A New Vision & Strategy Tank for the 21st Century

WEB EXCLUSIVES | March 15, 2015     

21cq-logo2-150x1501We are pleased to announce that the Institute for 21st Century Questions, or 21CQ, has been launched. We are in some sense working backward in history: a tank usually precedes a flagship publication. But as Global Brief magazine (GB) celebrates five years of publishing, we figured it was time to launch a new vision and strategy tank that would treat many of the topics that our terrific cadre of writers have raised and debated in the pages of GB, as well as the vexed Questions that have preoccupied us intellectually and professionally for many years.

21CQ is a vision and strategy tank that, in association with GB, aims to analyze and help provide real-life solutions to – and participate in solution-making for – some of the major geopolitical, political and social questions of this new century. It has a global audience in mind, and aims to analyze and (where it can) help solve problems of world-historical significance. To start, 21CQ is interested in the following major Questions:

The Former Soviet Space
Middle East Security Framework
International Criminal Justice
Canada at 100 Million
The Future of the Arctic
The Future of the Quebec Question
The Future of the Aboriginal Question
Asian Security Framework
The Congo War
Mainstreaming Science and Science Policy
Complex Private-Public Sector Transactions

Over time, of course, this list should and will expand. We will continue to adapt, and our team, via 21CQ or GB, while fiercely independent, is looking forward to collaborating with partners around the world in order to better understand and frame the said Questions, propose solutions, and, at the coal face, motivate and mobilize parties large and small around the world to implement these solutions.

Finally, we would like to highlight that the successful launch conference of 21CQ, which also celebrated the fifth anniversary of GB, was held in Toronto on November 14-15, 2014. The theme of the conference was “Navigating the Strategic Dark – Framing the Security Environment for the Next Decade.” The event featured world-class names and specialists from all four corners, including Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court; Hubert Védrine, former foreign minister of France; and Adama Dieng, UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for the Prevention of Genocide.

We hope you will enjoy and profit from the many expert exchanges that we will feature on the 21CQ site. These exchanges will take place in a large number of languages, without translation, in order to directly reach and engage 21CQ and GB audiences and stakeholders around the world. Please do not hesitate to engage our experts in discussions in relation to these exchanges – we want to hear from you! (Read more about 21CQ at the following link).

Do continue to read and tell us what you’d like to see in GB. If you’re not yet part of our global subscriber base, you can quickly subscribe on the GB website: www.globalbrief.ca.

Thank you for your support.


Irvin Studin and Sam Sasan Shoamanesh.

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