Tuesday, September 24, 2013

CFR Beefs Up With Former Central Bankers

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) announced this month that two former central bank governors have joined the think tank.

In early September, CFR announced that Stanley Fischer, former Bank of Israel Governor has joined CFR as a Distinguished Fellow.

Last week, CFR announced that Mervyn King, former Bank of England Governor and Chief Economist, has joined CFR as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow.

Those two are the newest addition to a variety of other high-profile scholars and practitioners on economics and geoeconomics at CFR, including:
  • Robert Rubin, former US Treasury Secretary
  • Timothy Geithner, former US Treasury Secretary
  • Peter Orszag, former Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
  • Jagdish Bhagwati, Professor at Colombia University

Adam Posen, the new head of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) and former member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England, criticized Mervyn King earlier in the year.

CFR was recently ranked as the 6th best think tank in the world and 3rd best think tank in the US by the annual University of Pennsylvania think tank rankings.  CFR was also ranked as the 7th best think tank in the world for international economic policy.

In other think tank personnel news, Austan Goolsbee, former economic adviser to President Obama, has been named as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress (CAP).