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Challenges Facing the WTO and Its New Chief

Friday, 17 May 2013
Zheng Chenguang
Senior Fellow Debra Steger discusses the the growing challenges facing the new World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo, as the gorwing number of bilateral agreements threatens the body's international clout.

Time to put high-stakes Internet security issue on G20 agenda, CIGI commentary says

Monday, 13 May 2013
The G20 should tackle the vastly important issue of Internet security and “articulate a vision for shaping the Internet economy for the next five to 10 years,” a new commentary issued by CIGI recommends.

An Activist or Pacifist G-7 at London Meeting?

Friday, 10 May 2013
Mark Crumpton
"It's also very clear that central banks cannot be expected to provide the engine for growth indefinitely," says Director of CIGI's Global Economy Program, commenting on the G7 finance ministers summit in London.

Sobel Plays Bad Cop to Treasury’s Lew as G-7 Debates Austerity

Friday, 10 May 2013
Ian Katz and Sandrine Rastello
Domenico Lombardi, director of CIGI's Global Economy program, comments on U.S. Treasury official Mark Sobel's role in pushing the G20 to "stimulate demand and refrain from imposing fiscal austerity too quickly."

The WTO can still be relevant. First task, kill the Doha Round

Thursday, 9 May 2013
CIGI President Rohinton Medhora says Roberto Azevedo, incoming head of the WTO, "should use whatever honeymoon period he is afforded by the member states to do the best impersonation he can of John Cleese in the Dead Parrot sketch and declare the Round deceased."

Stephen Poloz: Man with a mission

Friday, 3 May 2013
Kevin Carmichael, Tavia Grant and Steven Chase
“How he navigates between understanding the needs of the corporate sector and the job of monetary policy is not going to be easy,” says CIGI Senior Fellow Pierre Siklos, commenting on the appointment of Stephen Poloz as the next governor of the Bank of Canada.

What went wrong

Wednesday, 1 May 2013
CIGI researchers Domenico Lombardi and John Zelenbaba look back at the 2007-2008 global financial crisis, to understand the factors that caused such a perfect storm and offer perspective to guide international regulatory reform to prevent another such crisis.

Financing Global Environmental Public Goods

Wednesday, 1 May 2013
This project explores the three main tracks to overcoming the barriers to sustainable development: how to raise the money; how to spend the money; and, how to design and govern the executing body.

From the IMF Spring Meetings to St. Petersburg summit

Tuesday, 30 April 2013
At the recent Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, the IMF outlined what it called “Steps to Energize Global Recovery.” These were generally met with skepticism, as many observers pointed to a global “stalemate” that is preventing the implementation of the international policy framework needed to address the remaining challenges from the global financial crisis. To get a better understanding of the situation and of the related discussions at the IMF meetings, we talk to Domenico Lombardi, director of CIGI’s Global Economy Program and a former member of the IMF executive board.

‘Austerians’ are reeling as G20 avoids mention of hard fiscal targets

Sunday, 21 April 2013
Kevin Carmichael
“Hard [fiscal] targets lead to silly decisions,” says CIGI Senior Fellow Susan Schadler, commenting on the legacy of the debt and deficit targets the G20 laid out in 2010.