July 18, 2019

Who Dominated at G20?

“The G20 is supposed to be the time and place for multilateral consensus. Instead, it’s become more of a display of the tantrum diplomacy leaders have embraced — whoever screams the loudest or bullies the hardest is permitted to get their way.

Once again, major discord among the world’s superpowers — this time sparked by America’s refusal to endorse the Paris climate accords — calls into question whether such multilateral meetings are becoming an anachronism.

Whether they meet in Japan, Argentina or Papua New Guinea, the drift of Russia, China, Saudi Arabia — and yes, the United States — outside the familiar sandbox of the rules-based international order makes the summit less of a venue for compromise and unity.
That, in turn, has translated into host nations having to settle for watered-down final communiques with little accountability — and even less substance.”

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