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Cross-border Resolution of Financial Firms

July 30, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 6
Isabelle Duchaine, Kateryna Dzhaha, and James Supeene
The absence of an effective international regime for cross-border resolution of financial firms led to the disorderly failure of a number of global banks during the global financial crisis, at a high cost to taxpayers and global financial stability.

Comparing Transnational IPR Policy: Closing the Gap in Canada's Patenting Regime

July 28, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 5
Samah Rahman and Shashanth Shetty
Canada is lagging behind in research and development (R&D) commercialization, ranking fifteenth in the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Competitiveness Report. One of the most important contributing factors to the gap between R&D and competitiveness is that new entrepreneurs lack the monetary and informational resources to access intellectual property legal expertise.

How China Can Help Lead a Global Transition to Clean Energy

July 22, 2015
Fixing Climate Governance Policy Brief No. 6
Alvin Lin, Luan Dong, and Yang Fuqiang
China’s coal consumption fell marginally in 2014, the first such drop this century, in large part as a result of its policies to address its severe air pollution, develop renewable and alternative energy, and transition its economy away from heavy industry. China should take advantage of its current circumstances to adopt an aggressive national coal consumption cap target and policy to peak its coal consumption as soon as possible, no later than its next Five Year Plan (2016–2020), so that it can peak its CO2 emissions by 2025. It can achieve this target by building upon its existing achievements in developing clean energy such as wind and solar power, and by prioritizing renewable energy development over coal in its western expansion. China can help lead a transition to clean energy that will contribute greatly to global efforts to keep warming to no more than 2°C, and can serve as a model for other developing countries.

Preparedness Rather Than Response: A Strategy to Prevent the Next Ebola Crisis

July 17, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 4
Andrew Koltun, Brittany McNena, and Nawroos Shibli
The 2013 West African Ebola crisis exposed two weaknesses: the inability of the international community to rapidly mobilize an effective response and a lack of adequate domestic health care systems for epidemic preparedness response.

Consent within Consultation: Incorporating New Business Practices in the Extraction Industry

July 15, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 3
Luke Sauer, Jaclynn Chiodini, and Christine Duong
Indigenous peoples within Canada and worldwide have the right to provide, withhold and/or withdraw consent to developments on their territories. The authors of this brief argue that with free, prior and informed consent becoming the new business standard when negotiating access to land and resources, industry leaders must adapt their practices to better accommodate indigenous rights.

Increasing Access to Medicines: Leveraging Brazil’s Experience

July 7, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 2
Erika Malich and Sarah Marion
The second CIGI Graduate Fellows policy brief examines Brazil's success in ensuring access to essential pharmaceuticals for its citizens, and how this success can be leveraged for other developing countries in similar circumstances.

Mainstreaming Climate Change into Financial Governance: Rationale and Entry Points

June 17, 2015
Fixing Climate Governance Policy Brief No. 5
Sáni Zou, Romain Morel, Thomas Spencer, Ian Cochran, and Michel Colombier
Today, the financial sector is exposed to the physical risks associated with climate change and the impact of climate policies. Securing global financial and economic stability and scaling up low-carbon, climate-resilient investments are not conflicting, but rather mutually reinforcing, objectives.

Prioritizing International Monetary and Financial Cooperation for the G20: Views from the T20

June 12, 2015
CIGI Policy Brief No. 63
This policy brief is a stock-taking of the proceedings of the Think 20 conference held in Ottawa on May 3–5, 2015, and co-hosted by the Centre for International Governance Innovation and The Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey. The meeting involved representatives of think tanks from G20 countries, leading international experts and a number of senior officials.

CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief Series

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

The CIGI Graduate Fellows program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs provides students with mentorship opportunities from senior scholars and policy makers. The program consists of research assistantships, policy brief writing workshops, interactive learning sessions with senior experts from CIGI and publication opportunities. Working under the direction of a project leader, graduate fellows conduct research in one of CIGI’s program areas. This series presents those policy briefs that have met CIGI’s publications standards.

Putting Air Defense Identification Zones on the Radar

June 10, 2015
CIGI Graduate Fellows Policy Brief No. 1
Joëlle Charbonneau, Katie Heelis, and Jinelle Piereder
Air Defense Identification Zones (ADIZs) recently became contentious when China announced an ADIZ over the East China Sea, and much of the current research, information and commentary on these zones are outdated or incorrect. There are common misconceptions about the number of countries currently operating ADIZs, the specific procedures involved and the political and security implications of ADIZs.
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