The Fallout from the European Financial Crisis

The Fallout from the European Financial Crisis

Thursday, December 15th

 The Harmonie Club
4 East 60th Street
New York City



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Introduction:        Jamie M. Fly, Foreign Policy Initiative

Speaker Biographies:

Christopher Caldwell is a senior editor at The Weekly Standard. He is a regular contributor to the Financial Times and Slate. His essays and reviews appear in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Mr. Caldwell has also been a regular contributor to The Atlantic Monthly and The New York Press as well as the assistant managing editor of The American Spectator. He is the author of Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the West. Mr. Caldwell is a graduate of Harvard College, where he studied English literature.

Jamie M. Fly is the executive director of the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI). Prior to joining FPI, Mr. Fly served in the Bush administration at the National Security Council from 2008 to 2009 and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense from 2005 to 2008. He was director for Counterproliferation Strategy at the National Security Council, where his portfolio included the Iranian nuclear program, Syria, missile defense, chemical weapons, proliferation finance, and other counterproliferation issues. In the Office of the Secretary of Defense, he was an assistant for Transnational Threats Policy. For his work in the Department of Defense, he was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. He blogs regularly at The Weekly Standard blog and Foreign Policy’s Shadow Government blog, and his articles and reviews have been published in Commentary, National Review, POLITICO, The Weekly Standard,,, and National Review Online. He is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He received a B.A. from American University and an M.A. from Georgetown University.

Daniel Léger joined Geosphere Capital Management, LLC in 2010. From 2008 to 2010, he served as a principal, head of marketing and investor services of Steel Partners LLC where he was responsible for the marketing and sales of Steel Partners II, Steel Partners Holdings, L.P., and the Steel Partners Japan Strategic Fund L.P. Previously, Mr. Léger was a partner at Lakeview Investment Management, LLC, a fund of activist hedge funds, which he joined in 2007. From 2002 to 2007, he was director, manager development at BRI Partners, a joint venture with Mesirow Financial, where he worked with 10 seeded hedge fund managers to raise assets and provide business development support. Mr. Léger served as the director of sales at Frontera Corporation from 2000 to 2002. He is a graduate of Concordia University with a B.A. in Political Science. Mr. Léger earned an M.A. from Simon Fraser University in Politics, an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Government, and a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame.

Clay Lowery is vice president at Rock Creek Global Advisors and former assistant secretary for International Affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department where he chaired the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS). Mr. Lowery was the point person on U.S. policy toward Sovereign Wealth Funds; served as the finance deputy to the G20, G7, International Monetary Fund, and the Financial Stability Forum; and was appointed by the President at various times to be the U.S. representative to the Boards of the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Inter-American Development Bank. During his fifteen years of U.S. government service, Mr. Lowery held various positions with Treasury including Paris Club debt negotiator and the deputy assistant secretary for Debt and Development Finance; the National Security Council director of International Finance; and the Millennium Challenge Corporation vice president of Markets and Sector Assessments. After his government service, Mr. Lowery was vice president for International Government Affairs with Cisco Systems and managing director for the Glover Park Group. Earlier in his career, he was a program officer for the International Republican Institute. Mr. Lowery has worked as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and as a lecturer at the National War College. He received his B.A. in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and his M.Sc. in Economics at the London School of Economics. In 2009, he was awarded the Alexander Hamilton prize, the highest U.S. Treasury Department honor.

Reihan Salam is a policy advisor at e21. He is also the author of National Review Online’s The Agenda, a daily web log centered on domestic policy. With Ross Douthat, he is the co-author of Grand New Party: How Conservatives Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream. Mr. Salam writes a twice-weekly column for The Daily, the new iPad newspaper from News Corporation. He has also appeared on a number of radio and television shows, including NPR's Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered, Tell Me More, Real Time with Bill Maher, The Chris Matthews Show, The Brian Lehrer Show, Newsnight, and Marketplace. Previously, Mr. Salam was an associate editor at The Atlantic, a producer for NBC News, a junior editor and editorial researcher at The New York Times, a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations, and a reporter-researcher at The New Republic. Mr. Salam is a graduate from Harvard with a degree in Social Studies.

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