Robert Kahn is the Steven A. Tananbaum senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in Washington, D.C. Dr. Kahn has held positions in the public and private sectors, with an expertise in macroeconomic policy, finance and crisis resolution.
Prior to joining CFR, Dr. Kahn was a senior strategist with Moore Capital Management, where his portfolio spanned G-7 monetary and fiscal policy, regulatory reform, debt policy and debt workouts, and the crisis in Europe. Prior to that, he was a senior adviser in the financial policy department at the World Bank, where he focused on financial sector assessments for developing economies and was the Bank's liaison to the secretariat of the Financial Stability Forum.
Dr. Kahn also held staff positions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where he worked on public policy and the resolution of debt crises in emerging markets. He was a member of the IMF team that worked closely with Korean authorities in 1997-98 to develop a system for comprehensive monitoring and reporting of external debt and reserves, and subsequently was involved in development of the Fund's policy for private sector involvement in crisis resolution.
Dr. Kahn has held various senior-level positions at Citigroup and was the managing director and head of the sovereign advisory group. He served as the head of the Office of Industrial Nations at the U.S. Treasury from 1995 to 1996. He was also a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisers from 1990 to 1991, as well as the Federal Reserve Board from 1984 to 1990 and 1991 to 1992.
Dr. Kahn received his BA from the University of Chicago and his PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Recent Blog Posts by Robert Kahn
- A Bridge to Kiev
- Make or Break for IMF Reform
- Ukraine: Economy Matters
- Five Financial Questions for Ukraine
- Obama’s Modest Proposals for Growth
- Fischer to the Fed
- Five Policy Issues for 2014
- The Federal Reserve Tapers: In Search of Calmer Waters
- U.S. Budget Deal: A Needed Step
- Shadow of the Sequester
- When Is the Next X Date?
- Celebrating Failure
- World Bank-IMF Meetings: It’s Mainly Fiscal
- Debt-Ceiling Deadlines: What’s So Special About November 1?
- No Clear Fiscal Deadline, and That’s a Problem
- The Government Shutdown: How This Ends?
- Fiscal Fiasco—This Time is Different?
- G20 to Emerging Markets: We Feel Your Pain
- Jackson Hole: Future Worries
- Greece and the Troika: Summer Break
- No Break for Periphery Banks
- Fiscal Malaise
- Doing Business at the World Bank
- The Shrinking U.S. Labor Force and Fed Policy
- U.S. Debt Ceiling: A Plan to Kick the Can?
- Fiscal Revisionism
- Our Long-Term Unemployment Challenge (In Charts)
- Why Abenomics Matters
- Cyprus: Hope Trumps Reality
- Cyprus Reopens for Business: Now What?
- Cyprus: What’s Next?
- Why Cyprus Matters
- The G-7, the G-20 and Exchange Rates
- Sequester, Day 1
- Three Ways Out of the Sequester
- The Sequester and the Closing Window for a Fiscal Bargain
- No Good Choices: Why a Short-Term Debt Limit Extension Is on the Table
- Drawing the Wrong Lessons From Argentina’s Debt Mess
- The Debt Limit: Not a Credible Way to Control Spending
- Prospects for the Global Economy in 2013
- The Fed and the Fiscal Cliff
- Is the IMF Changing Tune on Capital Controls?