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Isabel Ortiz

Isabel Ortiz

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Isabel Ortiz, Director of the Global Social Justice Program at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University, is a former director of the International Labor Organization and UNICEF, and a former senior official at the United Nations and the Asian Development Bank.

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  1. Ending the Austerity Pandemic
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    Ending the Austerity Pandemic

    Dec 8, 2022 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins warn that governments are returning to the same failed belt-tightening policies of the past.

  2. Another Year of Living Dangerously
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    Another Year of Living Dangerously

    Dec 31, 2019 Isabel Ortiz warns of more austerity, protests, rising inequality, and environmental degradation in 2020.

  3. The Insanity of Austerity
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    The Insanity of Austerity

    Oct 11, 2019 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins are alarmed by economic policymakers’ continued obsession with fiscal retrenchment at a time of slowing growth.

  4. The Austerity Pandemic
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    The Austerity Pandemic

    Jun 14, 2013 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins on the economic reasons for political unrest.

  5. Recovery and Equality
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    Recovery and Equality

    Jul 26, 2012 Isabel Ortiz & Matthew Cummins

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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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    Globalization vs. Democracy

    Kaushik Basu highlights the contradictions and vulnerabilities inherent in the current international order.
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    The West’s New Infrastructure Imperative

    Diane Coyle explains why a broader conception of the term could reflect a renewed interest in investing in the future.
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    An Iran-Israel War?

    Iran’s mass ballistic missile and drone attack on Israel last week raised anew the specter of a widening Middle East war that draws in Iran and its proxies, as well as Western countries like the United States. The urgent need to defuse tensions – starting by ending Israel’s war in Gaza and pursuing a lasting political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – is obvious, but can it be done?

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    What a Climate-Aligned IMF Would Look Like

    Mohamed Nasheed & Rakesh Mohan explain how the managing director can fully position the institution to help the most vulnerable countries.
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    The Key to Transforming African Health

    Jayati Ghosh highlights efforts to foster scientific innovation and drug manufacturing on the continent.
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    China’s Rebalancing Imperative

    Stephen S. Roach

    The most successful development stories almost always involve major shifts in the sources of economic growth, which in turn allow economies to reinvent themselves out of necessity or by design. In China, the interplay of mounting external pressures, lagging household consumption, and falling productivity will increasingly shape China’s policy choices in the years ahead.

    explains why the Chinese authorities should switch to a consumption- and productivity-led growth model.
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    From Welfare State to Safe State in Latin America

    Jorge G. Castañeda & Carlos Ominami

    Designing a progressive anti-violence strategy that delivers the safety for which a huge share of Latin Americans crave is perhaps the most difficult challenge facing many of the region’s governments. But it is also the most important.

    urge the region’s progressives to start treating security as an essential component of social protection.
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    The Urgency of Sovereign-Debt Restructuring

    José Antonio Ocampo highlights the need for a comprehensive mechanism to deliver relief to low- and middle-income countries.

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