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The G8 that failed: Syria, Russia and the demise of summitry

Tuesday, 18 June 2013
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Fen Osler Hampson, Derek Burney
"There are many reasons why the G8 has become a shadow of its former self, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently put his finger on one major limiting factor – the inclusion of Russia, which, under Vladimir Putin, has moved steadily away from the principles of democratic government that underpinned the old G7," according to CIGI Distinguished Fellow Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

Syria Crisis

Tuesday, 18 June 2013
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CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker comments on how there is some sort of progress with regard to discussing the conflict in Syria at the G8 summit.

Crude climbs as the G8 grapples with conflict in Syria

Monday, 17 June 2013
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BNN speaks to CIGI Distinguished Fellow and Global Security Program Director Fen Osler Hampson about the G8 Summit in the UK and how Syria is at the top of the agenda.

Why is Russia still in the G-8?

Monday, 17 June 2013
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Fen Osler Hampson, Derek Burney
"The fundamental objective of these summits is to have world leaders reach some degree of consensus on bolstering the global economy. In recent years, however, the G-8 has fallen well short of the low-water mark on this aspect. The 2013 iteration is unlikely to be any different," according to Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

Renowned economic and financial historian Harold James joins CIGI as senior fellow

Monday, 17 June 2013
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The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of economic and financial historian Harold James as a CIGI Senior Fellow, effective immediately.

Syria: The G8 should call for for intervention, now

Monday, 17 June 2013
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In an op-ed on Syria and intervention, CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker argues that "the G8 summit taking place in Northern Ireland today is ideally timed to confront the Russians and to rally the support of key countries to act." He says, "If the sheer scale of the killing of Syrians is not enough to wake the world’s sensibilities, the growing dangers to us all should provoke action."

Previewing the 39th G8 summit at Lough Erne

Friday, 14 June 2013
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On June 17-18, 2013, official leaders from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom will meet at Lough Erne for the 39th G8 summit. The summit’s stated priority is on supporting global economic development through advancing trade, ensuring tax compliance and promoting greater transparency. This week, experts Bessma Momani and David Welch explain how global security issues might take centre stage at the upcoming G8 summit.

CIGI co-publishes paper series on ‘way forward’ for internationalization of Asian and BRICS’ currencies

Friday, 14 June 2013
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Asian and BRICS’ nations’ growing economic weight and prominence in the G20 affords them a unique opportunity to play a constructive role in reforming the international monetary system (IMS), in key areas such as currency internationalization and orderly adjustment. These are among the conclusions of a new paper series co-published by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Hong Kong Institute for Monetary Research (HKIMR).

CIGI fellow urges G20 to lead IMF rethink on climate change financing

Friday, 24 May 2013
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An innovative G20 interpretation of the rules of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) may be required to finance global environmental public goods, according to a new commentary by Barry Carin, a senior fellow at The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).

Financing Climate Change — Untying the Gordian Knot

Friday, 24 May 2013
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The Russian presidency of the Group of Twenty (G20) has green growth, financing for investment and development for all among its priorities. The question at issue is whether the G20 can advance these three priorities by tackling the complex issue of financing environmental global “public goods,” in particular climate change.