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Ishac Diwan

Ishac Diwan

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Ishac Diwan is Research Director at the Finance for Development Lab.

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  1. Developing Countries Need Debt Relief to Act on Climate Change
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    Developing Countries Need Debt Relief to Act on Climate Change

    Jan 24, 2024 Ishac Diwan & Vera Songwe propose a mechanism for freeing up the fiscal space low-income economies need to invest in green growth.

  2. Bridging the Climate-Development Gap
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    Bridging the Climate-Development Gap

    Sep 26, 2023 Dani Rodrik & Ishac Diwan explain how to free up fiscal space for sustainable development in many low- and middle-income countries.

  3. Growing Out of the Developing-Country Debt Crisis
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    Growing Out of the Developing-Country Debt Crisis

    May 24, 2023 Ishac Diwan & Philippe Le Houérou show how multilateral banks can stave off a cascade of government defaults by scaling up concessional lending.

  4. Rescuing Economic Growth in Highly Indebted Developing Countries
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    Rescuing Economic Growth in Highly Indebted Developing Countries

    Jan 11, 2023 Dani Rodrik, et al. explain what must change to prevent looming debt crises from making poor countries poorer.

  5. A Fork in the Road for Development Financing
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    A Fork in the Road for Development Financing

    Aug 19, 2022 Daniel Cohen & Ishac Diwan see two options for addressing debt distress in developing countries now that financial conditions have soured.

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    The Drums of US-China Cyber War

    Stephen S. Roach worries that irrational Sinophobia has become America's new bipartisan political orthodoxy.
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    Japan as Number Four

    Takatoshi Ito hopes the news that the economy has slipped from third place globally will serve as a wake-up call.
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    The Financial March to War

    Harold James explains how currency wars and speculation could feature in today’s great-power conflicts.
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    A Stablecoin Pilot in China?

    Andrew Sheng & Xiao Geng see an opportunity in Hong Kong’s efforts to establish a regulatory regime for issuers of the cryptoasset.
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    The War for the West

    Ivan Krastev interviewed by Sławomir Sierakowski

    Although the events of the last two years amount to a clear strategic failure for Russian President Vladimir Putin, it is equally clear that the West became overly confident after Ukraine's battlefield successes in 2022. Now, a strategic re-calibration may be in order.

    about the conflict in Ukraine and the challenges facing Western democracies in a changing world.
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    An Antidote to the Polarization Poison

    Ngaire Woods suggests how policymakers can foster a sense of solidarity among people of different political creeds.
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    How America’s CHIPS Act Hurts Taiwan

    Chang-Tai Hsieh, et al. worry that US inducements are luring the world’s top semiconductor manufacturer down a dead end.
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    Will the US Economy Drive Global Growth this Year?

    Mohamed A. El-Erian

    Despite rosy forecasts, the US economy faces powerful headwinds that call into question its ability to serve as the world’s main growth driver. These challenges are compounded by domestic and geopolitical uncertainties that have not been reflected in market valuations and economic assessments.

    explains why economists and investors are far too optimistic about America’s near-term prospects.
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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.

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