In recent years, the G8 political agenda has often been marginalized from policy analysis, with the main focus falling on issues such as development, climate change and the economic crisis. However, political items represent an important factor in considering the future evolution of the G8 as a forum for global governance.
Arguing for a revitalization of political issues and themes related to transnational security challenges, this paper suggests that, in the years to come, ad hoc outreach exercises might be preferable to a formal expansion of the current membership.
While economic and financial issues may be more appropriately dealt with in a broader framework, political items should remain for now an exclusive competence of the Group of 8. At this stage, a formal expansion of the current G8 format for all agendas could indeed end up undermining some of the political accomplishments thus far achieved, especially in terms of East/West relations. In addition, G8 countries should strive for improvement on two important principles: accountability and feasibility.