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Why the G20 Must Also Act as a Forum for Climate Action

September 7, 2016 | Patricia Galvao Ferreira, CIGI

This piece argues that G20 leaders failed to show significant progress in mitigating climate change at the September summit. It also argues that action in forums such as the G20 are vital to the successful implementation of battling climate change.

Obama’s last sally for a safer world

September 7, 2016 | Rakesh Sood, ORF

This piece discusses the speculation that U.S. President Obama’s UNGA speech could have significant implications for U.S. nuclear policy and for the global nuclear disarmament agenda. It also analyzes Obama’s nuclear record over the past seven years.

The Impact of Brexit on the EU Budget: A non-catastrophic event

September 7, 2016 | Jorge Núñez Ferrer and David Rinaldi, CEPS

The authors analyze the concerns that the UK’s exit from the EU will strongly impact the EU budget. They find that the impact will be rather small, but how small is dependent on the UK’s decision on participation in EU internal market.

Hangzhou G20 summit: Big on spectacle, low on substance

September 6, 2016 | Tristram Sainsbury, Lowy

The author argues that while the Hangzhou G20 summit was a big show, it will not go down as a smooth one. It will cement the G20’s reputation as only a talk shop that is unable to address the challenges posed by the rising anti-globalization sentiment.

Did Saudi Arabia just side with China on the South China Sea?

September 6, 2016 | Anthony Bubalo, Lowy

This blog points out that it is rare to see a U.S. ally come out so strongly on the Chinese side of the South China Sea issue. However, Saudi Arabia has been deepening its relations with China mainly because it is a critical market for Saudi Arabia's oil.

The Highlight of the Hangzhou Summit: Swan Lake

September 5, 2016 | Kevin Carmichael, CIGI

The blog analyzes Hangzhou G20 outcomes, and is disappointed that the meeting accomplished little substance. However, the author argues that the discussion on innovation and the communique’s call for incentivizing private investment were positive steps.

Speaking to development and growth: The G20 summit in Hangzhou

September 2, 2016 | Talitha Bertelsmann-Scott and Elizabeth Sidiropoulos, SAIIA

This article reflects on what role bodies such as the G20 can play in an environment of growing populism and nationalism. They argue that the value of the G20 is in the collective decisions its members can take and influence it has on other countries.

BRICS cities require smart policy solutions

September 1, 2016 | ORF

This report argues that knowledge exchange on smart cities can help in developing a better understanding of the concept and arriving at smart solutions which are urgently needed to address the urbanization challenge in BRICS countries.