CIGI has engaged in ongoing research on the global economic crisis. CIGI researchers collaborate with experts worldwide to assess the crisis and develop recommendations to alleviate its impact and spur growth. A series of events featuring leading experts have been held, and scholarly outputs are being produced.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to boost his reputation for being one of the world's most vocal advocates for free trade and open markets, as that is one of four priorities he has laid out for Canada's G8 presidency next year.
CIGI maintained a multimedia G8 Summit blog to track and assess developments in L'Aquila, Italy, as they unfolded. The legitimacy of the G8 as an international decision-making body has been challenged by the creation of the G20, a more representative institution that acknowledges the growing strength of emergent powers such as BRICSAM.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who has taken to the road this week to shore up confidence among some of his country's biggest debt holders, is trying to get their attention by acknowledging that Washington has a “special responsibility” to maintain stability in the global economy.
For the first time since the onset of the financial crisis, there's reason to feel optimistic about world trade.
Canada just can't keep up. The decline of Nortel coincides with a troubling reality: Research spending is shrinking, productivity is sliding, and we're still leaning too heavily on our resources