The Constructive Powers Initiative (CPI) seeks to bring new thinking, resources, and political will to bear on regional security challenges that have global significance.

Beginning in 2011, the initiative was launched on the premise that existing global governance institutions while necessary are not sufficient to address new and emerging security challenges effectively. The world has a clear need for cooperation and new partnerships among capable, concerned, and constructive countries, countries that are not “great powers” by traditional definition, but nonetheless have strategic interests in a stable and prosperous world. These countries have a history of creative diplomacy, and the capacity to make a positive difference, particularly through cooperation and partnerships with other constructive powers. Participants in the CPI include Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, and Turkey.

The first CPI regional conflict management workshop, organized by CIGI, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, and the Middle East Technical University, was held in Istanbul, Turkey on June 2–3, 2011. A second CPI meeting was held from September 5-7, 2012 in Mexico. A third CPI meeting took place from May 13-14, 2013 in Toronto, Canada. The fourth CPI meeting took place in South Korea in November 2013. These meetings bring together academics and policy practitioners from CPI countries to identify and develop the policy responses needed to address global security challenges.

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Paul Heinbecker

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

With a distinguished career in Canadian diplomacy — including posts as ambassador to Germany, permanent representative to the United Nations (UN) and adviser to various prime ministers, Paul Heinbecker is one of Canada’s most experienced commentators on foreign policy and international governance. With CIGI since 2004, Paul is also the director of the Centre for Global Relations at Wilfrid Laurier University.

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Simon Palamar

Research Fellow, Global Security & Politics

Simon Palamar joined CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program in 2012. He holds a Ph.D from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, an M.A. in global governance from the University of Waterloo, and a B.A. in history and peace and conflict studies.