Twenty-One Trillion and Counting: How Did We Get Here?

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Twenty-One Trillion and Counting: How Did We Get Here? will begin on May 24, 2018 5:30pm EDT.

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This is the first session of the American Debt: Causes, Consequences, and Fixes symposium. The symposium is held in honor and memory of Peter G. Peterson, who passed away on March 20, 2018. Peterson served as Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations for twenty-two years, and was a passionate advocate for fiscal responsibility and protecting the United States from what he believed was an unsustainable national debt.


Introductory Remarks

David M. Rubenstein

CoFounder and CoExecutive Chairman, Carlyle Group; Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations


Jared Bernstein

Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Maya MacGuineas

President, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget

Nathan Sheets

Chief Economist and Head of Global Macroeconomic Research, PGIM


Richard N. Haass

President, Council on Foreign Relations; Author, A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order

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