On July 20, the eight leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Russia will convene in Genoa, Italy for their annual summit to review new political, economic, and social developments in the international community.
This year, three of those countries—Italy, Japan, and the United States—are sending newly elected representatives to the multilateral council. They and their more seasoned counterparts will tackle issues including international trade relations; World Trade Organization and International Monetary Fund policies, especially as they affect developing countries; labor and human rights abuses; the use of biotechnology and genetic engineering in food development; energy shortages; climate concerns; and HIV/AIDS. In addition to the multilateral meetings, Bush will likely meet individually with several world leaders.
As a preview, the Brookings Institution will assemble a panel of experts to address the meeting’s potential conflicts, possible outcomes, and the implications for the U.S. economy and U.S. relations with the rest of the world.