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Great Decisions: Bullets, Bonds, and Business in Ukraine and Russia with Professor Paul M Vaaler


Great Decisions

Topic: Bullets, Bonds, and Business in Ukraine and Russia

Speaker: Paul M. Vaaler

Wednesday, September 21

Cocktails: 5:30 pm | Presentation: 6:00 pm | Dinner: 7:15 pm

Russia has more than $50 billion in sovereign debt that it is very unlikely to keep paying. How does this affect investing in the United States? How does this directly affect our future economic growth? What happens to Mutual Funds and retirement funds and how is Wall Street managing the crisis?

Professor Paul M. Vaaler is the inaugural holder of the John and Bruce Mooty Chair in Law and Business, a joint faculty appointment of the Law School and Carlson School of Management. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota faculty in 2007, he was on the faculty of the College of Business (and affiliated with the College of Law) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Professor Vaaler has held affiliated faculty appointments at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School where he was the Sanjaya Lall Visiting Professor of Business and Development in 2012 and at the Universities of Pretoria and Limpopo (South Africa) where he was a Fulbright Scholar in 2019-2020.

Professor Vaaler earned his B.A. in history from Carleton College and his M.A. in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. While studying for his J.D. at Harvard Law School, Professor Vaaler clerked at the Freehill Hollingdale & Page law firm in Sydney, Australia, at the Minnesota Attorney General’s office in St. Paul, and at the Faegre & Benson law firm (now Faegre Baker Daniels) in Minneapolis. He then practiced at Faegre & Benson prior to returning to graduate school for his Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Minnesota.


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