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MPPGA Professor Julian Dierkes discusses Mongolia’s upcoming parliamentary elections and the possible staggering defeat for the ruling Democratic Party, which had led successive governments over the past four years. Rather than offering a compelling vision for Mongolia’s future, the DP’s strategy, as argued by Dierkes, has focused on reconfiguring the entire election system, creating more problems.
In this Globe and Mail piece, MPPGA Co-Director Yves Tiberghien discusses the Canadian debate on China that has been focused on the battle between necessary trade and fundamental human and environmental rights. Tiberghien argues that Canada cannot only talk to like-minded advanced democracies, but also has to actively engage with other key global players, such as China.
MPPGA Professor Rashid Sumaila, Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at UBC Fisheries Centre, discusses illegal fishing as a major problem that siphons an estimated $10 to 20 billion annually from the global economy, and causes millions of tonnes of fish to disappear from the oceans.
According to Professor George Hoberg, PM Justin Trudeau has put himself in a position where he can’t avoid a “massive” setback to his political standing in one of three provinces: B.C., Alberta and Quebec. “He’s boxed himself in politically and now he can’t avoid expending massive political capital by offending…important political allies,” Hoberg said in an interview.
MPPGA Professor Navin Ramankutty and co-author Oliver Coomes present an analytical framework for understanding land-use regime shifts in this recent publication. The authors survey historical events of land change and perform in-depth case studies of soy and shrimp development in Latin America to demonstrate the role of preconditions, triggers, and self-reinforcing processes in driving these shifts.
MPPGA Co-Director, Professor Yves Tiberghien was interviewed by the Center for Strategic & International Studies on China’s 13th Five-Year Plan. Despite the explosive growth of the private sector in China’s economy over the last several decades, China’s five-year plans remain the most authoritative strategic vision on the direction of the country’s economic and social policies.