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Time for a new Bretton Woods?

Friday, 3 January 2014
From time to time, calls are made for a “new” Bretton Woods, including in the dark days of late 2008, when the global economy was thought be perched perilously on the precipice of an economic abyss. At the time, it wasn’t entirely clear to me what, exactly, was being proposed. In the event, the crisis response mobilized by the G20 in late 2008 and early 2009 succeeded in stopping the economic dégringolade and, seemingly, refuted Hegel. But, while the global economy was stabilized by 2010, for most major advanced economics, the subsequent recovery has been tepid. As Brad DeLong estimates, absent measures to restore U.S. growth to its pre-crisis rate, the potential output lost as a result of the “Great Stagnation” could well exceed that of the Great Depression.

Inside North Korea: Could the Kaesong complex give hope for the future?

Tuesday, 24 December 2013
Andrew Salmon
"What we saw in Europe after World War II was that economic integration can solve political challenges," says Domenico Lombardi, Director of CIGI's Global Economy Program, commenting on his visit to North Korea as member of a G20 delegation."That might be the lesson Korea can draw."

Inter-Korean factory park tough sell to outsiders

Thursday, 19 December 2013
Youkyung Lee
"This is the first step of what a more open North Korea would be one day," says Domenico Lombardi, Director of CIGI's Global Economy Program, during a historic visit by G20 conference delegates, to the Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea.

UN’s climate change negotiation process in need of ‘radical re-think’ after 20 years of limited action, says CIGI report

Wednesday, 18 December 2013
The United Nations climate change negotiation process is in need of “a radical re-think,” to avoid future generations paying a heavy price for failure and inaction, according to a new policy brief from The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

The G-8 should show Putin the door

Sunday, 15 December 2013
Fen Osler Hampson, Derek Burney
CIGI Global Security Program Director Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney examine how Vladimir Putin is taking Russia back to its old Soviet ways. "It will be 'Back to the Future' unless the West adopts a more principled and forceful stance with Russia. If Putin is allowed to succeed, the real losers will be democracy and the Russian people," they say.

Henry offers three pillars for principled economic growth

Wednesday, 11 December 2013
Just as parents can learn from their children, Peter Blair Henry believes the world’s advanced economies should show some humility and take a few lessons from some of the third-world countries they once lectured on the fundamentals of economic growth. Drawing from his most recent book, Turnaround: Third World Lessons for First World Growth (Basic Books, 2013), Henry said in his public lecture at CIGI that the world’s “aging economies,” such as Canada, the US and much of Western Europe, need to “adopt or re-learn” three main principles of growth they once espoused to the third world: discipline, clarity and trust.

The G20: Reincarnation of an Acupuncturist?

Friday, 6 December 2013
Those who believe in reincarnation, the idea that people receive their “just desserts” in succeeding lives, may wonder about Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Was he a sinner in a previous life, now repaid with the “wicked problems” of the Group of Twenty (G20) 2014 presidency? Or, was he a saint, rewarded with the unique opportunity to lead the G20 on a course to ensure Australian influence and long-term stable, sustainable and balanced growth for the world economy?

Emerging Markets Back in the Box

Monday, 25 November 2013
"Rather than welcoming cheap money as a godsend, many emerging-market leaders complained that their national currencies were appreciating, making their exports less competitive," writes CIGI Senior Fellow Brett House, commenting on a lost opportunity to implement necessary reforms.

GMF-CIGI Breakfast Debate on New Approaches to Managing Severe Sovereign Debt Crises

Thursday, 21 November 2013
The Paris office of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), in partnership with the Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Informations Internationales (CEPII), organized a private discussion, on the managing of sovereign debt crises.

Off Balance: International Institutions and the Global Financial Crisis

Friday, 1 November 2013
In this lecture, CIGI Senior Fellow Paul Blustein discussed his latest book, Off Balance - a detailed account of the failings of international institutions in the global financial crisis that erupted in 2008.