The IMF has thus far played a supporting role to the European Union in tackling the sovereign debt crisis; some analysts say that needs to change—starting this week.
Christine Lagarde's leadership of the IMF is not quite three months- but there's simmering debate over whether the IMF can stage-manage the seemingly inevitable Greek debt default without turning it into a global financial crisis.
The appointment of a former Chinese central bank official, Zhu Min as a deputy managing director at the IMF was meant to increase Asia's voice at the Fund. But some current and former policymakers, say the region remains under-represented.
Questions about a post-Strauss Kahn IMF will no doubt be unwelcome, but the dire state of play in Europe, not to mention the dreary U.S. landscape, present compelling, alternative story lines.
The IMF has been credited with alleviating past financial crises - but has the IGO been helpful this time around?
The International Monetary Fund finds itself front-and-center in dealing with Europe’s debt crisis, urging banks to recapitalize and policymakers to begin to aggressively address the problem. In Asia, however, the Fund finds itself in a completely different role, limited to monitoring and consulting with economies that seem relatively sheltered—at least for now—from the global crisis.
The newly appointed IMF leader Christine Lagarde is expected to help pull Europe away from an economic cliff. What should she do?
Between dominate G7 voting rights, and historical European leadership, is the IMF overly weighted towards Western interests?
Those looking for answers from this week's World Bank/IMF conference were presented only with more questions and vague reassurances that global policy leaders are acutely aware of the problems and prepared to act.
Europe lacks the same mechanisms that the US had to deal with its financial crisis three years ago, making the dangers even greater, billionaire investor and activist George Soros said.
Lost in much of the rancor and hand-wringing over the debt crisis in the European Union and the US is that it's not just those two regions that will be affected.
European policymakers, stung by criticism for failing to stem the euro zone debt crisis, began working on new ways to stop fallout from Greece's near-bankruptcy from potentially upsetting the world economy.
As his former colleagues at the International Monetary Fund gather this week, the scandal surrounding Dominique Strauss-Kahn will be a specter in the background.
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