Public Lecture

Global Summit Prenegotiation: The Case of the Australian G20 Presidency

Bonn – 31 May 2016

In 2017 Germany will take over the G20 presidency after China. After ‘middle powers’ such as Australia and Turkey chaired the G20 for years, global economic heavyweights are now taking over. While continuity and effectivity have become crucial for G20 to maintain its relevance, we know little about the factors that support an effective global and regional summit. It is assumed that the chair likely plays an instrumental role in securing a successful summit. In this lecture Larry Crump (Senior Fellow at the Centre and Griffith University, Australia) presented a paper, co-authored with Christian Downie, that analyzes the role of the summit chair, agenda building and prenegotiation preparation during the 2014 G20 Australian presidency.

In the paper, the authors developed a Summit Prenegotiation Framework, identifying tasks and issues for leaders’ summit, and examined the relationship between agenda building and régime identity, and the debate surrounding G20 identity and legitimacy. The authors suggest that the G20 will have legitimacy challenges similar to the UN Security Council if G20 leadership fails to address régime continuity and change, which is the real long-term G20 challenge.

With this animated lecture, Larry Crump gave a fruitful look behind the scences of the G20 prenegotiations. It was moderated by Dr Clara Brandi, Senior Researcher, Department 'World Economy and Development Financing' of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and commented by Dr Thomas Fues, Head of the Department ‘Training’ (DIE). The following discussion was also enriched by the Centre's fellows.

Date: 31 May 2016, 17:30–19:00
Venue: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Tulpenfeld 6, 53113 Bonn