My multimedia take on the G-20

My latest column for Newsweek International is now online, and points out the hazards of a failed G-20 summit.  The closing:  As World Bank president Bob Zoellick recently observed, the promotion of the G20 to the global stage is an accident of history. The group had a harmless existence for close to a decade. When ...

By , a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast.

My latest column for Newsweek International is now online, and points out the hazards of a failed G-20 summit.  The closing: 

My latest column for Newsweek International is now online, and points out the hazards of a failed G-20 summit.  The closing: 

As World Bank president Bob Zoellick recently observed, the promotion of the G20 to the global stage is an accident of history. The group had a harmless existence for close to a decade. When the crisis hit, it was the only forum around that brought together the key players in global finance.

The G20 gets a mulligan for last year’s hastily arranged summit. A failure to act this time around will be far more damaging. In the absence of global cooperation, countries will go it alone, which means a ratcheting up of financial, trade and fiscal protectionism. And today’s global economy already has too much in common with the 1930s. 

Perusing the draft communique printed in the FT, I’d describe it as "a failure to act" already, but let’s be charitable and see what happens in London.

Meanwhile, Heather Hurlburt and I discuss all things G-20 in our latest bloggingheads diavlog.  We also share our fear of "impact" as a verb, and, oh, yes, I propose burning Heather at the stake.  All in all, a lively chat. 

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast. Twitter: @dandrezner

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