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Canada and China deepening economic ties by embarking on possible free trade deal

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Damon van der Linde
Financial Post
With the resolution of key trade disputes, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and China’s Premier Li Keqiang signalled deepening economic ties between the two countries, opening the door to the possibility of a free trade agreement.

Bold measures needed to lift global growth

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Gulf Times
Global growth is now being stuck in a “mediocre” plateau, but no one seems to bother. World growth risks getting trapped in the 2%-3% range it’s been in since 2010. The International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde has derided the level as “the new mediocre” compared with the 3.6% average in the five years leading to the 2008-09 global recession. Here is the prevailing situation.

U.S. military commanders are 'pissed off' about the mission creep in Syria

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Andrew Tilghman and
Military Times
The deal for U.S. military cooperation with Russia would expand the current mission in Syria far beyond it's exclusive focus on the Islamic State group. And the Pentagon is not happy about it. The agreement forged by Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart could, for the first time, broaden the American-led air campaign’s target list to include al Nusra, the notorious al Qaida-linked group that is a major actor in the multi-sided Syrian civil war. Until now, the two-year-old U.S. air campaign in Syria has been limited to ISIS.

Germany’s Gabriel faces crunch vote over EU-Canada trade deal

Friday, September 16, 2016
Globe & Mail & Reuters
The political future of Germany’s Vice-Chancellor may hinge on the outcome of a vote next week by his Social Democratic Party (SPD) over whether to back a trade deal between the European Union and Canada.

Britain should not expect too much from sterling's fall

Thursday, September 15, 2016
Gulf Times
The early returns on Brexit are in, and contrary to what some have been claiming, they’re not good. In July, following the referendum, consumer confidence collapsed at its most rapid rate since 1990. Surveys of manufacturing and construction dropped precipitously. While August’s data were better, it is too soon to say whether the improvement was just a “dead cat bounce.”

New CIGI Paper Addresses Gap in Canada’s Innovation Strategy, Provides Basis for Online IP Course

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Exchange Magazine
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)’s beta test of its first online course started yesterday and is based on recommendations from a new paper by CIGI Senior Fellow Myra Tawfik.

Immigration is a net economic benefit – this is a story Canada should build on

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Globe & Mail
Too often, immigration to Canada is viewed as a cost to our society, rather than as a net benefit. But research has found that immigrants are an enormous benefit to Canadian prosperity and this part of our story needs to be told now more than ever.

G20: Time to end the circus

Monday, September 12, 2016
Mike Callaghan
Lowy Interpreter
The dust has settled on another G20 summit, the latest held in Hangzhou, China. The small group of think tanks who follow the G20 are disappointed with the outcomes. What’s new? The G20 has been a disappointment for a number of years. Perhaps it’s time to reflect on what works and what doesn’t in the G20.

A US$24b summit about a staircase: lessons for Germany and the 2017 G20 leaders

Friday, September 9, 2016
Tristram Sainsbury
The Conversation
Despite China’s efforts, the 2016 G20 summit will probably be remembered for poor communications and a lack of action.

Christine Lagarde faces the fight of her life

Friday, September 9, 2016
Christine Lagarde is charming, powerful and the global economy’s best hope

Canada is primed for an exporting boom. So why isn’t it happening?

Friday, September 9, 2016
Canadian Business
For as long as he’s been governor of the Bank of Canada, Stephen Poloz has been promising that exports would replace commodities and housing the driver of economic growth. The “rotation,” took longer than he expected it would, but finally, two months ago, Poloz declared victory. “The export recovery is alive and well,” he said.

Trudeau setting new terms with China

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
CIGI Senior Research Associate Benoit Hardy-Chartrand on the G20, China and tensions in the surrounding area.
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