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From ISIS to Community Empowerment: A Good Defence is the Best Offence

September 21, 2016
This lecture takes a look at the genesis of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and also explores how this terrorist group has metastasized and recruited around the world. From the challenges of confronting Da’esh to its ideology and recruitment tactics, CIGI Senior Fellow Bessma Momani will examine how foreign fighters have become an intelligence and policing matter for Western governments. She will discuss how promoting community resilience in Western societies is more feasible than tackling homegrown terrorism, and how preventing violent extremism is the best defence against the emergence of homegrown threats to Western countries.

Beggar-thy-Neighbour: Hurdles of International Trade Governance

September 12, 2016
Jim Stanford
Contrary to the predictions of abstract economic theories, liberalized global trade in practice does not "lift all boats." In reality, international competition for exports and investment can lead to zero-sum or beggar-thy-neighbour consequences, producing losers as well as winners. These effects damage economic performance (for particular countries, and potentially for the global economic system as a whole) and create political hurdles to international integration and cooperation. This lecture will explore the economic rationale for beggar-thy-neighbour trade strategies, and will consider the sorts of governance mechanisms that would be necessary to regulate this dimension of international competition, so that the economic promise of efficiency-enhancing trade might be experienced more genuinely by all parties.

Canadian Climate Solutions: What Should be in the National Climate Plan?

August 12, 2016
The Government of Canada has initiated national climate consultations to inform the working groups established to develop this framework. Climate Town Hall: Waterloo Region (August 18, Kitchener City Hall) is Waterloo region’s opportunity to join in this conversation. The Centre for International Governance Innovation is supporting these public consultations with this public education event featuring an expert panel presenting cutting-edge research and policy recommendations related to the four main themes of the federal climate strategy. Join us for an engaging discussion about reducing emissions, putting a price on carbon, preparing for the impacts of climate change and innovative ideas for new technology and job creation, all within the context of supporting communities affected by climate change, including indigenous communities.

Misperceptions, Threat Inflation, and Mistrust in China-Japan Relations | Inside the Issues 6.13

July 7, 2016
In episode six of season six, CIGI Senior Research Associate Benoit Hardy Chartrand joins CIGI Senior Fellow and co-host David Welch for a discussion on the politics of enmity in the Chinese-Japan relationship.

Taxing Carbon for a Greener Economy

July 6, 2016
This animation explains how a domestic carbon pricing strategy in combination with taxing carbon-intensive products at borders can lead to a greener economy.

The Future of Diplomacy in a Chaotic World

June 29, 2016
In CIGI's concluding lecture of the 2015-2016 public programming season, Fen Hampson, CIGI Distinguished Fellow and Director of CIGI's Global Security & Politics Program, moderates a panel on upcoming issues and trends in international diplomacy. This panel features Chester Crocker, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs; Pamela Aall, Senior Advisor for Conflict Prevention and Management at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP); and Andrew Thompson, CIGI Senior Fellow.

Sustainability Codes of Conduct in Green Banking | Inside the Issues 6.12

June 8, 2016
In this episode of Inside the Issues Olaf Weber, CIGI Senior Fellow joins Andrew Thompson to discuss Sustainability Codes of Conduct in the Green Banking Sector.

Books not Bullets: Global Peace through Equitable Access to Education

May 26, 2016
Ziauddin Yousafzai
CIGI, in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University, Conrad Grebel University College and Global Peace Centre Canada, is pleased to present a lecture and discussion with Pakistani diplomat Ziauddin Yousafzai.

Climate Litigation | Inside the Issues 6.11

May 25, 2016
In episode eleven of season six, CIGI Senior Research Fellow David Estrin joins CIGI Senior Fellow and co-host Andrew Thompson for a discussion on climate change litigation, including recent cases in the Netherlands and Pakistan.

Challenges in the Global Economy | Inside the Issues 6.10

May 11, 2016
In episode ten of season six, CIGI Senior Fellow Kevin Carmichael joins CIGI Senior Fellow and co-host David Welch for a discussion on challenges in the global economy.

A Conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman

May 4, 2016
Bruce Heyman and Rohinton P. Medhora
On May 4, 2016, CIGI hosted the United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, who participated in a live conversation with CIGI President Rohinton Medhora. Their conversation touched on the ongoing importance of the Canada-US relationship; key issues, challenges and opportunities during Ambassador Heyman's appointment in Canada; and advice for the Ambassador's successor.

The New Arab Wars | Inside the Issues 6.9

April 27, 2016
Marc Lynch and Andrew S. Thompson
In episode nine of season six, Marc Lynch joins CIGI Senior Fellow and co-host Andrew Thompson for a discussion on his new book, "The New Arab Wars: Anarchy and Uprising in the Middle East."
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