Nicholas Dungan on "Responsible Finance: Albert Gallatin and the Swiss-American Example"

Lunch and Learn Series

Nicholas Dungan on \

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 | 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

As US Secretary of the Treasury under Thomas Jefferson, the Geneva-born Albert Gallatin paid off nearly half the national debt of the United States. Is his Swiss-American example relevant to budget discipline, fiscal responsibility and sound government in our own day and age? Nicholas Dungan, author of Gallatin: America's Swiss Founding Father, revives this too easily forgotten figure from early American history and applies the lessons of Gallatin and Switzerland to America's contemporary financial and governmental challenges.

About the Speaker
Nicholas Dungan is nonresident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council in Washington DC, a Senior Advisor to the Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques in Paris (IRIS) and a writer and independent commentator on international relations, politics and business. He is the author of the biography Gallatin: America’s Swiss Founding Father, published by New York University Press in autumn 2010. Nicholas Dungan was president of the New York-based French-American Foundation from 2005 to 2008. During his tenure, the French-American Foundation saw significant growth in its visibility, influence, programmatic offering and resources. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Chatham House Foundation, the US arm of the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London, and a former Associate Fellow of Chatham House, where he initiated and implemented a multi-year project, jointly with the Belgian Royal Institute of International Relations, on the changing role of non-state actors in international relations. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Foreign Policy Association in New York.

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