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Benn Steil

Senior Fellow and Director of International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations

Benn Steil is senior fellow and director of international economics, as well as the official historian in residence, at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. He is also the founding editor of International Finance, a scholarly economics journal; lead writer of the Council’s Geo-Graphics economics blog; and creator of four web-based interactives tracking Global Monetary Policy, Global Imbalances, Sovereign Risk, and Central Bank Currency Swaps. Prior to his joining the Council in 1999, he was director of the International Economics Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. Steil most recent book, The Marshall Plan: Dawn of the Cold War, won the New-York Historical Society’s 2019 Barbara and David Zalaznick Book Prize for best work in American history, won the American Academy of Diplomacy’s 2018 Douglas Dillon Book Prize, and was shortlisted for the Duff Cooper Prize in literary nonfiction. His previous book, The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order, won the 2013 Spear’s Book Award in Financial History, took third prize in CFR’s 2014 Arthur Ross Book Award competition, was shortlisted for the 2014 Lionel Gelber Prize (“the world’s most important prize for non-fiction.” An earlier book, Money, Markets, and Sovereignty won the 2010 Hayek Book Prize. He received his MPhil and DPhil (PhD) in economics at Nuffield College, Oxford. He also holds a BSc in economics summa cum laude from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.