On Friday, June 6, the day after what would have been the conclusion of the Russian G8 summit, the Center on Global Interests launched its newest report—“Back to the G7: Russia’s Expulsion from the G8 and the End of the Post-Cold War World.” In a panel discussion led by E. Wayne Merry, Senior Fellow for Europe and Eurasia at the American Foreign Policy Council and author of the report, four experts considered the reasons for the G8’s failure and offered contrasting opinions on the possible resurrection of the group. In his report, Merry argues that the initial goals of the G8 and the conditions of Russia’s membership prevented its full integration into the body, setting an early stage for Russia’s eventual departure. This departure, he says, marks the end of the rapprochement between Russia and the West that, until recent events, had characterized much of the last 25 years.
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