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Canada-South Korea trade deal gives both countries a global boost

Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Globe and Mail
The state visit to Canada by President Park Geun-hye on Sept. 20-22 inaugurates a major new chapter in Canada’s 50 year relationship with South Korea, headlined by the signature of the Canada-Korea free-trade agreement completed earlier this year.

Ebola is no longer just Africa’s problem

Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Globe and Mail
World leaders finally seem to be waking up to the gravity of the Ebola threat. Like the rest of us, they’ve been distracted by the Islamic State’s rampage in Syria and Iraq, the Ukrainian crisis, and even the mini-drama of the Scottish independence referendum. An outbreak of disease in Africa elicits yawns. The news resonates with the world’s worst stereotypes about the continent. Many people assume that what happens there, no matter how tragic, can’t matter much here.

Restoring financial stability with economic growth

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
VOX
CIGI Senior Fellow James Boughton argues that the international financial system is not working fine, and that reforms of regional and global institutions are needed.

Obama’s IS strategy: Too little far too late

Monday, September 15, 2014
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
Although IS has captured global attention with its murderous beheadings and highly effective social media campaign, Iran is ultimately a much greater threat to regional and global security," say CIGI Distinguished Fellow Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

Is Boko Haram emboldened by victories of Islamic State militants?

Monday, September 8, 2014
The Globe and Mail
"Boko Haram threatens to establish an Islamic caliphate on the ferocious model of the Islamic State (IS) extremists active in Iraq and Syria," writes CIGI Senior Fellow Robert Rotberg.

Une Réforme Plus Ambitieuse

Saturday, September 6, 2014
La Presse
CIGI Senior Brett House comments on the pension reform bill in Quebec.

NATO needs U.S. leadership and a return to action

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
"The U.S. must lead again now by putting down some tangible markers against new, existential threats and seeing who responds. Those who do should get a say and those who do not should rest on the sidelines. It is time for deeds, not pulpy communiqués," say CIGI Distinguished Fellow Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

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.