On February 13-14th, 2008, the Managing Global Insecurity (MGI) Project, with the generous support of the Finnish government in partnership with the Ditchley Foundation, held its fourth Advisory Group meeting at Ditchley Park in Oxfordshire, England.
The session brought MGI Advisory Group members together with experts and policy-makers from across Europe and from the United States to discuss priorities, challenges, and opportunities for a strengthened multilateral security system. In particular, the MGI Co-Directors presented their recommendations for how to strengthen multilateral responses across six 21st century transborder security threats – terrorism, nuclear proliferation, disease and bioterrorism, global poverty, climate change, and inter and intra-state conflict.
MGI also outlined their proposal for an expanded and re-conceptualized G8 – a new G16 – to create opportunities for pre-negotiation on global issues and for forging cooperative arrangements between the US and the major and emerging powers. The goal of the session, one of a series of international meetings and consultations which MGI is holding across diverse regions, was to garner feedback in order to ensure that the MGI project incorporates perspectives from the larger global community into its final recommendations.