Conference Reports

Conference Reports summarize and synthesize the main ideas, conclusions and recommendations from significant CIGI conferences or meetings.

Constructive Powers Initiative: Constructive Powers and Development Cooperation

March 21, 2014
On November 26–28, 2013, the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security hosted the fourth meeting of the Constructive Powers Initiative (CPI) in Seoul, South Korea.

Constructive Powers Initiative: Internet Governance, Cyber Security and Digital Diplomacy

August 23, 2013
On May 12–14, 2013, The Centre for International Governance Innovation hosted the third meeting of the Constructive Powers Initiative (CPI), held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The workshop, Internet Governance, Cyber Security and Digital Diplomacy, addressed how to regulate the Internet and the issues surrounding cyber security.

Scenario Planning for Solar Radiation Management

August 16, 2013
Jason J. Blackstock, Bidisha Banerjee, George Collins, and Sean Low
Solar geoengineering technologies have the potential to rapidly alter the global climate system. Under some circumstances, these technologies may allow the worst effects of emerging climate change to be avoided, or at least postponed. But important uncertainties also surround the climatic and social effects of these technologies, and their large-scale deployment thus carries significant risks.

False Dichotomies: Economics and the Challenges of Our Time

April 2, 2013
Economics, as a body of research, has failed to provide solutions to many of our most pressing challenges. The CIGI and INET conference, False Dichotomies: Economics and the Challenges of Our Time, held in November 2012, trained a spotlight on lines drawn by economists — between macro and micro, commercial lending and capital markets, and efficiency and equality.

CIGI ’12 — Five Years After the Fall: The Governance Legacies of the Global Financial Crisis

February 13, 2013
This report summarizes the international policy discussions and recommendations made to build the global governance arrangements required to counter the lingering effects of the crisis.

Global Governance and the Challenge of Transnational Organized Crime: The Role of the Constructive Powers

December 6, 2012
On September 5–7, 2012, the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, A.C., The Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations, with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, a German political foundation, hosted the second meeting of the Constructive Powers Initiative, held in Mexico City. The workshop, Global Governance and the Challenge of Transnational Organized Crime: The Role of the Constructive Powers, addressed questions surrounding transnational organized crime, and policy responses to it.

An Unfinished House: Filling the Gaps in International Governance

June 12, 2012
Each year, CIGI hosts its premier event, gathering leading experts and policy makers from around the world to explore international governance issues and challenges. The CIGI ’11 conference, An Unfinished House: Filling the Gaps in International Governance, tackled questions regarding gaps in international governance, focusing on governance challenges under CIGI’s thematic areas of concentration. This conference report combines findings from the conference discussions with points from written responses and attempts to indicate the range, depth and flavour of the proceedings.

Post-2015 Goals, Targets and Indicators

May 29, 2012
Barry Carin and Nicole Bates-Eamer
This paper reviews a menu of indicators for the 12 candidate goals to inform the future process of selecting the post 2015 successors to the Millennium Development Goals.

Conference Report: Can Think Tanks Make a Difference?

November 24, 2011
Ian Darragh
How can think tanks increase their positive influence on governments and international organizations in the digital age? How can think tanks develop a culture that produces innovative policy ideas? These were among the questions addressed at a conference on September 20, 2011 marking the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Centre for International Governance Innovation.

Constructive Powers Initiative: Managing Regional and Global Security

August 23, 2011
Paul Heinbecker, Meliha Altunisik, and Fen Hampson
The Constructive Powers Initiative (CPI) was launched on the premise that existing global governance architecture is not effective in tackling new security challenges given the changing global order. The CPI regional conflict management workshop, organized by The Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, The Centre for International Governance Innovation and Middle East Technical University, was held in Istanbul, Turkey on June 2–3, 2011. The goal of the meeting was to identify common security challenges that could benefit from policy coordination, and explore the relationship between the constructive powers and the G20. In June 2011, the Constructive Powers Initiative met in Istanbul to identify security challenges that could benefit from policy coordination.