French expert Paul Révay discusses G7 and G20 at RANEPA
On October 2, Paul Révay, a member of the Board of Trustees of Friends of Europe, a “Think and Do Tank” in Brussels, opened the new season at the Milestone Student Club at RANEPA.
Mr. Révay thanked the club for the invitation and said he was happy to be back and deliver a lecture at the Presidential Academy. According to the club’s tradition, Paul Révay briefly spoke about himself and his career path. His interest in working in international relations came from growing up in an interethnic family and speaking several languages since childhood. During the Cold War, he joined France’s Ministry of International Trade, then worked in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union where he had experience with Russian people.
The French expert spoke about the G7’s role in the discussion of and addressing climate change. He explained that the organization was initially created by the world’s leading countries to jointly consider global issues, including political and economic dimensions. However, over time, a problem arose – the G7 somewhat lost its weight in the world due to a decrease in the overall influence of the participating countries. To date, according to the speaker, the G20 has become the most influential organization.
In the 1970s-1980s, the similarity of the participants’ thinking and approaches was the G7’s strength; however, after the end of the Cold War, other countries entered the world stage – China and India – and the G20 was established. The speaker also mentioned the history and role of Russia in the G7, which became the G8.
The students participated in an interactive game – CASE STUDY – 21st century strategies of the trilateral countries: In concert or in conflict? They divided into three regional groups representing Europe, North America and Asia and tried to address global challenges from their respective regional perspectives.