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The scariest thing about Islamic State? Its kinder, gentler side.

Friday, November 27, 2015
The attacks on Paris brought Islamic State’s brutality home to the Western world. Before last week, reports of the group’s atrocities were shocking but easier to dismiss, happening far beyond European borders. The world expressed outrage but largely stood by as the group pushed out recruitment propaganda depicting sex slavery and the brutal torture and murder of its captives. These incidents are horrific, but they overshadow a more insidious, long-term threat: Islamic State’s kinder, gentler side.

Is excluding Syria’s unaccompanied men evidence-based policy?

Thursday, November 26, 2015
Among the promises the federal Liberals made in the recent election campaign were to bring 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada by year’s end, and a return to evidence-based policy making.

After the terror: A time for calm reflection, not policy on the fly

Monday, November 23, 2015
The Globe and Mail
It’s time for cool heads, not snap judgments. There is time and reason to proceed cautiously on the questions of war and peace raised by the attacks on Paris, Beirut, Ankara and, most recently, Bamako. We should not let terrorists, however depraved, provoke us into changing our policies on the fly.

The weakest links in terror finance legislation need to be addressed

Saturday, November 21, 2015
The Globe and Mail
After last week’s appalling events in France, many of us have been left wondering how the Islamic State was able to finance its co-ordinated terrorist attack in downtown Paris. In order to choke off the flow of funds to such groups, we need global buy-in to implement a critical set of reforms.

As Asia embraces the Trans-Pacific Partnership, ISDS opposition fluctuates

Friday, November 20, 2015
Luke Nottage and Leon Trakman
The Conversation
Alongside this week’s APEC leaders’ summit in Manila, US President Obama met counterparts and trade ministers from 11 other Asia-Pacific states that agreed in October to the expanded Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Dayton revisited: Bosnia’s peace deal 20 years on

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
European Council on Foreign Relations
Two decades after the end of the Bosnian war, Carl Bildt, who co-chaired the Dayton peace conference, considers its successes and failures, and the lessons for Europe.

We’re revving the global economy’s engine, but still moving too slowly

Sunday, November 15, 2015
The Globe and Mail
The G20 meeting beginning Sunday in Antalya, Turkey, offers an opportunity for economists, policy analysts and government officials to give themselves a maintenance and tune-up checkup. Seven years after the global financial crisis, global financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and World Bank can positively report that the world economy is growing at an overall 3.1-per-cent rate in gross domestic product this year.

Expect more rhetoric than reason from the Americans in Paris

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
Nothing better illustrates the hypocrisy of America’s strategy in the Middle East than the recent round of talks in Vienna aimed at a resolution of the conflict in Syria. While all can readily agree on the merit of a political as opposed to a military settlement, the facts on the ground belie the utility of a broad diplomatic resort to process – more posture than purpose.

A step forward for sovereign debt

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Martin Guzman and Joseph E. Stiglitz
Nikkei Asian Review
Every advanced country has a bankruptcy law, but there is no equivalent framework for sovereign borrowers. That legal vacuum matters, because, as we now see in Greece and Puerto Rico, it can suck the life out of economies.

Pieni voti sul Jobs Act. Ma gli osservatori internazionali attendono fatti sulla Giustizia

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Il Foglio
Domenico Lombardi, CIGI's Director of the Global Economy Program, comments on a speech in which Italy's Prime Minister unveiled his economic strategy

Is US Monetary Policy Made in China?

Monday, November 9, 2015
Project Syndicate
For much of the year, investors have been fixated on when the Fed will achieve “liftoff” – that is, when it will raise interest rates by 25 basis points, or 0.25%, as a first step toward normalizing monetary conditions. Markets have soared and plummeted in response to small changes in Fed statements perceived as affecting the likelihood that liftoff is imminent.

China’s Intervention Lessons

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Project Syndicate
China’s stock market has been a hot topic since the summer, when a rapid rise gave way to a major plunge, triggering a global equities sell-off. The question now is what can be done to prevent further volatility.
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