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Pre-summit G7 Think Tank Conference

A joint event with the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the G7 Research Group
June 3, 2015

Official Welcome

Dr. Sylke Tempel
Editor-in-Chief of "INTERNATIONALE POLITIK" and the "Berlin Policy Journal," DGAP, Berlin

Prof. John Kirton
Director of the G7 Research Group; Co-director of the G20 Research Group; Research Associate of the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Session 1: The Role of the G7 in Global Governance

Setting the scene: What are the issues on the G7 agenda? Is the G7 still a relevant forum in global economic governance (also vis-ŗ-vis the G20)? What is the level of compliance and accountability in the G7?

Dr. Ella Kokotsis
Director of Accountability, G7 Research Group, University of Toronto

Dr. Claudia Schmucker
Head of Globalization and World Economy Program, DGAP, Berlin

Prof. Antonio Villafranca
Senior Research Fellow and Head of European Program, Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI), Milan

Chair: Dr. Katharina Gnath
Senior Project Manager, Program on Europe's Future, Bertelsmann Stiftung, GŁtersloh

Session 2: G7 and the World Economy: Growth Strategies and Imbalances

What is the group's post-crisis financial-economic agenda? Global imbalances: What is the role for macroeconomic coordination in the G7?

Dr. Holger Fabig
Head of Division on G7/G8, G20,
World Economy, Monetary and Currency Issues, Federal Ministry of Finance, Berlin

Dr. Paola Subacchi
Research Director, International Economics, Chatham House, London

Dr. Thieß Petersen
Senior Expert, Program on Shaping Sustainable Economies, Bertelsmann Stiftung, GŁtersloh

Chair: Julia Kulik
Senior Researcher, G7 Research Group, University of Toronto

Session 3: Regional Security Governance (Ukraine) and the Role of the G7

What is the role for the G7 in regional security and crisis management? What part do joint sanctions and/or force play?

Dr. Stefan Meister
Head of Program on Eastern Europe, Russia and Central Asia, Robert Bosch Center, DGAP

Prof. John Kirton
Director of the G7 Research Group, University of Toronto

Prof. Marie Mendras
Research Fellow with CNRS and CERI, Sciences Po/Paris School of International Affairs (tbc)

Chair: Christian Hanelt
Senior Expert, Program on Europe's Future, Bertelsmann Stiftung

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The G7 Research Group gratefully acknowledges the support of:
Jackman Foundation
University of Toronto:
     Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies
     Faculty of Arts and Science Germany/Europe Fund
     Munk School of Global Affairs
     Department of Political Science
     Asian Institute
     Bill Graham Centre for Contemporary International History, Trinity College
The Embassy of Canada in Berlin


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