The G-20 ended with the usual round of back-slapping, congratulatory pronouncements and gratuitous press conferences by each of the participants announcing that everything will be just fine now.
Admittedly it allowed the leaders of 20 major players in the world to meet face-to-face for a couple of brief days. Those sorts of interactions make it easier in periods of crisis to pick up the red phone and have some understanding of what the person at the other end is like.
But, there is also something a bit more sinister involved. Read this carefully:
When the Russian Calls You Comrade
Why do I have the feeling that security, defense, and even capitalism are on the table for slicing and dicing as the young kid gets a lesson from the Bear?