Sovereign debt is an enduring policy challenge. Governments on every continent and across the national income spectrum continue to struggle with unsustainable debts and destructive crises. Governance failures and fragmentation still plague debt and crisis management. New data gaps emerge at every turn.

We recognize that meaningful interdisciplinary work is hard: our instinct is to dismiss the analytical frames and vocabularies of other fields, or to borrow them casually. That is why we have emphasized the need for repeated interaction around a common set of problems, and hope to continue the DebtCon project for as long as these problems persist.

The Institute of International Economic Law hosted DebtCon3 in Washington, D.C. on April 11-12, 2019. An organizing committee of scholars from Duke, Georgetown, the Graduate Institute, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill solicited paper and roundtable proposals; more than 80 were selected to participate in DebtCon3.