Driving the global economy out of its worst period since the Great Depression will require the same basic fundamentals as any safe car ride — proper application of the accelerator and brakes, with a firm hand on the wheel, ready to make the necessary adjustments. Olivier Blanchard, director of the International Monetary Fund’s Research Department, used this simple analogy in his public address, to a near-capacity crowd at the CIGI Auditorium, as a way of explaining where we are in the global crisis relative to past economic crises and, more importantly, where we might be headed.
A former candidate to lead the World Bank, Jose Antonio Ocampo, issued a public address at the CIGI Auditorium to set out his vision for a constituency-based global monetary system.
On October 25, 2012, CIGI hosted “Empathy or Death: Applying the Lessons of the Cuban Missile Crisis in the 21st Century,” a panel discussion featuring expert analysis from Philip Brenner, professor of international relations and history at American University, and Kingston Reif, director of nuclear non-proliferation at The Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation.
On Wednesday, October 24, 2012, The Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA) hosted a publication launch for a new book by BSIA research professors and renowned historians, James Blight and janet Lang. The Armageddon Letters: Kennedy/Khrushchev/Castro in the Cuban Missile Crisis is part of a unique transmedia project that looks at the Cuban missile crisis on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary.
On Thursday, October 18, 2012, organizers of the Ambassador Lecture Series welcomed His Excellency Piragibe dos Santos Tarragô, ambassador of Brazil to Canada. From the CIGI Campus Auditorium, the ambassador delivered a public address on Brazil and its prospects for the future.
CIGI hosted an exclusive address by His Excellency Zhang Junsai, ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada. The address came at an important time in Canada and China’s cultural, economic and political relations.
The Forerunner Film and Speakers Series presents an inside look at the human rights crisis in North Korea. Participants included Rhoda Howard-Hassmann and Kyung B. Lee.
Bruce Riedel, a global security and Middle East expert, four-time presidential adviser, and now senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, was the keynote speaker at the opening of CIGI's 2012-2013 signature lecture series. He spoke on the topic of U.S. foreign policy toward Iran, after the November 2012 presidential election.
Beirut-based journalist Habib Battah, who has worked for Al Jazeera, CNN, Variety and BBC News, presents media insights from his experiences as a reporter, filmmaker and media analyst.
Against the backdrop of the ongoing sovereign debt crisis in Europe, CIGI convened a timely session at the annual conference of the Canadian Economics Association (CEA), on the challenges facing policy makers in the euro area and the rest of the European Union.