May 16

Past Event

Previewing the G-8 and NATO Summits: An Examination of the Summits’ Top Agenda Items

Event Materials



  • The G-8 and Economic Recovery

    Michael Froman, National Security Council: This is the first G-8 meeting since Greece’s economy tanked and new leadership was elected in Italy, France and Russia. They want to find ways to foster growth, create jobs and shore up fragile countries.

  • Controlling Food and Energy

    Bruce Jones: As countries around the world scale up efforts to control food and energy, global leaders must decide the best and safest ways to manage these precious resources.

    Bruce Jones

  • The Euro Crisis is a Dominant Issue

    Justin Vaisse: The euro crisis is a dominant issue for these leaders who have to find a way to leverage Europe and avoid deepening the deficit in any one member state.

    Justin Vaïsse

  • Arab-Israeli Question Could Undermine Afghanistan Progress

    Bruce Riedel: The good news is Afghanistan is making progress. But the Arab-Israeli question remains troubling for the entire region and could undermine the gains of the Arab awakening.

    Bruce Riedel

  • Syria at a Standstill

    Daniel Byman: The situation in Syria is at a standstill: the government is too weak to win and the opposition is too weak to overthrow the government.

    Daniel L. Byman

  • Understanding Iran

    Suzanne Maloney: Despite severe sanctions and other punitive measures, Iran remains undeterred and distrustful of the U.S., implying that we have to find other ways of reaching an understanding with the Iranian government.

    Suzanne Maloney


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In the coming week, the United States will host both the G-8 and NATO Summits, two important gatherings of world leaders focusing on a number of critical global issues including Europe’s economic stability, cooperation and security concerns in Afghanistan and the Middle East, and recent political changes among the G-8 member states.

On May 16, in advance of the summits at Camp David and in Chicago, the Managing Global Order project at Brookings hosted Michael Froman, assistant to the president of the United States and deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs at the National Security Council and the National Economic Council, for an overview of the summits’ key issues. Froman currently serves as the U.S. Sherpa for the G-20 and G-8 Summits, and is responsible for coordinating policy on international trade, investment, energy security and climate change, and development and democracy issues. Following his remarks, two panels featuring Brookings Senior Fellows Bruce Jones, Justin Vaisse, Suzanne Maloney and Bruce Riedel, examined the summits’ top agenda items. The first panel discussed how G-8 member states can better cooperate to engage emerging powers and outline how the outcome of the French election affects the summit and transatlantic relations. The second panel examined the various security issues on the agenda for the G-8 and NATO summits, including Iran, the Arab Awakening, and Afghanistan. Vice President Martin Indyk, director of Foreign Policy, and Senior Fellow Dan Byman, director of research for the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, moderated the panel discussions.

After each panel, participants took audience questions.

Event Agenda


May 16, 2012

10:45 AM - 2:00 PM EDT

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Root Room

1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW


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