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Stanley Foundation at the G-8 and G-20 Summits in Canada
Global Leadership and the New Shape of Multilateralism

It's easy to question the fanfare, expense, and security disruptions that come with hosting world leader summits like the G-8 and G-20. But it’s hard to imagine what the world would be like if these leaders didn’t meet at a common table where they can confer with their peers, build collegial relationships, and focus their governments on shared challenges.

The truly important questions being asked as Canada hosted the twin summits of the G-8 and G-20 focused on three areas:

  • What is the role of the G-8 and G-20? How can these groups withogut any permanent structure help achieve progress on global challenges?
  • Are the right issues being included on the agenda to make the best use of all this top-level attention?
  • And should the more inclusive G-20 be tackling additional political and security challenges beyond the global economy?

The Stanley Foundation has a long history of working on global governance issues and examining these questions. Three foundation staff members, Keith Porter, David Shorr, and Sean Harder, attended the 2010 G-8 and G-20 Summits in Canada. Please take a look at these resources:

Stanley Foundation staff members were also on-site for the G-20 in Pittsburgh and the 2009 G-8 in L'Aquila, Italy. See those resources here.

Also see these resources from Stanley Foundation staff and friends:


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