The Weekly Roundtable: Assessing Public Policy Priorities for the Biden Administration *SOLD OUT*

Date: Monday, May 10, 2021 Time: 4:00 pm-5:30 pm Location: via Zoom  Fee: $60 in advance



Dr. Roger Leeds

The primary focus will be on analyzing and understanding a range of public policy topics at the forefront of the agenda for the Biden administration. Although headline events dominating the daily the news cycle will receive attention, the primary purpose of each week’s session will be to foment discussion and debate, and deepen participant understanding of a select number of domestic and foreign policy challenges at the forefront of the country’s current public policy debate. Most of these issues directly or indirectly revolve around the perennial debate about how much or how little government should do to address and resolve some of the challenging problems affecting the future of the country and the world. For example, what should be the public policy response to the:

  • persistent and deep income and racial inequality,
  • pervasive spread of misinformation disseminated by huge social media companies;
  • declining U.S. economic and geopolitical competitiveness, especially vis a vis China;
  • paralyzing consequences of political polarization for public policy decision making;
  • unabated consequences stemming from climate change; and
  • nuclear proliferation by Iran and other countries.

A few days prior to each session the moderator will email participants the upcoming discussion topic along with suggested background readings and proposed discussion questions.

This group will meet eight consecutive Mondays beginning May 10 and ending on June 28.

Roger Leeds recently retired as a Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and Director of the School’s Center for International Business and Public Policy. He also is co-founder (with Francis Fukuyama) of the Leadership Academy for Development, a non-profit that runs intensive training programs for government officials and leaders from business and civil society organizations in developing countries focused on public policies that strengthen private sector performance. He co-founded and was the 1st Chairman of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association, and also has taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, the Wharton and Columbia business schools. Prior to joining the SAIS faculty, Roger worked as an international finance practitioner for 25 years, including positions at Salomon Brothers, the International Finance Corporation (World Bank), and a New York-based private equity firm. He has an extensive list of publications, including his book, Private Equity Investing in Emerging Markets (translated into Chinese). Roger has been a guest commentator on various radio and television programs, including CNN, Bloomberg News, CBS News, CNBC, and National Public Radio, and is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations in New York. He received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and his PhD from Johns Hopkins (SAIS).