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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. The Arab Winter of Discontent
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    The Arab Winter of Discontent

    Oct 31, 2019 Ishac Diwan notes both similarities and important differences between today's popular uprisings and the 2011 Arab Spring.

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    Will Crypto Survive?

    Kenneth Rogoff assesses the strategies regulators could adopt in the aftermath of the FTX debacle.
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    Done With Deglobalization?

    Michael Spence sees reason to hope that the scales may soon tip back from international confrontation to cooperation.
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    The Unbearable Uselessness of Crypto

    Andrés Velasco explains why FTX's collapse should sink a hyped-up lie bobbing on an ocean of libertarian technobabble.
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    Is Germany Sick Again?

    Hans-Werner Sinn pours cold water on the fantasy that European economies can weather gas shortages with minimal pain.
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    America's Silent Progressive Majority

    Joseph E. Stiglitz

    Now that the American electorate appears to have rejected Republican extremism, many will argue that US President Joe Biden and the Democrats should tack right to capture centrist voters. But this would be a mistake, given where voters' preferences increasingly lie.

    considers what the midterm election results indicate about voters' real priorities.
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    Big Tech Gets Derailed

    Jonathan Levy traces the origins of the sector's recent turmoil to the nineteenth-century rise of the corporation.
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    Will the West Give in to Russia?

    From soaring inflation to a deepening energy crisis, the United States and Europe are facing no shortage of economic challenges, and Russia’s war against Ukraine – and the sanctions imposed in response to it – bears much of the blame. As Russia launches new rounds of missile attacks, we asked PS commentators what the West should be doing for Ukraine – and how likely it is to do it.

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    The Techno-Feudal Method to Musk’s Twitter Madness

    Yanis Varoufakis explains that the issue is neither vanity nor public service, but rather the need to acquire cloud capital.
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    The Case for Mandating Climate-Risk Disclosure

    Timothy Meyer, et al. defend the legal and economic justification for the US Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed new rule.

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