Special Reports

Special Reports include multi-author studies arising from CIGI projects and research conducted in collaboration with think tank partners.

China's Engagement with an Evolving International Monetary System: A Payments Perspective

September 25, 2014
Paul Jenkins, Thomas A. Bernes, Perry Mehrling, and Daniel H. Neilson
The core of this report, co-published by CIGI and the Institute for New Economic Thinking, is to lay out in practical terms the critical issues China must consider in managing its engagement with the evolving IMS. There are both opportunities and pitfalls, and the hope is that the payments approach used will highlight why, and how, China and the IMS should “talk to one another.” This must be a two-way dialogue. While the pace, direction and ultimate goals of reform are for the Chinese to decide, what they decide will have implications going both ways — for them and for the functioning of the IMS. Avenues must be found to discuss and assess these implications from a system-wide, cooperative perspective.

CIGI Essays on International Finance: Volume 2 — International Finance: Can the System Be Saved?

September 8, 2014
The world economy showed remarkably strong and widespread growth throughout most of the second half of the twentieth century. The continuation of that success, however, has been undercut by financial instability and crisis. Weak and uncoordinated macroeconomic policies, inappropriate exchange rate policies, inherently volatile private markets for international capital flows, and weak regulation and oversight of highly risky investments have all played a part. To regain the financial stability that must underpin a renewal of global economic strength will require improvements in both policy making and the structure of the international financial system.

Facing West, Facing North: Canada and Australia in East Asia

February 19, 2014
Leonard Edwards and Peter Jennings
Canada and Australia have shared interests in bolstering economic prosperity and security cooperation across East Asia. The focus of the world economy has shifted to Asia; Canada should follow the path Australia has taken for decades and orient itself — in economic and security terms — toward the emerging economies of East Asia.

CIGI Essays on International Finance — Volume 1: International Cooperation and Central Banks

October 9, 2013
The inaugural volume in the series, written by Harold James, discusses the purposes and functions of central banks, how they have changed dramatically over the years and the importance of central bank cooperation in dealing with international crises.

Priorities for the G20: The St. Petersburg Summit and Beyond

August 15, 2013
On September 5-6, 2013, leaders of the world's major advanced and emerging economies will meet in St. Petersburg, Russia for the G20 summit, with a focus on developing policies aimed at improving sustainable, inclusive and balanced growth, and jobs creation around the world. In this special report, CIGI experts present their perspectives and policy analysis on the key priorities facing the G20 at St. Petersburg, including macroeconomic cooperation, sovereign debt management systems and stimulating international development.

Divided Diasporas: Southern Africans in Canada

May 27, 2013
Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda, Wade Pendleton, Mary Caesar, Sujata Ramachandran, Cassandra Eberhardt, and Ashley Hill
An ever-greater proportion of immigrants to Canada is from countries in the Global South, including Africa. The Southern African diaspora in Canada, which currently exceeds 120,000 people and continues to grow, is the focus of this special report, co-published with the Southern African Migration Programme. Guided by the new consensus that migration is, or can be, good for development, given that migrants from the South to the North rarely cut their ties when they emigrate, the authors of this report, led by Jonathan Crush, CIGI Chair in Global Migration and Development, provide a systematic knowledge base about the Southern African diasporas in Canada, insights about the actual and potential development impacts of these diasporas, and a new methodology for accessing information about diasporas.

Five Years After the Fall: The Governance Legacies of the Global Financial Crisis

March 12, 2013
The effects of the global financial crisis continue to be felt across a spectrum of issues five years later — the short-term outlook for global growth; the need for international cooperation; the strengthening of international financial regulation; financing sustainable development; and leadership in a turbulent world.

Forging a New Strategic Partnership between Canada and Mexico

November 21, 2012
Andres Rozental and Perrin Beatty
The visit to Ottawa by Mexico’s President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto the week of November 26, provides Canada with the opportunity to elevate its bilateral relationship with Mexico to the level of a strategic partnership. Bilateral trade and investment have increased steadily since Canada signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, but there remains enormous, untapped potential, particularly in Mexico.

Post-2015 Development Agenda: Goals, Targets and Indicators

October 19, 2012
Barry Carin, Nicole Bates-Eamer, Min Ha Lee, and Wonhyuk Lim with Mukesh Kapila
This report reviews a menu of indicators for the candidate goals to inform the future process of selecting the post-2015 successors to the MDGs and will be presented to officials and diplomats at the United Nations, the World Bank and representatives of civil society organizations and researches in New York and Washington.

National Perspectives on Global Leadership During the Los Cabos G20 Summit

July 27, 2012
Soundings Series No. 7: Los Cabos G20 Summit
The seventh installment of the National Perspectives on Global Leadership (NPGL) Soundings Series reveals that the national media in 12 G20 capitals reflected a mixed but clear picture of outcomes from the Los Cabos G20 Summit. Most reported that the euro zone crisis did not overwhelm the summit, but portrayals of the summit in several countries suggested the opposite.