Archive for the 'International Governance' Category

New Release: From Civil Strife to Peace Building

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

We are pleased to announce the release of our latest co-publication with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Part of our International Governance series, From Civil Strife to Peace Building: Examing Private Sector Involvement in West African Reconstruction (Hany Besada, editor) examines peace-building efforts in the fragile West African states of Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Côte d’Ivoire, with a focus on the role of the private sector in leading the reconstruction initiatives.

International contributors discuss ways in which West African governments can encourage the greater involvement of business in humanitarian support with incentives that demonstrate alignment with business objectives and profit margins, making humanitarian support simple, and more importantly, profitable and sustainable for both local and foreign investors.

CIGI Conference / Global Food Crisis

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

This weekend, from Oct. 2-4, The Centre for International Governance Innovation will host its annual conference in Waterloo, Ontario. This year’s theme is Towards a Global New Deal and features a keynote address by the 2008 Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, Dr. Paul Krugman. More from the conference website:

The conference will address two broad themes. First, the impact of the current global economic crisis on the ability of various governance systems to manage globalization and policy priorities will be examined. Speakers will discuss the effects of the crisis on global finance, trade and investment, food security and poverty, and environmental challenges. Secondly, participants will debate the shifting role of the state in economic governance, the role of policy coordination and the long-term impact of short-term policy reactions to the crisis.

Launching at the conference is the newest co-publication from WLU Press and CIGI. The Global Food Crisis: Governance Challenges and Opportunities captures the debate about how to go forward and examines the implications of the crisis for food security in the world’s poorest countries, both for the global environment and for the global rules and institutions that govern food and agriculture.

“This fine collection of essays puts the food crisis into the ecological, social, political, global, and institutional context that the debate so urgently needs.” – Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

CIGI’s Andrew Cooper on Emerging Powers

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Andrew Cooper, co-editor with Agata Antkiewicz of Emerging Powers in Global Governance: Lessons from the Heiligendamm Process recently gave an interview to China Business Weekly to discuss the role of the emerging powers and China’s role particularly. Dr. Cooper is a distinguished expert and has published extensively on the subject of global governance.

Q: China’s development in the past decades has attracted much attention worldwide. At this historical juncture, especially amid the global efforts to shake off the economic recession, how do you assess China’s global role?

A: China is not just big in size, territory, population and economic output. China is a rising power, which features in its growing soft power. This is my basic judgment.

To be frank, skepticism existed in past years about China’s global role. However, we can see now how high expectations were from the international community.

Correspondingly, China has been playing a responsible, cooperative and constructive role in many areas. We can find contributions from China at nearly every big global or regional occasion.

The financial crisis has had a tough impact on China, an economy heavily dependent on exports in its coastal economic powerhouses. Thanks to its swift response and stimulus package, China’s economy has been put on the right track again.

Meanwhile, China’s domestic economic measures have helped create opportunities for other countries. In this way, the stimulus package has been designed and implemented in a balanced way.

China is against trade protectionism and actively participating in redesigning international financial institutions. And the efforts are gradually delivering results. We can say China, as a growing power, is playing its role well.

For the entire article click here. For Andrew Cooper’s publications list click here.