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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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    The Necessity of Morality in Foreign Policy

    Chris Patten shows why “realism” requires heeding the lessons of history and defending democratic values.
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    A Subsidy War Without Winners

    Andrés Velasco calls on policymakers to avoid petty conflicts and work together to encourage green investments.
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    Japan’s New Security Posture Is Abe’s Legacy

    Taniguchi Tomohiko explains how the government’s ambitious defense agenda expands on the late prime minister’s ideas.
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    For the Common Good

    Mariana Mazzucato outlines a new governance model for ensuring a fairer distribution of agency, risk, and reward.
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    Helping Middle-Income Energy Exporters Kick the Fossil-Fuel Habit

    Carlos Lopes explains what it will take for resource-rich economies to diversify and develop new revenue sources.
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    The New European Frontier

    Giulio Boccaletti

    Given this summer's climate-driven disasters, one might think that the European political system would be devising comprehensive adaptation plans. But, despite some steps in the right direction, Europeans are only just waking up to the constitutional implications of a changing physical environment.

    thinks a changing climate will force the European Union finally to embrace its political nature.
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    The Poverty of Anti-Capitalism

    Harold James considers recent arguments against markets, globalization, and growth, finding them to be deeply flawed.
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    How Not to Fight Inflation

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    A careful look at US economic conditions supports the view that inflation was driven mainly by supply-side disruptions and shifts in the pattern of demand. Given this, further interest-rate hikes will have little to no effect – and will cause far-reaching problems of their own.

    sees little upside and much downside to further monetary-policy tightening by the US Federal Reserve.
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    Who Is Part of the Free World?

    Anne-Marie Slaughter urges US President Joe Biden to abandon a phrase that is better left in the twentieth century.

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