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Sept. 16: Facing the Economic Turning Point: A New G-20 Agenda Critical for Restoring Growth and Confidence


Shilo Raube
Carnegie Mellon University

Peter Cassata
The Atlantic Council

Facing the Economic Turning Point: A New G-20 Agenda
Critical for Restoring Growth and Confidence

Pre-G-20 Conference Hosted by the Atlantic Council and Carnegie Mellon Assembles Top Minds From Academia, Business and the Policy Community

PITTSBURGH—The Atlantic Council and Carnegie Mellon University, with support from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will host a one-day conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 23 to examine the forces needed to renew the world economy. Through open and dynamic discussions on social, economic, cultural, political and technological components, policy experts and business leaders will detail an action plan to revitalize economic growth and restore confidence in globalization. "Renewing Globalization and Economic Growth in a Post-Crisis World" will be held in Rangos Hall on the Carnegie Mellon campus.

"The previous efforts taken by the G-20 leaders and financial authorities have been instrumental in preventing a full-scale global depression," said Alexei Monsarrat, director of the Atlantic Council's global business and economics program. "However, the recent crisis exposed deep inequalities and structural problems in the international economic system, and they present a complex situation that will require a multifaceted solution."

Monsarrat and Kiron K. Skinner, an associate professor of social and decision sciences and director of the International Relations and Politics Program at Carnegie Mellon, are leading the conference efforts and have defined a four-part agenda that addresses the challenges posed by globalization: (1) sources of growth and the role of innovation; (2) the role of financial regulation and trade in restoring growth; (3) educating a workforce for the 21st century economy; and (4) social and political challenges of renewing globalization. A report also has been prepared and distributed to government delegations.

"The issues that affect our lives are not solely economic, political or social, but are rather some combination of all of them," Skinner said. "And because these combinations vary across time, policy and region, the G-20 leadership must be armed with multidisciplinary and novel approaches to enhance financial stability, economic growth, political liberalization and political transparency. This conference and report investigates these policies by bringing together distinguished thinkers from a broad range of professions and disciplines."

Conference participants and report contributors include Randal Bryant, Carnegie Mellon; Jared L. Cohon, President, Carnegie Mellon; Mansoor Dailami, World Bank; Baruch Fischhoff, Carnegie Mellon; Steve Forbes, Forbes Media; Richard Hoey, BNY Mellon; Pradeep Khosla, Carnegie Mellon; Frederick Kempe, Atlantic Council; Steven Klepper, Carnegie Mellon; George Lowenstein, Carnegie Mellon; Daniel M. Price, former G20 Sherpa and Assistant to the President for International Economic Affairs; James Rohr, PNC Bank; Dan Rooney, U.S. Ambassador to Ireland; Kiron K. Skinner, Carnegie Mellon; and Mark Sniderman, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

The event is open to Carnegie Mellon faculty, staff and students. To view the complete agenda, visit

MEDIA: You must register to attend; seating is limited. Please RSVP to Shilo Raube at or 412-268-6094.