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Summit Dialogue Podcast Series

This Series undertakes interviews with academics, policymakers and in particular former officials exploring the current and past architecture of summits and the state of global order policymaking.

Summit Dialogue, Episode 1: An Interview with Paul Martin

This podcast interview with the Right Honorable Paul Martin, interviewer Alan Alexandroff, a Senior Editor here at Global Summitry, is the embedded podcast accompanying Mr. Martin’s video text.  This video was delivered at the opening of the Vision 20 meeting in China (March 29th to April 1st) at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou China.  As the Editor’s Note in the text points out, the V20 brought together scholars from various international policy fields, think tank leaders, civil society and private sector representatives and various government leaders, all to generate ideas and actionable items for the long and medium term in global governance. 

Paul Martin was the Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006 and the Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002.  Mr. Martin was the inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G20. Mr. Martin not only was central in setting up this first version of the G20 but was one of the earliest advocates of a leaders’ level summit – what eventually became the G20. As Mr. Martin wrote in 2005 in the venerable journal Foreign Affairs, “The main justification for an L-20 can be expressed very simply: the boundaries between countries are growing fainter. Globalization is not a process that can be turned on and off at will.” In this interview with Mr. Martin, our Senior Editor explores with the former Prime Minister his assessment of the Leaders’ G20. Where has the G20 been a success; where has it failed to meet the expectations of Mr. Martin? What recommendations does Mr. Martin have for this most critical of leaders’ summits in the hopes of making the Summit more effective?  

Global Summitry Podcast Series

This Series publishes interviews with academics, policymakers and former officials around analytic and even theoretic questions in global summitry and global governance.  

Global Summitry, Episode 5: An Interview with Sir David King

This podcast with Sir David King marks the Journal’s first foray into climate change and global governance issues, actors and arrangements. Sir David has been centrally involved in the creation of two potentially very important entities in the efforts to reduce CO2 emissions and move to low carbon emission strategies for states. Sir David, appointed by the Foreign Secretary as the new permanent Special Representative for Climate Change, along with a number of other notables including Sir David Attenborough, Lord Stern, Lord O’Donnell and Lord Layard launched the Global Apollo Programme in June 2015 designed to advance research on renewables and in particular new storage technologies. Through a series contacts, and some good fortune, two entities were launched just prior to the formal COP21 – Mission Innovation (MI) an alliance of states (currently 21) to advance the pace of innovation in clean energy and the Breakthrough Energy Coalition (BEC), a coalition of some 20 venture capitalists brought together by Bill Gates to accelerate commercialization and investment in cost-effective clean energy innovations. It is a compelling story from one of the principals involved in climate change governance. Please enjoy.

Global Summitry, Episode 4: An Interview with Jonathan Kirshner 

This podcast with Jonathan Kirshner and GS ‘caps off’ a close examination by GS of global financial governance and an evaluation of the state of the global economy. Jonathan Kirshner is a professor of International Political Economy in the Department of Government at Cornell University.  His most recent book in the area is American Power after the Financial Crisis. Jonathan’s interview accompanies two articles in Volume 2, Issue 1 – Eric Helleiner’s “Legacies of the 2008 Crisis for Global Financial Governance” and Henry Farrell’s “Globalized Green Lanternism". Together the podcast and articles provide deep insights into the current state of the global economic order from some of the best political economist minds in the United States and Canada. Enjoy.

Global Summitry, Episode 3: An Interview with Danny Bradlow

This podcast interview with Danny Bradlow is the accompanying podcast to Danny's article, "Lessons from the Frontlines: What I Learned from My Participation in the G20". This article is the first in a series of examinations of former officials and others who have been directly involved in the workings of global summitry. The 'Summit Dialogue' series is intended to give us insights into how current global summitry actually makes, or fails to make, policy at the global governance level. Danny was the first head of the South African Reserve Bank’s (SARB) International Economic Relations and Policy Department. In this capacity, Danny represented the SARB in G20 and BRICS meetings during approximately two years ending in October 2014.  Enjoy both the article and the podcast. 

Global Summitry, Episode 2: An Interview with Stewart Patrick 

In this second podcast in the Global Summitry podcast series, Stewart Patrick of the Council of Foreign Relations examines the evolution of multilateralism in the global order.This podcast is part of Stewart's 'Feature Article' "The New “New Multilateralism”: Minilateral Cooperation, but at What Cost?" As the title suggests multilateralism as a global order tool has gone through a succession of iterations. The most recent iteration is the development of informal minilateral arrangements. As Stewart points out, these new collaborative arrangements are not unalloyed improvements for global order collaboration.  

Global Summitry, Episode 1: An Interview with Henry Farrell

In this first podcast senior editor Alan Alexandroff interviews Henry Farrell, Associate Professor of Political Science at George Washington University and occasional blogger at the 'Monkey Cage' at The Washington Post. Alan raises questions around what he and Henry refer to as global 'green lanternism' - the exercise, or not, of US power in the global order and its consequences. What emerges out of this interview is a complex picture of actors and their arrangements in the global order - what Henry describes as the 'New Interdependence'.


This podcast series provides lively podcast presentations on many of the 'hot button' issues in global summitry and global governance that in print appear in 'PolicyWatch' or 'Flashpoint' sections of the Journal.

'Now', Episode 3:  An Interview with M. Taylor Fravel

In the 'Flashpoints' article by MIT's M. Taylor Fravel, "Explaining China's Escalation over the Senkaku (Diaoyu) Islands", Taylor examines the conflict between China and Japan in the East China Sea. In this Now podcast, senior editor Alan Alexandroff discusses with Taylor the issue that have raised tensions there but then goes on to explores in some depth with Taylor the many issues in the South China Sea. The tensions in the South China Sea have been in the headlines recently with the award by the Law of the Sea arbitration tribunal (a claim was filed by the Philippines in 2013 against China) that undermined, among other things, the Chinese historical claims identified by the now famous nine-dash line. Though the United States has taken no position over the claims to sovereignty by any of the claimants - China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei - the United States has expressed the continuing importance of the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and the need to peacefully resolve the contending claims. All this is explored in the interview with Taylor.

'Now', Episode 2: The Threat to Peacebuilding: The Crisis in Burundi

In this Now podcast, senior editor Alan Alexandroff introduces Mike Jobbins. Mike is the director of Global Affairs at Search for Common Ground (SFCG) a leading conflict transformation organization. SFCG has been in Burundi for the last 20 years working on peacebuilding in a deeply conflicted nation. Mike and his colleagues have prepared an article for Global Summitry entitled "Peacebuilding and Crisis Prevention in Burundi's 2015 Election Crisis". This article should be available shortly here at Global Summitry but with the rising tensions in the country, the senior editor explores with Mike the current reasons for the crisis in this troubled African country and the immediate threat to peace.

'Now', Episode 1: The Crisis of European Immigration

In this first podcast for the Now podcast series for Global Summitry, senior editor Alan Alexandroff introduces Sara Mojtehedzadeh. Sara is currently working with the Toronto Star but has done stints at Sky News in Europe and the BBC World Service. While at the BBC, as you will hear, Sara examined the early migration flood from the Middle East and Africa. In this latest podcast she examines the growing crisis of immigration. Thousands of asylum seekers, refugees and economic immigrants are flooding into Europe with the hope of reaching the key European Union countries, especially Germany. Like the Greek debt crisis, the immigration crisis raises serious questions of the ability of the 28-member country union to act in unison and respond collectively to a policy crisis. 

In a related podcast, The Global Summitry Project focuses on the economic aspect of the european crisis with a discussion of the structural viability of the eurozone. Click here for access. 


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