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Where Is The G20?
As European nations struggle to cope with the crisis of economic migrants and political refugees flowing onto their shores, one institution stands on the sidelines seemingly unwilling or unable to mount a response. Paola Subacchi wonders why the G20 has remained silent on the issue.

Although the G20 met last week in Turkey, one of the countries hardest hit by the Syrian crisis and ensuing refugee crisis, the group had much to say about currency devaluation but nothing about the migrants.

“There’s not even a footnote to express grief for the huge humanitarian emergency. In fact, the finance ministers of countries that are pivotal to the refugee crisis gathered together, but somehow failed to even attempt to use this opportunity to talk about the refugee crisis, much less broker an agreement on how to tackle this massive displacement of people from war-afflicted and poverty-stricken countries,” she writes.

Rather, she suggests that the institution should use its position to provide a ground for policy discussion and policy experimentation rather than just a ‘process’ for producing working papers and bureaucratic communiques. If the G20 fails to “take a lead in a crisis that is unfolding before the eyes and on the borders of its members, then what is its purpose?” asks Subacchi.

Are Western Values Now Old School?
Writing in The New York Times, London Bureau chief Steven Erlanger examines the failure of many nations to adopt the Western version of democracy following the fall of communism and the rise of Islamism throughout the world, and wonders whether it symbolizes a rejection of Western values.

“Many of the emerging powerhouses of globalization, like Brazil, are interested in democracy and the rule of law, but not in the preachments of the West, which they regard as laced with hypocrisy. Even Russia argues both for exceptionalism (“the third Rome”) and for its own more perfect representation of Western civilization, claiming that the West is self-interested, decadent and hypocritical, defending universal values but freely ignoring them when it pleases,” he writes.

What Is The Purpose Of American Power?
The National Interest asked many of the foremost political thinkers what is the purpose of American Power and in the latest installment, the magazine interviewed author Ferdinand Mount his views. A complete list of the other interviews can be found HERE.

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