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.
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.
August 13, 2013
CIGI Policy Brief No. 28
This policy brief proposes the creation of a sovereign debt forum to address the lack of a simple and effective mechanism for dealing with sovereign debt crises.
August 12, 2013
CIGI Junior Fellows Policy Brief No. 9
While China’s socio-economic landscape has been transformed over several decades of uninterrupted growth, it now faces significant domestic and international risks and constraints — such as labour insecurity and imbalances, environmental constraints and rising climatic risks, and food insecurity. China’s citizens are demanding a higher standard of living.
Big Data, Big Responsibilities: Recommendations to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner on Canadian Privacy Rights in a Digital Age
July 22, 2013
CIGI Junior Fellows Policy Brief No. 8
Big Data — an umbrella term encompassing the collection, retention and use of a massive volume and variety of data about individuals — presents a number of unique challenges that are increasingly undermining privacy rights.
July 17, 2013
CIGI Junior Fellows Policy Brief No. 7
Resource development in the Canadian Arctic faces cost barriers and risks that can be overcome by collaboration between all relevant Arctic stakeholders — federal government, territorial governments, Northern communities and the private sector.
Effectively Engaging Diasporas Under the New Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development
July 16, 2013
CIGI Junior Fellows Policy Brief No. 6
On March 21, 2013, it was announced that the Canadian International Development Agency and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade would merge into a new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The second Jr. Fellows policy brief of 2013 explores the new opportunities that will emerge for a more coherent approach to diasporic engagement initiatives that combine the existing policy directions under a single umbrella.