Is the G8 still relevant?

Marina Larionova from the State University- Higher School of Economics and John Kirton, the co-founder and director of the G8 Research Group

Marina Larionova

Vice rector, State University Higher School of Economics


1958 - Born in Moscow
1981 - Graduates in Foreign Languages, Moscow Pedagogic University
1989 - PhD in Philology, Moscow State Pedagogical University
1996 - Deputy director, Moscow training foundation (World Bank project)
1997 - Deputy head, Secretariat of Federal commission on training managers and executives for enterprises of the Russian Federation economy
2002 - Master's degree in international relations, Diplomatic Academy, Russian Foreign Ministry
2002 - Vice rector, State University Higher School of Economics
2006 - Doctor of Political Science, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia


The Group of Eight summit taking place this week will consider measures to prevent a repeat of the ongoing global economic crisis. The new standards of global governance are being discussed at the summit in L'Aquila, but wprobably not be launched until a meeting of the Group of 20 developing nations in September. Is the G8, this small club of “the rich and influential,” still the relevant forum for discussing worldwide issues? We’ll be discussing this question with Marina Larionova from the State University- Higher School of Economics and John Kirton, the co-founder and director of the G8 Research Group.