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G-8 to G-more?

As readers of this blog probably know by now, I think the evolution of global governance is closely related to the emergence of peace on this planet (see this post, for example).  I have also concluded that watching the ups and downs of the G-8 is one interesting way to monitor possible changes in GG.   In that regard, have a look at this article from Time magaine about the recent summit .

“There was a time when eight was enough: The annual meetings of the leaders of the world’s eight most industrialized nations (well, seven, plus Russia, which while lagging well behind in the economic stakes, was deemed a politically wise addition back in the mid-1990s) were once the unquestioned epicenter of global economic and military might. The G-8 summits staged in scenic spots around the world offered an opportunity for the key leaders of the Northern Hemisphere to chart the direction of the world economy, for thousands of protesters to gather and voice to Quixotically challenge that direction amid clouds of tear gas.

But things have changed as the G-8’s power has been challenged — not by the anti-globalization protesters, but by the rising economic and political influence of the countries shut out of the exclusive club. The guest list for this week’s summit in Italy made clear that the core members — the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Russia — are no longer capable of addressing the key global problems among themselves. After only a half-day of meeting in the central Italian host city of L’Aquila, the G8 expanded its table to include the so-called G5 emerging economies — China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico. After all, no discussion of consequence on the direction of the world economy, or on curbing global warming, could be held without them. Then Egypt was added as a “plus one.” Then came three additional European countries, Spain, the Netherlands, and Turkey; members of the Major Economies Forum (17 countries) and four more African countries.”

President Obama, in his typically eloquent way (that man can speechify!) put it nicely:  ” ‘There was a time when Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin could shape the world in one meeting. Those days are over,” he said. “The world is more complex today. Billions of people have found their voice, and seek their own measure of prosperity and self-determination in every corner of the planet.’ ”

And so it goes…the reality of a globalizing world with more and more pressing border-spanning issues is surely but slowly (oh so slowly it seems at times) understood, and even manages to get on the world political agenda, despite vested interests that don’t want change.

IGbarb says:  watch this space! 🙂

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July 10, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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