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The Importance and Future of the WTO

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Thomas Cottier
An interview with international trade expert Thomas Cottier in advance of his CIGI Speaker Series lecture on the current role of the WTO and its relationship to preferential trade agreements.

Egypt and Syria, five years after Arab Spring

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
This week marks the fifth anniversary of major uprisings in countries throughout the Middle East. We speak to CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani, author of Arab Dawn: Arab Youth and the Demographic Dividend They Will Bring, who offers analysis on Egypt and Syria.

On Canada, ISIS and Ukraine

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Over the past several months, two international conflicts have dominated news headlines grabbed the attention of Canadians: the rise of and fight against ISIS and ongoing fighting against Ukraine. To learn more about Canada’s role in both conflicts, we speak to Simon Palamar, a research with CIGI’s Global Security & Politics Program.

Governance and Innovation: South Africa after Mandela

Friday, November 21, 2014
Although it currently ranks fourth on the Index of African Governance, South Africa still has a long way to go to improve its governance systems. Struggling with corruption, scandal and an unstimulated economy, is the nation is failing to carry on the legacy of strength and progress, kindled by Nelson Mandela? In the forthcoming volume, Governance and Innovation: South Africa after Mandela, editor and CIGI Senior Fellow Robert I. Rotberg addresses the governance challenges facing South Africa in the post-Mandela era. We speak to him about this new book.

Ebola and Global Governance

Friday, October 31, 2014
As of last week, there have been over 12,000 suspected cases of, and over 5,000 deaths caused by, Ebola. In coordinating a response, the international community has worked through the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, a partnership including the World Health Organization, World Bank Group, Médecins Sans Frontières, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To learn more about how these global governance institutions have responded to this situation, we speak to CIGI Chair of Global Health Alan Whiteside.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper to address UN General Assembly

Monday, September 22, 2014
This week, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will address the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. We speak to CIGI experts Fen Osler Hampson and John Ibbitson for insight on why Mr. Harper has decided to address this audience for the first time since 2010.

NETmundial outcomes and Global Commission prospects

Friday, May 16, 2014
Late last month, stakeholders from around the world gathered at NETmundial in São Paulo, Brazil to discuss the future of Internet governance. To learn more about this summit’s outcomes, we speak to CIGI Distinguished Fellow Gordon Smith, who is also deputy chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG). Smith also sheds light on the GCIG, in advance of its first meeting this May in Stockholm.

Internationalization of the Renminbi

Monday, April 28, 2014
Barry Eichengreen
The Chinese government’s active promotion of the internationalization of the renminbi (RMB) raises questions related to motivation, financial reform, credibility and international financial stability. To learn more about the situation in these and other areas, CIGI Senior Fellow Hongying Wang speaks with CIGI-INET grantee Barry Eichengreen, professor of economics and political science at the University of California, Berkeley, and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

China and Japan in the East China Sea

Monday, April 14, 2014
The Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands continue to be a cause of contestation for Sino-Japanese relations, and a source of tension for the Asia-Pacific region more broadly. To learn more about maritime relations between China and Japan, we speak to CIGI Research Fellow James Manicom. He is the author of a new book, Bridging Troubled Waters: China, Japan, and Maritime Order in the East China Sea.

Ukraine, Crimea and Russia - Part II

Monday, March 31, 2014
Developments in Ukraine, and between Crimea and Russia, have been causing great anxiety among international observers. To learn more about this situation, CIGI presents a two-part interview. This week, we speak to CIGI Research Associate Skylar Brooks, on the global economic dimensions of this situation. This follows last week’s analysis, in which Research Assistant Simon Palamar discussed the main security aspects of the situation.

Evolutions in International Development

Friday, March 28, 2014
CIGI President Rohinton Medhora is the co-editor of a new volume entitled International Development: Ideas, Experience, & Prospects (Oxford University Press, 2014). This week, we speak to him to learn more about the aims and approach of this publication, which includes over 80 contributors from around the world.

Ukraine, Crimea and Russia - Part 1

Friday, March 21, 2014
Developments in Ukraine, and between Crimea and Russia, have been causing great anxiety among international observers. To learn more about this situation, CIGI presents a two-part interview. This week, we speak to Global Security & Politics Research Assistant Simon Palamar. Look forward to next week’s analysis with CIGI Research Associate Skylar Brooks on the global economic dimensions on this situation.
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