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Does the G20 serve any purpose?

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The Institute for Security Studies, linked to the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, published a study on the G20.

The author endorses the rhetoric according to which the G20 allows emergent economic powers to have a hand in world global management. On this premises, he posits that the G20 provides the ideal context for elaborating a new multilateralism.

However, all along, his study shows exactly the opposite: namely, that the G20 has in no way fostered multilateralism. In substance, much of the information it contains can be turned into an argument against the legitimacy of a body whose real aim is to perpetuate the supremacy of the big powers.

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The G-20 : A Pathway to effective multilateralism?, by Juha Jokela, Institute for Security Studies, European Union (84 pp., 640 Ko, avril 2011).

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