is the G7 still rele

Is the G7 still relevant?

Raffaele Trombetta


Raffaele Trombetta

Visiting Professor in Practice, LSE IDEAS

In the first of our new Expert Analysis series, former Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Raffaele Trombetta, draws on his career experience to answer the question of whether the G7 is still relevant in today’s international order. Detailing a narrative of the G7’s history, confronting its challenges, and addressing its common criticisms, this paper deals with the alternatives (G20 and BRICS), as well as where the G7’s interests should lie in future relations with China and the African nations.

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Is the G7 still relevant?

This report was published on 12 March 2024.

Meet the contributors

Raffaele Trombetta was an Italian Diplomat until November 2023. He served as the Italian Ambassador in the United Kingdom between 2018 and 2022 and previously in Brazil between 2013 and 2016.

He was the Italian Prime Minister’s Sherpa to G7/G20 and in this role he coordinated the Italian G7 presidency in 2017. He has an in-depth experience on EU affairs having worked at the Italian Permanent Representative in Brussels and having headed the EU Directorate at the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs. His postings include four years in China, where he was the Deputy Head of Mission.

Ambassador Trombetta is an LSE alumnus with a MSc in European Studies and he has been a Visiting Professor in practice, based in LSE IDEAS, since August 2023.

He is currently an Advisor on International issues working both in the United Kingdom and in Italy.