The G20 has had an impressive run at going big, in terms of collective action.
Compare a Black Bloc hooligan lobbing an incendiary bomb into police cruiser, during the Toronto summit, to a Wall Street investment banker tossing a collateralized debt instrument based on flimsy mortgages into the investment system. Both devices explode. But there’s no confusing the two people in a police line-up, writes CIGI Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs, Fred Kuntz.
WATERLOO, Canada — Governments from the South are assuming leading roles in decisions on global issues such as climate change, health governance, trade regimes, and water and food security.
Take a room that’s one million square feet – or 42 times the size of the ice pad at the Kitchener Aud – and boasts 60-foot ceilings.
Changes must be made to address runaway costs and security concerns, but getting the world's leaders together in person remains vitally important, says CIGI Distinguished Fellow Gordon Smith.
At least four factors constrain the PM’s ability to manage issues on a global scale
An op-ed by CIGI Acting Executive Director Tom Bernes and CIGI Distinguished Fellow Gordon Smith in the Globe and Mail outlines that there are at least four factors constraining the PM's ability to manage issues on a global scale.
Urban warfare in downtown Kingston has led some to refer to Jamaica as the next narco-state (we already have one, Guinea-Bissau). Christopher (“Dudus”) Coke, the don whose requested extradition by the United States has triggered this furore, is being compared to Pablo Escobar, the Colombian drug cartel boss. The unofficial figure of 60 dead in four days (including two policemen and one soldier), and the pictures of pitched gun-battles in the barricaded streets of Tivoli Gardens between the Jamaican Defence Force and reputed members of the Shower Posse led by Coke are not reassuring.
History, at least Middle East history, changed course in the Eastern Mediterranean this week.