How important is the G20 and the G20 summit? Are national and international financial practices determined by private companies more than elected leaders? Alternatively, is the G20 the best hope of preventing another global financial crisis on the scale of 2008/09? Should the G20 be the central institution for managing international economic cooperation? And should it limit itself to discussing economic issues, or broaden its agenda to manage geopolitical tensions? With limited representation from the poorest countries in the world, is the G20 really a global institution for the global economy, or a means through which wealthy countries are able to determine the rules of international financial regulation to their advantage?

Given international economic uncertainty but increasing inter-connections in the global economy, these questions are crucial not just for the global economy but for the future national economic outlook of Australia. In the context of ever more pressing transnational challenges, from environmental change to population movements, thinking about the role of the G20 is also important in reflecting on the future of international cooperation more broadly.

If nothing else, in the context of significant disruption to communities and movement in Brisbane during the event, this discussion is also an opportunity to find out what all the fuss is about!


Tim Dunne, Executive Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, UQ and previously Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect.


Stephen Bell, Professor of Political Economy in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland.

John Quiggin, Professor and an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow in the School of Economics at the University of Queensland, and a member of the Board of the Climate Change Authority of the Australian Government

Ramesh Thakur, Professor of International Relations at the College of the Asia-Pacific at the Australian National University.

Heloise Weber, Senior Lecturer of International Relations and Development Studies in the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland.




About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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