Globe and Mail, Monday November 8, 2010
In a world awash in a string of G groupings, what’s the G20’s comparative advantage?
First, it’s a summit of leaders, a forum for heads of government to talk directly to, and get to know, each other. Ministers represent interests of particular portfolios; the biggest global deadlocks now require tradeoffs across, rather than within, portfolios. Only leaders can trade apples for oranges or, given their size, watermelons and pumpkins.