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Expelling Russia from the G8: Weak Symbolism and Absurdist Theater

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Terry Miller | The Foundry- Heritage

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has joined U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in calling for consideration of expelling Russia from the G8, the group of the eight most powerful industrialized democracies.

Russia was a late comer to the group, joining only in 1997, in a move that was supposed to symbolize its rehabilitation from totalitarian communism. That hasn’t worked out too well.

Annual G8 summits provide opportunities for photos and endless pontification on the foreign policy issue of the day: f

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