‘Politics and the Global Recession’ focus of public forum Feb. 25

Weidenbaum Center forum begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Knight Center

The intricately intertwined relationship between the global economy and politics will be the focus of a public forum on the Washington University in St. Louis campus Thursday, Feb. 25.

A panel discussion titled “Politics and the Global Recession” — sponsored by the Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy — begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Charles F. Knight Executive Education & Conference Center.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.

The panel, featuring three leading experts in the field of politics and the economy, will discuss global challenges to U.S. businesses in the wake of the financial crisis and related topics.

The panelists are:

Jeffry Frieden, Ph.D., the Stanfield Professor of International Peace in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Frieden specializes in the politics of international monetary and financial relations and is the author of “Global Capitalism: Its Fall and Rise in the Twentieth Century.”

David Leblang, Ph.D., the J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance and Professor of Politics and chair of the GAGE (Governing America in a Global Era) program at the University of Virginia. He writes on issues such as politics of economic growth, the causes of currency crises and the link between elections and economic expectations.

Rod Morris, vice president of insurance at the Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC). Morris has spearheaded a number of innovations in products and relationships within the private insurance market and has authored articles on underwriting and captive insurance. OPIC is an agency of the U.S. government that helps U.S. businesses invest overseas, fosters economic development in new and emerging markets, complements the private sector in managing risks associated with foreign direct investment and supports U.S. foreign policy. OPIC charges market-based fees for its products and operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to taxpayers.

For more information or to register, visit wc.wustl.edu or call (314) 935-5652.