The Failure of the Euro? Causes and Consequences for Europe and Beyond

Experts from academia, finance, regulation media and policy will come together at Brown University on Tuesday, April 17, for a series of discussions about the global financial crisis, the European Union and the future of the euro. Co-sponsored by Brown, the Watson Institute and The Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance, “The Failure of the Euro? Causes and Consequences for Europe and Beyond” has been organized by Watson Institute faculty fellow Mark Blyth and Ross Levine, the James and Merryl Tisch Professor of Economics in Brown’s Economics Department. Cornel Ban, the deputy director of development Studies will present on the comparison between past financial crises in the Global South and the European crisis today.

The daylong conference will feature five, 75-minute panels, each of which will be presented as conversation among three presenters, two discussants, and a moderator. Panels topics will include “The Euro Crisis in Markets, in Politics and in the Media” and “The European Project: Can Europe Survive the Euro?” Lively debate is expected from such varied participants as Alfred Gusenbauer, former chancellor of Austria, Amar Bhidé, Thomas Schmidheiny Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Bethany McLean, contributing editor at Vanity Fair magazine, and Simon Tilford, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform. 

The conference will also feature a keynote speech at 2:00pm by Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator for the Financial Times.

A complete schedule and a full list of participants can be found at

The entire day’s events will be streamed live online at All are encouraged to follow along on Twitter (@watsoninstitute), and the event’s hashtag will be #browneuro.
Tuesday, April 17 

Martinos Auditorium, 
The Granoff Center, 154 Angell Street

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