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The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) has the pleasure of inviting you to a Global Economy Monday seminar on:

G20 at a Crossroads
Wednesday, 2 November 2011, 14.00-16.30

Danish Institute for International Studies
Main Auditorium
Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K

Since the Second World War, the IMF and the World Bank have been key pillars of global economic governance. When the global financial crisis accelerated in the fall of 2008, however, the Bretton Woods institutions came to play a secondary role in responding to it. To many the summit in Seoul in November 2010 was the real test of the effectiveness of the G20. Progress on the key issue of how to deal with global imbalances would show whether the G20 continued to have viability and relevance. For most, the result was disappointing.
Others are more optimistic. The French presidency of the G20 in 2011 is determined to give a major boost to the G20 process. Disagreements among the major powers on key issues – such as global imbalances and reforms of the international monetary system – remain considerable, however. It is therefore very much an open question which direction global economic governance will take in the coming years. Will the G20 be further institutionalized with its own secretariat and perhaps even a formal treaty? Or will the G20 be a ‘transition phenomenon’ in a process towards a new structure of global economic governance devised so as to be both legitimate and effective in addressing the challenges of the 21st century?
We are delighted to announce a Global Economy Monday seminar on these important issues, to be held the day before G20 leaders convene in Cannes for their 2011 summit.
Stefan Schirm, Professor, Ruhr University of Bochum
Jakob Vestergaard, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Peter Gibbon, Senior Researcher, DIIS
14.00-14.10       Introduction
                        Peter Gibbon, Senior Researcher, DIIS
14.10-14.50       The G20 – Emerging Powers and Transatlantic 
                        Stefan Schirm, Professor, Ruhr University of Bochum
14.50-15.10       Coffee Break
15.10-15.50       The G20 and Beyond – Toward Effective Global 
                        Economic Governance
                        Jakob Vestergaard, Senior Researcher, DIIS
15.50-16.30       Questions and Comments
Chair: Peter Gibbon, Senior Researcher, DIIS
Practical Information
The seminar will be held in English.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use below online registration form no later than Tuesday, 1 November 2011 at 12.00 noon.


Yes please, I would like to register for the DIIS event mentioned above:
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Please await confirmation by e-mail from DIIS for participation. If you have not received a confirmation from us within 2 workdays, please contact us directly, email: or telephone +45 32 69 87 51.


Updated: 17/10/11