Following on from Hanging In There, this comprehensive volume empirically covers the summits from the UK meeting in Birmingham in 1998 to the UK meeting in 2005. In essence, this study reviews a full G8 cycle. The analytical framework rests on three general summit objectives: political leadership, reconciling international/domestic and collective management, and six subject-specific performance indicators: leadership, effectiveness, solidarity, durability, acceptability, consistency. Including a detailed look at summits pre-Birmingham, it reviews developments from 1998 by examining each summit from the subsequent summit performances, such as financial issues and debt, trade issues and development, to the most recent discussion on Africa, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. Moreover, it covers the development of the G8 apparatus, the impact of Russia's membership and links with non-G8 governments and non-state actors. It concludes with an assessment as to whether the G8 achieves its three general summit objectives.
Contents: Introduction: The Summit at 30: transition to a new century; The story so far: the G7 Summits 1975-1997. The First G8 Sequence, 1998-2004: Breaking free: Birmingham 1998; Debt and the Balkans: Cologne 1999; Summit performance I: financial issues and debt; Targeting development: Okinawa 2000; Transcending the riots: Genoa 2001; Summit performance II: trade issues and development; New directions: Kananaskis 2002; Reconciliation: Evian 2003; The shadow of Iraq: Sea Island 2004; Summit performance III: Africa, terrorism and non-proliferation. Conclusions: Concentrating the mind: summit process; Staying together: summit objectives; Bibliography; Index.