Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Feb 20, 2014
On February 24, 2014, RBW Project Director Aldo Caliari spoke at “The Debt Problem of Small Vulnerable States: A Time to Act,” a panel discussion organized by the United Nations Financing for Development Office. The event took place in the occasion of the first PrepCom in preparation for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States, to be held in Samoa in September 2014.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Jan 26, 2012
RBW Project Director, Aldo Caliari, contributes to a new study by Jubilee USA, "The Responsible Lending and Borrowing Imperative: Addressing the Root Causes of Poverty."
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, May 3, 2010
A new book co-published by Center of Concern and South Centre argues that, as the crisis exposes the fault lines in the current paradigm that links international trading and public debt, only crisis recovery measures that dare to reshape such paradigm on the basis of the lessons learned can lead to a more resilient and development-oriented global economy.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, May 19, 2009
Center of Concern staff Aldo Caliari authors a study recently published by UNCTAD, "Risks Associated with Trends in the Treatment of Sovereign Debt in Bilateral Trade and Investment Treaties." The study, originally submitted at an UNCTAD consultation held in 2005, argues that in its most recent bilateral Free Trade Agreements, the US government has insisted on clauses that would restrict the policy autonomy that countries need to implement sovereign debt restructuring measures.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Thu, Jan 22, 2009
An article for the European Network on Debt and Development (Eurodad) examines whether the Doha FFD Conference has made progress on the institutional processes for dealing with sovereign debt.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Sun, Nov 30, 2008
Leaders of the G20 countries gathered at an Economic Summit in Washington, over the weekend, decided to launch a process to implement reforms of the international financial system. A similar effort is underway at the UN to convene a summit next year. With so much attention focused on the response to the global financial crisis, it would be easy to assume trade issues will take a backseat to financial ones.
For developing countries, this approach would be a tragedy. As the financial crisis continues to unfold, events are making it painfully clear that trade is the main channel by which the financial crisis will make its impacts felt on them, especially on their real economies.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Sep 6, 2005
The 2005 Summit of the Group of 8 leaders of industrialized countries took place in Gleneagles, Scotland, July 6-8. The Summit stood tall among the frantic series of 2005 high-level meetings, reports and other advocacy moments which held promise because of their focus on development issues and on the problems in Africa. However, clouded by despicable terrorist attacks in London that threatened to derail the agenda of the meetings and at some point the meeting itself the July 2005 Summit failed to meet the expectations of so many faith-based and secular NGOs, groups and movements.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Jun 20, 2005
Coming up hard on the G-8 Summit in Gleneagles, Scotland over July 7-8, 2005, Aldo Caliari, Director of the Center's Rethinking Bretton Woods Project, writes to The Financial Times, "In trying to assert its leadership on the debt cancellation question the US government has gone to great lengths. One would have hoped the government would have also wanted to be seen as the first, not the last, to withdraw its support for an economic model that has failed to promote growth in the developing world and, crucially, the poorest countries in need for debt relief. "
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Wed, Mar 9, 2005
In a letter to the editors of the Financial Times published on March 2005, Aldo Caliari, Director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods project, raises concerns about alarming IMF statements following the successful culmination of the Argentine debt swap.
Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Feb 22, 2005
A letter by Aldo Caliari, Director of the Rethinking Bretton Woods project, regarding the Financial Times editorial "Tackling the Challenge of Poverty", questions the lack of a critical approach to creditors' dominance of the implementation of debt relief in assessing its results.