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Barry Herman

Former visiting Senior Fellow at The New School

Barry Herman is a former visiting Senior Fellow and visiting faculty in the Julian J. Studley Graduate Programs in International Affairs, The New School.

Mr. Herman serves on the Core Team of the Global Coalition for Social Protection Floors and writes independently on various topics in international economic relations and development.

Mr. Herman worked for almost 30 years in the United Nations Secretariat, in the end leading a team undertaking research and supporting negotiations on international economic and financial issues, including in the summit on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico (2002).

Since leaving the UN, he has written papers on international financial and development issues for the UN, the ILO, Brot für die Welt, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Commonwealth Secretariat, and the World Council of Churches (in technical backstopping for the 2012 São Paulo Statement: International Financial Transformation for the Economy of Life”).

He is a founding member of the advisory board of Social Justice in Global Development, an international NGO. From 2006 to 2011, he was a founding member of the board of directors of Global Integrity.

Mr. Herman holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan, an MBA from the University of Chicago and an A.B. from Columbia University.

Articles by Barry Herman

The UN to the Rescue?

Why the world should pay attention to the 2025 UN conference on Financing for Development.

January 22, 2024

An Easy Way to Provide Debt Relief for the World’s Poorest Countries

Donor governments do not have to fund poor country debt relief from their fiscal budgets. They can tap long-unused reserve assets available at the IMF called Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).

July 17, 2020

Argentina’s Debt: How to Buy Time in the Pandemic

As the country faces yet another debt crisis, what is a constructive way forward for Argentina and its creditors?

May 1, 2020

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law

The UNCITRAL comprises of 60 legal experts elected by the Assembly to represent all governments, drawing on both common law and civil law traditions.

October 9, 2015

Wanted: A New Debt Deal for the World

Beyond just Argentina, it’s time to find a solution for how unpayable sovereign debts are fixed.

October 9, 2015

Country Bankruptcies and the Shackles of U.S. Law

Argentina and beyond: Is there an effective global solution for country bankruptcies?

August 5, 2014

Sovereign Debt Difficulties: Had Enough Yet?

Can the fragmentary and chaotic process of resolving sovereign debt crises be made fairer and more effective?

December 14, 2012