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What the Asian International Investment Bank means to Canadians

Tuesday, 14 June 2016
article
Andrew Seale
Fresh off the high from the G-7 economic summit in Sendai, Japan, Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau pointed to renewed interest in pursuing a spot in the recently launched Asian International Investment Bank – a China-spearheaded global development bank focused on the Asia Pacific region.

The G20's "Development" Agenda: Fundamental, Not a Sidebar

Tuesday, 7 June 2016
publication
This policy brief outlines concrete proposals for addressing three critical issues – climate change, the Internet and sovereign debt — where the G20 could address gaps in governance among selected international institutions.

Why the G7’s desire to reassert itself is screwing up the new world order

Thursday, 2 June 2016
blog
The G7’s new mission appears to be irritating China. As the leaders of the US, Japan, Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Canada gathered for their annual summit last week, Beijing made clear they had no business involving themselves in territorial disputes in the South China Sea. “We hope the G7 will focus on urgent economic and financial matters,” a spokesman for the Chinese foreign ministry said ahead of the Ise-Shima Summit. “We do not want to see actions escalate tensions in the region.”

Building Golden Bridges in the South China Sea

Thursday, 2 June 2016
article
Sun Tzu may not actually have advised building golden bridges behind one’s enemies, but there is wisdom in the idea nonetheless.

The stunning truth that explains the rise of the far-right in Britain and elsewhere

Tuesday, 31 May 2016
article
Matt O'Brien
Never have so many risked so much for so little. I'm talking, of course, about Britain's upcoming vote on whether to leave the European Union. So-called "Brexit" — get it, as in British exit? — would be the economic equivalent of quitting your job because you think you can get it back minus all the parts you don't like. In other words, a fantasy. But, with apologies to Harry Potter, it might be Britain's most popular one to the point that there's a real, albeit slight, chance it could prevail in the June 23 poll. In which case, to extend this metaphor, Britain would be left out of work and out of friends. Indeed, Britain's Treasury estimates it could send them into a recession costing as many as 500,000 to 800,000 jobs.

Yuan Set for Biggest Monthly Loss Since Devaluation as Fix Cut

Monday, 30 May 2016
article
The yuan fell, heading for the steepest monthly decline since the August devaluation, after the Federal Reserve chief said an interest-rate increase could come in the next few months.

China plans to invest a whopping 4.7 trillion RMB into transport infrastructure

Sunday, 29 May 2016
article
Dominic Jackson
China has outlined a massive spending plan worth 4.7 trillion yuan ($725 billion) to provide more reliable transport to some of the country's more remote regions.

Key Economic and Security Issues at Japan G7 Summit

Wednesday, 25 May 2016
article
This week, G7 leaders meet in Ise-Shima, Japan for the forty-second G7 summit. To learn more about the G7’s relevance, the importance of diplomatic engagements taking place before the summit, and key issues that will be discussed in Ise-Shima, we speak to CIGI global economy expert Thomas A. Bernes and global security expert Benoit Hardy-Chartrand.

Is There a Future for International Monetary Cooperation?

Monday, 25 April 2016
publication
Economic conflict between nation-states has been a major concern throughout the past century and will continue to threaten progress for the foreseeable future. The language evolves, but the issues persist. The “beggar-thy-neighbour” policies and “competitive devaluations” that aggravated the Great Depression of the 1930s have become the “currency wars” of the twenty-first century. Defining the problem, however, is easy compared with the task of solving it. A central recurring question is whether policy makers can — and should — cooperate and try to coordinate their policies in an effort to alleviate conflicts and improve outcomes.

Global Financial Governance Confronts the Rising Powers: Emerging Perspectives on the New G20

Thursday, 14 April 2016
publication
Global Financial Governance Confronts the Rising Powers addresses the challenge that the rising powers pose for global governance, substantively and institutionally, in the domain of financial and macroeconomic cooperation.
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