The announced schedule for this week:
Stratfor.com released a "Red Alert" yesterday that credits the G-20 and surrounding summits with more significance than I had believed.
Taken together, this array of diplomatic meetings constitute the greatest density of decision points in the modern world since the summits that brought about the end of the Cold War. This is a time when the true colors of nation-states come out, as each fights for their political, economic and security interests behind a thin veneer of global cooperation.Well, yes...but how much will they accomplish? STRATFOR, which is usually pretty good about this sort of thing, concludes that there is a "redefinition of global systems is taking place that will carry well into the future." I can agree with that. I tend to see what's happening now as the start--or maybe the midpoint--of the process. Too many states (including the US), in my opinion, haven't yet grasped the full magnitude of what's going on, and are unwilling to negotiate the kinds of concessions on all sides that a full restructuring will require.
But hey, I've been wrong before. Keep watching.