Gordon Smith Op-Ed Contributions
"It is necessary to bridge the gap between a traditional Internet community on the one hand and a policy/governance community on the other," write CIGI fellows Mark Raymond and Gordon Smith, in an op-ed exploring the issues at the World Congress on Information Technology.
In an op-ed to The Globe and Mail, CIGI Distinguished Fellow Gordon Smith and Research Fellow Mark Raymond explore issues in Internet governance. They say, "Ensuring real opportunities for people who feel passionately about online freedoms to play a constructive role in the future of the Internet can help ensure vital civil liberties – freedoms crucial to the Internet’s creative potential – are not lost in the process of achieving other Internet governance goals, such as security."
CIGI Distinguished Fellows Fen Osler Hampson and Gordon Smith explore internet governance and diplomacy with Iran in the latest issue of Diplomat and International Canada.
"In an age of "messy multilateralism," minilateralism offers hope. Universal entities like the UN need minilateral groups of key countries that can work together across regional boundaries to achieve results that can be commended to the membership at large. The G20 is one such minilateralist invention," writes CIGI Distinguished Fellows Fen Hampson, Paul Heinbecker and Gordon Smith.
In an op-ed to iPolitics, CIGI Distinguished Fellow Gordon Smith and Research Fellow Mark Raymond argue that the Internet's "preservation and enhancement ought to be a foreign policy priority, above all for democracies."
In an op-ed to The Ottawa Citizen, CIGI Distinguished Fellow Gordon Smith argues that the Mexican government's hosting of the first ever meeting of G20 foreign ministers "is an important initiative and...deserves congratulations."
CIGI Distinguished Fellow and former Canadian G7-8 Sherpa Gordon Smith critiques the final communique from the 2011 G20 Summit in Cannes, France, and offers a a few predictions for the G20 under the Mexican presidency.
As Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) forces continue their invasion of Tripoli, we speak to CIGI experts Gordon Smith, Bessma Momani and Mark Sedra about what steps the rebel alliance, and global governance bodies, should take to create a more peaceful and democratic order after the seemingly inevitable demise of the Muammar Gadhafi regime.
"(Canada) must realize that it is essential the G20 succeed and act accordingly. If it doesn’t, the risk is that we shall be dropped from the inner table," CIGI Distinguished Fellow Gordon Smith writes in exploring the possible ramifications for global summitry if the UN Secuirty Council was expanded to nine permanent seats.
Can the G8 and the G20 continue to co-exist? These are among the key questions outlined by former Canadian G7-8 sherpa and CIGI Distinguished Fellow Gordon Smith in tracking the evolution of the G7 to G20.