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With Ramadi setback, Obama’s global credibility takes another hit

Monday, May 25, 2015
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
"Problems at home and abroad did not start with the Obama presidency but we can only hope that America will find its feet and much-needed confidence after the 2016 election," writes CIGI Distinguished Fellow Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

Why Edward Snowden may be the last whistleblower

Thursday, May 21, 2015
The Globe and Mail
"The sad reality is that big data, like most technologies, is neutral. It can be used for the needed function of improving the security clearance process, making programs more secure and ultimately saving lives. But, it can also be used to ferret out whistleblowers, and in so doing, limit one crucial element of a free, democratic society," says CIGI Research Fellow Eric Jardine.

The danger of feeling safe

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
G7 G20
We must pay close attention to the shifting geopolitical landscape in East Asia as tensions rise and countries expand their military capacities, write CIGI's Benoit Hardy-Chartrand and David A. Welch.

Africa Recycles China and the U.S.’s E-waste

Monday, May 11, 2015
China-US Focus
"Mostly unrecognized as major problems until now – except at the very local level, where waste entrepreneurs are suffering – Africans ought to persuade both major powers to prohibit the export of e-waste, or at least attempt to match the recycling efforts of Europe and keep it out of Africa," says CIGI Senior Fellow Robert Rotberg.

Data collection should be based on principles of necessity

Monday, May 11, 2015
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
"In this new digital era, governments must recognize that they too have a responsibility to respect the privacy of their citizens online and uphold the rule of law. This responsibility must accompany the legitimate role of governments to protect their citizens from terrorists, criminals and others who seek to do harm," say CIGI Distinguished Fellow Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

Going to Kenya Is a Dumb Idea, Mr. President

Thursday, May 7, 2015
Politico
"As a long-time, dedicated, Africanist, I’d like every American president to be exposed to Africa, and to wave our flag high in the face of Chinese emblems and Chinese construction projects. But this is not the time for a Kenyan-descended president to visit his ancestral home," says CIGI Senior Fellow Robert Rotberg.

‘The Scream’ and the Cuban Missile Crisis Still Echo

Monday, May 4, 2015
James Blight and janet Lang
TruthDig
"That danger still exists at this very moment, a fact that is insufficiently understood and appreciated around the world," say CIGI Chair in Foreign Policy Development James Blight and janet Lang, in an op-ed on the Cuban Missile Crisis.

EU should resist urge to rig the rules of cyber space

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Financial Times
"Barriers against the free flow of data are, in effect, barriers against trade. Digitally delivered services will grow fast in the decades ahead. We should be positioning Europe for export success. If we put up barriers in these areas, European companies risk being at a disadvantage," says CIGI Distinguished Fellow and Chair of the Global Commission on Internet Governance Carl Bildt.

Iran nuclear deal a triumph of hope over experience

Monday, April 27, 2015
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
"The closer one looks at the Framework Agreement with Iran, and the more we hear from Iran, the more apparent are its gaps," say CIGI Globe Security & Politics Program Director Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

Digital diplomacy - #notdiplomacy

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Canadian Government Executive
"The concept of digital diplomacy is not truly diplomacy; its listening and dissemination. Compared to diplomacy, listening and dissemination more accurately represent how governments are using the Internet and social media to gather information, share ideas and build national identities on the domestic and international stage," says CIGI Research Associate Samantha Bradshaw.

The Iran deal is our best possible option. Let’s not spoil it

Monday, April 6, 2015
The Globe and Mail
"The Harper government has said little, but has announced a contribution of $3-million to support the IAEA’s efforts to monitor Iranian compliance. On an issue so fraught with dangers, such constructive circumspection is the beginning of wisdom. May it continue," says CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker.

Why not back the Houthi in Yemen?

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Globe and Mail
"Let the Houthis slug it out with al-Qaeda. The enemy of my enemy is my friend," says CIGI Senior Fellow Robert Rotberg.
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