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John W. Sewell

Senior Scholar
Environmental Change and Security Program

Contact Information:
T x4281; 202/210-8858 // F 202/691-4001
Economics and Globalization
Trade and Development
Global Governance
International Development
Former President of the Overseas Development Council (ODC)
Wilson Center Project(s):
“Development Without Aid.” "A New Realism: Globalization, Development and American National Interests"
Sep 01, 2003
Aug 31, 2016

John W. Sewell is a Senior Scholar at The Wilson Center. His current research analyzes how globalization has affected American national interests in the developing world and the changes in U.S. development policy that are needed to deal with the challenges of the 21st Century. He has recently published a Wilson Center policy paper entitled "The Realpolitik of Ending Poverty: An Action Plan for American Foreign Policy." Sewell is the former President of the Overseas Development Council (ODC). He has written extensively on globalization, international development issues and American foreign policy; he also advises several projects dealing with reform of the international finance and trade architecture. He serves as Chair of the Board of New Rules for Global Finance, an NGO which works to reform international financial institutions. For many years, he served on the Board of Director of The International Center for Research on Women. He also is a member of the advisory board of Global Governance.

John Sewell discusses economic development and the implications for American interests: 

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