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Transatlantic Perspectives on Current Financial and Economic Developments

A roundtable discussion planned and organized by the Streit Council for a Union of Democracies and the US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, and hosted by the School of Public Policy at George Mason University - March 6, 2012

Introductory Remarks


Richard Conn Henry: President, the Streit Council for a Union of Democracies; Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Johns Hopkins University



Desmond Dinan: Professor of Public Policy and Ad personam Jean Monnet Professor, School of Public Policy at George Mason University


Mark Weisbrot: Co-Director at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, Washington, DC

Sonia Ketkar: Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy, George Mason University

Jeremy Mayer: Associate Professor at School of Public Policy, George Mason University


Topics Discussed: 

  • Impact of global economic and financial developments on US politics, foreign policy, and EU-US relations

  • US perspectives on international economic and monetary issues

  • Issues related to the global financial crisis and US efforts to promote financial stability

  • US investment in emerging markets and programs that assist developing markets

  • Transferable US experiences in banking, private and public sector financing, regulatory institution development, and academic analysis of market economy conditions



Foreign visitors participating in the US Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program project on US Financial Systems and the Global Economy.

Bulgaria: Ms. Dorothea Ivanova Pandova-Gargova
Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Sofia

Germany: Ms. Doerte Eisenhauer
Acting Head, Unit IV B 2 “International Relations with America and the Near East”

State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia, Duesseldorf


Hungary: Ms. Dora Siklos
Financial Expert, Directorate for Fiscal Policy
National Bank of Hungary, Budapest


Latvia: Mr. Aleksandrs Antonovs
Deputy State Secretary
Ministry of Finance, Riga


Netherlands: Mr. Ozgur Ulutas
Senior Policy Officer
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, The Hague

United Kingdom: Mr. Sharjil Idris Ahmed
Manager, Institutional Sales
Bank of London and the Middle East, Middlesex


Portugal: Mr. Jose Duarte Piteira Rica Silvestre Cordeiro
Member of Parliament, Socialist Parliamentary Group


Portugal: Ms. Ines Drumond
Director General, Office for Planning, Strategy, Evaluation, and International Relations
Ministry of Finance and Public Administration, Lisbon


Russia: Mr. Ivan Andreyevich Volkov
Lead Specialist, Department of Structured Finance, NOMOS-bank, Moscow


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