Bretton Woods @ 70: Past, Present and Future

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington
Oct 9

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In today’s world, the idea of world leaders gathering in the midst of economic crisis has become all-too familiar. But the summit at Bretton Woods in 1944 was the only time countries from around the world have agreed to overhaul the structure of the international monetary system. And, what’s more, they were successful, establishing the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank for Reconstruction, which is today part of the World Bank. Some would argue that this was the closest to perfection the world’s economy has ever been, and contemplate if the demise of the Bretton Woods system is behind our present woes.

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS and Reinvetting Bretton Woods Committee invite you to join us for a discussion of the history of the Bretton Woods summit, the role the Bretton Woods system plays today and how that role will evolve to address the growing multipolarization of the global economy.

James Boughton
Former Historian of the IMF
Senior Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation

Harold James
Professor of History and International Affairs, Princeton University
Senior Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation

Ed Conway
Economics Editor of Sky News and Author of The Summit

Moderated by Ousmene Mandeng
Managing Director, Global Institutional Relations Group, Pramerica Investment Management

with Opening remarks by
Marc Uzan Director
Reinventing Bretton woods Committee

Event Speakers

Harold James is a CIGI senior fellow. He is Professor of History and International Affairs and the Claude and Lore Kelly Professor of European Studies at Princeton University.

James M. Boughton is a CIGI senior fellow. James’s research focuses on the evolution of Canada’s role in international governance since the 1940s and the potential for further evolution in the near future.