"The dominant issue was the situation in Europe, where the mood was that, clearly, Europe has not yet found a solution to its problems," CIGI Executive Director Thomas A. Bernes discusses the highlights of INET's Paradigm Lost Conference in Berlin and new initiatives for the CIGI-INET partnership.
In a special edition of Inside the Issues, host David Welch moderates a panel discussion on relations between Iran and the West. Panellists include: former U.S. ambassador Thomas Pickering and former Iranian ambassador Hossein Mousavian and Balsillie School of International Affairs Professor James Blight, who begins the dicussion by asking "Why can't we transcend our differences?"
Robert Johnson (INET Executive Director), Peter Jungen (INET Board Member), Philip Murphy (US Ambassador to Germany) and co-sponsors Thomas Bernes from CIGI and Bernard Lorentz (Mercator) welcome delegates to INET's Paradigm Lost: Rethinking Economics + Politics Conference in Berlin 2012.
The Right Honorable Paul Martin, Former Prime Minister of Canada, discusses how Canada eliminated the deficit in the 1990s which was the worst of the G7 at the time. In doing so he discusses the timing and the need for governments to place greater emphasis on bringing the country's population onside when tough decisions are required.
George Soros opens the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) Paradigm Lost Conference at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin April 2012. Perry Mehrling and Axel Leijonhufvud respond.
Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor, Columbia University at the panel entitled "Is Mercantilism Doomed to Fail? China, Germany, and Japan and the Exhaustion of Debtor Countries" at the Institute for New Economic Thinking's (INET) Paradigm Lost Conference in Berlin. April 13, 2012.
Robert A. Johnson, Executive Director, Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) delivers keynote address at the opening lunch of the INET Conference "Paradigm Lost: Rethinking Economics + Politics" at the Axica Center in Berlin April 2012. "A more relevant economics would reintroduce history, context, and humility instead of clinging to mathematical formalism and would reintegrate itself with the realities of human life."
Joschka Fischer, Former Foreign Minister, Germany, speaks on panel, entitled "Which Way Forward: Reflections on Global Turmoil and the Role of Markets, Governments, and Civil Society" at the Institute for New Economic Thinking's (INET) Paradigm Lost Conference in Berlin. April 12, 2012.
The first session of the 2012 Japan Futures Initiative Spring Symposium examined energy security challenges for Japan and the world in the wake of the 3/11 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster. The discussant was Julia Kulik, University of Toronto. Panellists were as follows: Akira Igata (Doctoral Student in the Graduate School of Law, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, and Working Group Member, Independent Investigation Commission on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Accident); John Kirton (Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON; Director of the G8 Research Group, and Co-Director of the G20 Research Group at the Munk School of Global Affairs); James Manicom (SSHRC postdoctoral fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, ON).
John Kirton, professor of political science at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, delivered the CIGI Signature Lecture on March 14, 2012. It was the keynote address for the 2012 Japan Futures Initiative Spring Symposium.