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January 11, 2012: News, Research and Events from the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy
New international economics fellow named
Baker Institute names new international economics fellow

Russell A. Green, Ph.D., an international economist who most recently served as the U.S. Treasury Department's financial attaché to India, is the Baker Institute's new Will Clayton Fellow.

"Russell Green's academic credentials, expertise in international economic affairs and hands-on financial experience in various positions he has held epitomize the Baker Institute's bringing together individuals from the worlds of ideas and action," said founding director Ambassador Edward P. Djerejian. "We are delighted to have him at the institute."

In the fall, Green (pictured above) will also teach international macroeconomics at Rice University, engaging students as part of the Baker Institute's outreach on campus.

Green plans to focus on the response of emerging markets to major variations in capital flows, examining how surges or declines in cross-border investments affect, for instance, exchange rates or inflation in recipient countries.

"After eight years of experience in international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, I felt there were a lot of interesting policy questions that I wanted to pursue from a more academic perspective," Green said. "The experience I have provides a good base of understanding of the way markets work and the way policymakers think. I look forward to applying this experience in my work at the Baker Institute."

Prior to his post in India, where he was the top U.S. financial diplomat, Green served as the deputy director of the Treasury Department's Office of International Monetary Policy and an international economist at its Office of Quantitative Policy Analysis. In addition, he was a visiting scholar at the Bank of Japan/University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan, and at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

A native Houstonian, Green received his doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley, and his bachelor's degree at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif.  

Can the United States become energy self-sufficient?

"Energy independence" is a term often heard during the political campaign season. But have technological advances made it possible for the United States to actually attain near self-sufficiency? What are the environmental challenges of tapping into vast new shale oil and gas deposits — and how will they affect the future potential of domestic renewable energy resources?

On Jan. 18, the Baker Institute Energy Forum and PFC Energy will host a daylong conference on the rising supply of North American energy resources. High-level representatives from industry, science, government and the environmental movement will address issues raised by the North American energy boom, including the policy challenges associated with large-scale development. The event will be webcast live.

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