Over the past five years, the global financial crisis has dominated international policy discussions. This August marks the fifth anniversary of its outbreak. The starting point for the CIGI ’12 conference, then, is the recognition that the legacy of the global financial crisis is felt across a spectrum of issues. These issues span the short-term outlook for global growth, global financial regulation and strengthening the Financial Stability Board (FSB); the challenges of poverty reduction and sustainable development; and the transition in global leadership, as, on the one hand, US economic and strategic leadership is eroded by the legacy of the financial crisis and political gridlock over public finances, while, on the other hand, China and other emerging economies continue their economic and geo-political rise. CIGI ’12 will focus on making concrete policy recommendations to build the global governance arrangements that are needed to respond effectively to the legacy of the crisis.
CIGI, The Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change hosted its third annual plenary conference in Berlin from April 12-15, 2012. Entitled “Paradigm Lost: Rethinking Economics and Politics," the event took place in the Axica Conference Center adjacent to the world famous Brandenburg Gate. Select videos are presented here; visit INET's YouTube channel for a full listing of conference materials.
Now in its second season, the Inside the Issues weekly podcast series will run from October 2011 to April 2012, covering timely and candid discussions on issues related to the core areas of CIGI expertise: Global Economy, Global Security & Politics, and International Law. Join host and CIGI Chair David Welch as he goes in depth with leading experts on the most pressing global governance challenges facing the international community today.
From February 24-26, 2012, CIGI and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET) brought together experts, practitioners and eminent persons to take a fresh look at the global legal and institutional frameworks surrounding sovereign debt and discuss whether they are adequate for the immediate and longer term challenges.
As world leaders prepared for the next G20 Summit in Cannes in November, CIGI’11 looked deeper into the G20 process with sessions on issues confronting the global economy, while more broadly developing innovative proposals for global governance.
In September 2011, on the occasion of the opening of the CIGI Campus and its 10th anniversary, CIGI hosted a conference on the topic of its very existence: "Can Think Tanks Make a Difference?" The event featured a keynote address and three roundtable discussions with Canadian and international experts on the role of social media in policy innovation, whether governments care more about politics than policy, and the issue of influence - who has it and how to get it.
From January to June 2011, CIGI Chair of Global Security of David Welch, hosted the first season of Inside the Issues - a weekly podcast series featuring CIGI's global governance experts. The resulting 22 episodes feature timely and candid discussions on issues related to the core areas of CIGI expertise: Global Economy, Global Security & Politics and International Law.