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Canadian carbon policy should not be an either/or proposition

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
The Globe and Mail
Studies that frame the debate about carbon pricing as an either/or choice, pit a cap-and-trade system against a carbon tax. This doesn’t make sense. Canada will meet its targets for reducing carbon dioxide only through a combination of climate-change solutions.

Put Canada’s interests first when it comes to peacekeeping

Friday, August 12, 2016
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has injected a much-needed note of restraint into the federal government’s vocabulary on peacekeeping and future action, with his observation that the world has changed and there is little peace to keep in many of the globe’s hot conflict zones. He is wise to dispel old peacekeeping myths. Nostalgia is seldom a wellspring for sensible policy.

Business can fuel the clean technologies that are needed to achieve global goals

Friday, July 15, 2016
OECD
This commentary by Jim Balsillie is one in a series of opinion pieces included a new report from the Organisation for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD) entitled “Development Co-operation Report 2016: The Sustainable Development Goals as Business Opportunities.” The opinion pieces in the report ask how international co-operation can help to put sustainable development at the core of business models. Jim Balsillie writes about clean technologies in the context of sustainable development goals, an important area of research at CIGI.

The new backlash against globalisation

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
The New Times
There was a palpable sense of discomfort at the latest G7 summit meeting in Ise-Shima, Japan. By the time the leaders of the world’s major developed economies meet again, there is no telling which of them will be populist insurgents.

Will the Paris Climate Agreement Deliver?

Friday, April 29, 2016
The Huffington Post
The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented evolution in both international law and climate change law. We all hope that it will be enough to save the planet.

Canada should act quickly to provide aid for Yemen

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The Globe and Mail
With the world focused on the Syrian refugee crisis, we have lost sight of a conflict that could become even worse – Yemen’s civil war. This forgotten war has produced arguably the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster and is on track to become the next major refugee crisis. However, too often Canada’s interests in Yemen are relegated to a single line in the debate about Canada’s arms deals with Saudi Arabia. Why is Canada not thinking more broadly about Yemen?

Canada should lead on African drought and hunger

Monday, April 18, 2016
Derek Burney & Fen Osler Hampson
Globe & Mail
The world is ignoring a humanitarian catastrophe of epic proportions unfolding on the African subcontinent. The culprit is warm waters in the Pacific Ocean – otherwise known as El Nino – which are wreaking havoc with changing global weather patterns. The worst effects are being felt in Ethiopia where millions are facing widespread famine and drought.

My Turn: All 4 presidential candidates agree on trade - and they're wrong

Friday, April 8, 2016
azcentral.com
The four major presidential candidates -- Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump -- visited Arizona in advance of the March 22 presidential primary. As expected, immigration was the principal issue, with each candidate laying out his or her widely differing view.

Don’t Dismiss Donald Trump’s Trade Gripes As Mere Nonsense

Monday, March 28, 2016
Fortune Magazine
China is the most glaring example of a nation whose exporters benefited in recent years from an artificially low exchange rate, and although the Chinese yuan is now appreciably higher than before, the danger remains of a “currency war” in which depreciation is widely used by countries as a strategy for aiding their domestic manufacturers.

Cuba can rejoin the global economy – even while Obama’s hands are tied

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The Globe and Mail
U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Havana this week was the latest in a series of steps intended to normalize relations between Cuba and the United States. At stake is the foundation this relationship could build toward advancing Cuba’s role in the global economy.

Why Argentina's Debt Deal Spells Bad News

Friday, March 18, 2016
Fortune Magazine
Rich investors are winning big, but the case sets an awful precedent.

Where Do the Oil Sands Fit in a Low-Carbon Future?

Monday, March 14, 2016
The Globe and Mail
Oil sands producers may have collectively breathed a sigh of relief on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent failure to get the premiers signing on to a national price for carbon emissions. However, domestic measures to reduce carbon emissions are the least of oil sands producers’ concerns when it comes to how actions to mitigate climate change will challenge their industry’s survival.
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