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Today’s realities demand positive international cooperation. Shared global challenges require creative multilateral solutions. Annual world leader summits like the G-8 and G-20 are free from the traditional trappings of fixed institutions like the United Nations. These gatherings adapt more easily to shifts in power, influence and political alignment.

The true test of leadership will be in what issues make it to the agenda, and whether leaders truly use these forums to bridge differences and tackle urgent problems.

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A More Effective G-8 and G-20
Regular summits of world powers should better marshal their political will to tackle urgent global problems. Foundation efforts advocate an expansion of the summits' agenda—as well as focused diplomacy to bridge differences, follow-through on policy initiatives, and complement relationships with the United Nations and other multilateral institutions. These reforms will help the summits contribute to more effective global governance and tap the international community’s capacity. See our resources in connection with recent G-8 and G-20 meetings.

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May 2014
An Efficient Approach to Climate Change at the G-20
Other Publication (59K)

February 2014
Back to Reality: India’s National Interests and Multilateralism
Radha Kumar and Ambassador Achal Malhotra
Policy Analysis Brief (396K)

February 2014
Bright Spots: Expert Views on Emerging-Established Power Cooperation
Conference Report (382K)

December 2013
G-20 Action on Vehicle Efficiency and Emissions
Other Publication (382K)

December 2013
The G-20 and Climate Change: Beyond Goal Setting at Brisbane
Other Publication (715K)

October 2013
Cooperation Between Emerging and Established Powers—Where Are the Openings?
Policy Memo (431K)

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March 2014
A House Divided
Ramesh Thakur

March 2014
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Climate Talks

November 2013
Chipping Away at the Iceberg
Jennifer Smyser, Editor

November 2013
The G-20 Must Be Revitalized
Mike Callaghan

November 2013
Why the G-20 Still Matters
Zhu Jiejin

July 2013
Same Name, New Game
Jennifer Smyser, Editor

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March 2009
India Rising: Promotional Audio Featuring David Brown
MP3 (1MB)

March 2009
"India Rising"
MP3 (50MB)

March 2009
The Real India (from "India Rising")
MP3 (3MB)

March 2009
The Tale of Two Indias (from "India Rising")
MP3 (7MB)

March 2009
India’s Global Desire (from "India Rising")
MP3 (4MB)

March 2009
The Real Slumdog Millionaires of Dharavi (from "India Rising")
MP3 (5MB)

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An Efficient Approach to Climate Change at the G-20
Other Publication
May 2014

In a series of essays on the Australian G-20 presidency, analysts from 11 countries, including the Stanley Foundation’s Rei Tang, examined whether Australia has been able to make progress as the G-20 chair; which global issues need more attention; and what must be done to make the Brisbane Summit a success. Read More


10/22/14   Global Security Seminar for Journalists
Courier Courier
In the newest issue of Courier, we share an amazing (and secret) diplomatic effort to secure dangerous nuclear material in Kazakhstan. Two ambassadors discuss how to make our world safer from nuclear terrorism. You can also discover more than you ever wanted to know about climate change negotiations and about the tension within the United Nations that makes it difficult to be efficient. Our final piece looks at the potential for mass atrocities in the Dominican Republic.

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New Video on Nuclear Security New Video on Nuclear Security
The Stanley Foundation produced a 13-minute video looking at what needs to be done to stop terrorist groups from acquiring enough fissile material to make a bomb. The foundation talked with over a dozen diverse and distinguished experts from the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group and the Fissile Materials Working Group to see how today's patchwork of voluntary arrangements can be forged into a long-lasting system. Watch the video.

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Our bimonthly newsletter looks at a Latin America network to stop mass atrocities as well as a seminar for journalists aimed at demystifying nuclear lingo. We also have a slideshow of our annual Investigation U. summer camp for students.

In the latest, you’ll find many extras—from upcoming events to multimedia resources. Sign up now

Now Showing Now Showing
This Now Showing event-in-a-box toolkit Before the Killing Begins: The Politics of Mass Violence considers how early preventive strategies by governments and the international community should build much-needed capacities within countries, and make it harder for leaders to resort to violence. It aims to encourage discussion of how future efforts might better protect populations under threat, giving new resolve to the promise of never again. Sign Up.

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