The Group of 7 and international terrorism: the snowball effect that never materialized

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The article looks at the Group of 7 (G7) efforts to fight international terrorism in the 1970s and early 1980s. It examines the G7 statement against hijacking, the Bonn Declaration of 1978, and assesses how the G7 dealt with it after the adoption of the Declaration. The article illustrates that after a short phase of enthusiasm just after the Declaration’s adoption, the G7 members’ united front against terrorism quickly eroded. The G7 failed to secure support from other countries and realized the economic and political costs that the implementation of the Declaration could produce. Therefore, it was pushed to the backburner. The Declaration was largely of symbolic and only of very little practical importance. Yet, it still pointed to the new approach of the G7 – present until today – that moved away from a purely economic agenda towards a progressively more political one.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-334
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Contemporary History
Issue number2
Early online date7 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


  • Cold War
  • Germany
  • Group of 7
  • hijacking
  • terrorism
  • United States of America


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