The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund were born in the aftermath of World War II, when leaders from around the world met in New Hampshire at the Bretton Woods Conference. As the international community stares down a growing financial crisis, some leaders are calling for a complete restructuring of these so-called Bretton Woods institutions. We explore the history of the World Bank and IMF and the new push to overhaul the global financial system.


  • Nancy Birdsall President, Center for Global Development; and former Executive Vice-President of the Inter-American Development Bank
  • Susan Aaronson Associate Research Professor of International Affairs, George Washington University

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