The Weekly Roundtable Public Policy Making: Tradeoffs, Compromises, Consequences

Sep 14 2022
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The purpose of this roundtable is to engage participants in lively, thought-provoking discussions about a select number of issues at the forefront of the Biden administration’s domestic and international policy agenda. At a time when the electorate seems more polarized than ever and there’s a palpable sense of foreboding coursing through the country on both the left and right, are there reasonable public policy responses that will bridge the divide and effectively address some of the most vexing issues at home and internationally that confront policy makers?

Each session is designed to foment informed discussion and debate about a specific issue, deepening participant understanding of the tradeoffs and challenges government decision makers contend with as they try to formulate policies that will gain support from diverse stakeholders. A few days prior to each session the moderator will email participants the upcoming discussion topic along with suggested background readings and proposed discussion questions. Space is limited.

This group will meet eight Wednesdays beginning September 14 and ending on November 9 (no session on October 5).

Roger LeedsRoger Leeds recently retired is a Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Director of the School’s Center for International Business and Public Policy. He also is co-founder (with Francis Fukuyama) of the Leadership Academy for Development, a non-profit that runs intensive training programs for government officials and leaders from business and civil society organizations in developing countries focused on public policies that strengthen private sector performance. He co-founded and was the 1st Chairman of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, and also has taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Wharton and Columbia business schools. Prior to joining the SAIS faculty, Roger worked as an international finance practitioner for 25 years, including positions at Salomon Brothers, the International Finance Corporation (World Bank), and a New York-based private equity firm. He has an extensive list of publications, including his book, Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets (translated into Chinese). Roger has been a guest commentator on various radio and television programs, including CNN, Bloomberg News, CBS News, CNBC, and National Public Radio, and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and his PhD from Johns Hopkins (SAIS).


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