin, Director of the Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center.
April 18, 2005 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
With author Thomas L. Friedman, Foreign Affairs Columnist, New York TimesThe video of this event is now available.
April 15, 2005 // 8:30am — 6:00pm
Most economists argue that increasing international trade contributes to economic growth and therefore to the alleviation of poverty. Beyond basic questions and theoretical costs and benefits, however, the relationship between trade and poverty becomes considerably more complicated. Even in the most successful cases, the impact of increased trade depends heavily on the condition of existing institutions, public investments in education and infrastructure, the presence of safety nets, and the impact of the world economy. The video and report for this event is now available online.
April 11, 2005 // 2:00pm — 5:00pm
Robert D. Hormats, vice chairman, Goldman Sachs (International); Kent H. Hughes, director of the Science, Technology, America and the Global Economy Program, Woodrow Wilson Center; Jerry K. Mitchell, former deputy director general of the Commercial Service; Virginia A. Weil, senior adviser to the Business Council for International Understanding. Video of the event is now available.
Book Launch -- The Past and Future of America's Economy: Long Waves of Innovation that Power Cycles of Growth
April 07, 2005 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
With author Robert Atkinson, Vice-President and Director, Technology and the Economy Project at the Progressive Policy Institute; and commentator David Wessel, Deputy Bureau Chief, Washington Bureau, The Wall Street Journal.
March 30, 2005 // 11:00pm
Book Launch -- The Bottomless Well: The Twilight of Fuel, the Virtue of Waste, and Why We Will Never Run Out of Energy
March 29, 2005 // 8:30am — 10:00am
A book launch and panel discussion with author Peter W. Huber and commentator Michael L. Telson, Director of National Laboratory Affairs for the University of California.
February 22, 2005 // 8:00am — 10:30am
Robert Z. Aliber, Wilson Center Fellow and a Professor of International Economics and Finance at the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago (emeritus)Paul Blustein, International Economics and Trade Reporter, The Washington Post