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Lagarde’s Hangzhou message for the G20: No more excuses

Saturday, 3 September 2016
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No more excuses. That could be the International Monetary Fund’s message at this year’s G20 summit in Hangzhou, China. The IMF’s advisory note to leaders was unusually pointed, displaying a sentiment that one rarely finds in official documents meant for public consumption: exasperation. Christine Lagarde, the managing director, underlined the institution’s frustration in a blog post. “The political pendulum threatens to swing against economic openness,” she wrote. “Without forceful policy actions, the world could suffer from disappointing growth for a long time.”

Resurrecting Globalization in the Upcoming G20

Wednesday, 31 August 2016
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I never finished Globalization and its Discontents, the book that made Joseph Stiglitz a cult hero of the political left. I was sympathetic to the thesis that the Washington Consensus served one group of people (American and European corporations and their shareholders) at the expense of another group (workers and farmers in developing countries). But Stiglitz was too much of a firebrand for my taste, so I set the book aside with the intention of returning to it at some point. That was more than a decade ago and I have yet to so.

Un écho de la détresse au Yémen

Tuesday, 30 August 2016
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Jacqueline Lopour, Sarah R. Champagne
Il n’a pas la verve tonitruante de certains messagers professionnels. Au téléphone, sa voix se casse plutôt sur l’indifférence qu’il perçoit. Le message d’Esam Almokhtar est simple : « Ne nous oubliez pas. » Un conflit aux ramifications complexes a déclenché dans son pays d’origine la pire crise humanitaire actuelle. Plus de 3 millions de personnes se sont déracinées, majoritairement à l’intérieur des frontières, pour fuir la violence organisée, qui a laissé près de 7000 morts et 33 000 blessés dans son sillage.

A changing tide in Africa: CIGI-GlobeScan survey reveals new perspectives on conflict and change

Tuesday, 30 August 2016
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A new survey commissioned by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by independent research consultancy GlobeScan reveals Africans are less concerned about state-driven violence and conflict than corruption and lack of economic opportunities.

The G20 disappoints again, but is that because expectations are too high?

Monday, 25 July 2016
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What’s the right way to the G20? There is good reason to set the bar high. The G20 showed us what it is capable of in 2009 and 2010, when the world needed it most. There is a general feeling among those who pay the closest attention to international governance that the G20 has done little to redeem itself since. The world’s most important economies are stuck in a seven-year slump of inaction, according to this view. That makes them part of the problem; if their inaction is not the root cause, then it is at least a byproduct of this era of serial disappointment.

Canada calls on ‘parties’ in South China Sea dispute to comply with ruling

Friday, 22 July 2016
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OTTAWA — Canada weighed in Thursday in the ongoing South China Sea dispute, with a thinly-veiled call to China to abide by an international ruling that has angered Beijing.

Canadian soldiers are the new deterrents in the Baltics

Thursday, 14 July 2016
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Deterrence. It’s the coldest of the Cold War terms and suddenly, like an old piece of meat left in the back of the freezer, it’s been thawed, reheated and put back on the Canadian military menu. At the recent NATO Summit in Warsaw, Canada announced it will lead one of the four new NATO battle groups based in the Baltics and Poland, sending up to 500 soldiers, six CF-18s and a frigate to Latvia. The cost will be about $385 million over three years. Senior government officials repeatedly described the new force as a “deterrent message” to a “new and rising Russia.” It is a serious contribution to a serious threat and has been widely and rightly supported. It puts Canada in the same league as the U.S., the U.K. and Germany in this mission. The problem is, no one appears to know what, exactly, a modern message of deterrence really means.

Life After Brexit: Heaven or Hell?

Thursday, 23 June 2016
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As the Brexit debate rages on, the two sides agree on one thing: the enormous economic, political and social implications of the vote that will weigh on the future of the UK. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has called the vote “the most important decision for Britain since 1945” and warned about a “long, agonizing process of disengagement” that would result from an Out vote, with “seismic” economic implications.

Building Golden Bridges in the South China Sea

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

The G7 and the South China Sea

Thursday, 26 May 2016
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n their Statement on Maritime Security, issued in Hiroshima on April 11, the G7 foreign ministers strongly affirmed their collective commitment to “a maritime order based upon the universally recognized principles of international law, including those reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).” Indications are that the final Ise-Shima Summit communiqué will include equally strong language—as it should. With one caveat.
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