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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Can Sudan's Democratic Opening Be Reopened?
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    Can Sudan's Democratic Opening Be Reopened?

    Nov 16, 2021 Ishac Diwan & Ibrahim Elbadawi argue that, following last month’s military coup, greater external financial and political support is crucial.

  4. Lebanon’s Dysfunctional Political Economy
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    Lebanon’s Dysfunctional Political Economy

    Jul 27, 2020 Ishac Diwan blames the government's failure to take action on political and economic elites' perverse incentives.

  5. Lebanon’s Perfect Storm
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    Lebanon’s Perfect Storm

    Jan 9, 2020 Ishac Diwan believes the current combination of political, economic, and fiscal crises could make or break the country.

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    Putin’s Brezhnev Moment

    Aryeh Neier draws parallels between the regime’s ongoing crackdown on civil society and late Soviet repression.
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    Utopia or Bust

    J. Bradford DeLong considers our options for both expanding and effectively slicing the proverbial economic pie.
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    Germany’s Reckoning

    Helmut K. Anheier

    Germany is now grappling with a host of difficult questions about its place in the world, the nature of its politics, and its most cherished values. For a pacifist society in a new age of conflict and war, everything must change if things are to remain the same.

    traces the contours of the country's debate, triggered by the Ukraine war, about its strategic future.
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    Preempting a Generative AI Monopoly

    Diane Coyle urges policymakers to take steps to counter the anti-competitive implications of a rapidly emerging market.
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    Japan’s Strategic Imperative

    Joseph S. Nye, Jr. sees the country doubling down on its best option for ensuring national security and regional stability.
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    China’s Savings Conundrum

    Zhang Jun explains why – and how – the country must stimulate household consumption to achieve a robust recovery.
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    The Flight of the Inflation Hawks

    Though the US Federal Reserve’s first interest-rate hike of 2023 is smaller than those that preceded it, policymakers have signaled that more increases are on the way, despite slowing price growth. But there is good reason to doubt the utility – and fear the consequences – of continued rate hikes, on both sides of the Atlantic.

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    How to Transform African Agriculture

    Safia Boly & Omid Kassiri identify four principles that could help governments across the continent boost food security.
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    Making Ukrainian Victory Possible

    Josep Borrell explains why continued military support and other forms of assistance remain critical.

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