"Bending" the Architecture: Reimagining the G7

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The global governance system is in disarray. The UN Security Council is frozen by geopolitical rivalry and two wars. Other institutions such as the G20 and World Trade Organization (WTO) are underperforming. Time does not allow for building a new governance institution—but requires the “bending” of existing ones to meet the moment. This CSIS report speaks to the global need to elevate the Group of Seven (G7), a bloc of industrialized democracies—the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the European Union—to foster a more stable and predictable world order. The report offers recommendations on reimagining the future G7 as a critical institution of global governance, focused on agenda setting, institutionalization, and membership of the body.

This project is supported by CSIS and the Federation of Korean Industries.

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John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
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Victor Cha
Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair
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Emily Benson

Emily Benson

Former Director, Project on Trade and Technology and Former Senior Fellow, Scholl Chair in International Business
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Max Bergmann
Director, Europe, Russia, and Eurasia Program and Stuart Center
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Caitlin Welsh
Director, Global Food and Water Security Program