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Book Review: A Look inside the Fund

Monday, September 1, 2014
Finance & Development
CIGI Senior Fellow Brett House reviews the new book, "Money and Tough Love: On Tour with the IMF," by Liaquat Ahamed.

Survival of elephants depends on global action

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
The Globe and Mail
The African elephant, iconic, peaceful and innocently grazing, is being killed today in an unsustainable manner. Extinction is unlikely before 2050, but absent concerted global action to save vulnerable herds from Chinese-backed poachers, this century's massive decline in elephant numbers will continue and could easily threaten the ultimate survival of the species.

The key to Canadian prosperity is processing before exporting

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Embassy
"The key ingredients for creating a sustainably prosperous Canada exist right now: talented Canadians and plenty of raw resources, including vast energy sources. However, we urgently need decisive political leadership to design and implement value-added policies, laws and associated governance systems to create an environment in which all of us, including the private and public sectors, can flourish," says Senior Fellow Keith Hipel.

Derek H. Burney and Fen Osler Hampson: Breaking out of our North American cocoon

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek H. Burney
National Post
On Canada Day, 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper described this country as a "land of hope in a sea of uncertainty." Indeed, there is much in the world that prompts deep concern: sluggish jobless recovery following the fiscal crisis that paralyzed many Western economies; the Arab Spring and unpredictable risks posed by Islamic extremists; the spectacular rise of China economically and potentially politically as well; new instabilities on the borders of Europe as Vladimir Putin's "New Russia" flexes its military muscles and challenges the territorial status quo; the spectre of a nuclear Iran even as arms-control talks continue; the unravelling of Afghanistan and Iraq after huge military engagements in each; and the daunting challenge of attacks on liberty from cyberspace. America's capacity and inclination for global leadership are waning. Sharp political divides on the home-front undermine consensus on domestic and foreign policy. U.S. military prowess remains in a class of its own, but 21st-century security threats, whether from terrorists on the ground or from cyberspace, cannot be stopped by massive military assaults.

How does the PM intend to play the China card?

Monday, August 18, 2014
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
"We need to be realistic about what we can achieve but, by seeking a more productive bilateral relationship with China, Canada does not have to cede or compromise the values of our own society. Diplomacy is not a “zero sum” game," says CIGI Global Security & Politics Director Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

China at the Summit

Thursday, August 7, 2014
China US Focus
Washington’s massive Africa summit this week is in large part directed at countering China’s massive influence on the continent. Africans and American officials know that China’s trade with Africa is more than double that of the U.S., annually; that China is more reliant than the U.S. on Africa’s petroleum and precious metals; that China’s aid to Africa (however measured), equals that of the U.S.; that China is constructing many more rails, roads, and dams than Americans and Europeans; and that China’s diplomatic presence exceeds that of the United States in Africa. In other words, China has surpassed the U.S. in African activity and few African leaders are unaware of China’s relevance to their national futures.

Washington’s good intentions for Africa are not enough

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
The Globe and Mail
"As China’s soft power has grown in Africa, so has the United States’ diminished role, despite the real affection and concern for Africa expressed by Mr. Obama and National Security Adviser Susan Rice," says CIGI Senior Fellow Robert Rotberg.

Gutless sanctions expose West’s lack of resolve

Monday, August 4, 2014
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
"Faced with what looks like an imminent Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine and the continuing obstruction of a proper investigation of the Malaysian aircraft disaster, it is time for the West to move beyond baby steps and implement sanctions with bite, along with a major economic aid package and military assistance that makes Ukraine less ripe for the picking," say CIGI Global Security & Politics Program Director Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

Preparing for the Next Global Public Debt Crisis

Thursday, July 31, 2014
The Institute Blog (Institute for New Economic Thinking)
"In response to the international financial crisis of 2008, global debt has been driven to high levels, and in the coming years macroeconomic conditions are likely to push debt burdens to even higher ratios across the developed and emerging worlds," writes CIGI Senior Fellow Brett House.

Big Ideas for Tackling World Problems

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Diplomat & International Canada
"There is a renaissance in economic thinking that is taking place outside the restrictive boundaries of the economics discipline that will revolutionise the way we think about macroeconomics, microeconomics and monetary policy," says CIGI Distinguished Fellow Fen Osler Hampson.

Soccer lessons for Europe's economy

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Project Syndicate
"Though a solution to the euro crisis continues to elude European leaders, the foundations of one are not difficult to discern. In fact, Europe’s recent soccer experience – specifically, in the EURO 2012 tournament and this year’s World Cup – provides insight into how to revive Europe’s economy and address its deeper identity problem," says CIGI Senior Fellow Harold James.

Israel and Gaza: With rights come responsibilities

Monday, July 28, 2014
The Globe and Mail
"Instead of repeating its apparently unconditional support for Israel, Ottawa should be promoting compliance with international law, working with others to interrupt the mad cycle of violence in Gaza and reminding all concerned of their legal and moral obligation to protect civilians," writes CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker.