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Cryptocurrencies, Geopolitics, & the Future of Money

Bitcoin is just a small part of the global conversation around cryptocurrencies. Will they shake up the economy—and geopolitics—as much as advertised?
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Cryptocurrencies have moved away from their anarchic origins to spark political conversations that could shift national currencies and redefine the global economy. Former Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission Tim Massad and the Financial Times’ Gillian Tett join Brian Hanson on Deep Dish to explore digital currencies and their effect on geopolitics. 

About the Experts
Timothy Massad
Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Adjunct Professor of Law, Georgetown Law School
Tim Massad
Mr. Massad served as Chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2014-2017. Under his leadership, the agency implemented the Dodd Frank reforms of the over-the-counter swaps market and harmonized many aspects of cross-border regulation, including reaching a landmark agreement with the European Union on clearinghouse oversight. The agency also declared virtual currencies to be commodities, introduced reforms to address automated trading and strengthened cybersecurity protections. Previously, Mr. Massad served as the Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability of the US Department of the Treasury. In that capacity, he oversaw the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the principal US governmental response to the 2008 financial crisis.
Tim Massad
Gillian Tett
Editor-at-large, US and Chair of the Editorial Board, Financial Times
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Gillian Tett serves as America editor-at-large and chair for the US Editorial Board for the Financial Times. She writes weekly columns for the Financial Times, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues. Tett has won numerous awards, including Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards, the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award, and others.
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Vice President, Studies
Council expert Brian Hanson
Brian Hanson is the Vice President of Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He oversees the Council's research operations and hosts the Council's weekly podcast, Deep Dish on Global Affairs.
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