November 21, 2014

IGS Conversations: The International Debt Crisis

This fall IGS will be hosting “IGS Conversations,” a series of panels on the hottest current world issues. Global leaders and IGS seniors will the share the stage as they analyze the pressing issues of our times.

Our first discussion panel is scheduled for Wednesday Oct. 26, 2011 at 7 pm and will focus on government debts and their effect on the faltering world economy.

Are the United States and Europe bankrupt?  What can be done about the international debt crisis?  What happens if the European Union can’t bail out Greece – or Italy, or Spain?  As the world economy teeters, should governments be cutting back or spending much more?  And what effect does fear itself have over faltering economies of the West?

We are honored that Mr. Kent Lucken, a managing director with Citigroup, will join us for this conversation.  As an international banker Mr. Lucken has extensive experience in global finance but he also knows European politics well.  In his past career as a U.S.diplomat Mr. Lucken served in several embassies in Europe and is familiar with the roots of the continent’s economic crisis.

Joining Mr. Lucken will be our own Craig Elman and Adina Weissman, both recently returned from studying abroad in Europe. Craig, a double Economics and IGS major, will speak briefly on the debt crisis in Spain, where he studied for a semester, while Adina, a double major in economics and psychology, will talk about the intersection of public perception and economics in the debt crisis in England.

It all happens next Wednesday, October 26th in the Mandel Humanities Center Reading Room, up on the third floor.  Come at 6:30 for pizza and informal conversation, then enjoy the panel and discussion from 7 pm on.

The “IGS Conversations” series is being managed by Joshua Cracraft, a PhD candidate in History who is also IGS’ Assistant Director for Academic Programming.  Please do get in touch with Joshua (cracraft@brandeis.edu) if you have ideas for future conversations.

Comments

  1. Chandler Rosenberger says:

    For a recent take on Europe’s latest efforts to rescue Greece, see this:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financialcrisis/8830553/Lack-of-ECB-firepower-weakens-Europes-Grand-Plan.html

    Scary….

  2. Mrinalini Tankha says:

    Check out this interview with economic anthropologist and activist David Graeber on the nature of debt in historical perspective and with reflections of what it means today. It gives good background for the discussion on Wednesday!

    http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2011/08/what-is-debt-%E2%80%93-an-interview-with-economic-anthropologist-david-graeber.html

  3. This article from Der Spiegel online gives a short overview of the measures agreed to by European Leaders in Brussels last week as well as potential questions and problems with each measure. Politically, Merkel has successfully proven herself a leader for the EU and solidified her party’s coalition in Germany. This article also makes it clear that these steps are only the beginning of the solution, and we have yet to see if they will be successful.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,794366,00.html

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