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Global Financial Warriors: The Untold Story of International Finance in the Post 9/11 World

Recorded on January 9, 2007

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

Sworn in as head of the U.S. Treasury Department's International Finance Division just three months prior to 9/11, John B. Taylor soon found himself at the center of the war on terror. Global Financial Warriors takes you inside the White House Situation Room, to meetings of the G7 finance ministers, and to cities around the world as Taylor assembles a coalition to freeze terrorist assets worldwide, plans the financial reconstruction of Afghanistan, oversees the development of a new currency in Iraq, and deals with the spread of financial crises. From reforming the IMF and the World Bank to negotiating international agreements to reduce Iraq's debt by 80 percent and cancel the debt of very poor countries, Taylor's unparalleled access offers the reader, not only an insider's account of a pivotal time in international finance, but also an invaluable primer on the policy development and operational strategies that helped achieve success. JOHN B. TAYLOR served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs from 2001 to 2005. A Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, he is the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University