Robert B. Zoellick from World Bank to Peterson Institute

Outgoing World Bank President Robert B. Zoellick will joining the Peterson Institute for International Economics as a distinguished fellow following the completion of his five-year term as head of the World Bank on June 30.


Outgoing World Bank President Robert Zoellick will join the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University. (Win McNamee/GETTY IMAGES)

Said Zoellick: “I appreciate the opportunity to engage with the scholars and practitioners at Harvard’s Belfer Center and the Peterson Institute for International Economics. I hope to work on the intersection of economics and security, applying history to policy questions of today. Both institutions have been at the cutting edge of research and policy development, and I have benefited greatly from both in the past,” he said.

Zoellick will work on the relationship between economics and security at Peterson and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where he has accepted a simultaneous appointment.

Before serving at the World Bank, Zoellick was vice chairman, international, of the Goldman Sachs Group as well as managing director and chairman of Goldman Sachs’ Board of International Advisers. He was deputy secretary of state in 2005–06 and a member of the cabinet as U.S. Trade Representative from 2001 to 2005.

The Peterson Institute recently named Adam Posen as the new president of the think tank. He will begin his post Jan. 1.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He blogs and hosts a podcast at governmentality.net and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.

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