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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French President Francois Hollande, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron seen during the G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau on June 7, 2015 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

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The G7 in a Multipolar World

July 2015, Number 06.03

“In preparation for the June 2015 G7 summit, the group’s foreign ministers convened in Lübeck, Germany, in April to discuss the potential nuclear deal with Iran and conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East. For many commentators, like those at Der Spiegel, this meeting confirmed what they had already argued when the G7 — previously the Group of Eight (G8) — suspended Russia in early 2014 after its annexation of Crimea: that the group is irrelevant and needs Russia to address most of the world’s problems.

In Lübeck, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier argued that while no one wanted to isolate Russia permanently, it could not be readmitted as long as the conflict in Ukraine continued. But with Russia suspended for more than a year now, it seems unlikely that the prospect of renewed membership will lead Moscow to modify its policies toward Ukraine. Are the G7’s days thus over? Or should the group forget about Ukraine and get Russia back on board?

The return of the G7 has been long overdue, and was the right decision, both as a diplomatic measure and because Russian-Western relations had turned the forum into a highly ineffective talk-shop...” 

Excerpt from Alessandro Scheffler Corvaja, “The G7 in a Multipolar World,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues  6, No. 3, 2015: 48-51.

Alessandro Scheffler Corvaja is a research associate at Bundeswehr University in Munich, a graduate fellow of the Hanns-Seidel-Foundation and academic coordinator of the Marshall Center’s Master in International Security Studies Program. He has worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., the NATO Defense College in Rome and the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence in St. Andrews.

This article reflects the views of the author and are not necessarily the official policy of the United States, Germany, or any other governments.