Author Archives: Alan Alexandroff

And Then There was a New Host – Australia

Sydney Harbor

  Quietly, maybe a touch too quietly, Australia assumed the hosting duties of the G20 on December 1, 2014.  As one of the first initiatives under Australia’s presidency, the program director of the G20 Studies Centre at Australia’s Lowy Institute, … Continue reading

Posted in Global Summitry | Leave a comment

From Shanghai to Pretoria – From Where You Stand: Part II

University of Pretoria

          Shanghai was the first conference stop; but it wasn’t the last.  For the first time the partners – the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Stanley Foundation – held a conference in Pretoria partnering … Continue reading

Posted in South Africa, The BRICS | Leave a comment

From Shanghai to Pretoria – From Where You Stand

SIIS Logo

        Well I must say, I have a fair bit of catching up to do.  Much in the way of travel and international legal action, but not much action on the blog front.  Well that is at … Continue reading

Posted in Global Governance for G20/G8 | Leave a comment

Growth in The Middle: Arriving on the Scene – MIKTA

So forget the BRICS, or even IBSA.  The newest grouping is MIKTA.  MIKTA stands for Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey and Australia.  All these countries are members of the G20.  It would seem that the group met at the margins of … Continue reading

Posted in Global Summitry | Leave a comment

Tiptoeing to Freer Markets – China and the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone

Shanghai Waterfront

  I apologize to all those who regularly read these posts.  They have, unfortunately, failed to be regular recently. But I have been out there in the wide world – first in Russia at the St. Petersburg Summit and all … Continue reading

Posted in China, Political Economy | Leave a comment

Comments on the G20 at the St. Petersburg G20 Summit

And here are some thoughts on the St. Petersburg Summit from David Shorr, Program Officer, for the Stanley Foundation David …    

Posted in Global Governance for G20/G8 | Leave a comment

At The G20 St. Petersburg Summit

For the last several days I have been in St. Petersburg Russia to attend the G20 Leaders Summit.  A number of colleagues have joined me here at the media center at the Summit.  I thought before the release of the … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Stars Appear to Not Be Aligned – The G20 Summit in St. Petersburg

So putting the last items in the bag for the trip to St. Petersburg.  This one looks like trouble.  Five years in to G20 Leaders Summits and St.  Petersburg would appear to have all the characteristics of a major distraction. … Continue reading

Posted in Global Governance for G20/G8, Global Summitry | Leave a comment

Operating from Weakness, Not Strength – the CPC and Xi Jinping

Xi Jinping

Chris Buckley of the NYT reopened yesterday in the main western press the question of Document No 9 (sounds like a title to a movie).  This document first identified, apparently, by the Economist is supposedly a “secret” CPC document, according to Buckley, … Continue reading

Posted in China | Leave a comment

Moving Forward Incrementally – The G20 Continues

Finance Ministers Moscow July 2013

The Finance Ministers and Central Bankers of the G20 met as scheduled in Moscow at the end of the week.  This periodic meeting is just a part, though a key part, of the “iceberg” that is global summitry today.  A … Continue reading

Posted in "Iceberg Theory" of Global Governance, Global Governance for G20/G8 | Leave a comment