Against the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) fraught experience with crises where debt restructuring is needed, Ukraine’s recent restructuring agreement has been a success. Several factors — in particular, Ukraine’s geopolitical position and the composition of its creditors — facilitated official support for the deal. As these are unlikely to be replicated in future debt crises, the IMF still needs a revamping of its policies and approach in crises requiring debt restructuring. This policy brief examines a number of key challenges in the evolution of a coherent role for the IMF in future crises.

  • Susan Schadler is a CIGI Senior Fellow. She is a former deputy director of the International Monetary Fund’s European Department. Her research interests include the sovereign debt crisis, global capital flows, global financial institutions and growth models for emerging market economies.