The G8 heads-of-state meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia concluded yesterday, and as with every G8 meeting since 9/11, counter-terrorism and homeland security issues were placed prominently on the agenda. The Summit Declaration on Counter-Terrorism offers a long list of issues where international cooperation should be strengthened. The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism calls for strengthened ties on nuclear non-nonproliferation (although it’s unclear how this differs from current international activities, mainly between the United States and Russia, on this issue). The statement on Global Energy Security includes a section on “Securing Critical Energy Infrastructure,” which calls for a “coordinated, international process to assess risks to energy infrastructures, and a more effective means of sharing energy infrastructure security best practices and expertise.”
Some interesting ideas – although as is always the case with these meetings, it’s a difficult road from joint communique to real cooperation.