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Argentina Requesting Relief in “Vulture Funds” case

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Feb 25, 2014

Argentina Requesting Relief in “Vulture Funds” case

Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari is quoted in an article on Argentina’s appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that would compel the country to pay more than $1.3 billion to U.S. “holdout” bondholders that the Argentine president has called “vultures.”

The article, Argentina Requests Supreme Court Relief in “Vulture Fund” Case, appeared on February 24 2014.

“The ruling would make it very hard for debtors going through similar problems in the future to restructure their sovereign debt in a successful, timely and orderly fashion,” Caliari said.

 

Global Women's Project | Fri, Nov 22, 2013

Myth Busting: Women's Parity in the EU Immigration Crisis

Dr. Deva Kemmis, the director of the Center's Global Women's Project, joins advocates and scholars researching solutions to establish parity for women in the immigration crises within the European Community. At a meeting held at Georgetown University's BMW Center at the School of Foreign Service, Kemmis questioned women's progress on issues of education, work, child care, and opportunities for leadership roles. 

Latin American Countries Put Up Front Against Corporate Lawsuits

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Mon, Oct 21, 2013

Latin American Countries Put Up Front Against Corporate Lawsuits

Mint Press News quotes Center of Concern team member Aldo Caliari in “Latin American Countries Put Up Front Against Corporate Lawsuits,” an article appeared on October 3 2013. The article reports on recent steps taken by a bloc of a dozen Latin American countries to oppose a spate of crippling lawsuits increasingly brought by multinational corporations against developing country governments for alleged violations of trade agreements. “Many of these investment treaties are approved in the dark, with a lack of due process and no input from citizens,” Caliari says. “The mythology behind these sort of clauses, including agreeing to be bound by tribunals, has to do with idea that if you do your country will be attractive for foreign investment, though those benefits have often proven to be nonexistent.”

 

Global Women's Project | Mon, Oct 14, 2013

Evidence-based Report Guides New Action Plan

Dr. Deva Kemmis, the director the Center's Global Women's Project, joins fellow researchers and advocates learning the results of the new evidence-based report on women's empowerment, produced by a joint project of the United Nations Foundation and the ExxonMobil Foundation. Kemmis, on the right, stands with Jessica Gushuny of the National Collegiate Scholars Society at the event launching the report, A Roadmap for Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment.  The report's results identify proven, promising and high-potential interventions to advance women’s economic development around the world. Kemmis says, "Such evidence-based research provides new guidance to the Global Women's Project action plan."

Ecology and Development | Fri, Oct 4, 2013

Sino-US Colloquium (IV) = Core Values and World Order

Lester Myers, Ph.D. and President of Center of Concern joins Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick at the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC) Sino-US Colloquium (IV) = Core Values and World Order.  Presenters include academicians and scholars from China and the United States, international religious and cultural experts, social scientists, renowned journalists and politicians whom CEFC assembles. CEFC serves as a high-end strategic think tank engaged in energy strategy research, energy and public diplomacy, as well as global energy cooperation and cultural exchanges. Through the Colloquium, CEFC challenges the best minds to to conduct research in support of China’s three-pronged approach to energy development: the substitution of cleaner alternative energy for traditional energy, renewable energy for fossil fuels and plentiful energy sources for scarce ones.

Rethinking Bretton Woods | Tue, Oct 1, 2013

Credit Rating Reform Overlooks Developing World

Inter Press Service New Agency (IPS) quotes Aldo Caliari, Center of Concern's director of Rethinking Bretton Woods Project in its September 15, 2013 article, "Credit Rating Reform Overlooks Developing World." The article notes that even in countries not issuing debt, credit ratings serve as "benchmarks for bonds issued by firms in  the country." Caliari says, "This bias incentivises developing countries to adhere strictly to rules dictated by CRAs." According to article author, Samuel Oakford, "Emerging markets began to be rated by CRAs in the 1980s and 90s, a period that overlapped with the rise of market-based antidotes to the economic ills of the developing world. The mutually influential mix was not always fortuitous for borrowers."  Caliari says, "The standards imposed by CRAs can favour austerity and punish countries that increase social spending, without regard to growth. That ratings are meant to predict a very narrow occurrence, sovereign defaults, is part of the problem. Many incorrectly assume that ratings reflect the overall health of an economy."

Education for Justice | Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies Conference Explores Post-Vatican II Catholic Intellectual Life

Director of Center of Concern’s Education for Justice Project Patrick Finan pauses with statue Center of Concern's co-founder Very Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. on display at the University of San Francisco. Finan returns from Lógos of Love Conference, organized by the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California, with new insights on the future of Catholic intellectual life. Finan says, “The Conference brought together scholarly representatives from a vast array of disciplines, including theology, philosophy, science, history, literature, fine arts and music. Speakers focused on the promise and predicament of Catholic intellectual life in a post-Vatican II environment. Discussions raised concerns over the need for Catholic tradition and thought dedicated to ecumenism and interreligious dialogue." 

Global Women's Project | Fri, Sep 27, 2013

Mythologies of Women's Identities Complicate Contemporary Empowerment

Deva Kemmis, Ph.D., Director of Center of Concern's Global Women's Project, speaking at the American Goethe Institute, Washington, D.C., says that contemporary women must still work to overcome misleading stereotypes that limit their empowerment in the global workforce. Kemmis researches women's historical identities that perpetuate the obstacles to women securing their place as entrepreneurs and leaders. Incorporating literary, political, and historical references and images in her presentation, Kemmis's work asks that viewers investigate the visual presentation of women today. She asks, "What is really going on when women's identities are portrayed as mythological creatures such as sirens and mermaids and how do those images complicate women's progress?" 

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