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Unprecedented levels of transnational organized crime require urgent international action, CIGI report says

Thursday, December 20, 2012
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From Central America’s drug cartels and human trafficking in Australia to money laundering and financial fraud in Switzerland, organized crime has “embraced globalization” and is causing national security issues around the world. But why are multilateral, global governance bodies and international leaders not taking more action?

Global security experts Paul Heinbecker and Bessma Momani to discuss Syria’s war at CIGI Global Policy Forum

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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Moderated by Campbell Clark, foreign affairs writer for The Globe and Mail, this CIGI Global Policy Forum event will feature expert analysis from CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker and Senior Fellow Bessma Momani. They will discuss international and regional dimensions of the conflict in Syria and what Canadians can expect from the unfolding situation.

Major project on rapid urbanization and food security in Global South receives collaborative award from CIGI

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
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Researchers from Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo have been awarded major funding through the CIGI Strategic Research Initiative to conduct collaborative, policy-oriented research on rapid urbanization, urban food security and governance in the Global South.

Canada’s priorities in Asia-Pacific trump mutual cooperation with United States, says new CIGI paper

Monday, December 3, 2012
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Canada and America, two of the world’s closest allies, are simultaneously shifting their foreign policy priorities to the Asia-Pacific, but “little common ground” may prevent the kind of support they could offer each other in the region, according to a new paper issued by CIGI.

Africa Portal continues to raise the bar as top open-access resource for African policy research

Monday, November 26, 2012
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Celebrating its anniversary, the Africa Portal continues to achieve great success as the leading open-access resource for policy research on Africa. It offers fresh and authoritative insight on Africa’s policy challenges — from climate change and energy issues to food security, conflict resolution, health and migration.

International Monetary Fund research director to discuss policy solutions to global economic crisis

Monday, November 26, 2012
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Protests over austerity measures have returned to the streets of Europe. Growth is slowing in China. And market fragility continues amid political bickering over the so-called “fiscal cliff” in the United States — it’s enough to have even seasoned observers of the global economy asking “Will the crisis ever end?” That is the title of a free public lecture by Olivier Blanchard, Director of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Research Department, taking place at the CIGI Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 29.

Decision by Canadian Association of University Teachers to drop censure threat vindicates governance of Balsillie School of International Affairs

Monday, November 26, 2012
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A decision by the Canadian Association of University Teachers to withdraw its threat of censure against two universities is a vindication of the governance of the Balsillie School of International Affairs.

Special report calls for strengthened Canada-Mexico relations on eve of presidential visit

Thursday, November 22, 2012
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The time is right for Canada and Mexico to upgrade their bilateral relationship to strengthen both countries’ economies and security, according to a special report issued by CIGI and The Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

‘Great Melt’ in the Arctic calls for increased co-operation between Canada and United States, policy brief argues

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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The “great melt,” an unprecedented geophysical change, in the Arctic is cause for heightened leadership, attention and cooperation between Canada and the United States. Without a national strategic vision, current policies are inadequate to protect economic and environmental interests, argues a new policy brief issued by CIGI.

Paul Jenkins, former senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, to discuss Canadian perspectives on global economy

Monday, November 5, 2012
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From shrinking and sinking to rocky recovery, the evolution of the global economy is at an historic moment. How do Canadians perceive, and fit into, this important period of global economic change? Paul Jenkins will address an exclusive audience, with a keynote on “Global Economic Trends and Challenges: A Canadian Perspective.”

Former UN Under-Secretary General José Antonio Ocampo to deliver keynote at CIGI conference on financial crisis

Thursday, November 1, 2012
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Does the world really have a monetary system – or not? “The Global Monetary Non-system” is the provocative title of a public keynote address to be delivered in Waterloo by José Antonio Ocampo, former United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and formerly Colombia’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit.

CIGI paper explores lessons from Cuban missile crisis; calls for UN to lead global day of meditation on October 27

Monday, October 29, 2012
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CIGI has released a new paper that offers lessons on avoiding nuclear war, in light of the fiftieth anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis.
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