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Michael Carbone Twitter: wandermfcMichael

Michael Carbone is a master's student of Johns Hopkins University's School for Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area and a graduate of the University of Chicago, he lived and studied for two years in China founding a bilingual community news site in Nanjing. In DC, he currently explores the interactions between information policy, foreign policy, international law, and development.
  • The Time for Innovative Policy Action

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    With the current European sovereign debt crisis roiling the markets and the recent US subprime crisis, bank failure, and debt ceiling debacle still in the minds of countries and investors, critical attention has been refocused on credit rating agencies and institutional mechanisms in abetting the crises and the steps needed […]

  • Annette Heuser (Executive Director of Bertelsmann Foundation and lead for the Blueprint for INCRA), Rolf Langhammer, and Vincent Truglia

    INCRA: How to Creditably Rate Sovereign Risk

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    Surrounded by real world examples of conflicts of interest by “Big Three” for-profit credit rating agencies–Standard & Poor, Moody’s, and Fitch, the Bertelsmann Foundation unveiled the blueprint for a hypothetical international nonprofit credit rating agency (INCRA) on April 19th at the climax of the Bertelsmann Foundation – Financial Times Conference […]

  • Making a Comeback: Protect Employment, Not Jobs

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    The plight of the unemployed in the slow recovery to the global economic recession was the focus of the discussion between US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and her counterpart in Germany Ursula von der Leyen. The panel–held as part of the annual conference hosted by the Bertelsmann Foundation and […]