On April 18, Global Economy and Development at Brookings hosted Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner in a conversation about the state of the global economy. In conjunction with this week’s spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, as well as the G-20 finance ministers, Secretary Geithner discussed the strengthening U.S. recovery, and the economic challenges and choices the U.S. will face as a country and globally.
Secretary Geithner joined the Department of the Treasury after serving as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for six years. Prior to that, Secretary Geithner worked for the Department of the Treasury, eventually serving as the Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs. He has also worked at the IMF where he was director of the Policy Development and Review Department.
Kemal Derviş, vice president and director of Global Economy and Development, provided introductory remarks. David Ignatius, columnist at The Washington Post, moderated the discussion with Secretary Geithner to include questions from the audience.
This event was live Tweeted using hashtag #BIGeithner.
My biggest concern is that Washington is signaling to Russia that it’s OK to meddle in the politics of sovereign nations which are your neighbors. Meddling is going on from Paris to Ukraine, from east to west and north to south, within Europe and at its borders, and always with the intent of undermining the credibility and effectiveness of democratic institutions. And it is being either denied or downplayed.