Co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations
Zanny Minton Beddoes
Economics editor, The Economist magazine
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Zanny Minton Beddoes
Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Economics editor for The Economist magazine. She is responsible for coverage of the American economy, Western economic policy and issues surrounding globalization. She has been an influential commentator on the late-2000s recession.
Robert E. Rubin
Robert E. Rubin began his career at Goldman Sachs & Co. in 1966. He served as vice chairman and co-chief operating officer from 1987 to 1990, and as co-senior partner and co-chairman from 1990 to 1992. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he was an attorney at the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton from 1964 to 1966. Secretary Rubin joined the Clinton administration in 1993, serving in the White House as assistant to the president for economic policy, and as the first director of the National Economic Council. He served as the seventieth secretary of the treasury from 1995 to 1999. From 1999 to 2009, Mr. Rubin served as a member of the board of directors at Citigroup and as a senior adviser to the company. He is chairman of the board of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the United States' leading community-development support organization. He serves on the board of trustees of Mount Sinai Medical Center and is a member of the Harvard Corporation. In 2006, Mr. Rubin was one of the founders of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy project housed at the Brookings Institution that offers a strategic vision and innovative policy proposals on how to create a growing economy that benefits more Americans. In 2010, Mr. Rubin joined Centerview Partners as a counselor of the firm. He is author of In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington, a New York Times best seller and one of Business Week's ten best business books of the year. He is based in New York City.
Former Secretary of the Treasury Robert Rubin discusses the gridlock currently paralyzing the American political system. He argues that a change in public policy is immediately necessary to prevent major catastrophes down the road.