The Global Challenges Foundation launches the first of its new series of policy perspectives, on the occasion of the G7’s meeting on 11-13 June in Carbis Bay, the UK.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s push to expand the G7 to a D10 group of large democracies by inviting the leaders of Australia, India and South Korea to Cornwall for the G7 Summit is a very interesting development in global governance and international affairs.
The Global Challenges Foundation thus asks Dr. Daniel Schatz, visiting scholar at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service and International Security Program Fellow at New America to write the initial policy perspective of the series. Schatz argues that the D10 is a stepping stone to a D10+ that would be better placed to tackle acute global challenges.
“D10 has two advantages compared to earlier similar proposals: a limited membership and a clear alignment”, says Daniel Schatz. “They are like minded countries sharing a common worldview, not only of how they perceive global challenges, but in their commitment to promoting democracy, the rule of law, and human rights.”
The Global Challenges Foundation wants to provide several perspectives on the complex issues regarding global governance. Thus two commentators on the topic are always invited.
Hans Kundnani, Senior Research Fellow in the Europe Programme at Chatham House. He argues the D10 concept is problematic as it blames the crisis in liberal democracy on ‘foreign interference’, i.e. from China and Russia, rather than internal causes, relies on a simplistic view on how authoritarian and democratic states exploit technology, and is politically compromised by springing from a U.S. neoconservative tradition.
Jonas Parello-Plesner, Executive Director at the Alliance of Democracies Foundation. He argues proposals for a D10/D11 must go further as a bulwark against Chinese power and countries should sign a charter for an alliance of democracies.
The policy perspective will provide summaries and arguments to quickly understand current issues in global governance and global catastrophic risks.
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