The Bologna Institute for Policy Research | Seminar Series Event | Paul-Blustein-(author)-Richard-Flax-and-Erik-Jones-(discussants)-Filippo-Taddei-(chair)-BOOK-PRESENTATION---Laid-Low-Inside-the-Crisis-That-Overwhelmed-Europe-and-the-International-Monetary-Fund
November 22, 2016 - 19:00 Auditorium - Risk Series and the Risk in International Political Economy Course

The series and the course are supported by SAIS Europe Advisory Council Member Robert S. Singer.

Laid Low: Inside the Crisis That Overwhelmed Europe and the International Monetary Fund - A Book Talk & Panel Discussion with the Author
Paul Blustein (author), Richard Flax and Erik Jones (discussants), Filippo Taddei (chair)

Paul Blustein (Author)
Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada
Richard Flax (Discussant)
Moneyfarm, U.K.
Erik Jones (Discussant)
Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Italy
Filippo Taddei (Chair)
Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe, Italy

Organized by Johns Hopkins University SAIS Europe and Centre for International Governance Innovation



Paul Blustein is Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). An award-winning journalist and author, he has written extensively about international economics, trade and financial crises.

Prior to joining CIGI in 2010, Blustein was a staff writer for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and journalist-in-residence at The Brookings Institution. At CIGI, he is working on a book about the IMF's role in the euro zone crisis.

A native of Washington D.C., Paul Blustein attended the University of Wisconsin (B.A., history), before heading to Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, graduating with an M.A. in philosophy, politics and economics in 1975.

He began his career as a business and economics journalist shortly thereafter, returning to the United States to work as a writer at Forbes magazine. Blustein then moved to The Wall Street Journal, where he became the newspaper's chief economics correspondent, covering the US Federal Reserve, budget and tax policy.

In 1987, Blustein moved to The Washington Post and began to focus his writing on the global economy, eventually becoming the paper's international economics correspondent in 1995. In this position, he reported from countries all over the world, including Pakistan, Egypt, Argentina, Honduras, Indonesia, China, Qatar, Greece, Mali and Ethiopia. While at the Post, Blustein took leaves to serve as a visiting fellow at the Institute for International Economics (in 1999 and 2000) and as a guest scholar at The Brookings Institution (in 2003 and 2004). During this time, he published his first two books, The Chastening: Inside the Crisis That Rocked the Global Financial System and Humbled the IMF and And the Money Kept Rolling In (and Out): Wall Street, the IMF, and the Bankrupting of Argentina In his books, Blustein writes about complex economic issues and institutions using narratives and behind-the-scenes reporting, making these subjects accessible and appealing for both expert and non-expert readers.

He retired from The Washington Post and moved to Brookings as journalist-in-residence in 2006. Since then, he has published Misadventures of the Most Favored Nations: Clashing Egos, Inflated Ambitions, and the Great Shambles of the World Trade System and spent time at the Woodrow Wilson International Center as a public policy scholar. In 2010, Blustein joined CIGI, where as a senior fellow he completed his latest book, Off Balance: The Travails of Institutions That Govern the Global Financial System, published by CIGI in October 2013. A detailed account of the failings of international institutions in the global financial crisis that erupted in 2008, the book focuses mainly on the IMF and the Financial Stability Forum in the run-up and early months of the crisis. Currently, he is working on a book about the IMF's role in the euro zone crisis.

Blustein lives in Kamakura, Japan.


Richard Flax recently joined Moneyfarm, a leading digital wealth manager in the U.K. and Italy, as chief investment officer. He has worked as an analyst and portfolio manager over the past eighteen years, at a number of financial institutions. He began his career in the economics department at Morgan Stanley in New York, followed by a stint as a sovereign fixed income analyst at Fleming Asset Management in London. Subsequently, he worked as an analyst and portfolio manager in the equities group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and, most recently, as part of the equities team at PIMCO. Mr Flax has a BA (Hons) from Cambridge University, an MA in International Relations and Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS and an MBA from Columbia Business School. He is a CFA charter holder.


American Foreign Policy
Conflict Management
Energy, Resources and Environment
European and Eurasian Studies
International Relations
Latin American Studies
Middle East Studies
Dana H. Allin
Matteo Alvisi
Edmund Amann
Veronica Anghel
Arthur Appleton
Athanasios Bozinis
Paolo Calzini
Emanuela Carbonara
Gabriel Cardona-Fox
Raffaella A. Del Sarto
Vincent Della Sala
Marco Dell'Aquila
Giulio Ecchia
David W. Ellwood
Justin O. Frosini
Johannes Gabriel
Joshua Gallo
Marco Gestri
Mark Gilbert
Christopher L. Gilbert
Manfred Hafner
Nina Hall
John L. Harper
Arntraud Hartmann
Christopher Hill
Herman Hoen
Søren Jessen-Petersen
Erik Jones
Péter Krekó
Winrich Kühne
Francesco Lancia
Michael Leigh
Barbara Luppi
Adrian Lyttelton
Susanna Mancini
Massimiliano Marzo
Giulia Mascagni
Hanns Maull
Hartmut Mayer
Jacqueline Mazza
Alessandro Merli
Erika Meucci
Farhad Mirza
Graziano Moramarco
Francesco N. Moro
Alireza Naghavi
Olga Oliker
Gianfranco Pasquino
Sara Pennicino
Michael G. Plummer
Richard Pomfret
Andrea Presbitero
Romano Prodi
Samir Puri
Thomas Row
Tian Shaoying
Francesco Strazzari
Filippo Taddei
Simone Tagliapietra
Sanam Vakil
Bob van der Zwaan
Francesc Vendrell
Marcus Walsh-Führing
Richard Wilcox
Andrew C. Winner
Andrew Wolff
Stefano Zamagni
Vera Negri Zamagni
Lea Zicchino



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