Category Archives: Global Summitry

The Return of Great Power Territorial Ambition?

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Great power rivalry has forcefully reappeared.  It is a jolt for anyone that follows international governance to watch the Russian actions in the Crimea and to hear the assertions and rationalizations by Russia’s President Putin concerning Russian annexation of the … Continue reading

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A World in Flux

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            I was going over Richard Rosecrance’s explication on UCTV of his his latest international relations thesis: The Resurgence of the West: How a Transatlantic Union Can Prevent War and Restore the United States and Europe.  His … Continue reading

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‘Good Enough Global Governance’ Maybe – But is It Really Such a Global Muddle?

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So my colleague and friend Stewart Patrick, the Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations has given us a full picture of the contemporary global governance system recently in Foreign Affairs. But … Continue reading

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And Then There was a New Host – Australia

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  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

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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

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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

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Without Trust and Without Paranoia: US-China Relations

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It was a time for informal face-to-face contact – just ended – the California summit between Presidents Xi and Obama. There is a strand of global summitry that emphasizes contact between leaders. Such contact can be disastrous of course. Kennedy’s … Continue reading

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Caucuses, Counterweights or Leadership – The Evolution of the G20

A quick trip to London enabled me to enjoy the valuable discussion at a small gathering brought together at Chatham House.  The conference sponsored by Chatham House and the Australian Lowy Institute spent the good part of a day examining … Continue reading

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The ‘Hare and the Tortoise’ – Global Media and their Continuing Harsh Assessment of the G20

Now I think it was my colleague Dan Drezner over at Foreign Policy who spent some time – at the moment I am at a loss to remember the exact piece – defending the G20 against the dismissive attacks that … Continue reading

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Rising to a Summit – Australia’s Kevin Rudd and US-China Leaders

  Kevin Rudd, the former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Australia has been on the “speechifying path” recently – I guess that’s what comes with others running the show.  He has been in North America and in the granddaddy … Continue reading

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