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Harper’s Cold War mindset diminishes his global credibility

Tuesday, 1 April 2014
article
Canada has "long since ceased to be a Middle Power and we can and should contribute to peace and progress on the major international issues of the day," writes CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker.

The best time in history

Tuesday, 18 March 2014
blog
In her public lecture at CIGI, Natalie Day, head of policy at the Oxford Martin School, unpacked the research and recommendations of Now for the Long Term. Undertaken by a prestigious commission chaired by former Director-General of the World Trade Organization Pascal Lamy, the report calls for a reformation of strategic thought. It urges decision makers to “overcome their pressing daily preoccupations to tackle problems that will determine the lives of today’s and tomorrow’s generations.”

Vertically Integrated Peace Building and Community Violence Reduction in Haiti

Tuesday, 4 February 2014
publication
Timothy Donais, Geoff Burt
Gang-driven violence in the urban slums of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, has been a preoccupation of international peace-building efforts for the past decade, yet continues to pose a serious threat to peace and stability in the country. These communities have, in recent years, been the site of an ongoing series of experiments, involving a range of different actors, aimed at reclaiming them from armed gangs; however, the isolated and fragmented nature of these interventions has reduced their cumulative impact.

Climate negotiators should forget assigning historical responsibility and focus on research, standards and trade, CIGI report says

Friday, 31 January 2014
article
Climate negotiators should “forget about assigning guilt” and instead focus on international cooperation and measures that will reduce carbon emissions, according to a new CIGI report.

In Israel, Harper needs to be a statesman, not a partisan

Tuesday, 14 January 2014
article
"The status quo in the West Bank will not endure eternally whatever some Israelis might wish and neither side will get all it wants in negotiations whatever some Palestinians might hope," writes CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker, commenting on Prime Minister Stephen Harper visit to Israel and the West Bank.

Canada and the Middle East: a reality check

Thursday, 9 January 2014
article
Fen Osler Hampson, Derek Burney
"Canada is not in a position to guarantee security to anyone in the Middle East," write Derek Burney and Fen Osler Hampson, Director of CIGI's Global Security Program, commenting on the country's policies toward the region.

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
article
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).

As world moves to weed out graft, Canada remains a laggard

Monday, 9 December 2013
article
Brett House, David Landry
"Canadian investigations are hamstrung by the lack of any whistle-blower incentives of the sort that have worked well in the United States," write CIGI Senior Fellow Brett House and international development consultant David Landry, as they make the case for Canada to "clean up its act" on corruption.

UN links Assad to war crimes

Monday, 2 December 2013
article
CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani discusses the UN's evidence that ties Syrian President Assad to war crimes.

The Public Life of Climate Change: The First 25 Years

Friday, 1 November 2013
video
In 1988 few serious commentators believed that the politics of climate change would be anything other than tortuous. Yet the assumption has remained through the period since that human-induced climate change is an important, urgent and discrete problem which at least in principle lends itself to policy solutions.