Thursday, July 13, 2006

Pre G-8 roundup

The National Interest (and thus by extension TWR) will be reporting from the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, where we will be doing a summit eve briefing (with Robin West, Graham Allison and Dimitri Simes).

The president today touched on several themes in his press conference with Merkel. He said he'd carry a message about the importance of values such as a free press to be delivered in private to Putin (perhaps at dinner tomorrow night? and perhaps making the case, as Mark Urnov did on Monday, that a free press can be a valued ally in the fight against corruption?) He said Iran could not "outwait" the U.S. and its allies (although in our spring issue UPI's Claude Salhani said that is precisely the strategy, to wait and "survive" to Inauguration Day 2009). The Middle East peace process is in shambles (and tensions in the region only heighten fears about the security of the energy supply).

So, will the G-8 meeting lead to any real breakthroughs? We'll see.

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