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                                                                Force
                                                                In what may seem an excess of summitry,
                                                                most participants at the recent G8
                                                                gathering in the Italian earthquake-
                                                                devastated town of L’Aquila will meet
                                                                again in September in Pittsburgh for the
                                                                third presidential G20 summit in less
                                                                than a year. There is already a growing
                                                                interplay between the two Gs. However,
                                                                the G20’s inclusiveness and its rapid
                                                                move into a higher gear since the
                                                                economic crisis, may signal that a shift of
                                                                responsibilities from the G8 to the G20 is
                                                                just a matter of time.




                                                                t               HE ISSUE OF ARCHITECTURAL CHANGE IN GLOBAL
                                                                                 economic management cannot be decided
                                                                                 without the United States providing a role
                                                                                 and direction. And Washington’s silence, so
                                                                                 far, on this issue has been remarkable. But it
                                                                                 seems in line with the US administration’s
                                                                signals after the G20 London summit that it would take no
                                                                position on the future G process until after the G20 meeting
                                                                in Pittsburgh. We need to see what Pittsburgh delivers and,
                                                                especially, where the US, as host, takes the whole process.


              | INDEPENDENT THINKING ON INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
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                                                                   G20 AND THE G8 Paola Subacchi,
                                                                   DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS, CHATHAM HOUSE


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Description: A clear statement from the US administration supporting one structure or the other would be likely to shape and influence the debate on architectural change, and inform the preparatory work for next year's G8 in Canada. Partly as a result of the 'promotion' of theG20 to a heads of state summit last November, the Italian presidency chose to focus on an innovative approach to summitry - so-called 'variable geometry' - in an attempt to enlarge the traditional group of G8 members to the new emerging powers, while giving the parent group the status of first among equals.
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