G20: Mexican Finance Minister

April 16th 2012 · Read More · Comments Off

About an hour ago, Mexican Finance Minister Agustin Carstens delivered a statement to the Latin American press illustrating Mexico’s position on issues at the G-20 conference here in Pittsburgh. His three main concerns are climate change, an international fund to develop clean technology, and the need for more flexibility by the IMF.

Mexico’s concerns about climate change come directly after the discussions at the U.N. about a treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is important that Mexico is supportive of a climate change bill since they are a major developing economy, even if they are not officially part of

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G20: President Obama’s Closing Speech

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Friday evening, President Obama gave the closing speech to a hectic two day G20 summit. Echoing what other leaders stated, this summit was the most substantial and inclusive of all previous summits. It has been only the third G20 summit where leaders have participated directly, whereas before, the G8 fulfilled this role while not including the developing world.

President Obama began his speech highlighting the achievements of Pittsburgh, the host city. The city was chosen because it serves a strong example of how cities, countries, and the world can adapt to changing economic conditions. Pittsburgh, formerly known as a steel

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The Distraction of Personality

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Much has been made of President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Copenhagen in support of Chicago’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics. With the votes in, Chicago finished fourth, out of four cities. Before the vote, the question was whether such a trip was appropriate for an American President; after, the question was whether this was Chicago’s failure, or Obama’s.

It is symptomatic of the silliness of the American media that only days after the year’s greatest exercise in multilateral diplomacy, the Pittsburgh G20, the only test of Obama’s diplomatic abilities discussed is his meeting with an athletic association. Thus,

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