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International Monetary Fund. External Relations Dept.

For 60 years now, the IMF’s evolution and effectiveness have been matters of passionate concern to Jacques Polak. A participant in the Bretton Woods conference that gave birth to the organization, a staff member for 33 years (and the head of IMF’s Research Department for 22 of those years), and an Executive Director from 1981 to 1986, Polak, a Dutch national, remains a keen commentator on the IMF and its global responsibilities. He speaks here with Sheila Meehan of the IMF Survey about the dangers posed by an eroding commitment to internationalism.