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Banners for the G20 summit hang in Nevsky Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg on Sept. 2, 2013.
Banners for the G20 summit hang in Nevsky Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg on Sept. 2, 2013.
(Dmitry Lovetsky/Associated Press)

Len Edwards

Syria aside, here’s why this week’s Russian G20 summit could be a success

In my experience as a Canadian representative to many summits, G20 and G8 summits are usually shaped by three factors, in descending order of impact: The immediate context, the priorities set by the host and the follow-up on previous summit decisions. The St. Petersburg G20 Summit on September 5 and 6 will be no different.