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Volume 3, nº 25 - July 2013



   Factsheet "BRICS-Cities: Global Competitive Actors"



This factsheet includes systematized data on the competitiveness of BRICS-cities network of global investment flows, in order to provide input for the design of public policies in urban development.
(In Portuguese only)


 Academic Publications

Policy Brief - "China’s Engagement in Africa: Responding to Growing Tensions and Contradictions"

The objective of this Policy Brief is to point out some of the growing tensions and contradictions that have arisen in relation to increased participation of China in Africa and that have received attention in both local and international media reports. These focus on four specific areas: (a) the quality of infrastructure built by Chinese companies, (b) the choice and definition of priority investments in infrastructure, (c) practices of Chinese companies, and (d) Chinese institutional complexity for development cooperation. - This Policy Brief was developed by the group International Cooperation for Development.

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BRICS Monitor “Information, Science and Technology in BRICS Summit, from 2009 till today"

Through an assessment of official documents of the summits and procedures of ministerial meetings in BRICS, we have seen gradual growth of understanding and interest in the areas of science, technology and innovation since 2009. The analysis will incorporate more advanced topics that are related to agriculture, health and renewable energy sectors. Research and development has highlighted links to economic growth and industrialization, with a view to expand the capabilities of competitiveness of BRICS in the international environment. However, little attention has been given to the technical and scientific educational exchange. This BRICS Monitor was developed by the group Innovation Sistems and Development Governance.
(In Portuguese only)

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BRICS Monitor "The Future of the WTO: A Brazilian as Director-General"

On May 14, 2013, the Brazilian Ambassador Roberto Azevedo was officially announced as the new Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), and will led the international institution for four years starting from 1 of September this year. Even without the support of the U.S. and European Union (EU), the Brazilian candidate had the support of a wide range of countries from the developed to the emerging and those with significantly less GDP. This Policy Brief was developed by the Country Desks. 

(In Portuguese only)

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Working Paper "Brazil: a new powerhouse without military strength?"

The objective of this paper is to find out whether Brazil can challenge (if so how far) the realist conception of power according to which military capacity is a fundamental asset for a state to be elevated as a power on the international scene and whether its economic potential and soft power instruments can enable Brazil to play a strategic role worldwide. Author: Mathilde Chatin (PhD Candidate, Brazil Institute King's College London) - BPC PhD Research Fellow .

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This Week in BRICS

This week in The BRICS is a weekly publication that brings together a set of news about events and important developments that took place within each BRICS country in the course of the week, providing references for deepening the reader in the various topics mentioned.

(In Portuguese only)



 BPC in the Media

• June 11, 2013: Reporting Deutsche Welle "In Rio, Chancellor reinforces Russian rapprochement with Brazil," with Dr. Layla Dawood, Assistant Coordinator of the BPC.

• June 24, 2013: Reporting AsBEA "Urbanism I - Problems in BRICS" with Dr. Adriana Erthal Abdenur, General Coordinator of the BPC.

• June 24, 2013: Report Radio Voice of Russia "Problems of urbanism in BRICS: Brazil, “borderline case“ on the lecture given by Dr. Cristina Moura Patriot in BRICS Policy Center.

 June Events

Colloquium "Brazil and South-South Cooperation" with Ambassador Fernando de Abreu (Brazilian Cooperation Agency)

On June 28th, Ambassador Fernando de Abreu (Brazilian Cooperation Agency) conducted the colloquium "Brazil and South-South Cooperation" in the library of the BRICS Policy Center. In a general presentation, he explained the structure and function of the BCA, the agency's areas and gave some data on the main Brazilian cooperation projects in Latin America and Africa, as  well as trilateral cooperation projects such as those working on implementation and expansion of human milk banks and the Prosavana projects. Read more


Colloquium "Trade agreements beyond preferences: a review of the regulation on new issues in BRICS"

 On June 12th, Dr. Michelle S. Ratton Badin (FGV-EDESP) presented the colloquium "Trade agreements beyond preferences: a review of the regulation on new issues in BRICS." From the data presentation to understand the regulatory status within the WTO members, Dr. Michelle perspective of trade agreements was from the point of view of regulation by the BRICS.  Read more


Colloquium “BRICS’ “Urban Turn”: Role of Cities and Knowledge Sharing”, with Dr. Sudha Mohan

On June 25th, the BPC Fellow, Dr. Sudha Mohan, presented the colloquium “BRICS’ “Urban Turn”: Role of Cities and Knowledge Sharing”.  Her presentation focused on the particularities of the cities of the BRICS, as well as on the recent events in these countries – such as the  protests in Brazil and India, asking for improvements in public policy. Read more


Colloquium "The United States' position on the BRICS" with Professor Paulo Wrobel (IRI/PUC-Rio)

On June 18th, Professor Paulo Wrobel (IRI / PUC-Rio) presented the Colloquium "The United States' position on the BRICS" in the library of BPC. With the presence of about 20 spectators, Dr. Wrobel presented an overview of the changes in domestic and foreign policy of the USA, not only from a governmental point of view, but also considering the positions taken by the media, civil society and North American political and economic institutions since the Obama administration. Read more


• BRICS Policy Center participates in the "Smart Cities, Cities of the Future” Seminar

On 3rd June, Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdeur attended to the "Smart Cities, Cities of the Future" seminar, sponsored by ÁgoraLab (lab specializing in International theme of Human Smart Cities), the institute IBMEC and the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro. The event was attended by world experts in intelligent cities, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who presented the state of the art in these cities experiences and addressed the possibilities of adapting the characteristics of the "smart city" in Rio de Janeiro. Among the topics discussed are urban mobility, access to services, quality of life and cultural and social integration. The event was held at PUC-Rio.


• BPC participates in event, organized by the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI)

On 20 June, Prof. Layla Dawood attended to the "Energy Geopolitics Perspectives: Views from Azerbaijan” debate. The event was organized by CEBRI in partnership with the Embassy of Azerbaijan and the Center for Strategic Studies under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (SAM). The debate, was attended by representatives of Petrobras and Vale, who discussed the issue of energy security from the perspective of countries exporting energy resources.


• BRICS Policy Center participates in the XX Brazil and European Union Forum in the National Congress

On June 4, Professor Adriana Erthal Abdenur attended to the XX Brazil and European Union Forum in the National Congress, which brought together politicians, academics and representatives of think tanks from both regions. The event aimed to encourage debate on the relations between Brazil and the EU. The professor  presented a paper  on "Triangular Cooperation: A Brazilian role in combating HIV / AIDS in Mozambique" on the table "European and Brazilian Perspectives on Development: Bases for Cooperation", which also featured the presence of: Ana Gomes, Member of European ( S & D), Foreign Affairs Committee, European Parliament; Christian Freres, Senior Advisor of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Spain; André de Mello e Souza, Researcher at the Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA) and Pio Penna Filho, Professor, Institute of International Relations, University of Brasilia.


• Professor Adriana Erthal Abdenur represents BPC in events in Washington DC, USA

On June 20, Prof. Adriana Erthal Abdenur attended the "Reaching Across the Pacific: Asia and Latin America in the New Century" event at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. The seminar was opened by Dr. Luis Alberto Moreno, President of the Inter-American Bando (IDB), and met specialists of several Latin American countries to discuss trade relations between Latin America and Asia. The Professor presented  the "Brazil's Trade with Asia: Key Drivers and Challenges Ahead,"  paper which will be published by the Wilson Center in the collection edited by Cynthia Arnson (Director of Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center) and George Heiner (Balsillie School of International Affairs Wilfred Laurier University, Canada)

Visit to the Sabin Vaccine Institute

Also during the trip to DC, Professor Adriana Erthal Abdenur visited the headquarters of the Sabin Vaccine Institute in Washington, DC. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the possibilities for collaboration in research for development cooperation in the area of public health.



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BPC at UnB

The Professor. Adriana Erthal Abdenur participates in lecture on Emerging Powers in the South Atlantic at the University of Brasilia.


BPC at the event “BRICS: Turismo, Lazer e Negócios”, in Bele Horizonte MG.

The researcher Sergio Veloso will participate, the event “BRICS: TURISMO, LAZER E NEGÓCIOS” - in Belo Horizonte (MG), which will compose the table "Events and fairs held in major cities of the BRICS" .




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