International Economy

Olli Rehn: The Political Economy of the European Response to the 2008 Economic Collapse

Olli Rehn

Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Olli Rehn, Vice President of the European Commission, for a discussion of Europe's response to the 2008 Economic Collapse. Topics covered include a comparison of the U.S. and European institutional situation at the time of the Lehman collapse and the divergence of response; Europe's complex institutional structure; why political/economic analysis is necessary for understanding Europe's policy making; why timing, power and sequencing of priorities are so consequential; the role of the commission and its goals; the use of language in...

Nemat Shafik: The World Bank and Private Sector Development

Nemat Shafik

On this edition of Conversations with History, UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler discusses the role of the World Bank in private sector development with Nemat Shafik, the Vice President of the organization.

Key Words: Economists, International Economy, Globalization

Jari Vilén: Finland and the Global Economy

Jari Vilén

Jari Vilen, Finland's Minister for Foreign Trade, joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler for a conversation on the challenges facing a small country as it adapts to the information age and the global economy,

Key Words: Finland, International Economy

Clyde Prestowitz: The Changing Balance of International Economic Power

Clyde Prestowitz

Conversations with History Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Clyde Prestowitz, President of the Economic Strategy Institute for a discussion of the third wave of globalization. Prestowitz analyzes the reasons for the shift of economic power to Asia and identifies the challenges faced by the U.S. economy as it responds to the changing international economic environment.


Barry Eichengreen: The Rise and Fall of the Dollar

Barry Eichengreen

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Berkeley economic historian Barry Eichengreen for a discussion of his new book, Exorbitant Privilege. Outlining the history of the dollar's role in the international monetary system, Eichengreen begins with the function and characteristics of a reserve currency. The conversation then moves to an analysis of the institutional prerequisites for the rise of the dollar as an international currency. After describing the dollar's rise and sterling's fall, Eichengreen focuses on the factors that accounted for the dollar's...

Albie Sachs: Suffering, Survival, and Transformation

Albie Sachs

South African Supreme Court Justice Albie Sachs in a conversation with UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler talks about personal survival in the context of the transformation of South Africa.

KEYWORDS: South Africa, Political Prisoners, Political Activism, Justice, Judges.