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Hector R. Torres

Hector R. Torres

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Hector R. Torres, a former IMF executive director, is a senior fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Canada, and a professor at Di Tella University in Buenos Aires.

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  1. Argentina's Confidence Game
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    Argentina's Confidence Game

    Oct 4, 2021 Hector R. Torres notes that regaining investors’ trust is a task for the country’s leaders, not for the International Monetary Fund.

  2. The Global Retreat of Free Trade
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    The Global Retreat of Free Trade

    Sep 25, 2019 Hector R. Torres fears the consequences of US President Donald Trump's efforts to dismantle the World Trade Organization.

  3. The IMF Is Fueling an Argentine Crisis – Again
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    The IMF Is Fueling an Argentine Crisis – Again

    Apr 18, 2019 Hector R. Torres fears that the country's long and troubled history with the International Monetary Fund is about to repeat itself.

  4. An Opportunity for the WTO
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    An Opportunity for the WTO

    Oct 30, 2017 Hector R. Torres identifies three issues that participants in December's 11th Ministerial Conference must confront.

  5. Trump, Trade, and the Middle Powers
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    Trump, Trade, and the Middle Powers

    Mar 16, 2017 Oonagh Fitzgerald & Hector R. Torres urge leaders of countries with the most to lose to resist the US president's zero-sum trade vision.

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    Revisiting the Behavioral Revolution in Economics

    Antara Haldar assesses the legacy of the intellectual challenge to the view that rational self-interest guides our actions.
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    New AI Germ Busters Can Also Bust Unions

    Yanis Varoufakis shows how an AI-driven biomedical breakthrough could rob workers of what little power they have left.
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    Globalization’s Warring Narratives

    Harold James examines the analytical disagreements that are hampering management of an unavoidable phenomenon.
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    The Digital Economy’s New Monetary Imperative

    Piroska Nagy Mohácsi

    In a rapidly digitalizing world, central banks are staring down a future in which they may lack the tools necessary to manage crises, and in which they may no longer be able to protect their monetary sovereignty. They should recognize that digital currency is a source of institutional salvation.

    thinks governments must embrace central bank digital currencies or risk a fundamental loss of control.
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    Europe’s Climate Quandary

    Jean Pisani-Ferry assesses the inevitable trade-offs the European Union must confront in achieving its clean-energy targets.
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    Governing the Unknown

    Kaushik Basu suggests a few principles to guide policymakers as they try to keep up with rapidly advancing technologies.
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    Fast-Tracking a Lassa Fever Vaccine

    Oyeronke Oyebanji outlines what West African governments can learn from the development and distribution of the COVID-19 jab.
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    Climate Science Beats Climate Fatalism

    Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, et al. show that the more ambitious 1.5º target for global warming is still feasible – and more necessary than ever.
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    Turkey’s Pragmatic Islamist

    Shlomo Ben-Ami expects Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s latest electoral victory to have little impact on Turkish foreign policy.

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