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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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    America’s Childcare Is Unfit for the Postmodern Age

    Bruce Ackerman urges US President Joe Biden to put universal preschool at the center of his re-election campaign.
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    History Already Tells Us the Future of AI

    Daron Acemoglu & Simon Johnson find policy lessons for the 2020s in the work of the early-nineteenth-century economist David Ricardo.
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    Trump and the Risk of a US Debt Default

    William L. Silber thinks the former president would be even more reckless if awarded another term this year.
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    Europe’s Red Tape Is Helping Russia

    Laurence Boone & Nicu Popescu

    The European Union’s cumbersome and narrowly defined regulations for public procurement and spending are not simply inadequate; they are dangerous. They weaken the bloc’s ability to protect itself from a broad range of Russian hybrid attacks while prolonging Russia’s aggression in Ukraine.

    propose a European Defense Production Act to help fast-track processes for public procurement and spending.
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    What to Look for in Trump’s First Trial

    Eric Posner

    The intricate legal issues and colorful characters in Donald Trump's criminal trials will undoubtedly keep the media and the viewing public enraptured for months to come. But when it comes to the 2024 election, all that really matters is how the defendant appears to a narrow sliver of undecided voters.

    points out that optics, more than the law or the facts, will be what matters most for the election.
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    AI Holds the Key to Resilient Cities

    Justina Nixon-Saintil surveys the technology's foreseeable applications in promoting urban sustainable development.
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    How Risky Is Japan’s Monetary-Policy Normalization?

    Takatoshi Ito considers the implications of the central bank’s exit from negative interest rates and quantitative easing.
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    As Families Change, So Must the Safety Net

    Neha Bansal urges governments to implement policies that promote intergenerational integration and solidarity.
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    The Language of Political Control

    Robert Skidelsky views recent linguistic innovations as manipulative efforts to compel “correct” thought and perception.

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