Призраки прошлых совещаний

ПРИНСТОН – Мир находится в ситуации драматического кризиса, который, как полагают многие политики, представляет собой более серьёзную угрозу, чем Великая депрессия междувоенного периода. Ещё до 2008 года эксперты утверждали, что её повторение невозможно благодаря мощности и размаху механизмов взаимодействия, установленных после Второй мировой войны.

Поэтому совещание Группы двадцати породило огромные надежды на то, что международное сотрудничество вновь поможет преодолеть множество экономических проблем. К несчастью, сам грандиозный размах этих ожиданий позволяет предположить, что разочарование будет практически неизбежным. 

Символизм самого места встречи Группы двадцати является не самым удачным, поскольку именно здесь во время Великой депрессии была предпринята крупнейшая, и бесплодная, попытка исправить положение мировой экономики. Всемирная экономическая конференция 1933 года тоже состоялась в Лондоне, в здании Геологического музея. Количество участников превосходило даже нынешний саммит, объединив представителей 66 стран. Участники саммита 2009 года, возможно, не станут посещать Геологический музей, однако над ними будет витать призрак прошлых совещаний. Неудача 1933 года может предподнести несколько немаловажных уроков лидерам нашего времени.         

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