Financial Crises


An Overview of the Global Debt Crisis (Audio)

Speaker: Alan Greenspan
Presider: Sebastian Mallaby

Alan Greenspan discusses the increase in U.S. debt levels, the roles of the Central Bank and the European Bailout Fund, and Germany's position in the European financial crisis.

This symposium is presented by the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies and is made possible through the generous support of Stephen C. Freidheim.

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Media Conference Call: Can the Eurozone be Rescued?

Speakers: Sebastian Mallaby and Benn Steil
Presider: Robert McMahon

European leaders met in Brussels to craft a comprehensive solution to the eurozone sovereign debt crisis. Sebastian Mallaby, director of CFR's Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies, and Benn Steil, CFR director of international economics, discussed the outcome of the summit, the role of the continent's banks, the Greek debt crisis, and the eurozone's financial rescue fund.

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A Conversation with Sheila C. Bair (Audio)

Speaker: Sheila C. Bair
Presider: Andrew Ross Sorkin

Sheila C. Bair, chairman of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, discusses financial regulatory reform, as well as higher capital requirements for large banks and money lenders.

This meeting was part of the C. Peter McColough series on International Economics.

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What Sort of Fed Do We Want? (Audio)

Speakers: Alan S. Blinder, John B. Taylor, and David Wessel
Presider: Jeffrey E. Garten

Experts discuss if the authority of the federal reserve system will change under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and grade the system as it changed from Chairman Greenspan to Chairman Bernanke.

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A Conversation with Lawrence H. Summers (Audio)

Speaker: Lawrence H. Summers
Presider: Tim Ferguson

Lawrence H. Summers, director of the National Economic Council, remarks on volatile currency exchange rates, unstable European markets, and the negative effects of financial policy on organic economic growth.

This session was part of CFR's Stephen C. Friedheim Symposium on Global Economics which was made possible through generous support from Stephen C. Freidheim.

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