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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.

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.

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.

Five ways Canada could still save lives in Syria

Monday, March 23, 2015
The Globe and Mail
"The world can still save many lives in Syria. But to do so it will need to cure its collective myopia, retrieve its human solidarity from wherever it has misplaced it and generate the political will to do more than wring its already raw hands over the ongoing slaughter," says CIGI Distinguished Fellow Paul Heinbecker.

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.

Democracy, Brazil Style

Sunday, March 22, 2015
Why Dilma Rousseff Will Survive the Protests
"Although demands for Rousseff’s impeachment made headlines around the world, the real story is Brazil’s economic troubles and its ever-growing corruption scandal," says Kathryn Hochstetler, CIGI chair of governance in the Americas.

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
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.
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