The Next Stage : Financial Reforms, Jobs and Housing, the Dollar and the International System

WASHINGTON DC : Friday, November 13, 2009, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.
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The conference will analyze and offer actionable recommendations for the ongoing economic crisis and reform proposals, including the new initiatives of the G-20 and the Obama administration. Issues will range from banks and regulation reform to international banking and finance including the international monetary system. Discussion will also cover unemployment and the mortgage crisis. Featured international experts include : Damon Silvers, James K. Galbraith, Stephany Griffith-Jones, Michael Lind, Jan Kregel, Robert Johnson and many others.

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The current state of the “shadow banking system,” rising unemployment rates, the sinking value of the dollar, and the lasting mortgage crisis have made clear to the international community the need for long-view reform. Minor short-term remedies such as stimulus plans have been introduced, but they are plainly insufficient. This conference will consider the larger implications of the new administration’s economic policy on the international financial and monetary system (IFMS). Experts will take explicit account of the deep political nature of the current climate in the economic crisis, the international monetary system and their effect on international security relations and peace in the world. The Next Stage forum is hosted by Economists for Peace and Security ; Foundation for Human Progress ; Initiative for Rethinking the Economy ; the New America Foundation ; and the World Trade Center Washington DC.

Pre-registration is requested to facilitate refreshments and seating. Please email Thea Harvey to register.

8:30am – registration and breakfast

9am – Welcome by James Galbraith, chair of Economists for Peace and Security

9:15 – 9:45 - Keynote by Damon Silvers, Congressional Oversight Panel

9:45 - 10:45- Session One - Banks and Regulation
Chaired by - Mike Lind, New America Foundation, Economic Growth Program
- William K. Black, University of Missouri, Kansas City
- Perry Mehrling, Barnard College, Columbia University
- Robert A. Johnson

10:50-11:50 - Session Two - Jobs and Housing
Chaired by - James Galbraith
- Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research
- Gary Dymski, University of California Center Sacramento
- Robert Kuttner, The American Prospect
- Sherle Schwenninger, New America Foundation, Economic Growth Program

11:55 - 12.55 pm - Session Three - The Dollar
Chaired by – Richard Kaufman
- Pierre Calame, Fondation Charles Léopold Mayer
- Jane D’Arista, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Political Economy Research Institute
- Jan Kregel, Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and University of Missouri, Kansas City
- Stephany Griffith-Jones, Columbia University, Initiative for Policy Dialogue

1:30 – 2:30 small lunch

2:30pm – 6pm – Working group strategy session (This is a smaller, closed door session comprised of core members of the working group)