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G20 Puts World’s Issues on Grand Stage, Shows US its Okay to be Outlier

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G20 meet demonstrates serious problems facing Europe


Last week’s G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany put the world’s largest issues on a grand stage.

Though the grouping of the major countries reflect an economic focus, the juxtaposition of countries like Germany and France standing side by side with the American President also reflect stark differences in national security policies. And, what is reaped as a result.

With Germany continuing its decline due to its open borders policy, and the likes of France and the UK continuing to rebuild after a spate of terror attacks, we are reminded at events like these that sometimes falling in line in favor of political points is not always the best course.

Brandon Blackburn

Brandon Blackburn is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former CIA Counterterrorism Officer. During his time in the CIA, Blackburn served multiple tours in the Middle East; including Iraq, Jordan, and in Afghanistan. Since departing the agency, Blackburn co-founded Tip Of The Spear Productions and Consulting, where he and his team work on media productions aimed at telling the stories of law enforcement and military and also consults with law enforcement and private businesses on national security related issues. Additionally, he is a Consulting Producer for “Live PD” on A&E and co-hosts and produces the Talking Terrorism Podcast, along with reformed terrorist Mubin Shaikh. Blackburn also holds a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA with a concentration in International Business.

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