Bretton Woods Conference-Institute for New Economic Thinking

Crisis and Renewal: International Political Economy at the Crossroads
April 8-11, 2011

INET is pleased to announce that it will hold its annual conference April 8-11, 2011 at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, the scene of the great conference that established a renewed global economic architecture as World War II drew to a close.

Today, as the aftershocks of our own Global Finance Crisis continue to reverberate, we face our own challenge of reconstruction. The 1944 conference was, famously, largely an Anglo-American affair, whereas today’s reconstruction must engage the larger European Union, as well as the emerging economies of Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Asia. In the years since the 1944 conference, the globalization of production, trade, and especially finance, has transformed our economy, but has not yet transformed our system of regulation or our tools of policy intervention. Indeed, our very habits of thought and speech lag behind the realities that we desperately need to think and speak about.

This conference reflects INET’s dedication to inspiring and provoking new economic thinking. More than 200 academic, business and government policy thought leaders from around the world will be attending. Speakers include the former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon BrownMark Carney, Paul Volcker; George SorosAdair TurnerJoseph Stiglitz, and Harold James. Scroll down this page to see a list of all confirmed speakers.

Visit this page often as we update our list of confirmed speakers and the conference agenda. At the conference, we will be videoing all the panels and we will interview many of the attendees, and we will make this content available to you here at INET Online. We have no doubt that the conference will produce a lot of high-quality, breakthrough thinking, and true to our mission, we will open this thinking up for everybody to engage and experience.

Significance of the Mount Washington Hotel

In 1944 the United States government chose the Mount Washington Hotel as the site for the first Bretton Woods Conference, which established the World Bank and chose the American dollar as the backbone of international exchange. The meeting provided the world with badly needed post war currency stability.

Read the list of confirmed speakers at the INET site.

Update: At Gulag Bound: Dan Gainor on Soros’ April 8 Bretton Conference for New Global Banking (Audio)

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