Volume 3, nº 23 - May 2013





   New BRICS Policy Center Initiative: Country Desks





The BRICS Policy Center created the Country Desks project for the purpose of monitoring events focused on the economics, security developments, domestic politics and foreign policy of the BRICS countries. The groups of BPC researchers who make up the Country Desks also track the bilateral and multilateral joint initiatives pursued among the BRICS countries, as well as the performance of the BRICS in various international forums

The projects undertaken by the researchers at the Country Desks seek to analyze international



cooperation efforts from the perspective of each country, and relating them to the varied interests within the BRICS group. 
Learn more and access the Country Desks publications.


   New Website Feature: The BPC Fellows Network


The BRICS Policy Center is pleased to announce the launch of a new feature on its website:  
The BPC Fellows Network

This new page presents the Fellows who visit the center, as well as information about their specific research projects, and a brief biography where visitors to the website can learn more about their respective academic careers and their publications. We also provide contact information for the Fellows in order to promote dialogue on questions and topics related to the BRICS and the diverse research interests of the Fellows who visit the BPC.

We hope this new feature will provide a means of conversation among BRICS researchers and any interested parties, creating the opportunity for a greater exchange of information. We invite all those interested to visit the BPC Fellows Network and learn more about the research projects supported by the Centre.

   Academic Publications

Policy Brief - "Brazil and South-South Cooperation: Responding to Current Challenges"

This Policy Brief aims to present the main features of the ongoing efforts for international cooperation in development being promoted by Brazil, while highlighting some of the main challenges. The paper presents a brief history of South-South cooperation for development and Brazilian participation in that context thus far. It also presents some of the key agencies working towards implementing partnership with the Brazilian Cooperation Agency. After underlining some of the limits and challenges of Brazilian involvement, the paper offers some specific recommendations that could guide future reforms in this sphere.

(Available in Portuguese Only)


Working Paper – “China in Latin America: Investments in Port Infrastructure”

This paper examines the role of Chinese actors, both private and government-owned companies, in port infrastructure development in Latin America. While such investments bring concrete improvements to ports in Latin America, this response reinforces a development model that relies, quite narrowly, on commodity exports, focusing on the flow of product transportation. The challenge of integrating the port network into other existing transportation networks to foster intra-regional trade therefore persists. The paper also provides background on Latin American port infrastructure, focusing on recent trends and some major challenges.


   Interviews with Foreign Exchange Student Interns

The BRICS Policy Center, in partnership with the CCCI (Coordination Center for International Cooperation), has created an internship program for foreign students studying at PUC-Rio. The BPC, which already offers internships for Brazilian students from the university, believes that the presence of exchange students on the BPC team will contribute to the internationalization of the institution, and will offer foreign students the opportunity to improve their Portuguese language skills, conduct research in their respective areas of study and gain practical experience in a professional work environment. 

20 interns were selected during the first half of 2013, coming from institutions such as the University of California, Georgetown University, Columbia University, the University of Lausanne, the University of Vienna, among others

Learn More about the BPC internship program by reading interviews with the exchange students and some of the internship program coordinators.


   April Events

April 11th - Colloquium: "China in Africa: Past, Present, and Future" - The BPC Research Fellow presented an overview of China’s current role in Africa in light of the recent surge of new actors in international cooperation for development. Dr. He Wenping addressed questions regarding the reformation of China’s external assistance projects, the diversification of modalities, the guiding principles of cooperation as presented in the first Chinese White Paper of 2011, and recent joint initiatives such as the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Learn More

April 16th - Colloquium: "The BRICS and the Incipient Legitimation of Global Order" - Presented by Dr. Oliver Stuenkel, Associate Professor of International Relations at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV-SP), the symposium highlighted the main points of the fifth Summit of the BRICS held this year in Durban, in addition to discussing the Development Bank of the BRICS and the contingency reserve fund, and the topics that will likely make up the agenda of the fourth Summit, which is to be hosted in Brazil in 2014. Learn More.

April 26th - The BRICS Policy Center was represented by professors Adriana Erthal Abdenur and Monica Herz at the seminar on "Current Challenges to International Peace and Security: The Need to Reform the United Nations Security Council," which was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in BahiaLearn More.

Throughout the month of April, the BPC received several delegates and representatives from other institutions. Click here for a list of visitors. 


The BRICS Policy Center in the Media

•   April 24th, 2013: Article - O Globo: "Laços Apertados " - featuring Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, General Coordinator of the BPC.

•   April 18th, 2013: interview - "Não há colonização chinesa na África" – Dr. He Wenping, BPC Fellow, was interviewed by "Inside Africa" regarding China's presence in Africa.

•   April 14th, 2013: Article - "De coadjuvantes a protagonistas da economia mundial" - featuring Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, General Coordinator of the BPC..

•   April 14th, 2013: Article "Formalização do Brics é dúvida" - featuring Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, General Coordinator of the BPC..

•   April 5th, 2013: Article "Novos oásis de crescimento desafiam Brics" - featuring Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, General Coordinator of the BPC, and Pedro Cunca Bocayuva, BPC Research Coordinator.

•   April 2nd, 2013: Article "Dois elefantes incomodam muita gente...cinco elefantes incomodam muito mais" -  featuring Prof. Paulo Esteves, General Supervisor of the BPC.

•   May 18th, 2013: Video "China and Africa: Past, Present, and Future" - BPC conference video of the colloquium hosted by visiting researcher Dr. He Wenping.


To access the publications of the BRICS Policy Center.





BRICSpedia is a new section at BPC's website where the user will find informations about the countries of the grouping.




       Upcoming Events

Colloquium: "India's Role in Global Economic Governance: It’s not easy being an emerging power in Asia"

In May, the BPC will host a talk with Dr. Surupa Gupta, of the University of Mary Washington, USA. The event will be held in the BRICS Policy Center library on May 20th, at 4:30 pm.


Colloquium: "Multiscale Compositions and Processes of Urban Expansion: Reflections from Central Brazil""

Later in May, the BPC host Dr. Cristina Patriota de Moura, of UNB. The event will be held on May 29th at 4pm.

Colloquium: "Trends in Regulatory and Preferential Trade Agreements in the BRICS""

In June, Professor Michelle Ratton Sanchez will present a colloquium on preferential trade agreements among the BRICS.


Colloquium: "Brazil and South-South Cooperation"

On June 28th, at 3:00 pm, the BPC will host a colloquium presented by Ambassador Fernando Abreu of the Brazilian Cooperation Agency.



The BPC at the 20th Brazil-Europe Forum - "Brazil and the European Union Building the Future"

On June 4th and 5th, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS), in partnership with the Brazil-European Union Parliamentary Group and the International Relations Institute of UNB - and with the support of the EU Delegation – will organize the 20th Brazil-Europe Forum. This year, Brazilian and European teachers and relevant policy-makers will debate on the topic of "Brazil and the European Union: Building the Future." There will be panels on the crisis in the EU, strategic partnership models, triangular cooperation and EU-Mercosur relations. The BPC will be represented by Professor Adriana Erthal Abdenur, General Coordinator of the BPC, and will participate in a roundtable on "A New Era in Development Cooperation: Brazil and the EU as a Global Donor in Africa and Latin America".


Participation in the 4th Euro-BRICS Seminar 

On May 23rd and 24th, the BPC will participate in the Fourth Euro-BRICS Seminar that aims to promote discussions on strategic issues between the two groups in order to resolve key issues in the areas of security, defense, energy and trade.



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