Engaging the United States – The Central Puzzle of Global Governance
From the first scoping meeting in October 2003 to the last workshop in May 2006, a recurrent concern of project participants was the role of the United States . The questions raised were fairly simple to state, but definitive answers were hard to come by.
Was the United States likely to support the proposal that a group of approximately twenty world leaders from both developed and developing countries (including their own President) should meet to take action on critical global issues? Assuming that the answer to this question was at best unclear, what steps needed to be taken to ensure that US support would be forthcoming? In the absence of US support, could the L-20 proposal be expected to proceed?
The context for this discussion lay in a volatile mix of recent history and American politics. After a dilatory and unfocussed first few months, the administration of George W. Bush was galvanized by the events of September 11, 2001. The President reacted to the tragedy at the World Trade...