The Centre for International Governance Innovation

The Centre for International Governance Innovation

August 14, 2008 12:33 ET

Media Advisory: CIGI Conference Examines Negative Effects of Globalization

WATERLOO, CANADA--(Marketwire - Aug. 14, 2008) - Leading policy makers and academics from 28 countries and six continents will gather in Waterloo August 25-27 to participate in a conference co-hosted by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and The Globalization Studies Network (GSN) to discuss the destructive forces of globalization.

"Globalization Studies Network Conference: Uncivil Society" is the fourth conference in a series that examines policy options that can best harness the positive outcomes of globalization while curbing the disruptive aspects. Topics of discussion include: human trafficking, transnational crime, money laundering, terrorism, arms trafficking and disease and health security.

Mobashar Jawed (M.J.) Akbar, editor-in-chief of Covert Magazine, will present the keynote address Monday evening. CIGI Distinguished Fellow and CIGI Chair of Global Governance at Wilfrid Laurier University Jorge Heine will provide the keynote address Tuesday afternoon.

This event is carried out with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada.

The conference agenda and participants' list are available at



M.J. Akbar - Editor-in-Chief, Covert Magazine and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the Asian Age

Saied Reza Ameli Renani - Dean, Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran

Hany Besada - CIGI Senior Researcher

Alla G. Glinchikova - Deputy Director, Institute for Globalization Studies and Social Movements

Jorge Heine - CIGI Distinguished Fellow and CIGI Chair of Global Governance at Wilfrid Laurier University

Garth le Pere - Executive Director, Institute for Global Dialogue

Jan Aart Scholte - Director, Centre for the Study of Globalization and Regionalization

Ramesh Thakur - CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Luk Van Langenhove - Director, Centre for Comparative Regional Integration Studies, United Nations University (UNU-CRIS)

Ren Xiao Professor - Institute of International Studies, Fudan University

Globalization Studies Network Conference: Uncivil Society

Monday, August 25 - Wednesday, August 27

Monday, August 25
6:30 - 9:00 pm, welcoming remarks, reception and keynote address

Tuesday, August 26
9:00 am - 7:00 pm, panel sessions
7:30 - 9:30 pm, dinner and keynote address

Wednesday, August 27
9:30 am - 3:00 pm, panel sessions and lunch

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (Monday)
57 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Waterloo Inn (Tuesday & Wednesday)
475 King Street North
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, nonpartisan think tank that addresses international governance challenges. Led by a group of experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate, builds capacity, 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 2002 by Jim Balsillie, co-CEO of RIM (Research In Motion), 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

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    Neve Peric
    Media Relations Director
    (519) 885-2444 ext 390