The Diplomacy of Concert: Canada, the G-7 and the Halifax Summit
by John Kirton


30. The gulf between Summit members and outside powers also continues to widen, as the rouble-led plunge in the size of the Russian economy overwhelms the rise in that of the PRC to a level similar to that of Canada's. Although there is no evidence that the aggregate experience of leaders at previous summits causes a particular Summit to be successful, the loss of Francois Mitterrand for Halifax, only partly offset by the presence of three year veteran and skilled Summit participant Bill Clinton, produces a particular net disadvantage for the Halifax Summit and for Canadian success within it.

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