Foreign Affairs LIVE: The Global Economy in an Age of Populism

Council on Foreign Relations


5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Check-in and Welcome Reception

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Foreign Affairs LIVE Panel Discussion "The Global Economy in an Age of Populism"


Nicholas Johnston, Editor in Chief, Axios

Michael Kazin, Professor of History, Georgetown University; Co-Editor, Dissent magazine

Melissa Kearney, Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics, University of Maryland; Director, the Aspen Economic Strategy Group; Non-Resident Senior Fellow – Economic Studies, Brookings Institution


Gideon Rose, Editor, Foreign Affairs

6:30 p.m. – 6:55 p.m. | Fireside Chat with Lawrence Kudlow, Assistant to the President for Economic Policy; Director, National Economic Council and David Rubenstein, Co-founder and Co-Executive Chairman, The Carlyle Group

6:55 p.m. – 7:05p.m. | Closing Remarks by Tony Roth, CIO, Wilmington Trust

7:05 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Cocktail Reception


Nicholas Johnston is the Editor in Chief of Axios. Before Axios he was the Managing Editor of Bloomberg LP and previously led Bloomberg's Washington First Word team, a group of reporters and editors who specialize in breaking news for customers of the Bloomberg Terminal and Bloomberg Government. Previously, he was a White House correspondent for two years following his coverage of the 2008 presidential election, and spent four years as a congressional reporter, covering immigration, the Iraq War, and the financial crisis. Nick joined Bloomberg in 2003 from The Washington Post, where he covered local business, technology, and finance. He holds a bachelor's degree in English and government from Georgetown University.

Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin is a Professor of History at Georgetown University and Co-Editor of Dissent. Kazin writes frequently for such publications and websites as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, The Nation, and The New Republic. His most recent book is War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914 – 1918 which was awarded the Elise M. Boulding Prize for the best book on peace history published in 2017 and 2018 by the Peace History Society. Kazin has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Japan and has received various honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH fellowship, a fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Center, two Fulbright fellowships, and a fellowship from the Institute of Advanced Study at Princeton. Kazin is currently at work on a history of the Democratic Party, under contract with Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Melissa Kearney

Melissa Kearney is the Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. She is also Director of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group; a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); a non-resident senior fellow at Brookings; a scholar affiliate and member of the board of the Notre Dame Wilson-Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO); and a scholar affiliate of the MIT Abdul Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL). Kearney's academic research focuses on domestic policy issues, especially issues related to social policy, poverty, and inequality. Her work has been published in leading academic journals and has been frequently cited in the popular press.

Lawrence Kudlow

Lawrence Kudlow serves as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council. He leads the coordination of President Donald J. Trump’s domestic and global economic policy agenda. During President Trump’s campaign, Mr. Kudlow served as a tax and economic advisor. Prior to the White House, Mr. Kudlow was a CNBC Senior Contributor and host of CNBC’s primetime show “The Kudlow Report.” He also served as chief economist and senior managing director of Bear Stearns & Company. During President Reagan’s first term, Mr. Kudlow was associate director for economics and planning at the Office of Management and Budget, where he was engaged in the development of the administration’s economic and budget policy.

Gideon Rose

Gideon Rose was appointed Editor of Foreign Affairs in October 2010. He was Managing Editor of the magazine from 2000 to 2010. He has also served as Associate Director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the staff of the National Security Council and Deputy Director of National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and has taught American foreign policy at Princeton and Columbia. He is the author of How Wars End (Simon & Schuster, October 2010).

Tony Roth

Tony Roth is Chief Investment Officer for Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors, Inc., the investment advisory arm of M&T Bank. Roth plays a key role in developing and delivering investment services for the firm's wealth, institutional, and brokerage clients. He provides strategic direction for the firm’s asset management investment activities including asset allocation, manager research, and portfolio construction and leads the firm’s investment committee. Prior to joining Wilmington Trust, Roth was Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for Aquitaine Management in New York. Before that, he worked for UBS Wealth Management Americas as CIO, where he founded the Ultra High-Net-Worth Chief Investment Office. He holds a master’s degree in French and International Tax Law from Université Panthéon Sorbonne, and graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a degree in philosophy.

David Rubenstein

David Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private investment firms. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing $223 billion from 33 offices around the world. Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow of the Harvard Corporation; a trustee of the National Gallery of Art, the University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Brookings Institution, and the World Economic Forum; a Director of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; and President of the Economic Club of Washington.


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