Policy briefs develop information and analysis, followed by recommendations, on policy-oriented topics. They are found useful by policy makers, policy specialists, the media and interested scholars.
March 6, 2014
CIGI Policy Brief No. 34
In the aftermath of the Arab uprisings, the IMF has treated Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia differently than it had in previous years. Since the uprisings, the IMF has focussed more sharply on the social dimensions of its macroeconomic policy advice in these countries.
February 10, 2014
CIGI Policy Brief No. 33
Although there was great optimism about prospects for reforming finance in the immediate aftermath of the global financial crisis of 2008-2009, the expectation that lessons learned from the past would translate into meaningful reforms were quickly dashed.
February 6, 2014
Africa Initiative Policy Brief No. 8
While global foreign land leasing does result in key development benefits for people in the host countries, such benefits can only be realized if the deals are structured in a more participatory and transparent manner — an aspect that is often missing.
January 31, 2014
CIGI Policy Brief No. 32
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) divides countries into two groups. “Annex 1” includes the rich industrialized countries as well as economies in transition.
December 16, 2013
CIGI Policy Brief No. 31
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiation process on climate finance has become the dead horse that climate negotiators will not stop flogging. Twenty years of effort has brought very limited action. Substantive results on dealing with the climate change problem could be achieved if the focus was on issues for which cooperation and collective action are possible.
November 4, 2013
CIGI-BSIA Policy Brief No. 5
In the latest CIGI-BSIA policy brief, James G. Blight and janet M. Lang examine John F. Kennedy’s (JFK’s) cautious skepticism — his “Black Swan logic”— which he used to scrutinize the potentially disastrous consequences of US military intervention.
October 21, 2013
CIGI Policy Brief No. 30
To this day, the media refer to the July 1995 attack on UN “safe area” Srebrenica as a lesson that should never be repeated — a topic that has re-emerged in light of current debates within the international community about what types of intervention should be used to stop further violence. Bosnia-Herzegovina (Bosnia) lacks a widely supported strategy for transitional justice.
October 11, 2013
In this policy brief, Paul Blustein highlights key points from his newly published book, Off Balance: The Travails of Institutions That Govern the Global Financial System, which provides a detailed look at the inner workings of the International Monetary Fund and Financial Stability Board during the run-up to and early months of the global financial crisis.
September 19, 2013
CIGI Junior Fellows Policy Brief No. 11
The Social Protection Floor (SPF) is a global initiative that provides security to vulnerable groups in all countries — including migrant workers, undocumented migrant workers, non-citizens and refugees. This brief, the final installment of the CIGI Junior Fellows 2013 policy brief series, provides an innovative method to measure the gaps in social protection in countries.
August 19, 2013
CIGI Junior Fellows Policy Brief No. 10
The evolution of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) since 2005 has been marked by the dual trends of cascading consensus and continued controversy. R2P has become central for how the global community responds to genocide and mass atrocities. As a result of the interventions in Libya and Côte d’Ivoire, the norm now faces the risk of relevance.