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Some nations more equal than others

January 8, 2007

In this extract from his latest book, former World Bank chief economist Joe Stiglitz argues that a trade regime based on the principle of universal reciprocity regardless of circumstances does little to help developing countries.

Awesome potential locked in Africa

January 8, 2007

Africa is a real banking market with real potential and there is nothing philanthropic about Barclays’ activities there, writes John Varley. He outlines particular areas that his banking group is committed to developing and region-specific issues that must be addressed.

Building domestic asian bond markets

January 8, 2007

Regional co-operation through the Asian Bond Fund initiatives will make intermediation between savings and investment increasingly effective in the region, says Joseph Yam.

Pivotal times in geopolitics

January 8, 2007

The impact of events in 1979 continues to reverberate in the changing balance of power between the West and the East. Christopher Coker considers the consequences as China’s influence is felt through the world.

When globalisers lost their nerve

January 8, 2007

The current malaise of globalisation relates to a growing sense of internal paralysis in the major industrial countries and the sense that power politics have returned, says Harold James.

Investing in global public good delivery

January 8, 2007

Financing common public goods such as measures to combat climate change and international financial instability requires multilateral co-operation between developing and developed actors, says Kemal Dervis.

Never mind the economics

January 8, 2007

From a cost perspective the merging of stock exchanges in a particular region makes perfect sense, but nationalistic politics dictates this cannot be, hence partnership is the only way forward, says Ruben Lee.

Hard landing looks likely

January 8, 2007

The risks of a US recession this year are high, and there is little likelihood that the rest of the global economy can uncouple itself to prevent a sharp global slowdown, writes Nouriel Roubini.

Regulators’ eyes on financial institutions

January 8, 2007

Regulators need to keep on top of banks, says Dr YV Reddy.

IMF's managing director explains the Fund's new priorities

January 2, 2006

With demographic change and globalisation presenting fresh challenges, Rodrigo de Rato explains how the 60-year-old International Monetary Fund is adapting itself to new paradigms.

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