Wednesday, November 14, 2018
In the wake of World War II, with Britain’s empire collapsing and Stalin’s on the rise, U.S. officials under new secretary of state George C. Marshall set out to reconstruct western Europe as a bulwark against communist authoritarianism. In the process, as Benn Steil, senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, will examine, they would drive the creation of NATO, the European Union, and a Western identity that continues to shape world events.
Benn Steil is senior fellow and director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is the author, most recently, of The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War and The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order.
Steil is also the founding editor of International Finance, a scholarly economics journal; lead writer of the Council’s Geo-Graphics economics blog; and creator of four web-based interactives tracking Global Monetary Policy, Global Imbalances, Sovereign Risk, and Central Bank Currency Swaps. Prior to joining the Council in 1999, he was director of the International Economics Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He came to the Institute in 1992 from a Lloyd’s of London Tercentenary Research Fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford, where he received his MPhil and DPhil (PhD) in economics. He also holds a BSc in economics summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Steil will deliver the 2018-19 Lecture in Diplomacy and International Security in Honor of George F. Kennan.
Food for Thought: Podcast with Benn Steil