Kleptocrats' Loot Could Rebuild Ukraine

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Bloomberg View
"The recovery of even a small part of (Ukraine's) national assets would go a long way toward covering the financing shortfall, and could avert the need to implement punishing austerity measures," write CIGI's Harold James and Domenico Lombardi.

Erdogan’s Next Move

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani comments on recent municipal election results in Turkey. She asks, "has [Prime Minister Tayeb Erdogan] been emboldened by his party’s win at the municipal elections or will he shy away from the ballot box in light of the corruption scandals plaguing both him and his inner circle?"

Seeing Syria’s Horrors: A Message for Finance Ministers

Friday, April 11, 2014
OpenCanada, Huffington Post Canada
"In the coming weeks, we can hope that Finance Ministers from some of the world’s most developed countries take heed and remember the real victims of Syria’s war: its people. As they attend the IMF-World Bank to talk about their budgets, they must not forget their financial commitments to Syria and the faces of people depending on them for basic needs," says CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani.

What’s behind these fracturing countries? Stalled economies

Friday, April 11, 2014
The Globe and Mail
"The fundamental cause of all this unrest – in such a variety of societies – is likely slower global economic growth," says Thomas Homer-Dixon, CIGI Chair of Global Systems.

Seeds of genocide were planted in Rwanda's schools

Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Globe and Mail
"In the decades leading up to the Rwandan genocide, classroom teaching contributed to Hutu and Tutsi thinking about themselves as meaningfully different, unequal, and diametrically opposed groups," says Elisabeth King, Africa Initiative Consultant.

Easy to like, Flaherty always fought for the little guy

Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Globe and Mail
"He was a decent man who loved his country and his province, who did his damndest to do right by the people he served," says CIGI Senior Fellow John Ibbitson, writing on the passing of Canada's former Finance Minister Jim Flaherty.

Could Canada stem the Central African carnage?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The Globe and Mail
"Canadian forces would be respected and capable of performing a service to world order and the Central Africans that no other country is currently available to supply. It would also help to fulfill Canada’s historic mission in the greater world," says CIGI Senior Fellow Robert Rotberg.

The IMF is turning 70. Here’s why you should celebrate

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Quartz (reposted on OpenCanada.org)
"As it nears the 70th anniversary of its conception at the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is arguably the public institution most essential to the future of the global economy," writes CIGI Senior Fellow Brett House

Roadblocks on the information highway

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
"The European Parliament’s decision late last week to support the principle of net neutrality is a victory for champions of an open Internet. But it will be a hollow victory unless other countries follow suit and the proposed rules actually become law," says CIGI Distinguished Fellow and Global Security & Politics Director Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

Donald Rumsfeld Hasn’t Learned a Damn Thing

Friday, April 4, 2014
James Blight and janet M. Lang
Politico Magazine
CIGI Chair of Foreign Policy Development James Blight and Balsillie School of International Affairs Professor janet Lang comment on a new film on Donald Rumsfeld and "the dark art of B.S."

China Slows, Africa Suffers

Friday, April 4, 2014
China-US Focus
"A China weaker economically, even if marginally, will not be good for Africa. Too much of Africa’s recent prosperity depends on China’s own continued prosperity and rapid growth," says CIGI Senior Fellow Robert Rotberg.

Turkey’s no-win election drama

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The Globe and Mail
"The AKP may be relatively stronger than its competitors, but its greatest weakness is the Prime Minister," says CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani, commenting on the political situation in Turkey.