July 6, 2012 - Training

FMI et crise européenne

The Euro zone crisis has required — and still requires today — a coordinated institutional response both throughout Europe and internationally. This workshop will explore some of the economic, political and financial factors that led to the present crisis and will explain the role of various players — including the International Monetary Fund — in solving the puzzles of the Euro and European economic integration.


François Boutin-Dufresne is a finance and international affairs economist. Upon obtaining his Master’s degree in economics from Université Laval in 2002, he joined the Canadian public service where he worked successively at the Privy Council Office, the Finance Department, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. After a period at the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Mr. Boutin-Dufresne joined the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C., in January 2010. Aside from these professional duties, François Boutin-Dufresne has also been a part-time professor at the School of International Development and Global Studies of the University of Ottawa and a guest professor with CÉRIUM at the Université de Montréal. In recent years, Quebec media outlets have published several of his articles on finance and the international economy. In January 2010, Éditions Nota Bene published a lengthy interview he conducted with François Bourguignon (former economist in chief of the World Bank) which was entitled Trajectoires et enjeux de l’économie mondiale.


George Ross is an associate professor in the department of political science and at the European Union Centre of Excellence (McGill University - Université de Montréal). He studied at the London School of Economics and at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris and obtained his doctorate from Harvard University in 1973. He was recently president of the European Union Studies Association (2003-2005) and previously director of Harvard University’s Centre for European Studies, president of the Council for European Studies (1990-1997) and director of the Department of sociology and the editorial board of many international journals including French Politics, Culture and Society and the Journal of European Integration. Among his honorary titles, he was named an officer of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the Government of the French Republic and was awarded an Ad personam Jean Monnet Chair by the European Commission in the summer of 2008. His research interests concern European politics and industrial relations, the political economy of the European Union, the EU’s elites, democracy, globalization and social structures. The author of many works on the EU (including Jacques Delors and European Integration (1995) and Euros and Europeans (with Andrew Martin, 2004), he has taught at Brandeis et Harvard Universities in the United States, ULB in Belgium and Carleton University, the Université de Montréal and York University in Canada.


To download the IMF presentation, please click here.
To read the New-York Times' article «Understanding the European Crisis Now» (June 24, 2012).


Mandatory readings:

This conference is part of the Summer School «Europe in crises» (2-7 July 2012).

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