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Nearly two years after the onset of the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression, former Fed chairman Paul Volcker said of the "Governance of Financial Institutions" report, "This summary of the discussions is a kind of masterpiece in clarity and not many discussions of this arca...
Past Projects
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This 2005 Assembly addressed the issues of competition among audit firms and emerging threats to the auditing profession.  The  meeting grew out of the 2002 Assembly, “The Future of the Accounting Profession.”  Participants expressed some concern with the degree of concentration in the...
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In the wake of several public accounting scandals and the subsequent demise of one of the nation’s largest accounting firms, The American Assembly convened this timely meeting, November 13-15, 2003 in Leesburg Virginia. “The Future of the Accounting Profession” brought together over ...
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Thanks to personal computers and the Internet, the potential to copy and circulate works of art--from music and journalism to rock videos and feature films--is a given.  In 2002 The American Assembly sought to engage in the discussion about this unprecedented situation and the arguments for a...
Publications
Retooling for Growth: Building a 21st Century Economy in America’s Older Industrial Areas, articulates the perspectives and policy recommendations of dozens of diverse policy experts, government officials, business and thought leaders on a key and vexing question for presidential hopefuls an...
Media Piracy in Emerging Economies is the first independent, large-scale study of music, film and software piracy in emerging economies, with a focus on Brazil, India, Russia, South Africa, Mexico and Bolivia. Based on three years of work by some thirty-five researchers, Media Piracy in Emerg...
The bedrock of our commercial system is reliable accounting.  Without high quality accounting standards, the lifeblood of capital cannot be efficiently allocated to its best use in building and sustaining the economy. Participants in this Assembly agreed that the accounting profession has ...
This 2005 Assembly addressed the issues of competition among audit firms and emerging threats to the auditing profession.  The  meeting grew out of the 2002 Assembly, “The Future of the Accounting Profession.”  Participants expressed some concern with the degree of concentration in the...
Nearly two years after the onset of the largest financial crisis since the Great Depression, governments around the world sought both better regulation of financial institutions and greater global coordination among regulators to prevent a relapse. On November 4, 2009, fifty-one prominent men...
Participants in the "Tort Law and the Public Interest" Assembly found that tort adjudication can be unpredictable, protracted, and costly with uneven compensation. They supported voluntary alternatives to tort litigation, including mediation and arbitration but were sharply divided over caps ...
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James Steinberg

James Steinberg  is Dean and Professor of Social Science, International Affairs, and Law at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He served as Deputy Secretary of State from 2009-2011 and the Dept. of State Deputy National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton. He was previously the Dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and cosponsor of The American Assembly's Next Generation Project.