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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
Longitude
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.

Ukraine burns while the West fiddles with Islamic State

Monday, February 2, 2015
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
"Until or unless the U.S. and Germany stand firm and ratchet up more than rhetorical pressure, the Russian putsch against Ukraine will continue," say CIGI Distinguished Fellow Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney.

The Strategic Dilemma of a World Adrift

Friday, January 30, 2015
Survival: Global Politics and Strategy
CIGI Distinguished Fellow Chester A. Crocker's essay in Survival seeks to "better understand today’s disorderly mixture of turbulence and drift in relationships among the leading powers and key regional states, and to reflect on its implications for statecraft."

Canada’s bluster over Palestine’s ICC bid betrays its principles

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
The Globe and Mail
"Canada’s vocal opposition to the Palestinian accession to the International Criminal Court (ICC) rends further the Harper government’s already tattered claim to pursuing a principled foreign policy," says CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker.

Six reasons the ‘Three Amigos’ summit died

Friday, January 16, 2015
Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney
The Globe and Mail
CIGI Global Security & Politics Program Director Fen Osler Hampson and Derek Burney give six reasons why the Trilateral Summit meeting tentatively scheduled for late February in Ottawa has been postponed.

Will Cuba Rejoin the IMF?

Thursday, January 8, 2015
Project Syndicate
"Under President Barack Obama, the US is on record as favoring Cuba’s reintegration into the world economy. The US could further that objective by letting it be known diplomatically that it will not object if others allow Cuba to return to the IMF," says CIGI Senior Fellow James Boughton.
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