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With global leadership now in question, the G-20 summit in Hamburg on July 7-8 could be the group's tensest meeting ever. The summit process long predates the G-20's founding in 1999 . domestic politics have now created a new type of uncertainty.Whereas the international community isolated Russia at the G-20 Brisbane summit in 2014, the United States has isolated itself in 2017 .After making a blustering appearance at the G-7 Taormina summit this past May, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he was withdrawing the U.S. from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. In response, European G-7 leaders, with the notable exception of British Prime Minister Theresa May, have signed a declaration condemning Trump's position. Indeed, many saw the Brexit referendum as a precursor to Trump's election.American and British universities have long topped world rankings, and regard themselves as global institutions with a global responsibility.Now that Germany's G-20 presidency is underway, German leaders have been exploring how their country might promote globalization in America's stead.China, too, would encounter obstacles in pursuit of global leadership.To be sure, some of the ingredients for a new form of global leadership are there: China has great universities that are rapidly improving, and Germany has a strong democracy, built on federal principles and anchored in a vision of European integration.
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