This CIGI Signature Lecture is the keynote address for the Japan Futures Initiative Spring Symposium. The Japan Futures Initiative (JFI) is a network of scholars and practitioners dedicated to the promotion of the policy-relevant social scientific study of Japan, with an eye toward better understanding challenges that Japan, Canada, and other OECD countries face in the future, and to the identification of opportunities to enhance Canada-Japan cooperation.

Note that this lecture will be WEBCAST ONLY to the public. The lecture will also be posted  on the CIGI website (see videos) following this event. For more information on the symposium can be found on the JFI website: http://jfi.uwaterloo.ca/.

John Kirton is director of the G8 Research Group, and co-director of the G20 Research Group, the Global Health Diplomacy Program and the BRICS Research Group, all based at Trinity College at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. A professor of political science, he teaches Canadian foreign policy and global governance. He has advised the Canadian and Russian governments, the World Health Organization, the Pan American Health Organization and the International Bankers’ Federation on G7/8 and G20 participation and summitry, international trade and sustainable development, and has written widely on G7/8 and G20 summitry.

He is the author of the forthcoming G20 Governance for a Globalized World (Ashgate, 2012), and his most recent publications include Securing the Global Economy: G8 Global Governance for a Post-Crisis World (co-edited with Andreas Freytag, Razeen Sally and Paolo Savona, Ashgate, 2011),  Borders and Bridges: Canada’s Policy Relations in North America (edited by Monica Gattinger and Geoffrey Hale, Oxford University Press, 2010), Making Global Economic Governance Effective: Hard and Soft Law Institutions in a Crowded World (co-edited with Marina Larionova and Paolo Savona, Ashgate, 2010), Innovation in Global Health Governance: Critical Cases (coedited with Andrew F. Cooper, Ashgate, 2009) and Canadian Foreign Policy in a Changing World (Thomson Nelson, 2007).

Kirton is also co-editor of three book series published by Ashgate Publishing, including the Global Finance series and the Global Environmental Governance series, and editor of Ashgate’s five-volume Library
of Essays in Global Governance
. Kirton is co-editor of several publications dedicated to the G8 and G20, including The G20 Cannes Summit 2011: A New Way Forward (Newsdesk, 2011), The G8 Deauville Summit 2011: New  World, New Ideas (Newsdesk, 2011), The G20 Seoul Summit 2010: Shared Growth Beyond Crisis (Newsdesk, 2010), G8 & G20: The 2010 Canadian Summits (Newsdesk, 2010), and similar volumes published by Newsdesk.

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