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China’s Ivory Trade

Monday, March 30, 2015
China-US Focus
"What China has done and is doing is gradually to outlaw more and more movement of ivory and therefore slowly to make the trade more difficult. These actions do not immediately herald the end of attacks on elephants and rhinoceroses, but they may be a welcome harbinger of better news to come," says CIGI Senior Fellow Robert Rotberg.

Canada in Iraq: Set clear goals with any new commitment

Monday, March 23, 2015
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
"Canada’s continued commitment should be carefully calibrated to a reinvigorated and more coherent strategy with distinct goals. The mission should not be open-ended in scope or time, nor should we stand idle in the face of uncertain alliance leadership," say CIGI Distinguished Fellow Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

The most alarming thing about Canada’s housing market is routinely ignored

Thursday, March 12, 2015
The Globe and Mail
"So Royal Bank of Canada chief executive David McKay thinks Canada’s housing market is just fine. That’s reassuring, to a point. It would be more so if Canada had a public authority in place to verify Mr. McKay’s confidence. The fact there is no such entity undermines Ottawa’s belief that it has something to teach the world about financial regulation," says CIGI Senior Fellow Kevin Carmichael.

Arctic alert: Russia is taking aim at the North

Monday, March 9, 2015
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
"There are ominous signs that Russia’s new revanchism is also taking direct aim at the Arctic and not just Ukraine where, despite a flurry of high-level diplomacy in search of peace, Russia’s incursions continue largely unabated, complemented most recently by threats to curtail gas shipments," say CIGI Distinguished Fellow Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

$5-million prize for African leadership awarded again after three years without a winner

Thursday, March 5, 2015
The Globe and Mail
Responsible, committed, honest leadership is rare in sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, good leadership establishes good governance in the many parts of the developing world (like most of Africa) that do not yet possess fully formed functional political institutions. In too many countries the persons (nearly all men) who preside largely run the show and brush democratic procedures and pieties aside.

If IS falls, Canada must be ready for the return of foreign fighters

Monday, February 23, 2015
Bessma Momani and Lorne Dawson
The Globe and Mail
"Investing in de-radicalization/reintegration programs will address the demand side of terrorism that Bill C-51 does not," say CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani and Lorne Dawson.

The Greek Crisis: Human Errors-and Divine Forgiveness?

Friday, February 20, 2015
Two days after the January 25 election that brought the far-left Syriza party to power in Greece, a remarkable op-ed[1] appeared in the Financial Times, arguing that Europe should offer Athens substantial debt relief. What made the article noteworthy was its author, Reza Moghadam, the former head of the IMF’s European Department, who played a major role in managing the Greek crisis from 2010 to 2014. Now a top official at Morgan Stanley in London, Moghadam was free to publicly advocate a solution--a 50% reduction in Greece’s debt--that is vehemently opposed by the European governments and institutions with whom he once worked in tandem.

Obama’s ‘college seminar’ no way to lead the fight against extremism

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
"The spectacle of a global gathering with 60 odd nations represented, including Canada, may be temporarily soothing but it is yet another example of a gesture by an Obama administration more inclined to be seen to be doing something than having the resolve to engage or confront terrorism‎ and the radical ideology it manifests," say CIGI Distinguished Fellow Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

Ukraine ceasefire sends Putin a clear message of appeasement

Thursday, February 12, 2015
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
"As the Russian takeover of Ukraine expands daily, western leaders have a clear choice. They can provide defensive weapons to Ukraine and increase economic sanctions against Russia or continue in the vain hope that rhetorical blandishments will forestall Putin," say CIGI Global Security & Politics Program Director Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

Ten ways the new foreign minister can undo Baird’s damage

Monday, February 9, 2015
The Globe and Mail
"The Harper government has had its foreign-policy successes – notably the nascent Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Europe, the trade agreement with Korea, the maternal and children’s health initiative and Mr. Baird’s campaigns for gay and lesbian rights and against forced marriage. But, over all, the government’s idiosyncratic foreign policy has damaged Canada’s reputation and vitiated our interests," says CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker. He offers ten ways that Canada's new foreign minister can undo John Baird's damage.

China’s G-20 Moment

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Project Syndicate
The world caught a break in 2009. The G-20, an assembly of the world’s largest developed and major emerging economies – which had thus far failed to make a serious mark on the world stage – was meeting in Pittsburgh to formulate a response to the global financial crisis. US President Barack Obama, having gotten the message that the G-7 could no longer oversee the global economy on its own, led a summit that made the G-20 the primary body for coordinating global economic policy. It was a highpoint for American leadership.

Baird’s no-nonsense style left a clear footprint on foreign policy

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
"It will be difficult for the Prime Minister to find someone of similar panache to fill Mr. Baird’s shoes. He thrived in the challenge. Ottawa could use more like him," say CIGI Distinguished Fellow Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.
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