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CIGI appoints political scientist and global security expert David A. Welch as Senior Fellow

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 8 agosto 2013

Waterloo, Canada The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of political scientist and global security expert David A. Welch as a CIGI Senior Fellow, effective immediately.Welch is CIGI Chair of Global Security at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, as well as the founder of the Japan Futures Initiative. His areas of expertise include International Relations theory, international security studies, foreign policy analysis, and peace and conflict studies. He is the author of the award-winning books Painful Choices: A Theory of Foreign Policy Change and Justice and the Genesis of War, as well as coauthor of Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived; The Cuban Missile Crisis: A Concise History; On the Brink: Americans and Soviets Reexamine the Cuban Missile Crisis; and Cuba on the Brink: Castro, The Missile Crisis, and the Soviet Collapse.As Senior Fellow, Welch will contribute to CIGI’s Global Security Program with particular emphasis on Asia-Pacific security. He will continue to serve as principal host of CIGI’s Inside the Issues video podcast series.
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion (BlackBerry), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit http://www.cigionline.org.

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Engagement with non-state actors can achieve better results for security-sector reform, says CIGI paper

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 maggio 2012

Waterloo, Canada The state-centric approach to security sector reform (SSR) has had modest results at best – a consequence of overestimating the degree and role of modern statehood in various locations. To better respond to “an era of plural and multifaceted governance,” policy-makers and international donors supporting SSR should consider engagement with non-state actors, says a new paper issued by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).In Toward a Non-State Security Sector Reform Strategy, Michael Lawrence writes that “international state building often falls short because it aspires to an externally fabricated model that does not accommodate local interests and desires while attempting to radically re-engineer a society in a short time frame.” Afghanistan and Timor-Leste illustrate this point: there has been too much external emphasis on what the state should be, where local communities have favoured alternative authorities for security.The paper makes two further points. First, non-state SSR engagement is not at odds with the basic goals of SSR. It “still aims to improve the accountability, transparency, inclusivity and effectiveness of security provision, but largely at the local rather than national level.” Second, a productive role exists for international donors to support non-state SSR. Donors can help by “assisting in the development of legislation to clarify the roles and relationship of the state and non-state security and justice providers,” while helping to build systems of performance measurement with which to gauge the security provision of non-state actors.Toward a Non-State Security Sector Reform Strategy is published as part of CIGI’s Security Sector Reform (SSR) Issue Papers series. Michael Lawrence is a research officer intern at CIGI. He holds an M.A. in global governance from the Balsillie School of International Affairs and a B.A. in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto. To access the paper, please visit: http://www.cigionline.org/publications/2012/5/towards-non-state-security-sector-reform-strategy.

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CIGI founding member of Council of Councils, linking world’s leading foreign policy institutes

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 marzo 2012

Waterloo, Canada The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is proud to announce its membership in the inaugural Council of Councils . Launched today in Washington, D.C., by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) , the Council of Councils is an international initiative to connect leading foreign policy institutes from around the world in a common conversation on issues of global governance and multilateral cooperation. The mission of the Council of Councils is to find common ground on shared threats, build support for innovative ideas, and inject remedies into the public debate and policymaking processes of member countries. The founding membership of the Council of Councils includes leading institutions from nineteen countries, roughly tracking the composition of the Group of Twenty (G20). The network will facilitate candid, not-for-attribution dialogue and consensus building among influential opinion leaders from established and emerging nations. CIGI is the Council of Councils’ sole Canadian member organization. CFR will convene the inaugural Council of Councils conference on March 12-13 in Washington, D.C. Participants will tackle four major themes at this first gathering:
the overall state of global governance and multilateral cooperation
the status of the nuclear nonproliferation regime (with a focus on Iran)
the U.S. dollar’s future as the world’s reserve currency the criteria for humanitarian intervention, in the wake of regime change in Libya and the ongoing crisis in Syria Transcripts from two on-the-record sessions of the conference, featuring President of the World Bank Robert B. Zoellick and Undersecretary of State Robert D. Hormats, will be available on CFR.org after the event.
In addition to an annual conference, the Council of Councils will provide an ongoing exchange for research and policy collaboration among its members. CFR and its international partners will experiment with new technology, using state-of-the-art videoconferencing, wikis, and mobile platforms to collectively communicate and respond to breaking crises. The group will also consider long-term structural reforms that would enhance the global governance capacity of leading international institutions. To see the full list of founding Council of Councils member organizations, visit http://www.cfr.org/projects/world/council-of-councils/pr1592?cid=nlc-news_release-news_release-link4-20120312
“Innovative governance approaches to global challenges underlie CIGI’s mission,” said CIGI Executive Director Thomas A. Bernes. “The new Council of Councils is a further step in working with our global partners to search out the best policy advice and amplify its delivery to policy makers.” CFR President Richard N. Haass said, “The defining foreign policy challenges of the twenty-first century are global in nature. The Council of Councils draws on the best thinking from around the world to assess emerging threats and opportunities and formulate responses to them.”The Council of Councils initiative is funded by a generous grant from the Robina Foundation, as part of its ongoing support for CFR’s International Institutions and Global Governance program.

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CIGI experts outline prescriptions for Cannes summit and beyond in special report on G20 issues

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 ottobre 2011

Waterloo, Canada – October 18 – With a possible euro zone collapse and Greek insolvency likely to dominate the upcoming Cannes summit, G20 leaders are not out of options for finding a solution, a new CIGI special report says. But the major economies have lost their unity of purpose, with governance questions preventing action from taking place, the report warns.As leaders of the G20 nations prepare for their summit at Cannes, on November 3-4, CIGI experts offer policy analysis on the most critical G20 issues in the special report Prescriptions for the G20: The Cannes Summit and Beyond. The report features 11 commentaries from experts in The Centre for International Governance Innovation’s (CIGI) G20 Working Group. Each commentary deals with the discrete facets of the G20’s work related to a particular pressing issue, including: the future direction of global economic policy; strengthening international financial regulation; the mutual assessment process for resolving global imbalances; ensuring food security; anti-corruption efforts; and international trade. The entire Prescriptions for the G20 series is available free online via CIGI’s website at http://www.cigionline.org/ series/prescriptions-g20-cannes-summit-and-beyond

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Fresh opinions on global governance featured in second season of Inside the Issues

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 13 ottobre 2011

Centre for International Governance Innovation

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Waterloo, canada Looking for innovative perspectives on the most pressing challenges facing the international community? Inside the Issues, presented by The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), is back for its second season of weekly interactive podcasts, providing insightful analysis on topics from across the spectrum of global governance. Available on the CIGI YouTube channel, CIGI’s iTunes video and audio feeds, and http://www.cigionline.org, the first Inside the Issues episode of the 2011-12 season features CIGI Senior Fellow Mark Sedra discussing Afghanistan: After the International Community Departs. As an Afghan security expert, Sedra paints a grim picture of the prospects for peace in the country by explaining that a return to civil conflict between a rejuvenated Northern Alliance and the Taliban is the most likely situation post-2014. Building on the success of its inaugural season, which drew over 2,400 viewers, this year’s episodes will feature new and returning guests in conversation with host David Welch, CIGI Chair in Global Security and Director of the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Season two of Inside the Issues, which is recorded in the CIGI broadcast studio, is slated to include prominent guests from foreign governments and non-governmental experts from around the world.

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Panel of former world leaders opens CIGI conference

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 ottobre 2011

Paul Martin, 21st Prime Minister of Canada

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Waterloo, Canada The Centre for International Governance Innovation invites media to register for its annual fall conference, CIGI ’11, being held October 28-30, 2011. As world leaders prepare for next month’s G20 Summit in France, the CIGI ’11 conference will look deeper into multilateral processes with sessions on the global economy and other sectors of governance. Former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin will open the conference with a public conversation, moderated by Thomson Reuters Digital Editor Chrystia Freeland, on Friday, October 28. The former leaders will discuss how to secure the future success of the G20 and, more generally, a blueprint for filling the gaps in global governance. This event will also be live webcast to a global audience. The public event will be followed by an invitation-only weekend conference, October 29-30. International participants will address questions around the global agenda in the following thematic areas: Global Economy, Energy and Environment, Global Development and Global Security.www.cigionline.org/cigi11.
Chrystia Freeland (moderator) was appointed editor of Thomson Reuters Digital in April 2011. Previously, she served as the US managing editor of the Financial Times, and, from 1999 to 2001, was deputy editor of The Globe and Mail.
Paul Martin served as Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006, and Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002. In 1999, he became the inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G20, an international group of finance ministers and central bankers from the G7 and emerging market nations. As prime minister he pushed strongly for its elevation to the leaders’ level, which subsequently occurred in 2008.
Ernesto Zedillo served as President of Mexico from 1994-2000, and is the Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. He is also Chairman of the Global Development Network, and was recently appointed by the President of the World Bank to chair a high-level commission to explore ways in which the bank can operate more effectively in a transformed global political economy.
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of Research In Motion (RIM), and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit http://www.cigionline.org.

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