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World Bank, IMF Meetings:  American University Experts Available to Comment

After years of decline, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) are center-stage again as billions of dollars have been pumped into them to help with the global crisis.

American University has one of the largest concentrations of faculty focused on international development, many of whom are available to provide commentary about the institutions as they prepare for their annual fall meetings Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 9, in Washington, D.C.

Each expert below has substantial experience with press interviews. To request an interview with one of American University’s World Bank and IMF wonks, contact AU’s Communications Office at 202-885-5950 or

Robin Broad, a professor of international development, has been following the World Bank and IMF—from rural areas in the Philippines to the U.S. Treasury Department—for 30 years.  Broad, author of Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match, says the investment in the World Bank and IMF is money wasted as neither institution has proven itself up to the task at hand, despite recent reforms. Broad  also contends that the economic advice the World Bank and IMF give to many countries is counter to their positive rhetoric and that in some countries, the organizations have actually made the financial crisis worse.

Deborah Brautigam, a professor of international development, is an expert on foreign aid, governance, and China's role as a funder overseas. Her most recent book The Dragon's Gift: the Real Story of China and Africa focuses on this as it applies to China-Africa relations. Brautigam has served as a consultant for the United Nations, the World Bank, the Africa Development Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Tamar Gutner, director of the international politics program and international economic relations program, is an expert on the performance and effectiveness of international organizations, particularly international financial institutions.  Gutner can comment on general background about the institutions—including their history, evolution, and politics—and reformation efforts.

Arturo Porzecanski, a distinguished economist in residence, is an expert on international finance, emerging markets, and Latin American economics and politics. Porzecanski will attend the meetings as a Civil Society Observer and can discuss emerging markets, international finance, and the aftermath of the global financial crisis as they relate to the World Bank and IMF.   

Ghiyath Nakshbendi, an executive in residence in AU’s International Business department, also will attend the meetings and is available to comment on emerging markets, microfinance, and foreign-direct investments as they relate to the institutions.

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