Thursday, March 02, 2006


From G8 to G11?

It is suggested today that the G8 should be increased to a G11. Add India, China and Brazil says former UK Foreign Secretary David (Lord) Owen.

Why? Speed of action: in non-military issues [such as health], an expanded G8 would be beneficial. Yet reform is also needed to facilitate effective military multilateralism. Under UN resolution or with UN Security Council acquiescence, an enlarged G8 could act as the executive arm of a new Nato. The Rwandan genocide and Sudan's Darfur show the shortcomings of the present institutional arrangements.
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