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March 17, 2010: News, Research & Events from the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
Baker Institute Update: Understanding the recession; combating childhood obesity

Understanding the recession

How did the U.S. government avert an even greater financial crisis, and what is the fallout from the global economic downturn? This month, the Baker Institute will host two speakers uniquely qualified to discuss the financial collapse and what lies ahead.

On March 19, Robert B. Zoellick, president of The World Bank Group since 2007, will examine "The Global Economic Architecture After the Great Recession." Owned by 186 member countries, The World Bank Group provides grants and low-interest loans to developing countries for a wide array of purposes that include education, health and environmental resource management. Previously, Zoellick served as deputy U.S. secretary of state under President George W. Bush and in various capacities at the Treasury and State departments for then-Secretary James A. Baker, III.  RSVP to attend Zoellick's lecture on March 19.

On March 26, former treasury secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. will discuss his book, "On the Brink," an account of the financial meltdown from his frontline perspective. In the book, Paulson recounts how he addressed urgent market conditions and weighed critical policy decisions as the country faced the most cataclysmic financial crisis since the Great Depression. Before going to the Treasury, Paulson was chairman and chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs. This event is at capacity and RSVPs are no longer being accepted. However, a live webcast is scheduled to start at 6:00 pm on March 26.


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