November 30, 2015
6 – 8 p.m.
Warren Hall, Room 311, Columbia University


Political and Economic Inclusiveness in Arab Societies

With His Excellency Hedi Larabi, Former Minister of Economic Infrastructure and Sustainable Development, Tunisia

In 2011 people in the Arab world came together to make history by rising up and overthrowing the resilient authoritarian regimes and systems that had held them in chains for decades. A combination of poor economic performance of Arab development models, and the lack of political reforms had made it difficult for most non-oil producing Arab countries to sustain the old contracts. People took to the street to see the forging of a new politics where they asked not only for freedom and a safeguarding of human rights, but also demanded social justice, better living conditions and equitable economic opportunities.

After a tumultuous four years of transition, with the exception of Tunisia, the Arab uprising has sadly yielded disappointment, as societal divisions undermined its prospects for future democratic development. The focus on political transition alone, while necessary, was insufficient for Arab countries to build and deliver coherent societal projects and needed strong reform agendas in keeping with international norms. It could not address the daunting economic and social issues and the urgent demands for meaningful jobs by millions of young men and women.

About Hedi Larbi

Former Minister Hedi Larbi is the Fall 2015 Kuwait Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Belfer Center's Middle East Initiative. He most recently served as Advisor to the MENA Vice President at the World Bank, and from January 2014 to February 2015 served as both the Minister of Economic Infrastructure and Sustainable Development and the Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister, Tunisia.

Mr. Larbi has over 35 years of professional experience in economic and social development as both a policy advisor and policy maker, with more than two decades of high level work in the World Bank Group, the private sector (in Europe and Middle East and North Africa), and the Tunisian transition government.

Consponsored with Columbia Global Centers.

December 4, 2015
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Uris Hall, Columbia University


Firms as a Rock: Is bank capital an all-purpose tool?

Featuring Dr. Andreas Dombret, Duetsche Bundesbank
Cosponsored by The European Legal Studies Center at Columbia Law School

Having worked in the financial sector for more than 20 years, including positions at Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Bank of America, Dr. Andreas Dombret has a long lasting experience in financial markets. Since May 2010, he has been member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany's central bank. Amongst other things, he is responsible for banking and financial supervision and represents the Bundesbank in the Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism, the European Supervisory Authority for systemically important banks, and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. Since 2010, Mr. Dombret has been involved in the G-20 process to reform the international financial architecture.